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The votes are in and after sorting through tons of reviews we have come up with the top 10 things to do in Punta Cana.

We took into account the average rating as well as the number of votes to choose the 10 best things to do in Punta Cana.

You’ll find that there’s something to do for every member of the family so everyone feels included and all can go back home having enjoyed the vacation of a lifetime.

Without further adue, we give you the ten best things to do in Punta Cana Dominican Republic:

1-Samana Visit by Plane


This excursion has it all, it is actually a combination of three different excursions: horseback riding, truck safari and Island tour and if that wasn’t enough you also get to visit a magnificent natural waterfall.

Samana is a peninsula in the northeastern part of the country just 30 minutes away by plane from Punta Cana and one of my all time favorite parts of the Dominican Republic. Your transport from the Samana airport will be safari trucks which will take you through the mountainous terrain of the Peninsula for you to experience the Dominican culture outside your hotel.

Later, once off the truck you will mount a horse for a 30 minute ride to “El Salto del Limon” one of the most beautiful and famous waterfalls in the entire country and will have time to cool off in it’s pristine waters.

Later on you will board a catamaran that will take you to a nice and quite beach for a delicious typical dominican lunch in the most perfect of settings. After lunch you will board the Catamaran again to “Cayo Levantado”, also known as Bacardi island for its bar open amidst palm trees in the sand where it’s time to relax.

For this mixture of adventure and culture the Samana visit by plane earns the distinction of the top spot.

Excellent way to see the beautiful Samana countryside!!! I booked this excursion as a surprise for my husband for our honeymoon, It was so informative and fun! Our tour guide, Carlos was fun and interactive with our group. He spoke excellent English, French and German.

There are many breathtaking views of the Caribbean sea. The lunch was delicious but this time seemed to go by too fast. It was awesome, and relaxing!! very very nice.

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2-Discovery Cruise Cap Cana


This tour is approximately 8 1/2 hours long which makes it different form the other catamaran half day tours that leave you wanting more. The Discovery Cruise is a full day experience sailing along the coast of the exclusive Cap Cana private complex where you will enjoy a light snack before boarding the two-tier catamaran.

Once on board you will enjoy the open bar as you prepare to snorkel the crystal clear Cap Cana waters and explore the nearby coral reef. Your next stop is an unforgettable natural pool where you will be able to relax while the bartender makes his rounds inside the water.

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You will then head back to Cap Cana to have an exclusive freshly grilled seafood lunch in one of Cap Cana’s finest restaurants while taking in the beautiful caribbean view. After lunch you will make a relaxing visit to Juanillo beach enjoying your private bar all along.

3- Cap Cana Adventure Buggies


After being picked up from your hotel you will jump behind the wheel of your very own buggy to begin your adventure. You will put  your driving skills to the test on Cap Cana’s ever changing terrain while taking in the view of dry and humid forests and of course the beautiful beaches.

You will drive up to one of the most beautiful beaches in all of the Dominican Republic, Juanillo beach, and will be able to relax in its clear waist-deep warm waters. Afterwards you will drive up to a cave named Hoyo azul where you’ll have the chance to jump into the clear blue waters of a natural pool formed at the base of a giant cliff.

Lots of fun! Lots of dirt, and dust. Lots of gorgeous water. Sunscreen is a must, sunglasses and a bandana also. As usual there’s pushy locals, but again it is their lively hood. Neat way to see the country side and off the beaten track some.

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4- Super Truck Safari


This is the perfect way to see the REAL Dominican Republic beyond your hotel compound. You will ride a safari truck through the Higuey region cane fields making a stop at a local school where you’ll get to meet the local children (depending on the time of the year) and the group sponsors a local project that will benefit the surrounding communities.

You will also visit one the most famous churches in the Country, home to the patron saint Our Lady of La Altragacia. The truck will pass through two rural ranches where you will have the chance to see how local made dominican products such as cocoa, tobacco, coffee are made and taste an alcoholic beverage named “mamajuana” which the locals consider an aphrodisiac.

After a quick horseback ride to work up your appetite you’ll be treated to an authentic dominican style lunch and later on you will head down to the beach for a refreshing dip.

This was an excellent excursion. Our tour guide  was very informative and knowledgeable. The excursion takes you to a school where you can go in and see the children. It also takes you to a home to get a glimpse of how the people live and make meals, etc. I would recommend this excursion – lots of fun as well (going to the beach, buying local products at very reasonable prices, etc) Great time and very entertaining !!

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5- Zipline Canopy Adventure


We’re half way our top 10 things to do in Punta Cana countdown but we could honestly have put either one of the excursions so far at the number one spot! especially this Zip line canopy tour which is a lot of fun.

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This adrenaline packed adventure is one of customer favorites because is not something you get to do everyday. You will slide down 15 platforms and 8 cable lines at treetops height across beautiful open valleys putting your tolerance of heights to the test.

Experienced guides will be with you from start to finish especially when you’ll have to travel across a 2,500 feet long cable, that’s a 7 block distance! Definitely not one to miss.

We booked the tour online and overall the experience was very enjoyable. Our guide was enthusiastic, funny, and informative. I recommend the trip to anyone new to the island who wants to see some sights, get some nice pictures, and enjoy an adventure filled day in paradise. Because you can’t spend every single day on the beach =)

– Sergio M –

6- Marinarium Snorkeling Cruise


This tour is an exciting half day experience on board a glass bottom boat that will let you see the diverse and colorful sea life along the Punta Cana coastline. You will head to the “Marinarium” a marine life oasis in the middle of the ocean where you’ll get the chance to swim with stingrays and nurse sharks!

From there you will cruise the clear blue waters of the “Toro” section of Punta Cana with an open bar and snacks served on board while dancing to the rhythm of local music. You’ll make your way to a beautiful natural swimming pool where you can relax while sipping your favorite caribbean cocktail.

This was by far the best excursion we have taken in a long time. The staff was extremely helpful and fun and swimming in the ocean with the sting rays and nurse sharks and other fish was very cool and memorable. Everything from the transportation to the cataraman were excellent.

– James V –

7- Fun Fun Cave Exploration


Our #7 spot goes out to Rancho Capote’s Fun Fun Cave. An excursion for the hardcore adventurers who don’t mind to get dirty and putting their physical abilities to the test. You will drive down to Rancho Capote where you will mount a horse to get to the entrance of the cave for you to rappel down with the assistance of your guide and the provided equipment.

The cave is located at  the Haitises National Park, a virgin extension of mangrove forests, ancient pirate hideouts and home to the long extinct Taino indians whom used to inhabit the island when Columbus discovered America. You will explore the depths of the cave for more than an hour, sometimes on your hands and knees or swimming through underground rivers which will make for an unforgettable journey.

Traveling the dark corridors of the cave you will get a chance to see Taino petroglyphs carved on the walls and marvel at the sight of the giant corridors and marvelous stalactites and stalagmites.

This was the most amazing adventure ever. Be prepared though it is not for the weak. It was a three hour drive to the ranch. We rode horses up and down hills, hiked up and down hills and the crawled around on our stomachs in the caves. If you are adventurous this tour is for you.

– Kim P –

8- Bavaro Splash Speed Boats


Whoever put the words “speed” and “boat” together was a genius! Imagine yourself as 007 racing through the Caribbean waters in your very own, yeah you guessed it, speed boat. There’s a minimum of 18 years of age to drive the boat but you can take the passenger seat for the same exhilarating experience of speeding through the clear waters of Punta Cana if you are younger.

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After driving the speed boat you’ll take a break to go SNUBA diving. SNUBA is a cool combination of snorkeling and diving where you explore the ocean floor attached to a 20 feet long oxygen hose which is cool because you can actually choose at what depth you want to swim.

Many customers have actually said that the SNUBA part of the excursion is actually their favorite!

This was the best part of our trip…snuba diving was amazing, boats were fun but could’ve lasted longer, altogether worth doing again.

– Kevin A –

9- Isla Saona Day Tour


This is the most popular excursion right now and it has earned the right to be so. Saona is an island of the Dominican Republic with beautiful beaches all around and perfect weather the entire year.

You will be transported to Saona island on a speed boat, making a stop first at a waist deep natural swimming pool with starfish studded sand. Once at the island you’ll have your pick of swimming at the beach, playing volleyball, visiting the open bar or treating yourself to an authentic dominican lunch.

The time at Saona Island can be very relaxing or packed with fun, depending on your preference. You’ll spend a total of 4 hours on the island before going back to the mainland onboard a slow moving Catamaran with latin music and an open bar.

The tour to Saona was OUTSTANDING! The guide was explaining all the way about the city and the culture. Isla Saona is a paradise, great food and good animation team.

Im already making plans to book more tours.

– Veronica D –

10- Catalina Fieston Snorkeling Party


Catalina is a beautiful uninhabited island known as one of the greatest sites for snorkeling in the Dominican Republic. To get there you will board a boat known as “El Fieston” and cruise past the multimillion dollar mansions on the Casa de Campo coastline.

Enjoy a great lunch at the beach before putting on your snorkeling gear to explore the beautiful water surroundings. Looking for more of a rush? take a ride on the banana boat!

On the return trip you’ll visit the art village of Chavon home to the most prestigious art school in the country.

I had a wonderful time on the Catalina Island tour. Ben, our guide, was wonderful. He was very informative and attentive to all our needs. The excursion was all that I expected and more. I will definitely recommend your company to anyone visiting the Dominican Republic.

– Inga C –


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  1. Wondering if you have anything comparable to swimming with the stingrays as was in a recent excursion from a cruise ship? Also, regarding beaches, is shelling permitted, and are your beaches known for shell excursions?

  2. Wow!!!! That’s just great. This sounds like we are going to have great fun at catalina islands. I am sure this is one of the damn beautiful places that you can go with your family. I am so excited to read all those fun things you have experienced. I wasn’t to check something more, that I got reference of some good catalina hotels to stay, http://www.hotel-metropole.com . You have any recommendations????

  3. Thank you for all great info 🙂 I will be there from July 19-24 I really need help to see all the activity.

  4. Hi there,

    I'll  be coming alone, to Punta Cana, from 15 to 30 March. I'll be staying at the Grand Bavara Principe.

    I only want to do half day tours & would much prefer that these be in the afternoon, if possible.

    These are decided as being –

    1. buggies to Macao beach

    2. an all inclusive party type boat
    trip. NOT too busy full of youngsters getting as drunk as they can. Dont care what sort or size of the boat is MUST be good fun, music, room to sunbathe & the all include alcohol!

    Last thing is that they must pick up & drop of at my hotel.

    Other companies have inundated me with lots of irrelevant info regarding other trips that im not interested in. So, only if you have anything matching the above, would love to hear about it!

    A second, & more pressing, matter is that I need to find a supplier of a constant & unlimited useage WiFi device.

    The hotel do offer a card for purchase, but this is rather pricey, so I'm looking for a more competitive option.

    Again, if you have anything suitable or any recommendations, would love to hear about it!

    I wait in hope that you may be able to help with this matters.
    Kindest regards

  5. Hi Jeff,The most of the sailboats/catamarans are for mass toriusm,so you gonna have some difficulty to find one for your small party (even on charter), the owner are very cautious with their boats due to the tricky waters down there.And if you find a charter you will pay much money : between1.500 and 5.000 us .

  6. Great list, lots of things I wasn’t aware. The only one I’ve done was #6 The Marinarium Snorkeling Cruise. That was fun, but I think the cave exploration would be something fun and different to try also. Love the beaches there, some of the best in the Caribbean!

  7. I traveled recently tu Punta Cana. However, I loved it so much I made a website about it. I took many pictures and videos, I wish I could have done a few of these excursuions. I was having to much fun at my resort. Take a look. I stayed at the hard rock.


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