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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.

Punta Cana: ATV Off-Road Adventure

2. 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: Countryside Off-Road Buggy Adventure

3. 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: Electric Bike Mountain Tour Around Macao

4. 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

5. 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.

From Punta Cana: Higuey and Shopping Tour

6. From Punta Cana: Higuey and Shopping Tour

Your tour starts when you are picked up at your hotel lobby or the agreed meeting point in an air-conditioned minivan. On your drive to Higuey, you will be able to see some of the countryside and sugar cane plantations. Feel free to ask your guide questions during the drive.    Once in Higuey, you will visit The Basilica Cathedral Nuestra Señora de La Altagracia, a Roman Catholic minor basilica and Cathedral dedicated to Our Lady of Altagracia patroness of the nation. You will also visit the local market and the main park to see how the locals live and the beauty of the city. After your visit to Higuey, you will be driven to Bavaro where you will visit some shop so you can buy souvenirs for your friends and relatives. Once you finish shopping, it is time to go back to your hotel.

From Punta Cana: Jungle Buggy Adventure to Anamuya River

7. From Punta Cana: Jungle Buggy Adventure to Anamuya River

After getting picked up from your hotel in Punta Cana, head to the majestic Anamuya Mountains, where your fun begins. Your certified guide will teach you everything you need to know in terms of safety and driving your buggy. Discover the spectacular jungle landscapes of the area and enjoy an incredible journey through a unique terrain at 4x4 speeds.  Immerse yourself in the spectacular waters of the Anamuya River, where you can enjoy a swim surrounded by nature, or simply lie back and relax, contemplating the surrounding landscapes. To complete your experience, visit a local family in their home. Enjoy a tour of their farm and coffee plantation.

From Punta Cana: Safari Traditional Tour with Lunch

8. From Punta Cana: Safari Traditional Tour with Lunch

Learn everything there is to know about Dominican rum, explore cane fields, experience traditional foods, and enjoy an exhilarating horseback ride. Meet your guide in a safari truck outside your hotel, and begin your journey back in time. See farmers plowing cane in the traditional way and learn how they transform the humble cane juice into top-shelf Dominican rum. For lunch, stop at a traditional Dominican home, where you can enjoy exotic tropical fruits, coffee and chocolate, and traditional Trapiche. After dinner, learn how to roll some of the most sought-after cigars in the world. Continue your tour on horseback, taking a beautiful ride through the Eastern mountain range. Stop and see the historic Basilica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia before returning to your Punta Cana accommodation.

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What people are saying about Punta Cana

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 84 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.

Tour was nice, guide was great and also spoke German as requested. Monkeys were super cute and trusting, are well taken care of. There is enough time for photos. Ride was pleasant in the open truck. Picked up and returned on time. Interesting to see how people live there, how coffee and cocoa are made and also nice to taste fresh there. Not too long winded. Informative and interesting. Was a great tour.

Superb activity! Saona Island is breathtaking paradise!!! The trip by speedboat, the return by catamaran is perfect with the short stopover in the natural swimming pool at the top!! Same for the buggy we discover the country it's great everything is perfect the water hole etc. I say no more it is to be done!! Top value for money

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.

Young boy made us spend a great afternoon Discovering the country and fantastic time with the saimiris. What to do if you have children