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Punta Cana Dolphin & whale watching

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Punta Cana: Dolphin Explorer Swims and Interactions

1. 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.

Punta Cana: Dolphin Discovery Swims and Encounters

2. Punta Cana: Dolphin Discovery Swims and Encounters

Delight in the unique experience of swimming with dolphins in Punta Cana. In this immersive experience, you’ll play with dolphins who will hug and snuggle you, and show off their aerial acrobatics. Choose from one of 3 dolphin swim programs. Each program includes various dolphin activities, including dolphin handshakes and hugs. You'll also have access to Isla del Pirata on weekends. There, you can play on the amazing Pirate Island, complete with water tunnels and slides, adult and children's pools and jacuzzi. You will also have access to lounge chairs, showers, bathrooms, and dressing rooms. Dolphin Encounter - Beginner This option is great for all ages. Swimming is optional as you can stand on a platform and watch as the dolphins come to you. Get a dolphin handshake and hug and watch their amazing aerial acrobatics. You may also choose to pet and swim with the dolphins. Dolphin Swim Adventure - Intermediate This option includes the Belly Ride, where you will hold on to the dolphin's fins as he rides backward across the water. This also includes the Boogie Push, where the dolphin will push you across the water surface while you ride a boogie board. You'll also get a friendly dolphin handshake and hug. Royal Swim - Advanced As the most dynamic experience on offer at the center, this activity includes special features like the foot-push, where you’ll soar as two dolphins lift you out of the water. Try a dorsal tow, with two dolphins pulling you across the water as you hold their fins.

From Punta Cana: Full-Day Whale Watching

3. From Punta Cana: Full-Day Whale Watching

This tour is only available from the period between January 20 until March 30 each year. Until recently, it was believed that only 85% of the Atlantic humpback whales were born in Dominican waters and returned annually for mating and breeding. But a recent study revealed that all North Atlantic populations come to breed in these waters. On-board a specialized boat, you will enjoy the following: impressive mating acrobatics, romantic male chants and jumps of the consorts. Samaná is considered one of the best places in the world for the sighting of humpback whales. Join this whale watching excursion with a visit to the beautiful beach of Cayo Island (Bacardi Island) and enjoy an exotic excursion (if option selected).

From Punta Cana: Sanctuary Whale Watching Day Trip

4. From Punta Cana: Sanctuary Whale Watching Day Trip

Depart from the areas of Punta Cana, Bávaro and Uvero Alto and travel by bus through the wonderful countryside of the Dominican Republic along rural roads. Discover magical locations that perfectly capture the most exquisite flora of the Caribbean. Journey along a new road that connects the area with the Bavarian town of Miches in just 1 hour. Marvel at the colors as you pass the towns of La Colonia and El Cedro en route. Arrive at the ranch in time for a tasty light breakfast snack. Then, go to a private dock to board a speedboat and set sail to look for humpback whales in their natural environment. Visit Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island) to experience a tropical paradise surrounded by crystal-clear waters. Marvel at the magical setting of turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Then, continue by boat to the dock where you will board a comfortable air-conditioned bus to the village of El Limon. Stop for a hearty buffet or Dominican lunch at Rancho Los Cocos.

From Punta Cana: Samana Bay Private Boat Whale Watching

5. From Punta Cana: Samana Bay Private Boat Whale Watching

Whale watching trip private from Punta Cana Hotels. Book your trip for a Whale watching experience starting from Samana Bay in a Private tour to whale watching. After whales, we will visit Cayo Levantado for Lunch and beach time With professionals ecologist tour Guides. Please book with time your tickets. In the whales season are many bookings and we will like to have your tickets safe for you. In Bacardi Island, Lunch Buffet from typical Dominican Style will be provided. When lunch is finished you are allowed to swim and as private trip you can set when you want to go back to Punta cana areas.

Whale Watching: Full Day Tour from Punta Cana by Airplane

6. Whale Watching: Full Day Tour from Punta Cana by Airplane

Begin your day early in the morning with pickup at your accommodation in Punta Cana/Bávaro, Uvero Alto or Bayahibe. Head over to Punta Cana Airport, then fly to Arroyo Barril Airport in Samana. Enjoy drinks and snacks during the approximately 35-minute flight. Upon arrival in Samana, you'll be transported to the ship that will take you to Samana Bay for the sighting of humpback whales. Admire these magnificent animals in their natural habitat during whale season from January 20 to March 31. On Mondays and Fridays after whale watching, enjoy a horse ride toward the renowned Cascada del Limón, a 52-meter (170-foot) waterfall immersed in the forests of Samana. Relax and cool off in the waterfall's spa pool, then replenish your energy with lunch at the ranch. On Wednesdays, enjoy lunch in Cayo Levantado and relax on the beach for the rest of the day. After a wonderful day in Samana, begin to head back to Samana Airport for your return flight to Punta Cana. When you arrive at Punta Cana Airport, your bus driver will be waiting for you to take you back to your accommodation.

Punta Cana: Whale Whatching Sanctuary Experience

7. Punta Cana: Whale Whatching Sanctuary Experience

After having been collected from your accommodation, you will begin your day out on the water to watch whales in their natural sanctuary.  You will visit a beautiful natural area aboard a certified boat out in the privileged waters of Samaná and Miches Bay. The whale watching sanctuary in Samana Bay is the winter home of a sea giant, an acrobat of the sea: the humpback whale. From January to March, these waters are their stage and refuge as they come here to give birth to their young or to find a partner to perpetuate their species through further generations. Expert guides will take you to enjoy this natural wonder aboard boats that are specially designed for this activity. As you observe these enormous and majestic beings (which can reach 53 feet in length and 40 tons in weight), you will learn more about their biology, ecology and behavior.

Punta Cana: Private VIP Catamaran Party Cruise and Snorkel

8. Punta Cana: Private VIP Catamaran Party Cruise and Snorkel

Embark on a private VIP party cruise aboard a catamaran. Spend a day of fun on the water with family or friends. Snorkel among natural coral reefs with tropical fish, and then relax while enjoying snacks and drinks. Start your experience with pickup via private transportation and VIP check-in. Then, board the catamaran and set sail. Bring your own drinks or choose from the on-board drink bar featuring Sprite, red rock, piña colada, mojitos, Cuba libre, rum, beer, coca-cola, diet coca-cola, fresh natural juices, water, vodka with cranberry, and mamajuana. As you sightsee from the boat, listen to upbeat music and savor snacks including tropical fruits and nachos with salsa. Float past panoramic Dolphin Island and stop for 40 minutes of snorkeling for up-close views of marine life (gear and life jackets included). Before the end of the cruise, stop at a natural pool or sand bar where the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean meet.

Bayahibe: Dolphin Encounter

9. Bayahibe: Dolphin Encounter

Enjoy safe and fun activities especially designed for families at Dolphin Discovery Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. Spend an hour with these delightful creatures on an encounter that is ideal for all ages. Start out with a 15-minute briefing, followed by 40 minutes of time with the resident dolphins. Enjoy the dolphins even if you don’t like to swim. There is a platform to stand on as the dolphins approach you. The friendly creatures will greet you with a handshake, a kiss and a hug. Dolphins are known for their playful nature, as you’ll see for yourself at Dolphin Discovery Punta Cana.

From Punta Cana: Whale Watching & Cayo Levantado Island

10. From Punta Cana: Whale Watching & Cayo Levantado Island

Enjoy a scenic cruise with whale watching in Cayo Levantado. Leave Punta Cana and take in beautiful coastal views from the boat and stop in Cayo Levantado Island for lunch and exploration time. Begin the tour by meeting the guide at your hotel or accommodation in Punta Cana around 6:30 am, and drive to the Sabana de La Mar Port. Board the boat and set out for the whale-watching portion of the tour. Watch the whales in their natural habitat from the boat, and enjoy seeing these magnificent creatures up close. Spot marine species like humpback whales as they migrate to the area each year. Travel to Cayo Levantado Island to stop for a typical Dominican lunch with local foods, and take a stroll around the island, play volleyball, or relax in the shade. Return to Sabana de La Mar at 4:30, and return to Punta Cana from there.

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What people are saying about Punta Cana

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4.0 / 5

based on 21 reviews

We came with our kids and had the most amazing time with the dolphins, beyond our expectations! the staff is super friendly and welcoming, the trainers Jose and Rafael are very experienced and put a lot of efforts to make an unforgettable experience for all of us

Absolutely amazing trip! Was great fun swimming with the dolphins, they are treat really well and can see they have a great relationship with their trainer who feeds them lots of fish!

It was a wonderful trip with the family, all children and all adults thought it was great and it was well organized! We'd love to come back!!

Had a fantastic day. The staff and trainers are very friendly and helpful. Pictures were a bit pricey but worth it

It was a dream for me and I fulfilled it, I recommend the Royal swin package