Punta Cana
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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.

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Punta Cana: Coco Bongo Nightclub Experience with Transfer

2. 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.

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Punta Cana: Zip-Lining 12 Cables

3. Punta Cana: Zip-Lining 12 Cables

Fly through the air in a zip lining course in the Dominican Republic's lush tropical jungle! Visit the first zip-line course on the island. After a 45 minute drive onboard a safari truck transportation, you will be entering a whole new dimension of entertainment. Expert canopy guides will teach you all you need to know about the ride and the equipment. You will be transferred to the Welcome Center, where a safety briefing will be conducted until reaching the first platform, and then be ready to face the challenge: flying from one platform to another! The longest cable is 800 meters (about 2,600 feet) long, and hovers directly over a river for about 50 seconds! Your tour consists of 16 platforms and 12 Zip Lines, including the 2 longest lines in the Caribbean, stretched across the length of the lush Cordillera Septentrional mountain range. Let yourself zip from platform to platform and swing through the air with a bird’s eye view of the lush tropical mountain range.

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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.

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From Punta Cana: Sanctuary Whale Watching Day Trip

5. From Punta Cana: Sanctuary Whale Watching Day Trip

Depart from the areas of Punta Cana, Bávaro and Uvero Alto and travel by bus through the wonderful countryside of the Dominican Republic along rural roads. Discover magical locations that perfectly capture the most exquisite flora of the Caribbean. Journey along a new road that connects the area with the Bavarian town of Miches in just 1 hour. Marvel at the colors as you pass the towns of La Colonia and El Cedro en route. Arrive at the ranch in time for a tasty light breakfast snack. Then, go to a private dock to board a speedboat and set sail to look for humpback whales in their natural environment. Visit Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island) to experience a tropical paradise surrounded by crystal-clear waters. Marvel at the magical setting of turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Then, continue by boat to the dock where you will board a comfortable air-conditioned bus to the village of El Limon. Stop for a hearty buffet or Dominican lunch at Rancho Los Cocos.

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Punta Cana: Polaris 4x4 Tour and Waterfall Pool

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

Take a two-hour off-road tour of the Dominican coastline in a 4x4 on this tour from Punta Cana. Visit the easternmost part of the island, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea. Drive through dunes along the coastline and enjoy the beautiful views. Visit a Dominican coastal town. Dig into a delicious Dominican lunch before relaxing in the park's waterfall pool. Enjoy convenient shared round-trip transfer from your hotel in Punta Cana, Bávaro, Cap Cana, or Uvero Alto.

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From Bavaro: Santo Domingo Colonial City Tour

7. 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.

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Punta Cana: Catamaran Tour with Taiguey Emotion Show

8. 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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Punta Cana: Sunset Party Boat with Snorkeling

9. Punta Cana: Sunset Party Boat with Snorkeling

The afternoon begins with hotel pick up in Punta Cana. Once onboard, the first stop will be to a shallow reef for a 30-40 minute snorkeling tour. For those who have never snorkeled, our certified guides will provide instructions as well as all the necessary equipment. Afterwards, cruise up the coast to the natural pool; a sandbank where visitors can enjoy clear shallow waters and take part in fun water activities and competitions organized by our friendly crew and animation team.  Onboard, enjoy unlimited beverages including beer, rum, and mamajuana, as well as a selection of fresh fruit and snacks. Dance the afternoon away to local and international hits and enjoy the sun’s last rays over the Caribbean Sea.

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Punta Cana: Bavaro Runners Safari Tour

10. Punta Cana: Bavaro Runners Safari Tour

Embark on a fascinating journey into the Dominican Republic's wildlife and agriculture, discovering teeming jungles, bewitching turquoise seascapes, and more. Take a stroll through a lush sugarcane plantation to witness the traditional oxen-driven methods of plowing and grinding the crop. See how the plant transforms into juice and molasses before eventually becoming the finest Dominican rum. Visit the master craftsmen who roll the country's finest cigars from only the highest-quality, locally-harvested tobacco. Observe the intricate handiwork passed down through the generations, before stopping for a traditional buffet lunch, finished with delectable tropical fruits, freshly-brewed coffee, and pure cocoa.

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What people are saying about Punta Cana

Overall rating

3.9 / 5

based on 104 reviews

This excursion was great. The transportation came on time and Alberto took excellent care of our group throughout the day. We took a speedboat to the natural pool and Saona Island which was exhilarating and we spent a relaxing couple of hours on the beach where lunch was provided. The catamaran ride back to the port was so much fun and relaxing as well. The entire day was perfect. Same with the dune buggy rides. Transportation was on time but I would recommend bringing your own goggles, towels, etc as they are pricey on site. Overall I am definitely glad I booked this excursion. It made my trip to Punta Cana absolutely amazing.

The buggy tour with the big Polaris is an experience. You get pretty dirty because the track is watered and you drive north through puddles. The stop at the eastern point of the Dominican Republic is worth seeing. The ride on horseback is sensational. Big, calm horses and you can ride freely yourself in beautiful terrain. The package was worth it.

A really great trip in a great setting. Our guide (Wilbert (?)) Knows how to inspire with his relaxed and personable manner. The guides on site are great too. I would book it again. 6-7 strong pictures for about 20 dollars are okay too. 5 Stars.

Top tour with the Guido Nacho and the driver Melo. Everything as in the description (except draft oxen), we also visited a well-known cathedral. A very nice day, thanks for the unforgettable trip!

Very good tour, unfortunately had to wait a long time for another bus, otherwise everything was great.