Things to do in
Punta Cana

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Punta Cana: Catamaran Boat to Saona Island with Buffet Lunch

1. Punta Cana: Catamaran Boat to Saona Island with Buffet Lunch

Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off, stop off at a huge natural swimming pool, and enjoy snacks as you go. Benefit from the services of a guide, ride a speed boat and catamaran, and feast on a buffet lunch including drinks. 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.

Punta Cana: Buggies and Polaris Adventure Tour

2. 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 path and head to the paradisiacal Macao Beach, recognized by UNESCO as one of the 10-best beaches in the world.

Punta Cana: Dolphin Explorer Swims and Interactions

3. 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: Monkey Land Half-Day Safari

4. Punta Cana: Monkey Land Half-Day Safari

Visit the coconut house or “Casa del Coco” to learn how coconut oil is produced and taste exotic Caribbean fruits, roasted coffee, and cacao. Interact in close proximity with friendly squirrel monkeys for the next 45 minutes. These charming and intelligent monkeys have been trained by a Canadian couple with over 35 years of experience working with animals, including 12 years at the Toronto Zoo teaching monkeys how to interact with humans. The tour is based on 5 acres of beautiful land that monkeys have made their home. They will descend from the trees to sit on your shoulder and eat from your hands. They also love to pose for the cameras, especially for selfies.

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 onboard open bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Benefit from the brilliant atmosphere suitable for all the family.

Punta Cana: Private Transfer To or From PUJ Airport

6. 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.

Punta Cana: Full-Day Snorkeling Tour to Catalina Island

7. 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.

Punta Cana: Coco Bongo Nightclub Experience with Transfer

8. 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.

Punta Cana: Saona Island and Buggy Combo

9. 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.

Punta Cana: La Hacienda Park Pure InspirAction Ticket

10. Punta Cana: La Hacienda Park Pure InspirAction Ticket

Visit the expansive La Hacienda Park and enjoy a pickup at your hotel with this Pure InspirAction ticket. Soar over the jungle on speedy ziplines, enjoy a safari through Punta Cana, and feel the thrill of skydiving. Begin your day with a ride to La Hacienda from your hotel. After arriving, jump into whichever of the many activities the park offers piques your fancy. Get an overview of the park by riding the chairlift. Marvel at stunning views of cane plantations, forests, mountains, and the ocean. Stay in the air on the 2km-long zipline course. Zip through 5 courses and reach a dizzying speed of 70 kph. If you prefer, take the plunge with the quick jump. Experience a free-fall through the air and see beautiful scenery with a rush of adrenaline. Animal lovers can explore Punta Cana with a horseback ride. Hop on top of a calm Quarter Mile horse and trot through the forest, seeing the sights up close and personal. Continue discovering the area with a safari through a traditional town. Taste local food, see how coffee beans are dried, and enjoy a cup of coffee and hot cocoa. Discover the trees from which mangoes and soursop grow, species of flora that have been linked to life in the Caribbean since thousands of years ago. Cool off with a self-driven buggy ride through picturesque landscapes. Finish your buggy tour with a refreshing dive in a natural river. Before heading home, stop at the restaurant and enjoy a delicious variety of traditional Dominican dishes. Choose the Private VIP option to enjoy a private transfer from your hotel, access to La Hacienda, the services of a guide and a photographer, drinks and snacks, a lunch buffet, and digital photographs of your time at La Hacienda. The Standard Option includes a group transfer, a lunch buffet, and access to La Hacienda.

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 2,846 reviews

We had a fabulous time doing the duel trip or Zipline and monkey land tour. Transportation picked us up right at our hotel and got to the park at a reasonable time. The Zip lines were great, 12 total! (Some high and long others short and quick). Our guides name was Melvin-he was wonderful. Very enthusiastic, energetic, funny, and knowledgeable. After ziplining some of the other guides help describe some local products which you get to try and buy some souvenirs if you want. The last part of the day was our favorite, the enclosure with the small monkeys was awesome! They jump and crawl all over you. You have lots of time in the large area with them (probably 45 minutes!) and you get to take your own pictures and videos. The guides take your picture with a beautiful backdrop for a small charge. All in all this was a great day- highly recommend!!

Fantastic trip with lots to absorb, really well paced and feel like this day will be one to remember for many years. The guide offered valuable insights and we really felt like we got a taste of the Dominican lifestyle and culture. The sights were incredible, our Gopro stayed warm throughout the trip! Make sure that you leave some tips to the horseriding assistants, they work really hard! (and perhaps avoid making the mistake of bringing British pounds as they have never seen that before)...

Really well organised and had soooo much fun on the catamaran and speedboat. The historical sight was really pleasant to venture and the Saona waters very amongst the most pristine that we have ever seen! Only I wish we anchored nearer the starfish to take a pic of them... My only regret honestly (I'm sure the starfish don't mind)...

Super fun tour, saw beautiful nature during the buggy tour and then concluded with a great party on the boat. Highly recommended! PS: bring a drink with you to the buggy tour!

So helpful very good English and made us feel safe and comfortable after a 9 hr flight recommend highly rather than a coach