When it comes to excursions in Punta Cana, then tourists can be sure that there are many options to choose from: this exotic destination offers 60 km of coastline with white sandy beaches and an adventurous jungle-like interior.
There is no doubt that there are many things to visit in Punta Cana: You can go to the beach and listen to the quiet sounds of the sea, but also take great boat trips to neighboring islands or exciting jungle trips. Take advantage of every opportunity you have to see these attractions and learn about the Dominican people.
At the beginning of your vacation in Punta Cana, your travel representative will invite you for a 'briefing'. You will certainly get plenty of information about the country, but the main reason for the briefing is to sell you excursions.
They usually suggest not to book excursions at local operators and try to convince you to purchase the trips they are offering. However these trips are identical to the excursions you can buy online, because the representatives use the same excursion operators. Only the prices and maybe the name are different; the travel organisations want 40-50% commission, so you surely are going to pay too much.....
You should know that most local tour operators are reliable and safe, and will offer the same excursions for considerably lower prices and with equal or better services than the ones offered by your representative.
With such a long coastline and so many beaches you can do all kinds of water sports: sailing, diving, surfing, snorkeling or kayaking.
You should insure the must-attraction of the Dominican Republic: a visit to the island of Saona. There are many Punta Cana tours that offer a boat trip to this beautiful island, but not all of them offer the same quality of service and experience.
Book only with reputable operators in order to avoid unpleasant situations. The boats need reliable professional captains and staff to ensure the safety of tourists.
There are countless activities on land that you can try. If you are a fan of rock climbing, caving, mountain biking, rafting, jungle hiking, then you can all do. Explore the land on an ATV, with a safari truck, buggy or on a horse, all possibilities for the adventurous.
Jungle tours around Bayahibe are a highlight of any holiday on the island. You go on a traditional river boat through the jungle and you can discover the real rainforest of the Dominican Republic.
Another interesting attraction is the capital city of Santo Domingo, which was founded in 1492 by Columbus. With the new Coral-highway the capital is within reach of Punta Cana tourists (although it is still a 2.5 hrs drive).
Here is a list of tours that we recommend. It is worthwhile to check these tours.
Even when you do not go on an organized trip, you can still explore the hotel's surrounding areas, take long walks in national parks, along the coastline, the buzzing city streets and enjoy the wonders offered by Punta Cana: impressive fauna and flora, turquoise seas, modern shopping malls, jungles, small art and craft shops, and many more.
Booking in advance is a wise choice: you will get the best prices and the greatest small group trips. Use the internet to find the best offers, compare prices and itineraries, and make quick decisions. The next time you look, the most attractive excursions might not be available anymore.