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Punta Cana: Saona Island and Buggy Combo

1. 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.

Salto La Jalda Waterfall 60-Minute Helicopter Experience

2. Salto La Jalda Waterfall 60-Minute Helicopter Experience

Nestled deep in the Cordillera Oriental Mountain Range and surrounded by a lush tropical rainforest is the highest waterfall in the Caribbean, Salto La Jalda.  Fly along the pristine beaches of Punta Cana, past the quiet villages to the north slopes of the sierra and discover the magic and mystery of this incredible beauty nestled deep in a lush tropical rainforest. Experience a 60-minute round trip helicopter flight over the waterfall and Playa Esmeralda with a one-hour picnic stop. See how the rushing waters spill over the cliffs and then enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature during your stay at the most amazing Esmeralda beach.

Punta Cana: Coco Bongo Nightclub Experience with Transfer

3. 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.

From Bavaro: Santo Domingo Colonial City Tour

4. From Bavaro: Santo Domingo Colonial City Tour

Take a trip back in time, where you will enjoy an interesting historical recount. Visit the most emblematic museums of the Dominican capital, with architectural designs dating from the time of the discovery of America. Comfortable air-conditioned buses will take you around during this full-day activity. A professional guide will share their knowledge about the history of European colonization in America. After hotel pick-up, head to 3 Eyes National Park, a complex of underground caves and lagoons initially inhabited by the Taino Indians. Next, set out to visit the Colonial Zone, the first permanent European settlement in America. Founded in 1502 by the Spanish colonizers, it has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Visit the first Cathedral of America, the Alcázar de Colón or the Palacio Virreinal de Don Diego. Get to know La Calle Las Damas, the first street on the island. Enjoy panoramic visits to the National Palace and the Columbus Lighthouse, a monument built in memory of Christopher Columbus and where his remains rest.

Punta Cana: ATV Off-Road Adventure

5. Punta Cana: ATV Off-Road Adventure

Start with pickup from your hotel in Punta Cana. Hop on your ATV and begin your off-road experience. Your guide will lead you through country roads and trails in northern Punta Cana. Stop at a typical Dominican home deep in the countryside, where you will sample some of the area's local produce, coffee, cocoa, and tobacco. Enjoy a shot of rich Dominican coffee and take a sip of the popular Mamajuana cocktail, a local elixir of rum, wine, and honey.  The second stop is at Taino Cave which has an underground water source. Take a dip in the fresh, cool waters or simply sit back an enjoy the view. The third stop will be at Macao Beach for some fun in the sun and sand. As an extra bonus, embark on a Shopping Tour with free round trip transportation. This is a service that is only available upon request.

From Punta Cana: Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour

6. From Punta Cana: Full-Day Santo Domingo City Tour

During this tour, you will visit key sites, including: the caves at Three Eyes National Park, the Columbus Lighthouse, the walled Colonial Zone, and the National Presidential Palace. Travel between the attractions with ease in an air-conditioned coach. A traditional Dominican lunch is also included. Your tour starts with pickup from your hotel in Punta Cana in an air-conditioned coach. Travel about two and a half hours to Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the New World and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit some of the most spectacular places in this rich colonial city, including Diego Colon’s Palace, the Holy Cathedral Primada, the Fortaleza, and the National Pantheon. Walk and take pictures in the Colonial Zone, starting at the Columbus Palace. Completed in 1514, this was the home of Christopher Columbus's son, Don Diego. From the Palace, the tour will go through the historic Plaza de Espana and on to Calle Las Damas (the first paved street in the New World). Keep walking to the National Pantheon where heroes were laid to rest. The colonial tour will culminate at the First Cathedral of the New World.

From Punta Cana: Countryside Off-Road Buggy Adventure

7. From Punta Cana: Countryside Off-Road Buggy Adventure

Start with hotel pickup in Punta Cana. Once you arrive at the starting point, your guide will tell you about the safety and operation of the buggies. From the ranch in Macao, go on an off-road adventure through the remote farmland of northern Punta Cana, passing palm trees and tobacco plantations with the Oriental mountain range in the background. The narrow, secluded country roads offer a safe haven for deep pools of mud that you will splash through. Make the first stop at a quaint country ranch for an introduction to local produce like cocoa, coffee, tobacco and Mamajuana, a Dominican aphrodisiac elixir. Enjoy a tasting of local Dominican coffee and chocolate. Jump back into your buggy and enjoy the off-road panoramic views of farmlands and distant mountains. Next stop is at a hidden cenote cave with a deep natural swimming hole. Jump in, cool off, and wash off the mud in refreshing underground waters. Embark on the longest drive of the day towards the beautiful Macao Beach, where you will have some time to relax on the beautiful white sands, before returning to the starting point.

Punta Cana: Polaris 4x4 Tour and Waterfall Pool

8. Punta Cana: Polaris 4x4 Tour and Waterfall Pool

Experience an exciting tour full of adrenaline in an ATV Polaris. Ride through the jungle, swim at a cenote, and see the waterfall at Bavaro Adventure Park. Enjoy a safe adventure with the highest safety standards and staff who will guide and assist you throughout the journey. Your trip starts with a shared transfer directly from your hotel in Punta Cana, Bávaro, Cap Cana, or Uvero Alto. Gear up with all the necessary equipment and receive training before officially starting the adventure. With your newly acquired ATV know-how, embark into the jungle and visit an abandoned mine off-road track. Arrive at the Dominican village and get a taste of local village life. Continue the trip by heading to the scenic blue lagoon cenote for a refreshing swim. Dig into a flavorful Dominican lunch before relaxing in the Bavaro Adventure Park's waterfall pool.

Punta Cana: Electric Bike Mountain Tour Around Macao

9. Punta Cana: Electric Bike Mountain Tour Around Macao

Get a taste of local life while pedaling along Macao’s beach and countryside, leaving the navigation to your experienced and very knowledgeable, local guide. Follow your guide on a 9-mile (15km) route, stopping to take pictures or sample local delicacies. The integrated electrical motors on each bike, allow even the less experienced guests to ride along with ease and without any difficulties. Bike along easy to ride trails through the local forests, across streams and cattle land, and learn more about the Heritage of the Dominican Republic on this 3 hours mountain bike tour. Biking through the countryside route is a great way to see more of the Dominican Republic. Escape the crowds of Punta Cana’s tourism center and enjoy a revitalizing relaxation among stunning scenery, soaking in the calm energy of the locals, living a simple but happy life in the countryside. While passing rural villages and coffee plantations, you have time to stop and catch a glimpse of local farm life. Your guide will give you lots of interesting insight into Dominican Republic’s cultural and religious history.

Punta Cana: Catamaran Tour with Taiguey Emotion Show

10. Punta Cana: Catamaran Tour with Taiguey Emotion Show

Delight in a half-day sailing trip along the stunning crystalline coast of Punta Cana, with a stop at the magnificent natural pool of Playa Blanca. Marvel at the dazzling coral reefs offered by the Caribbean Sea, where you can snorkel and learn about the colorful underwater world. Enjoy a hassle-free day with included hotel pickup and drop-off, as well as drinks, snacks, contests, and surprises. During your trip, get into the Caribbean spirit with the Taiguey Emotion Show, a unique and unforgettable experience that alludes to the first inhabitants of the Dominican Republic, Los Taínos. Learn a few traditional steps of Caribbean rhythms (salsa, merengue, bachata, dembow, mambo, perico ripiao, dembow, reggaeton, among others) with the onboard professional dancers. Taiguey Emotion Show includes a visit to the Taino Museum. Here, learn about culture and history to discover how the Dominicans' ancestors lived. Also, find out how to work pieces of clay and mold figures of indigenous rituals in an artisanal way.

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Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 104 reviews

Saona Island trip definitely is great fun especially the quick stop at the Natural swimming pool. The buggy tour/trip didn't had a great start due to the lack of communication of our pick up time. I had to constantly chase this up. We were eventually told that our pick up time was at 8:20am but when we got to the reception, the driver was very early as some guests from the other hotels cancelled and went to our hotel. Because we weren't at the reception, the driver left without asking the reception to call us in our room. A new pick up time was allocated at 10:20 and the driver was almost one hour late. Apart from the bad start, the tour was certainly enjoyable.

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)...

This was hands down the best night out we have ever had and our ages range from 30 to 61. It was literally 4.5 solid hours of full on entertainment and fun. A great atmosphere and excitement as one fantastic act took to the stage, screen or air one after the other. There is no time for boredom at Coco Bongo. Absolutely loved it

The gate was very interesting, lots to see and safe at all times. We also drove through big puddles because it has been raining a lot the last few days, which has boosted the adventure level. . The transfer also worked great. Overall, the tour was worth it. But the tour wasn't in German.

Great show continuous for 3 hours. Excellent lighting, entertainers, Dj and servers. Definitely recommend for a fun night out.