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When visiting Punta Cana and staying in one of the fabulous resorts, you will have much to do right there. However, many travelers want to see more of the area, enjoy water sports and snorkeling on diverse island beaches, or partake in an exciting adventure, such as dune-buggy rides or zip-lining.

Whether to book ahead of time is a question often asked.


Some excursions can only be booked ahead of time online with the outfitter. It is advised that they should be booked early to avoid disappointment. For example, if you want a fishing or catamaran excursion, go to this site.

Rates are shown and you can see the availability of the tour desired. Find out more about some of the tours available by visiting the Trip Advisor page link at the end of this post.

Booking From the Hotel

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You will want to use cash, get a receipt and verify with the hotel that the tour is a legitimate one. Booking when you arrive offers a more relaxed schedule; those who want to wait for the weather, seaweed conditions or their mood, might want to book from the resort when the time is right.

However, you may be paying a higher price than if you had booked online. It has been said that booking online offers a 10% discount; it that is not important, you can wait until you are at the resort.

In town, you may be approached by someone selling a tour or excursion. Make sure that they are legitimate by checking back at the hotel.

Popular Tours

Some of the popular excursions that you can enjoy include a catamaran for snorkeling and sailing; snorkeling is near the fish habitats that are part of the Cabeza de Toro Natural Reserve.

You can read the reviews online before you go, even if you are booking at the resort.
Boat tours and excursions are offered by iHeartDR. You can learn much about a tour by reading reviews, although recommendations by travelers at your hotel might be a great option.

Some tours include the following adventures:

  • Zip-lining
  • Monkey land exploration
  • Cruises
  • Sailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Parasailing
  • Off-road and buggy tours
  • Safaris
  • Eco-tours

Parasailing in Punta Cana

You can find links to these tours and read reviews of them as well.

Sometimes you might find a great deal locally, for example, at a dive shack right at the water. If you are not booking online, it is wise to find out more about the tour operator or tour from the resort.

Be wary of people roaming the beach offering tours; that said, enjoy all the fun that an excursion offers while in Punta Cana.


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