You may want to spend your trip to Punta Cana simply lounging on the beach and sipping cocktails – and that’s perfectly fine. However, if you want to do something a little bit more adventurous during your stay, this Dominican Republic destination offers a lot of great activities to choose from.
Whether you want to go snorkeling, embark on an adventure cruise or take a dune buggy ride over the beach – you’ll find an excursion in Punta Cana that will delight you. Here are a few of the best excursions that Punta Cana has to offer, as well as tips on how to book your day of fun.
Isla Saona Excursion
Would you like to take a speedboat ride to a beautiful and remote island, swim in a pool with starfish, feast on a Dominican style lunch and then sail back slowly on a catamaran with Latin music and an open bar? There are many tour companies in Punta Cana that offer fantastic full day excursions to Isla Saona.
Isla Saona is a gorgeous tropical island that is located just off the mainland of the Dominican Republic. The seas around the island are rich in wildlife and are home to many species of tropical marine fish – the entire island is a protected nature reserve. It has been used by many film crews as the setting for the typical “paradise island, ” and when you arrive, you will understand why. It has white sand, azure water, swaying palm trees and it is so stunning that you will think you are dreaming.
Do you want to peer beneath the warm Caribbean waters and see what kind of diverse marine life lives below the surface? Why not take a snorkeling tour to some of the best diving spots on the island? You’ll be able to see an amazing array of underwater creatures while enjoying a great day out in Punta Cana.
For example, Hispaniola Aquatic Tours is a company that offers private four-hour excursions on a catamaran that include drinks, meal, hotel, and transport. They will also provide all of the snorkeling equipment you need as well as professional photos so that you can document the experience.
Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park
A great way to get closer to nature in Punta Cana is to go on a day trip adventure to Indigenous Eyes Ecological Park and Reserve. This beautiful and unspoiled park got it’s name because the Taino Indians referred to the lakes as “eyes” because of their beautiful color and unusual shape. You can visit the park on a self-guided visit or take a package tour offered by one of the local guides.
The Reserve has an extensive network of hiking trails that lead to 12 sparkling freshwater lagoons and provide a habitat for reptiles, birds, insects and other flora and fauna. Take a walk down the interpretive trail that will reveal a fruit tree garden, petting zoo, iguana habitat and a sugarcane exhibition. You can also swim in three of the 12 crystal clear lagoons within the park. If you arrive early, there may be a chance that you will share the lagoons with turtles and other wildlife.
Cap Cana Adventure Buggies
How about an excursion on dune buggies for a bit of excitement during your visit to Punta Cana? You can be free to drive across the diverse terrain while admiring the views of the beautiful beaches. This is a tour that will give you a full day of entertainment, as well as lunch and a safety briefing if you have never driven a buggy before.
The Cap Cana Adventure Buggy tour picks you up at your hotel and provides you with your buggy – then you will drive to one of our gorgeous beaches in the country -Juanillo Beach. The tour also visits the Hoyo Azul cave (Blue Hole) where you will be able to dive into the deep clear blue waters.
Within the Haitises National Park, you will find lush mangrove forests, wild birds and animals and a network of deep, dark caves. On a spelunking excursion into these caves, you will crawl through the cool corridors and swim through the underground rivers on an unforgettable journey.
Keep your eye out for Taino petroglyphs carved on the walls and admire the enormous stalagmites and stalactites. Rancho Capote offers a full day caving tour that will last around 12 hours and includes a horseback ride to the cave’s entrance and rappelling inside the caves.
Tips for Booking a Punta Cana Excursion
If you know for sure that you want to enjoy an activity when you are in Punta Cana, make sure that you book it early.
Make sure that you find out what is included in the excursion so that you know exactly what you are paying for and what to expect on the day.
Also, leave some flex days on your trip so that you can reschedule if you need to due to the weather. A boat excursion might be canceled if the weather is very bad.
Most of the time you will be able to book your excursions in US Dollars, so you don’t have to pay the fees to convert your money.
Bring along a bit of cash so that you can give a tip to your tour guide at the end of the day.
It’s worth trying to negotiate for a discounted rate on your Punta Cana excursion or tour; you might be able to get a cheaper rate.
Be careful when booking the cheapest excursions as they might cut corners and make the experience less enjoyable. Look for the tour companies that offer the best value instead.
Ask the tour company what you need to bring along with you on the day (towel, hiking shoes, swimming suit) and what will be supplied (snorkeling gear, food, water).