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Punta Cana

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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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Punta Cana: Buggies and Polaris Adventure Tour

3. 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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Punta Cana: Samana Bay Full-Day Experience

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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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Punta Cana: Private Transfer To or From PUJ Airport

8. Punta Cana: Private Transfer To or From PUJ Airport

Ensure your trip is hassle-free with a convenient private transfer between Punta Cana Airport and your hotel or accommodation in the Punta Cana city center. Choose from two suitable vehicle options that offer the comfort and space your transfer requires. For groups of three passengers or fewer, choose from a sedan that can fit three standard-sized pieces of luggage. Alternatively, for groups of up to seven passengers, choose the minivan option that can fit seven standard-sized pieces of luggage. On the day of travel, meet your friendly English-speaking professional driver at the airport's arrivals hall or get picked up at your accommodation. Your driver will assist with your luggage, so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride as you are taken to your destination.

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Punta Cana: Coco Bongo Nightclub Experience with Transfer

9. Punta Cana: Coco Bongo Nightclub Experience with Transfer

Immerse yourself in a night full of music, confetti, special effects, light shows, and non-stop action in Coco Bongo. Choose from four options: Open Bar, Gold Member, Royal Service and Front Row. Depending on the option selected, you will enjoy different benefits throughout the night, such as national drinks, premium drinks and many more.  Coco Bongo is well-known for its glittering performances and music that’s sure to keep you on the dance floor. Once the lights are dimmed, the show truly gets started with glittering confetti falling from the sky and tribute acts taking to the stage, bringing the best of Madonna, Michael Jackson and Beyoncé. If you love the nightlife, dancing and tropical cocktails, then Coco Bongo Punta Cana is something you just have to experience.

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Punta Cana: Zip-Lining 12 Cables

10. Punta Cana: Zip-Lining 12 Cables

Fly through the air in a zip lining course in the Dominican Republic's lush tropical jungle! Visit the first zip-line course on the island. After a 45 minute drive onboard a safari truck transportation, you will be entering a whole new dimension of entertainment. Expert canopy guides will teach you all you need to know about the ride and the equipment. You will be transferred to the Welcome Center, where a safety briefing will be conducted until reaching the first platform, and then be ready to face the challenge: flying from one platform to another! The longest cable is 800 meters (about 2,600 feet) long, and hovers directly over a river for about 50 seconds! Your tour consists of 16 platforms and 12 Zip Lines, including the 2 longest lines in the Caribbean, stretched across the length of the lush Cordillera Septentrional mountain range. Let yourself zip from platform to platform and swing through the air with a bird’s eye view of the lush tropical mountain range.

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Frequently asked questions about Punta Cana

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Planning Your Visit

  • Where is Punta Cana?

    Punta Cana is on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, and has for a long time been a popular spot for European holiday makers. Now, however, it is now attracting more American tourists.

  • How to get there

    The easiest access is by plane to Punta Cana International Airport. From there, getting to your resort is simple, as most resorts offer transfers from your arrival gate.

Good to know

  • Language
    Spanish
  • Currency
    DOP ($ or RD$)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (-04:00)
  • Country Code
    1
  • Best time to visit
    The dry season, which offers less rainfall and warm temperatures, runs from March to mid-July. Keep in mind that hurricane season peaks in the area in September and October!

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What people are saying about Punta Cana

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 2,470 reviews

This excursion was great. The transportation came on time and Alberto took excellent care of our group throughout the day. We took a speedboat to the natural pool and Saona Island which was exhilarating and we spent a relaxing couple of hours on the beach where lunch was provided. The catamaran ride back to the port was so much fun and relaxing as well. The entire day was perfect. Same with the dune buggy rides. Transportation was on time but I would recommend bringing your own goggles, towels, etc as they are pricey on site. Overall I am definitely glad I booked this excursion. It made my trip to Punta Cana absolutely amazing.

It was a great trip! We were absolutely thrilled and there is nothing negative to say. It was a great trip and we would do it again and again :) so highly recommended!

we were late with the plane but the driver was waiting for us, everything went very well, I highly recommend

Very good tour, unfortunately had to wait a long time for another bus, otherwise everything was great.

Its been my forever dream to swim and interact with a dolphin! Thanks for making it happen