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Things to do in Punta Cana

Don't be fooled by the resorts — rainforests, colonial towns, and adrenaline gems are all within arm's reach here.

Our most recommended things to do in Punta Cana

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: Monkey Land Half-Day Safari

3. 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.

Punta Cana: Dolphin Explorer Swims and Interactions

4. 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: Santo Domingo Day Trip with Tickets and Lunch

5. Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Day Trip with Tickets and Lunch

Santo Domingo is a magical city, full of history, culture and amazing landscapes. Explore the oldest Capital of the “New” World, Santo Domingo, the first city founded in America. This sightseeing tour shows you a city full of history and culture. A great activity for the whole family. - We will pick you up at your Hotel to start an incredible trip to Santo Domingo, during the trip you will see incredible details about the Culture of the Dominican Republic. - Upon arrival in Santo Domingo you will visit the incredible cenotes of Los Tres Ojos National Park, especially natural and magical. - You will visit the most important monuments of the City: The 1st Cathedral of America, the Alcázar de Colón and the National Pantheon, El Faro a Colón. - We will take a walk through the Colonial Zone, a romantic street, the first in America, “The Ladies”. Enjoying an ancient but picturesque panoramic view. It operates every day. Its approximate duration is 10 hours.

Punta Cana: Scubadoo Ocean Exploration Diving Adventure

6. 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 a Dive Master guide, who knows the best dive sites, you will carry out an underwater adventure comfortably seated on an 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 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: Dolphin Discovery Swims and Encounters

7. 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.

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

8. 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.

Punta Cana: Hoyo Azul and Scape Park Cap Cana Full-Day Trip

9. Punta Cana: Hoyo Azul and Scape Park Cap Cana Full-Day Trip

Start your day on an air-conditioned coach that whisks you from your hotel to Scape Park, an eco-adventure park located in the Cap Cana Resort, which covers over 247 acres (100 hectares) on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. This full-day admission ticket includes all 7 quality attractions available at Scape Park. You might decide to start your Scape Park adventure on the Zip Line Eco Tour and then cool off on the Hoyo Azul Eco Tour. It’s up to you. Attractions available at the park: Hoyo Azul Eco Tour: Cool down with a swim in a hidden cenote with brilliant blue waters. Cross a bridge with gorgeous views of Farallon Cliff, and visit plant stations to learn about the local plants and wildlife Cave Expedition: Hike up into Farallon Cliff and trek in a jungle. Make your way down a staircase to enter the cave and explore its vast underground network of chambers and tunnels Cultural Route: During a nature walk, see markings by Tainos, the original indigenous inhabitants of the island. Saltos Azules: Escape the ordinary with this adventure you can't find in any other park. Discover Saltos Azules, a land with many fun and unique activities to do. Experience the diving platforms, hanging zip line, swing zip line, and ride the water hammocks that take you speeding and splashing in the refreshing water Zip Line Eco Adventure: Feel the adrenaline and enjoy the sensation of flying through a canopy of trees as you speed through eight zip lines. With the platforms set in a natural high cliff, the zip line has breathtaking views of the Caribbean coastline and lush natural scenery Cave Swim: Dive into this mystical underground spring and live the genuine sensation of swimming in these invigorating waters, previously used by the ancient natives for sacred rituals Iguanaland: In this wild journey you will have an up and close encounter with our rhinoceros iguanas. A species of reptile that can only be found on this tropical island. The handlers are trained to make this experience both fun and educational for the whole family

Punta Cana: Saona Island and Buggy Combo

10. Punta Cana: Saona Island and Buggy Combo

Book a package tour in Punta Cana full of adrenaline, relaxation, beautiful scenery, and more. Experience a speedboat tour of the Caribbean sea with music and a bar on the first day. Next, take a buddy ride with a GoPro camera in the rural area followed by a visit to Macao Beach. Visit Soana Island in the Dominican Republic. Begin by hitting the Caribbean Sea on a speedboat, before slowly cruising your way back to the mainland on a spacious catamaran. Enjoy 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. Fire up your buggy, which is 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. Make 3 stops throughout your buggy tour. Visit 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 that is perfect for swimming. Take in Macao Beach, one of the best beaches in the coastal stretch of Punta Cana. Experience an idealistic Caribbean shore with amber sands, rows of coconut palms, and azure waters. At the conclusion of your experience, return to your accommodation in Punta Cana.

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What people are saying about Punta Cana

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 4,499 reviews

We are absolutely thrilled. We travel a lot and this was by far the best and most beautiful tour we have ever done. The tour is worth every penny. The guides (we had Christian) an absolute dream. You feel very well cared for right from the start. The entire team makes sure that everything fits and responds very individually to the wishes of the guests. We had never experienced such hospitality. The whole thing is accompanied by a photographer (we had Manuel) - also amazing. You can decide afterwards whether you want the photos or not. Honestly, we paid about $40 for all photos (120 pieces). That's more than fair - we also gave more because Manuel tried very hard and conjured up really great photos! The individual locations that are approached are amazing! You can collect such great impressions. We can only recommend - do the tour!

I really enjoyed the experience! My tour guide Alex and Robin were so kind and answered all of my questions. They took us to many different sites. I recommend doing the longer tour as you get to eat a Dominican lunch which was delicious and visit the beach. We even got to try Dominican rum!!! It’s beautiful seeing the real DR countryside which is more authentic than just staying on the resort. They also pick you up and drop you back off at your hotel. If you want to enjoy life outside of the resort, book with these guys.

Hello to all readers!, The tour was just recommendable. The tres ochos nacional parque was wonderful (guide told us a bit about the caves and their myths), Lago de los deseos>Wish Fulfillment Fountain. Then we went on to Santo Domingo, offering a lot (beautiful buildings, historical places, a lot about Christopher Columbus) and good shopping for Kakoo, cigars, Mamajuana (national drink). Overall very worth seeing and a must see if you come to this island.

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

It was awesome, just wished they could come pick me up directly in front of my hotel , I had to walk way to the front by the security gate . Other then that , I had a great time !