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Punta Cana: All-Inclusive Trip to Saona Island Paradise

1. Punta Cana: All-Inclusive Trip to Saona Island Paradise

Discover Isla Saona, a Caribbean oasis off the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. Find out how, originally named Adamanay by the Taino Indians, the island was renamed by Christopher Columbus, during his second voyage to the Americas in 1494.  Begin the tour by boarding a speedboat and jetting off to Saona Island. On the way, stop to swim in a waist-deep natural swimming pool with transparent waters. If you're lucky you'll see some starfish. When you arrive at Isla Saona, you'll have many activities to choose from. Wade in the turquoise waters, visit the open bar, take a nap on a beach lounge chair, walk along the coastline, or play volleyball. Indulge in a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, pork, rice, beans, salad, and fruit. You can even enjoy lobster and premium drinks when you book the VIP option. Take your time to discover the island and do it all.

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Punta Cana: Dolphin Explorer Swims and Interactions

2. Punta Cana: Dolphin Explorer Swims and Interactions

Spend your time in the Caribbean swimming and interacting with dolphins in their natural habitat. Enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience while learning about the conservation of terrestrial and marine biodiversity. All options of this interactive dolphin experience include interesting information about dolphins, their diet, care programs, as well as some tips on how to help save their natural habitat. Choose from the following options: Explorer Swim Hold hands with a dolphin and let it take you for a swim. Learn how to cue and watch as the dolphin leaps right over you. This program includes 50 minutes of water time with the dolphins. Excellence Swim Have an adrenaline-filled experience that was only up to now reserved for trainers. Get a personalized introduction to the dolphins that will swim with you. The trainers will coach and prepare you for the famous foot push where the dolphins will push you full speed across the ocean surface. This program includes 60 minutes of water time with the dolphins. Funtastic Dolphin Encounter Be greeted with a dolphin “pec shake” and experience the magic of a dolphin kiss. Learn facts about dolphin anatomy as well as useful tips on conservation. This program includes 40 minutes of water time with the dolphins.

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Bayahibe: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

3. Bayahibe: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

Saona Island is surrounded by white sand beaches, turquoise clear waters, and countless palm trees. This very inviting atmosphere is perfect for relaxing, which is exactly what you can do throughout your tour. You will first be picked up from your hotel, from where you will travel to Bayahibe. Once on the speed boat, you will travel to Saona Island via the Caribbean Sea. Half-way through the trip you will be granted a 45-minute break at a beautiful natural pool, after which you will continue your journey before arriving to Saona Island where you will have about 3.5 hours to relax. At approximately 2:35PM you will board a beautiful catamaran to return to Bayahibe. Aboard this Catamaran you can enjoy the party atmosphere, and can also choose to dance throughout the approximately 1.5-hour journey. At the conclusion of your day out in the sun, you will be returned back to your accommodation.

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Punta Cana: Buggies and Polaris Adventure Tour

4. Punta Cana: Buggies and Polaris Adventure Tour

Spark your adrenaline as you explore Punta Cana's countryside on an ATV or Polaris. Discover beautiful locations on the island like Macao Beach and the Cenote Taina on this family-friendly adventure. After meeting your driver and boarding your buggy, begin your action-packed adventure around Punta Cana. Forge your own route through the stunning countryside and the popular Macao Beach area. Visit a typical Dominican house and observe the production of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, and organic tobacco. Sample these local products before continuing to an impressive cave and cenote to relax in the crystal clear water. Retrace your muddy path and head to the paradisiacal Macao beach, recognized by UNESCO as one of the 10-best beaches in the world.

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Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

5. Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

Discover the largest manmade dolphin habitat in the world at Ocean World Puerto Plata, a must-see attraction for any visit to the Dominican Republic. With a full-day pass, you can snorkel in a tropical reef aquarium, learn more about marine mammals from expert handlers, get up-close to feed tropical birds and walk through a tropical rainforest, Bird Exhibit and Habitat of Iguanas. The pass also includes access to some of the animal shows. Have fun with the playful sea lions, watch the skill of the dolphins, and see all the drama of the shark show. Then, relax on Dolphin Beach and soak up some Caribbean rays.  With lunch and lounge chairs included as part of the package, this is your passport to a world of marine adventures.

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La Romana: Catalina Island Full-Day Snorkeling Tour

6. La Romana: Catalina Island Full-Day Snorkeling Tour

Climb aboard the gleaming white “Paradise” catamaran for a full-day of fun in the sun of Catalina Island, and discover the Dominican Republic’s most beautiful underwater eco system. Departing from the marina at around 10:00, set course for the east side of Catalina Island to snorkel in the turquoise waters of “The Wall,” offering superb visibility conditions for spotting the rich marine life of the Caribbean Sea. An adventure team will be on hand to assist you with your snorkel equipment requirements. Next, set sail for a beach on the west side of the island to find the perfect spot for the rest of the afternoon. An acclaimed chef of Catalina Island will have been busy preparing an incredible Dominican feast for you, which will be served at around 13:00. Enjoy servings of barbecued pork and chicken, as well as abundant salads, pasta, and local fruits. Those on the VIP package will get a serving of barbecued lobster, served with a glass of cold white wine. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the island at leisure. Stroll along white sand beaches, or relax under palm trees, listening to the waves break on the shore. The beach bar is carefully positioned so that you can take in the cool breeze of the ocean, while trying a selection of refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. At around 15:15, climb aboard the catamaran, where you can expect light refreshments at the bar and dancing from the entertainment team. Cruise back to La Romana marina for an approximate 16:00 arrival. A transfer bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

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Punta Cana: Samana Bay Full-Day Experience

7. Punta Cana: Samana Bay Full-Day Experience

Live the experience by sailing the bays of Miches and Samana by boat to reach a tourist destination full of splendor, nature and great tourist attractions which are unique to the region. Get to know Samana on one of the most complete tours offered in the Punta Cana area. Relax to the rhythm of the Dominican Republic on the island of Cayo Levantado or Bacardi, where its white sand will wind you down while you overlook a virgin beach on your approximately 2 hours stopover. Visit the Island of Cayo Levantado for the next 2 hours and enjoy a unique lunch with touches of local Samana cuisine. Visit the horse ranch in the middle of the jungle and ride a horse accompanied by a local guide. Continuing on to connect with the natural museum of the Limon Waterfall for the next hour and soak up the environment in the afternoon. Take in the panoramic view of the new tourist destination of Miches and the Bay of Samana. Cruise with a small group through the bay on a comfortable motorized catamaran with some tropical music in the background.

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Saona Island: Full-Day Boat Tour with Optional Upgrades

8. Saona Island: Full-Day Boat Tour with Optional Upgrades

Climb aboard and feel the breeze as you cross the Caribbean Sea by speed boat. Travel to the beautiful island of Saona and go for a swim in a natural pool and sandbank in the middle of the sea. Interact with starfish and other marine life as you frolic in the sea. Get some free time to laze on the beach and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. Play a game of beach volleyball or just chill out on the sun loungers. Avail of the calm waters as you cruise by catamaran with an on-board open bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Benefit from the brilliant atmosphere suitable for all the family. Upgrade your tour to include a delicious lunch at the beach with lobster, seafood and white whine. The price also includes snorkeling equipment. Alternatively, choose the premium tour which includes a private lobster lunch with white wine, a visit to Altos de Chavon Stone City, snorkeling, 3 hours at Saona beach, and much more...

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Punta Cana: Full-Day Snorkeling Tour to Catalina Island

9. Punta Cana: Full-Day Snorkeling Tour to Catalina Island

After hotel pick-up from your Punta Cana or Bavaro hotel, arrive at the marina. Be welcomed aboard "Paradise" by the team with tropical refreshments. Your PADI-certified dive team will give health and safety procedures and a snorkeling briefing to ensure your experience is unforgettable but safe. Leave the marina and head for the east side of Catalina Island to the snorkel site "The Wall," catering to both novice and expert snorkelers. Life jackets are available here. During the journey, enjoy light refreshments and music. After approximately 30 minutes, arrive at the snorkel site and enjoy just under an hour of snorkeling. Expect clear turquoise waters, incredible visibility, and an amazing underwater ecosystem. After snorkeling, board the boat and head to the west side. On arrival, head to a private beach. There is a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments available. Snorkeling equipment is available at the bar so you can enjoy the snorkel sites near the beach. Lunch will be served at around 13:00. The Dominican feast will be prepared by a renowned local chef. Enjoy fresh lobster caught that morning (VIP package only), pork, chicken, salads, pasta, and local fruits. After lunch, the rest of the afternoon is free. Relax while listening to the waves breaking on the shore, snorkel in the clear turquoise waters, or enjoy the open bar. Finally, board the boat and arrive back at the marina at 4:00 PM. From there, board a bus back to your Punta Cana or Bavaro hotel.

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Punta Cana: Saona Island and Buggy Combo

10. Punta Cana: Saona Island and Buggy Combo

Enjoy a two day package tour ensuring adrenaline, relaxation, beautiful scenery, and more. For your first tour you will be taken to some off-shore islands in the Dominican Republic. You'll begin by hitting the Caribbean Sea on a speedboat, before slowly cruising your way back to the mainland on a spacious catamaran. There will also be music and an open bar, allowing you to best enjoy your time away from Punta Cana. On the next day, prepare to start your engines at a secluded ranch in Macao. You can fire up your buggy, which will be equipped with a GoPro camera to record your adventure, before tearing through remote farmland. These narrow, secluded country roads offer a safe haven for deep pools of mud. You may try and avoid the filth at first, but you'll eventually give in to the muck. You'll make 3 stops throughout your buggy tour. You'll begin by visiting a sleepy country plantation for an introduction to some of the Dominican Republic's most sought after produce, before descending into a picturesque cenote replete with a subterranean river which is perfect for swimming. You'll finally take in Macao Beach, which is one of the best beaches in the coastal stretch of Punta Cana. It is an idealistic Caribbean shore with amber sands, rows of coconut palms, and azure waters. At the conclusion of your experience you will, be returned to your accommodation in Punta Cana with a head full of brilliant memories.

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The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean paradise, offering luscious jungle and ocean scenery and a laid-back Spanish-influenced culture that any tourist can enjoy. Travelers should pack their swimsuits and expect to have fun with these tours in the Dominican Republic.

Tourists can take in the popular theme park Ocean World. An Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass will grant access to many different activities in the park, including snorkeling and swimming. The pass will also grant admission to the many exhibits and shows in the park. Tourists can see tigers, tropical birds, sharks, and sea lions, and experience a tropical rain forest as well. They will even gain access to the dolphin beach and go on a memorable dolphin swim.

The Dominican Republic has numerous water activities in which visitors can participate. At Puerto Plata, tourists can participate in whale watching and see the majesty and power of these great creatures. Visitors can also experience the thrill of deep sea fishing on the open waters on a sturdy fishing boat with an experienced crew. Sailing activities are also available. Travelers will love catching a catamaran cruise day trip past the beautiful, rocky island coastline.

Travelers who want to explore the land itself can take advantage of a horseback riding adventure. Whether experienced riders or not, riding on horseback provides the perfect vantage point for participants to absorb the beautiful countryside.

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