Things to do in Dominican Republic

Our most recommended things to do in Dominican Republic

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.

Bayahibe: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

2. Bayahibe: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

Take a trip to Saona Island to be surrounded by white-sand beaches, turquoise clear waters, and countless palm trees. Enjoy an inviting atmosphere perfect for relaxing throughout your tour. Be picked up from your hotel and travel to Bayahibe. Hop on board the speed boat for Saona Island via the Caribbean Sea. Stop halfway through your trip for a break at a beautiful natural pool. Continue your journey before arriving at Saona Island with about 3.5 hours to relax. At 2:35 PM, board a catamaran for the return ride to Bayahibe. Enjoy a party atmosphere where you can dance throughout the 1.5-hour journey. At the conclusion of your day out in the sun, enjoy drop-off back at your accommodation.

Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

3. 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.

Samaná: Los Haitises National Park & Cayo Levantado Island

4. Samaná: Los Haitises National Park & Cayo Levantado Island

Travel across stunning tropical waters and enjoy delicious Dominican delicacies on this beautiful tour. Contemplate the historic artworks of the Indigenous Taíno people found in caves located in the beautiful Los Haitises National Park. Begin at Samana port where you will then take a catamaran or boat to pass Samana Bay. Arrive at the Los Haitises National Park, and visit the gorgeous rock islands and learn about about interpretations of Indigenous Taíno paintings at Linea Cave. After departing the ancient cave, take a boat across the beautiful waters to visit a charming beach and the Cueva de la Larena Cave. Finish the tour of the cave with a toast and take the boat back to Cayo Levantado. Once you have returned, enjoy a traditional Dominican buffet and relax at Cayo Levantado Beach.

Punta Cana: Buggies and Polaris Adventure Tour

5. 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.

Los Haitises National Park: Boat and Walking Tour with Lunch

6. Los Haitises National Park: Boat and Walking Tour with Lunch

Embark on a full-day trip from Samaná to Los Haitises National park, and explore the park's natural beauty. See the park's beautiful scenery, and look for a variety of species while you explore. Enjoy a typical Dominican lunch buffet on Cayo Levantado. Slalom by the many islets that form this amazing National Park. See the park's natural attractions, like the mangroves, and some of the park's various bird species like pelicans, herons, and the Ridgway's hawk. Take the time to see historic caves and spectacular scenery. Marvel at the caves, which have some of the highest numbers of indigenous petroglyphs and pictographs in the country. Travel to Cayo Levantado, also known as Bacardi Island, and enjoy the picturesque destination's warm beaches, and a buffet lunch of typical Dominican food.

Punta Cana: Dolphin Explorer Swims and Interactions

7. 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: Scubadoo Ocean Exploration Diving Adventure

8. Punta Cana: Scubadoo Ocean Exploration Diving Adventure

ScubaDoo is an incredible diving activity for beginners (you do not need to know how to swim) in which you will enjoy a fun and colorful underwater experience observing the fantastic seabed in all its splendor, as well as enjoying the beautiful panoramic views of the Cabeza de Toro beaches in Punta Cana. - We will pick you up at your Hotel to take you to the beautiful coast of Cabeza de Toro in Punta Cana. - You will board a boat which will go to a comfortable platform where you will be received by specialized personnel and with our Dive Master guide, who knows the best dive sites, you will carry out an underwater adventure comfortably seated on our Underwater Scooters without using a mask or tube, you will be able to breathe normally, at a depth of 3 to 5 meters In direct contact with a marine environment and a fun interaction with fish, you will enjoy 15 to 20 minutes in our ScubaDoo scuba gear. - You will be able to do a fun snorkel observing corals and fish in the area at the official diving point "El Niño" (located next to the platform), they will be accompanied by a lifeguard guide, guaranteeing the greatest safety for your enjoyment. - You will board the Panoramic One (Glass Botton Boat) with a futuristic design equipped with a large glass bottom, and start a navigation of about 30 minutes enjoying the wonderful marine environment of the Caribbean. It operates from Monday to Saturday, 2 times a day. Its approximate duration is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Punta Cana: One-Way Private Transfer from Airport

9. Punta Cana: One-Way Private Transfer from Airport

Take the stress out of airport commutes by pre-booking your own private airport transfer to or from Punta Cana Airport. Rest back knowing you will be dropped off anywhere between city center and airport conveniently, safely and in comfort. Whether you are traveling in a bigger group or with extra luggage, tailor your private transfer to your needs by indicating what you need when you book. To ensure a relaxed transfer experience, you will receive a text message shortly before your scheduled pickup with your booking reference, our customer service number, and your driver's name and contact details. When you book your private transfer, remember to include your flight details. Your driver will track your flight so that no matter whether your flight arrives early, late or on-time, your driver will be there to greet you on arrival. Your driver will pick you up from the arrivals hall or agreed meeting point in the airport and help you to the vehicle with your luggage. Feel secure knowing that our customer service line runs 24/7 to support you in whatever you need. Sit back, relax and enjoy the views. Please be aware that in order to ensure a smooth travel, you will need to provide us your flight number as well as your drop off destination and pick up time.

Saona Island: Full-Day Boat Tour with Buffet Lunch & Drinks

10. Saona Island: Full-Day Boat Tour with Buffet Lunch & Drinks

Climb aboard and feel the breeze as you cross the Caribbean Sea by speedboat on this full-day island excursion. Travel to the beautiful island of Saona and go for a swim in a natural pool and sandbank in the middle of the sea. Start your tour at the Cotubanamá National Park. Head to Palmilla, a natural swimming pool, and enjoy drinks as you frolic in the turquoise waters. Interact with starfish and other marine life.  Afterward, head to the island beach club for three hours of free time: laze on the beach, go swimming, or play beach volleyball. Enjoy a buffet lunch before continuing with a catamaran cruise on the calm waters.

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What people are saying about Dominican Republic

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Our guide, Antonio, was absolutely amazing. He was knowledgeable, attentive, and just overall a pleasure to be around. I would highly recommend him to anyone visiting Puerto Plata, wanting to get a real feel of the city. Jose, our driver, was such a joy to be around and made us feel safe driving around the city. They both made us feel so welcome and gave us a true experience for the city. Thank you both so much!!

Very well organized tour, the guides were very attentive and friendly. The food was delicious and everything was spotlessly clean.

Airplane was late but he was outside waiting for us thank you we really appreciate it we will book again (always) the best

Everything is so good. Didn’t like that much that people is always asking for tips

Loved it lovely staff and super exciting highly recommend