Puerto Plata Province
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Our most recommended Puerto Plata Province Cruises & Boat Tours

Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

1. Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua, or Cabarete, and then make your way by bus to the brilliant white sands of Punta Rucia, 67 kilometers east of Montechristi. Get amazing views of the countryside before you board a speedboat to cross to Cayo Arena.  Be welcomed by the turquoise waters and white sands of the paradise island. Go ashore to sink your toes in the sand and top up your tan. Marvel at the colorful marine life and coral gardens on an optional guided snorkeling tour, and enjoy a selection of fresh fruits and drinks.  Navigate the thick mangrove forest of Monte Cristi National Park by speedboat, and look for the abundant wildlife in the lagoons and channels. Get a feel for island life at a local market before taking the speedboat back to the mainland.

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Snorkeling Tour & Sosua Beach Day

2. Snorkeling Tour & Sosua Beach Day

Be collected from your accommodation by a taxi. Begin your tour at Sosua Bay, where crystal clear warm waters and a 1 km long sand beach welcome you. Before boarding the boat, a mask, fins, and inflatable snorkel vest will be provided. The guide will give you all the instructions needed for the snorkeling tour. The first snorkeling spot is at the Three Rocks and then you will head back to Sosua Bay for your second reef. After the snorkeling tour, a sun chair on Sosua Beach will be provided for you to relax, swim, and enjoy the beautiful scenery. Sosua Beach offers a lot of shops, bars, and restaurants - you will have time for shopping, eating, and drinking (at your own expense).

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Cayo Arena: VIP Experience in Luxury Catamaran

3. Cayo Arena: VIP Experience in Luxury Catamaran

This excursion to Cayo Arena offers a wonderful tour departing from Puerto Plata, in comfortable air—conditioned buses with experienced drivers, accompanied by professional guides. This trip is full of beautiful landscapes and green mountains all the way to Punta Rusia, a picturesque fishing village on the coast of Puerto Plata. The land tour ends at Playa Punta Rusia. From there you board a beautiful catamaran, so that you can appreciate the flora and fauna of the water route and visit the national park, navigating through the mangroves, with a variety of beautiful natural colors. If you are lucky you will see the famous manatee, also known as the sea cow. After 45 minutes, you arrive at Cayo Arena. Here you will have free time to snorkel, observe many species of fish of all colors, take photos, and enjoy a refreshing swim in crystal clear water.

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Samana: Whale Watching Tour

4. Samana: Whale Watching Tour

Every year from the middle of January until the end of March you are able to see Humpback Whales in Samana. Samana is considered one of the best places in the world for humpback whale watching. These beautiful and giant marine mammals, come out regularly to the surface to breathe, remain in apnea for about twenty minutes, but can remain underwater for up to forty minutes. Whales come to Samana to give birth due to their whalebone when born, only having a very thin layer of fat so cannot withstand the cold waters. At birth, the calf measures between three and a half and five meters and weighs a ton. After being collected from your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua or Cabarete, make your way to Samana and enjoy the amazing views of the lovely Dominican landscapes. Departing from the dock in the town of Samana, a fast and secure boat will transport you in comfort, in search of whales. Next, you will head to Bacardi Island, also known as Cayo Levantado. On the island a delicious typical Dominican lunch will be served. After lunch and to complete your wonderful experience you will have the chance to enjoy the turquoise waters and white sand of Cayo Levantado. It is a very long day but really worth to visit.

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Dominican Republic: Paradise Island by Speed Boat

5. Dominican Republic: Paradise Island by Speed Boat

Benefit from hotel or port pick-up by air-conditioned coach, and then journey to the small fishing village of Punta Rusia. Take in the panoramic views of the mountains, lush green rainforest, sugar-cane plantations, banana plantations, palm trees, cattle farms and countryside villages along the way. Encounter locals as they go about their everyday life in their typical colorful houses, still primarily made from wooden planks. Relax with a coffee or soft drink, before traveling by speed boat across the brilliant blue sea. En route to Paradise Island, see numerous coral reefs and extended mangrove forests. Arrive at the Dominican Republic's top snorkeling reef, and get a safety briefing as you strap on your snorkel gear and safety vest. Head out to the outer reef with experienced diver guides who will help you discover the fascinating underwater world and marine life. A safety boat will accompany the group the entire time. Swim with colorful tropical fish and delicate sea fans, brain coral, blue tang, butterfly fish and more! Take unbelievable underwater photos, and get the chance to snorkel on your own inside the reef. Soak up the sun, swim in the natural swimming pools, or just relax as you enjoy the complimentary beverages, tropical fruit and ham or cheese sandwiches.  Then, journey back towards your pick-up point, stopping at Monte Cristi National Park along the way. Take in the views of the lush green mangrove forests, lagoons and channels abundant with wildlife. Enjoy lunch at a beachside restaurant as you tuck into hamburgers and hot dogs. Unlimited drinks, coffee and water are included for the entire day. Swim in the Caribbean Sea, or relax on the beach chairs and at the beach huts. Explore the surrounding area if you are feeling adventurous, or sip refreshing drinks to the sounds of Caribbean music. Get dropped off at your hotel or original pick-up point at the end of the day!

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Puerto Plata: Deep Sea Fishing Tour

6. Puerto Plata: Deep Sea Fishing Tour

Find out why the Dominican Republic is recognized as one of the best big game fishing spots in the world. Puerto Plata, Cabarete, and Sosua offer the best offshore deep sea fishing worldwide with perfect flats, deep water, and a wide diversity of big game fish. Whether you are a seasoned fisher or a first-timer out on the open waters, the experienced guides will share their techniques to ensure you have the best chance at catching a wahoo, mahi mahi, tuna or if you’re lucky, a great blue marlin! If you need a break, kick back and relax on the boat while you enjoy spectacular coastal views and refreshments. All equipment is included so all needed from you is to show up with a smile and a ready-to-catch attitude.

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Sosua 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Boarding

7. Sosua 2-Hour Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Starting from Sosua Beach in Puerto Plata province, on the north coast of Dominican Republic, begin your day in a beautiful way on a stand-up paddleboard tour which can be done anytime from sunrise until sunset. You will be provided with an instructor who speaks English, Dutch, German, French, and Spanish, and all of the necessary gear to keep you safe. Enjoy a fun and relaxing activity which is suitable for the whole family, starting from 8 years old. Admire the crystal clear waters as you practice your balancing and improve your skill.

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What people are saying about Puerto Plata Province

Amazing barrier reef!

The tour is great, the guide is knowledgeable and the trip very well organized! The boat ride to the island was a lot of fun with the driver doing tricks and making us enjoy the waves :) paradise island is awesome, the fish and reef are worth all the money! Their “waterman” swim with you over the reef and are very well trained and prepared to help you with waves and equipments. Mangroves really interesting to see, even if the excursion goes quite quickly there, but definitely a nice way to end the tour before heading back to the beach. Highly recommended tour :)

Was a very successful trip

Paradise Island is very worthwhile, it is a very beautiful island. There we were snorkeling for an hour, was very very good, nice fish and corals. The mangrove forest was unfortunately only very short

The tour was excellent. They made sure they accommodated us as much as they could. We felt safe throughout the whole trip. The bus driver was great.

Richard and his Team were very nice to us. The snorkling at the reefes were very exiting and we saw a lot of fishes. Really nice Trip.

Wonderful experience!

If you want to go snorkeling in crystal clear water paradise island is definitely a must see.