The 35 best Punta Cana excursions 2021 – hand-picked and recommended tours in Punta Cana

 Vacation time is excursion time! When visiting Punta Cana, you not only want to stay in your resort, you’d also want to see some of the exciting things to do the Dominican Republic has to offer. This is when it is time to reserve your Punta Cana excursion. But which one should you pick?

 To answer this question, we have compiled the most extensive guide for the best excursions in Punta Cana. Contrary to most booking platforms or random travel blogs, we have experienced at least 80% of these activities on our own and have carefully hand-selected the best Punta Cana tours for 2021 and 2022. That’s why we can give you unique insights and personal experiences on if it is really worth booking these tours in Punta Cana. 

 Therefore, if you are planning your vacation in Punta Cana and would like to see some of those beautiful places in the Dominican Republic, check out some of the following Punta Cana excursions and allow yourself a couple of days to enjoy the Caribbean to the fullest!

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The best-rated Punta Cana excursions (top excursions with satisfaction guarantee)

 Let’s start with the best of the best Punta Cana excursions – those which have been rated into the Top 10 among tens of thousands of authentic and genuine reviews from Punta Cana visitors. 

 There are literally tons of Punta Cana tours and it might be hard to pick the right one. This is why it is one approach to rely on the reviews of other visitors to find the best excursions in Punta Cana for 2021 and 2022. 

 To find the best-reviewed and most popular Punta Cana excursions, we have taken the following requirements for this first section:
– at least 100 reviews
– at least a review score of 4.7/5 points (which means that at least 94% of all clients were super happy with the excursion)
– no animal activities or animals in captivity involved

 Especially the combination of the quantity and quality of reviews guarantees that these excursions will please you. On average, 95% of the participants are rating the following Punta Cana tours as excellent. 

 It is worth noting that most of these tours in Punta Cana, which are rated as truly excellent, are a bit more expensive than the typical standard Punta Cana excursions. Usually, they are around 90 USD and up – quality indeed has its price in this case.

 Let’s have a look at what makes these excursions in Punta Cana that outstanding.

1) Snorkeling in Punta Cana

 This is the best Punta Cana excursion you can find – according to the guest reviews. With an incredible 4.97 out of 5 points, the Lux Coral Nursery Snorkeling tour* beats all the other Punta Cana tours and takes the No. 1 spot among all the excursions in Punta Cana. 

Even more interesting is that this top performer reaches the No. 1 spot even though snorkeling in Punta Cana isn’t actually such a great deal. Compared with other countries or snorkeling areas in the Dominican Republic, the variety of reefs and fishes are at maximum average in the Punta Cana area. However, this Punta Cana snorkeling tour has created an amazing activity, which is one of the best excursions in Punta Cana and differs in very distinct, but important points from its competitors.

 First of all, they are not snorkeling in the open ocean like other catamaran tours and party boats in Punta Cana, they are heading to a separate reef which is rated by the ministry of environment as one of the 3 biggest coral gardening projects in the Dominican Republic.

 Second, they serve a truly delicious seafood, meat or vegetarian lunch, which gets prepared right on spot and which is much better than some of the lunch options you have in the all-inclusive resorts of Punta Cana.

 And third, compared with the typical Punta Cana catamaran tours, the Lux Coral Nursery Snorkeling excursion in Punta Cana adds another stop at a pristine beach, where you are getting served a freshly prepared drink in a coconut – another cool experience.

 Furthermore, they are allowing a maximum of 25 guests on their boat, guaranteeing a very intimate experience and making it one of the most exclusive catamaran cruises in Punta Cana.

 Please note: this is an adults-only tour, but there is a family excursion option available as well. With the following buttons you can find both tours. 

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: they are doing everything different than the typical Punta Cana catamaran tours – and they are doing so much right!
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.97/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information:
The best Punta Cana catamaran tours – booze cruises, private catamarans, party boats & more
Snorkeling in Punta Cana – the best spots and reefs (+ a secret to tell)

Catamaran tours in Punta Cana to the Natural Swimming Pool

2) Isla Saona premium catamaran tour

 Another catamaran tour can secure the number 2 spot on this list of the most exciting excursions in Punta Cana with the best reviews: a premium catamaran tour to Isla Saona*.

 Isla Saona is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic and it is on top of every list of things to do in Punta Cana. To avoid any crowded places during a tour, this Isla Saona catamaran excursion is the perfect choice for you. Among all the Isla Saona tours, this cruise is as much upscale and premium as it can get. The amount of guests is limited, the quality of drinks and food is way above average and instead of just blaring loud music through the speakers, you are getting some educational information from a professional tour guide during the day.

 This Saona Island tour with a rating of 4.96 out of 5 points also includes lunch at an elegant beach club with hammocks, sun loungers and canopy beds, which is much better than the typical Saona excursions with their pretty old sun chairs. As with the other tours as well, you are also stopping at the natural swimming pool to enjoy the waist-deep water and the incredible scenery.

 Please note: this tour doesn’t include transfers from Punta Cana (only from Bayahibe) but you can easily book your transfer with them or with this transfer service*.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: combine Isla Saona with one of the most prestigious catamarans and you are getting one of the most memorable tours in Punta Cana you can imagine
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.96/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information:
Excursion to Isla Saona – everything you need to know for your hassle-free Saona Island tour 2021
How to find the best Private Tours to Isla Saona and Isla Catalina?

The one and only Isla Saona, the most popular excursion in Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic

3) Combo jungle buggies & Punta Cana zipline

 This tour package in Punta Cana consisting of an ATV buggy tour through the lush and tropical Anamuya Mountains and one of the best ziplines in the area makes it to the podium as well – with a score of 4.86 out of 5 points. It is the third-best excursion in Punta Cana which does have at least 100 reviews, a score of more than 4.7 and doesn’t involve any animal activities.

 This Punta Cana excursion combo with zipline and buggy tour* starts with a fun and adventurous drive through the Anamuya Mountains, where you’ll explore the backcountry, see local villages and admire the stunning nature. You are also going to visit the so-called Casa del Coco, where you’ll learn everything about the coconut. Compared to other dune buggy tours in Punta Cana, this ATV adventure leads you through unexplored paths away from the typical buggy trails around Macao.

 Afterwards, you’ll enjoy a full 12-cable zipline circuit including some of the longest ziplines in Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic. It is the best-rated zipline in Punta Cana and guarantees a lot of fun and adrenaline.

 This is a combo excursion. The big advantage here is that you only leave your Punta Cana all-inclusive resort once and combine two tours instead of heading into the same area on two consecutive days. These Punta Cana tour packages save you time and money – and will guarantee you a blast as you can see in the reviews. It is also perfectly suitable as a Punta Cana family excursion, especially when traveling with older kids (10 and older).

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: canopy adventures in Punta Cana and ATV buggy tours are some of the most popular excursions in Punta Cana – and this tour package combines both activities!
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.86/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information:
The best ziplines in Punta Cana – your canopy adventure in paradise!
The best dune buggy adventure tours in Punta Cana (tested and hand-picked)

View of the Anamuya Mountains close to Punta Cana

4) Punta Cana ziplining

 If you are not interested in the ATV part of the tour package presented above and just would like to do the zipline excursion – absolutely no problem, as this is super awesome as well. This ziplining excursion is Punta Cana’s favorite* as it combines some of the longest ziplines in the country with beautiful views of the lush vegetation. Furthermore, there are some free-style cables and a couple’s zipline, so you can race against each other.

 This zipline excursion is particularly perfect for those who are only looking for a 12-cable zipline tour in Punta Cana, as most other ziplines in Punta Cana are combined with other activities or are just offering a pretty short circuit of 6 or 8 cables.

Among all canopy adventures in Punta Cana, this is the zipline circuit with the most beautiful views and the lushest vegetation, but it is not the craziest one. If you are prefering a zipline with some serious water action (where you are getting soaking wet), check the theme park section below in this Punta Cana excursion guide for further information.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: Punta Canas most popular zipline with 90% 5-star reviews
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.83/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information: the best ziplines in Punta Cana – your canopy adventure in paradise!

Ziplining Adventure in Punta Cana in the Anamuya Mountains

5) Combo: snorkeling cruise (party boat) and dune buggy adventure

 Another Punta Cana excursion combo makes it into the top 5 of the best-reviewed tours in Punta Cana. This combination tour package of dune buggies and a party boat* gets a 4.76 out of 5 points and therefore is the second-best tour package in Punta Cana.

 The first part is one of the typical Punta Cana dune buggy excursions, leading you through prepared off-road trails with lots of mud and puddles. Be prepared to get wet and dirty. You’ll also visit a couple of place like a typical Dominican ranch where you’ll see how cocoa pods, cinnamon and coffee is harvested and/or dried. Those places are a bit touristy as a lot of vendors are approaching you, but if you have never seen local farms or the Dominican fruits and produce, it is worth getting to know those products. You’ll also visit Macao Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in Punta Cana

 The second part of the tour (which theoretically could be also on a different day if you prefer) is a typical Punta Cana party boat as you can read here. Compared to the premium catamaran excursion presented above, you’ll visit the regular snorkeling spot and might have a catamaran packed with people – which is great if you would like to have a massive party. The booze cruises from Bavaro and Punta Cana are living up to their name and are not without a reason one of the most popular excursions in Punta Cana. However, the name of this tour should be better “Party Boat and Dune Buggy Adventure” instead of “Snorkeling Cruise and Dune Buggy Adventure” as the snorkeling part of this excursion is subpar at maximum.

 Still, you are getting two excursions for the price of one so you can consider this Punta Cana tour if you are traveling Punta Cana on a budget and would like to get more bang for the buck.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: two tours for the price of one
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.76/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information:
The best dune buggy adventure tours in Punta Cana (tested and hand-picked)
The best Punta Cana catamaran tours – booze cruises, private catamarans, party boats & more
Snorkeling in Punta Cana – the best spots and reefs (+ a secret to tell)

Dune Buggy Excursion in Punta Cana with Xtreme Buggy Adventures
The best Punta Cana Excursios Review Score Duration Price Further information
Lux Coral Nursery Snorkeling 4.97/5.0 4 hours 109 USD Check excursion prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Isla Saona Premium Catamaran 4.96/5.0 8 hours 139 USD + transfers Check excursion prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Jungle Buggies + Zipline Combo 4.86/5.0 6 hours 128 USD Check excursion prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Punta Cana Ziplining 4.83/5.0 5 hours 90 USD Check excursion prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog
Snorkeling Cruise + Dune Buggy Adventure 4.76/5.0 8 hours 115 USD Check excursion prices at Punta Cana Travel Blog

The best Punta Cana excursions for nature lovers

 The Dominican Republic is not only famous for its beautiful beaches in Punta Cana and elsewhere in the country, but also for a lot of stunning natural sights. Therefore, you definitely should head on one of the following tours, which are some of the top excursions in Punta Cana for nature lovers. My personal top picks are without a doubt Isla Saona and Los Haitises National Park

6) Isla Saona (standard) tour

 Yes, Saona Island is pretty touristy with dozens of tour boats visiting the island every day. But you know what? It is absolutely worth it, as the nature expecting you here is stunning. You’ll see some of the most paradisical beaches in the Dominican Republic, some of the most turquoise waters in the Caribbean and gorgeous scenery with swaying palm trees, a natural swimming pool and island vibe everywhere. And if you walk a little bit to the left or to the right from where your group is staying at Saona, you even have the chance to discover some pristine beaches.

 Compared to the Isla Saona tour presented above in the section of the best-reviewed Punta Cana excursions, nearly all tours to Isla Saona include transfers from your hotel, one trip by catamaran, one trip by speed boat, lunch, entertainment and drinks. The same goes for the Saona Island excursion featured here*, which is particularly affordable considering everything is included in this full-day trip from Punta Cana. This cruise has some kind of party boat vibe, so if you are more the quiet nature lover, consider booking one of the Isla Saona Discovery Tours*, which are focusing more on exploring different places than simply entertaining the people.

 Check out my detailed Isla Saona guide to get to know the differences between the various Isla Saona excursions from Punta Cana. I have visited Saona three times in the meantime with different tour packages from Punta Cana and I still love the island. 🙂

 It is also easily possible to book Isla Saona as a Cap Cana excursion, including transfers from the hotel in this area. You can use the same booking link from the button below.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: Isla Saona is not without a reason the most popular tourist attraction in the Dominican Republic. It is simply stunning and a must-do excursion in Punta Cana!
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.28/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information:
Excursion to Isla Saona – everything you need to know for your hassle-free Saona Island Tour 2021
How to find the best Private Tours to Isla Saona and Isla Catalina?

The one and only Isla Saona, the most popular excursion in Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic

7) Isla Catalina excursion (incl. snorkeling)

 If you are still not getting familiar with the idea of visiting Isla Saona, why not visiting Isla Catalina, the little and less-crowded neighbor of Saona Island. On this activity, one of the best catamaran tours in the Dominican Republic, you have the advantage that both ways are done by catamaran, allowing you more time to enjoy this Caribbean cruise vibe you are so much looking forward to. Furthermore, compared to the Isla Saona tour, this excursion to Isla Catalina* includes a snorkeling stop, one of the best snorkeling options in Punta Cana (even though it is rather short). Furthermore, there are a few mini trails on the island you can explore.

 Ocean + snorkeling + island sounds like a good combination for nature lovers, doesn’t it? You can find more information and the best Isla Catalina tours from Punta Cana in my full Isla Catalina guide.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: Isla Catalina is a beautiful alternative to Isla Saona and a perfect option if you are looking for a catamaran tour from Punta Cana with different natural attractions.
Rating (as of August 2021): 3.91/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information:
Isla Catalina – less-frequented island excursion to paradise
How to find the best Private Tours to Isla Saona and Isla Catalina?

Our excursion to the beautiful Isla Catalina, south of La Romana

8) Los Haitises National Park

 If you love to see the wildlife of the Dominican Republic, a Punta Cana excursion to Los Haitises National Park might be a great fit. Los Haitises National Park is one of the national parks in the Dominican Republic with the greatest biodiversity in the country. During a tour through the park by boat, you can not only see the mystic islands, the rugged landscape or ancient caves with centuries-old rock paintings from the native inhabitants but also spot fantastic wildlife such as frigate birds, manatees and pelicans – one of the best tours in Punta Cana for nature lovers! Los Haitises is also the most impressive national park you can reach from Punta Cana.

 This Los Haitises excursion from Punta Cana* includes the transfer from your accommodation or all-inclusive resort, the boat trip through the national park and additional stops on the way. The stops are varying a bit, but at the time of writing, they are including two amazing additional nature spots, which makes it one of the best Punta Cana tours and excursions when it comes to nature: Montaña Redonda (see the explanation in the next entry of this list of the best Punta Cana tours) and Salto de la Yanigua (one of Punta Canas’ beautiful waterfalls). Even though make sure to read the tour description when booking as the additional stops might change over time, they are not set in stone. 

 Los Haitises is one of the longer Punta Cana day trips as it involves some driving time (approx. 2.5 hours per way), but it is worth it considering the stunning nature you are going to see.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: a full-day out in nature with several natural attractions as hardly any other tour in Punta Cana can offer it 
Rating (as of August 2021): 5.00/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information: Los Haitises National Park – a wonderful excursion or road trip from Punta Cana

The beautiful Los Haitises national park, the most popular national park in the Dominican Republic

9) Montana Redonda 

 If you feel that Los Haitises National Park is too far for you (after all, it is still a 2.5-hour drive on the bus each way), you can also book a Montana Redonda tour*, which is one of the most unique excursions in Punta Cana. 

 Montaña Redonda is a one-of-a-kind attraction in Punta Cana. It is a mountain with a spectacular 360-degree panorama surrounded by lush vegetation and untouched nature. The special features of Montaña Redonda are its giant swings and the cozy hammocks, both being set up right at the edge of the mountain, which allows for fantastic photo opportunities you can’t get anywhere else. When using the swings, you can take photos as if you are flying in the air. 

 To go up to Montaña Redonda, you board a safari truck at the bottom of the mountain. The drive is bumpy and a bit wild, but it’s worth it once you get to the top and can enjoy the truly gorgeous panoramic view. The use of the giant swings and hammocks at Montaña Redonda is for free. Kids will love these amenities, making Montaña Redonda a perfect kid-friendly excursion in Punta Cana.

 Depending on your excursion, you can also add a stop at one of the pristine beaches in the surrounding area, such as Playa Limon or Playa Esmeralda – a truly special adventure to see a mile-long virgin beach without a single person so close to Punta Cana. 

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: the gorgeous views and the unique photo opportunities in a hardly known area make this activity one of the hidden gem tours in Punta Cana. Combined with Playa Esmeralda it is one of the top Punta Cana excursions 2021 when it comes to off-the-beaten-track activities. 
Rating (as of August 2021): 5.00/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information: Montaña Redonda in Miches – the instagrammable mountain with spectacular views

Spectacular Montana Redonda between Miches and Punta Cana

10) Hoyo Azul (the Punta Cana Blue Lagoon)

 The Blue Lagoon in Punta Cana is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Punta Cana. This is not without a reason, because the Blue Lagoon, which is also called Hoyo Azul, is a Mexican-style cenote with such a turquoise color that it is hard to believe. The water is crystal clear and invites for a dip. Together with the surrounding jungle vibe, a visit to Hoyo Azul in Punta Cana is simply stunning.

 It is not possible to visit the Blue Lagoon on your own which is a bit of a bummer. It is part of Scape Park Cap Cana and you must book a full-day ticket to gain access*. Therefore, the easiest option to visit Hoyo Azul is to book a full-service excursion from Punta Cana to Scape Park Cap Cana, which not only includes the Blue Lagoon, but also an exciting ziplining adventure (incl. water adventure at the end), a cave tour, stunning pools, some cultural immersion and a visit to another underground lagoon. It is a multi-activity tour package from Punta Cana, which guarantees an exciting day and many long-lasting memories. Especially the zipline is unique, as you can read in my detailed Scape Park Cap Cana review. Below you also find further information about Punta Canas’ theme parks and multi-activity combo packages.

 Scape Park Cap Cana isn’t for those traveling on a budget nor if you don’t like touristy theme parks, but if you want to admire the stunning beauty of Hoyo Azul, it is worth booking this Cap Cana excursion.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: Hoyo Azul is simply gorgeous and a one-of-a-kind attraction in Punta Cana
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.14/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information:
Hoyo Azul Punta Cana – the famous blue lagoon
Scape Park Cap Cana – a tropical theme park with a zipline and blue lagoon in Punta Cana

The Hoyo Azul at Scape Park Cap Cana, a crystal-clear freshwater lagoon

11) Samaná Excursion from Punta Cana (El Limón Waterfall / Cayo Levantado)

 Similar to Los Haitises, this tour from Punta Cana is a long excursion where you do lots of sightseeing and see many beautiful natural attractions in the Dominican Republic.

Samaná is a province in the northeast of the Dominican Republic and is often considered one of the most beautiful regions in the country. And indeed, the peninsula has so many pristine beaches, quaint fishing villages and refreshing waterfalls that you can easily spend a couple of days here, as you can also read in this Samaná road-trip itinerary.

 But if you are on vacation in Punta Cana and would like to explore Samaná just for a day, there are some options for you as well, thanks to the frequent excursions in Punta Cana which bring you to Samaná by bus and boat*, taking a huge shortcut opposed to when visiting Samaná from Punta Cana just on the road.

During these Punta Cana tours and excursions to Samaná, you are visiting one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the Dominican Republic, Salto El Limón, and the famous island and beach of Cayo Levantado, which is also known as Bacardi Island. Furthermore, you are getting some information about the countryside, see typical fisherman villages and can enjoy a boat ride with a motor catamaran over the Bay of Samaná. 

 This is a long excursion from Punta Cana for around 12 hours, but one with many different impressions. If you want to cut the time spent on the bus, you can also book the Samaná Explorer from Punta Cana by plane*.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: this Punta Cana tour combines the best highlights of the Samaná peninsula in one excursion
Rating (as of August 2021): 3.89/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information: Salto El Limón from Punta Cana and for Samaná travelers – insider tips, excursions, hiking trails, etc.

The island Cayo Levantado in the bay of Samana, also called Bacardi Island

12) Whalewatching from Punta Cana 

 Whale watching is one of the most popular and best tours in Punta Cana and is a must-do excursion during your vacation in the Dominican Republic. However, please note that whale watching is only available from January to March, during the mating season of the humpback whales. If you are visiting the Dominican Republic during these months, make sure to put whale watching on the No. 1 spot of your things to do in Punta Cana list. 

 The whale watching excursions in Punta Cana lead you to the Bay of Samaná, where the humpback whales are coming back every year to give birth to their babies in the warm waters and help them growing up for the first weeks. The unique thing about whale watching in the Dominican Republic is basically that you have a guarantee to see whales. There are so many of them and often they are jumping, playing or swimming visibly in the water so that you have plenty of sightings during the majority of the tours. I have always spotted at least a dozen whales when I have been on tour in Samaná.

 After whale watching, this popular top excursion from Punta Cana* continues with some of the best attractions of the Samaná peninsula. Depending on your day of the booking (check the tour description), this will either be a hike respectively horseback ride to the gorgeous waterfall of Salto El Limón or a trip to Cayo Levantado for some beach and relaxation time at Samaná’s Bacardi Island.

 Another great thing about this Punta Cana tour is that it fully complies with the regulations of the Dominican government to protect the animals. Continue reading here if you are interested in the details.

 If you want to combine this Punta Cana excursion with a VIP experience, you can also book a whale watching excursion from Punta Cana by plane.

All whale watching tours are possible with pickup anywhere in the Punta Cana area, including Cap Cana excursions and in Bavaro. 

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: it is simply exciting to see the giant humpback whales in their natural habitat
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.3/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*’
Further information: Whale watching in the Dominican Republic (Punta Cana/Samaná)

Whalewatching in Samaná, one of the top highlights in the Dominican Republic

The best excursions in Punta Cana for adventure lovers and active travelers

 Besides the best Punta Cana tours and excursions presented above for nature lovers, there are also more active ways of getting to know Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic – for example through hiking, mountain biking, waterfall excursions or other adventures in Punta Cana. I am a particular fan of hiking and waterfalls in the Dominican Republic, as it is a unique feeling to get away from it all and connect 100% with nature. Pro tip: always bring plenty of water and mosquito repellent when heading out into the wilderness.

13) Waterfall excursions in Punta Cana

 There are so many amazing waterfalls in the Dominican Republic, even close to Punta Cana as you can see in my Punta Cana waterfall guide. Unfortunately, many of them are only possible through adventurous hikes or DIY road trips. 

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 Right now, only two waterfall tours in Punta Cana are possible to book in a full-service excursion including transfers from and to your hotel: Salto El Limón and Salto Yanigua. Both are part of activities already mentioned in this Punta Cana excursion guide.

 Salto Yanigua is included in the Los Haitises excursion from Punta Cana*, Salto El Limón gets visited through the Samaná Explorer tour from Punta Cana*.

 The more picturesque option is Salto El Limón waterfall. If you prefer a tour off-the-beaten-track, Salto Yanigua is your best bet.

 Both waterfalls are more than 2 hours away from Punta Cana, so they belong to some of the longer Punta Cana day trips.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: waterfalls in the Dominican Republic are some of the most amazing natural attractions you can visit during your Punta Cana vacation
Rating (as of August 2021): 5.00/5.00 (Salto La Yanigua) and 3.89/5.00 (Salto El Limón)
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here* (Salto La Yanigua) / check prices and availability here* (Salto El Limón)
Further information:
All waterfalls reachable from Punta Cana in under 3 hours
Salto El Limón from Punta Cana and for Samaná travelers

The waterfall of Salto El Limon, one of the most picturesque waterfalls in the Dominican Republic

14) Hiking tours in Punta Cana

 You can also visit some of the waterfalls in Punta Cana on your own, but usually, this is quite difficult as a visitor as most trails are not marked, so you need proper hiking and GPS experience. 

 However, this doesn’t have to refrain you from going on a hike, as there are fully guided hiking excursions in Punta Cana, which are some of the best options for tours in Punta Cana to get to know the untouched nature in the backcountry. Those places are also far away from every tourist trail, so you can be sure to explore Punta Cana off-the-beaten-track.

 The best Punta Cana excursion 2021 for hiking* takes you to the Anamuya Mountains, a smaller mountain range located close to Punta Cana, with lush vegetation, stunning nature and beautiful trails. You’ll be accompanied by a local and professional guide, who explains to you all the interesting stories about plants and fruits you are going to see along the way. This is a 100% authentic hike in an area where we as locals also love to go hiking – a true Punta Cana adventure tour.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: connect with nature on an authentic Punta Cana hike in a very small group (or private if you are lucky)
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.81/5.00 
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information: Hiking in Punta Cana – the best excursions and trails

The hiking trail in the Cordillera Oriental to Loma Linda

15) E-Bike and mountain bike excursion in Punta Cana

 If you prefer to be on a bike rather than walking, Punta Canas’ excursions get you covered as well as there is a mountain bike tour in Punta Cana* including pick-up at your hotel, where you are going to explore the surrounding countryside, remote off-road trails and local villages. Depending on your fitness level, you can choose if you’d like to do this Punta Cana tour with an e-bike or with a mountain bike. Furthermore, you are going to pedal to Macao Beach, one of the most precious beaches in Punta Cana.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: a tour through Punta Cana’s countryside for various levels of fitness
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.82/5.00 
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*

Scape Park Cap Cana, a tropical theme park in Punta Cana

16) Surfing in Punta Cana

 Punta Cana is not the most popular surfing spot in the Dominican Republic (the No. 1 in the country is Cabarete), but it does offer decent conditions for beginners and everyone who doesn’t need monstrous waves to have fun. The place to surf is Macao Beach where you can also take some surfing lessons*, a great alternative to the typical Punta Cana excursion. Furthermore, this is a great family-friendly activity, especially if you are traveling to Punta Cana with teens which are otherwise hard to entertain. 

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: a great alternative option if you don’t like the typical tourist excursions in Punta Cana
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.91/5.00 
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*

Beautiful Macao Beach in the northern part of Punta Cana

Fun & action tours and excursions in Punta Cana

 If you are not that much interested in the nature or culture of the Dominican Republic, but still want to leave the resort for some fun-filled Punta Cana activities or adrenaline-filled action tours, there are a lot of Punta Cana tours and excursions where you’ll have a blast. Just think of parasailing, buggy tours, a party boat trip or a night out at Punta Cana’s most famous nightclub, Coco Bongo.

17) Punta Cana party boat & catamaran tours

 The most popular tour in Punta Cana when it comes to fun and party excursions is the option to go on a catamaran and have fun on a party boat excursion in Punta Cana. It includes snorkeling, cruising over the Caribbean Sea, partying on the boat and a stop at the natural swimming pool, a place in the ocean with just waist-deep water where many boats are meeting to continue the party. 

 In comparison to the catamaran excursion linked on spot 1 of this list of the best Punta Cana tours, which is kind of a premium experience, this catamaran trip here is a true party boat*, usually packed, with a lot of entertainment going on. Be prepared to get drunk (if you want) and socialize with like-minded fellow travelers.

 While most booze cruises include a pick-up everywhere in Punta Cana, you can also get a specific Cap Cana excursion by catamaran* which starts right in Cap Cana and runs along the shores of southern Punta Cana. 

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: vacation in the Caribbean, an open bar, a catamaran, music – is there anything more you can ask for when looking for the best excursion in Punta Cana?
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.94/5.00 
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information: the best Punta Cana catamaran tours – booze cruises, private catamarans, party boats & more

Catamaran tours in Punta Cana to the Natural Swimming Pool

18) Parasailing in Punta Cana

 Another fun and action-filled excursion in Punta Cana on the water is a parasailing tour*, albeit it is a much shorter adventure in Punta Cana. Even though the tour takes 2-3 hours including transfers, time on the boat, explanations, etc., the actual parasailing experience high up in the air usually only is around 10 to 15 minutes. 

 Even the time is short, it still is great fun to fly over the ocean, see the blue and turquoise colors of the Caribbean sea, feel the breeze in your face and watch the endless beaches and all-inclusive resorts of Punta Cana from the sky. It is a perfect excursion to do in Punta Cana if you don’t want to spend the whole day on the bus and are just looking for a quick adventure. 

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: a great opportunity to see Punta Cana from above
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.61/5.00 
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*

19) Original Xtreme dune buggy tour in Punta Cana

 Dune buggy tours in Punta Cana are among the most famous tours in Bavaro, Cap Cana and the surrounding area. You get wet, you get muddy, see different parts of Punta Cana and you’ll have a blast.

 However, for this list of the best Punta Cana excursions 2021 I’d like to recommend you a very special dune buggy tour – probably the best you can find in the entire Dominican Republic. Instead of driving in a line with dozens of other buggies on trails leading you around a couple of farms and ranches, you shall consider the unique and truly authentic Xtreme buggy tour, which leads you through the countryside, passing local villages and seeing totally different corners of the Dominican Republic than with your standard dune buggy tour in Punta Cana.

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 The Xtreme buggy tour is a bit more pricey, but also comes with several advantages. Perfectly maintained vehicles, original Volkswagen engine dune buggies with manual stick shift and groups with a maximum of 4 buggies are well worth the extra money. You are getting a customized service you can’t expect on any other tour.

 Xtreme Buggy Punta Cana does have two different tours on offer: 
a half-day tour to Macao Beach*, local villages and hidden spots in the countryside
a full-day tour (more than 50 miles!) to pristine beaches*, off-the-beaten-track highlights, authentic cities and refreshing rivers or waterfalls

 This Punta Cana tour is definitely not just a random buggy excursion, it is also one of the top excursions in Punta Cana (especially the full-day tour) to get an authentic impression of the country, the culture and the people.

 My personal tip: if you don’t know how to drive with a manual stick shift, check out the next excursion recommendation below, the ATV tour in Punta Cana.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: a unique buggy excursion in Punta Cana and Bavaro absolutely off-the-beaten-track
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.51/5.00 (half-day tour) and 4.62/5.00 (full-day tour)
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here* (half-day tour) and check prices and availability here* (full-day tour)
Further information: the best dune buggy adventure tours in Punta Cana (Tested and hand-picked)

Buggy Excursion in Punta Cana with Xtreme Buggy Adventures

20) ATV Tour in Punta Cana

 If the recommended Xtreme Buggy Tour is too much (or too pricey for you), you can also check out the various ATV excursions in Punta Cana, where you can speed with all-terrain vehicles over off-road-trails through the pristine countryside.

 A particular recommendable ATV excursion in Punta Cana is the Flintstones tour*, which brings you away from all the typical buggy trails into the real Dominican backcountry. You are visiting a very tiny remote village without any pushy sellers, head to an impressive cave without other tourist groups and finally can see a replica of where the Flintstones used to live – a little bit kitschy, but still very funny, especially if you have watched the Flintstones when you were a child.

 It is one of the best Punta Cana activities when it comes to ATVs, so make sure to check out this excursion on your trip to the Dominican Republic to have a real Punta Cana adventure.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: explore with an ATV off-the-beaten-track where other tour groups are not going
Rating (as of August 2021): n/a
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information: the best dune buggy adventure tours in Punta Cana (tested and hand-picked)

Flintstone Buggy Adventure in Punta Cana

21) Coco Bongo night tour in Punta Cana

 Ok, so we mentioned a lot of adrenaline-filled excursions and adventure tours in Punta Cana on the water and during the day. Would you like to continue having fun at night as well, then you have to visit Coco Bongo in Punta Cana*, which is the most famous entertainment show and nightclub in the area. Even though it is mainly made for tourists, also a lot of locals are heading to Coco Bongo, especially at the Congo Bar, which is kind of a separate bar beside the show.

 Coco Bongo is a huge entertainment venue and disco, which is presenting a different show every night full of atmosphere, with lots of colors and impressive dance performances. In between the show acts, the whole crowd is dancing to the sounds of the DJ, enjoying (basic) drinks from the open bar. It is simply a unique place to have a great time at night if you love nightlife and clubbing and want to leave your all-inclusive resort to party. For all bookings, transfers from and to your hotel are included, allowing you around 4 hours at the Coco Bongo venue. Drinks are included at Coco Bongo, but not at Congo Bar.

 As with nearly all the excursions from this comprehensive list here, pick-ups from hotels and all-inclusive resorts in the entire Punta Cana area are included. Therefore, Coco Bongo is a perfect Uvero Alto or Cap Cana excursion likewise, even though the venue is located in the Bavaro area of Punta Cana. 

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: the best nightlife excursion in Punta Cana with lots of fun, drinks and a great show 
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.88/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*

Coco Bongo, the most famous show in Punta Cana

The best culture tours in Punta Cana

 If you are seriously interested in getting immersed in the Dominican culture, there are also sufficient options for you. While there are some excursions in Punta Cana which just give you a quick overview of how the people are living, others are providing better and deeper insight. Let’s have a look at the best excursions in Punta Cana and Bavaro when it comes to culture, traditions and the Dominican people. 

22) Santo Domingo city tour from Punta Cana

 When it comes to things to do in Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo is one of the most important places to mention as it combines the stunning beauty of its UNESCO awarded colonial zone with an unparalleled colonial background. Counting with such historical importance, Santo Domingo is also one of the best Punta Cana tours when it comes to culture, as you can immerse yourself in the local life and at the same time enjoy the stunning beauty of the Zona Colonial in Santo Domingo.

 Having lived for 4 years right in Santo Domingo, I can tell you that the colonial zone is much more than a tourist attraction in the Dominican Republic. It is a place where Dominicans love to hang out, spend their weekends and enjoy their time with friends. Besides the colonial vibe, you can also enjoy several cozy coffee shops, family-owned art shops or various souvenir stores where you get much better prices than in Punta Cana.

 This Punta Cana excursion to Santo Domingo* is done by bus, bringing you straight into the Colonial Zone. It is a long 2.5-3 hours bus ride though and therefore a full Punta Cana day trip, but once there, you can enjoy the various amenities of the Zona Colonial. While visiting a couple of historic places with your guide, you are also going to have free time to explore the hidden gems of the area on your own.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: the colonial city of Santo Domingo is offering an unparalleled combination of colonial vibes and Dominican life
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.70/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information: 
10 reasons why you should visit the Zona Colonial of Santo Domingo
23 exciting things to do in Santo Domingo (and 5 NOT to do)

The historic streets of the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo

23) Higuey city tour from Punta Cana

 If you feel that Santo Domingo is too far away and you don’t want to spend that much time on the bus, you can also visit Higuey on an excursion from Punta Cana, which is just around an hour away. Higuey doesn’t offer colorful buildings or a colonial vibe, but you can see 100% of the Dominican life as Higuey is a low-key working-class city, the 9th biggest in the Dominican Republic (if counting Santo Domingo as 1 city and not as 4 cities according to the provincial boundaries). Furthermore, Higuey is home to the most important church in the Dominican Republic, the impressive Basílica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia.

 During a Punta Cana Tour to Higuey*, you will not only visit the cathedral, but also a local market, where you can buy a lot of stuff for daily life for very cheap prices. While souvenirs might be rare at these markets, it is a great opportunity to see the local life and watch the challenges the Dominicans encounter in their day-to-day business. You also get an idea of the local produce as well as the prices of food and everyday items, which aren’t cheap in the Dominican Republic considering that the minimum wage is just around 200 USD per month.

 Higuey is a chaotic and bustling city, so be prepared for some chaos, trash and many people. But after all, this is the best Punta Cana tour if you want to see the authentic Dominican life, but don’t want to spend hours on the bus. 

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: 100% authentic experience of a Dominican working-class city
Rating (as of August 2021): 5.00/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here* (note that the price shown in the first step is per group, not per person)

The Basilica La Altagracia in Higuey

24) Culture and countryside tour 

 If you want to combine some education about the Dominican Republic with stunning views of local villages and the lush tropical nature, the culture and countryside excursions in Punta Cana are the perfect choice for you. Sometimes they are also referred to as safari tours in Punta Cana, even there is no correlation with a typical safari except that you are sitting in a kind of safari truck.

 For this kind of tour, I’d recommend you one of the most established culture and countryside tours in Punta Cana for years*, on the same time the best Punta Cana excursion 2021 for this particular type of tour. This popular tour includes everything to give you a comprehensive overview of the Dominican Republics’ culture, produce and characteristics. This tour is not a particularly deep immersion into local culture, but it is a great activity for first-timers to Punta Cana.

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 You’ll start passing through several local villages before visiting a traditional house to get to know more about how the people live and how they make coffee or chocolate. You can also taste different local fruits from the garden. The excursion continues by visiting various other places that are typical for the Dominican Republic or that produce well-known products of the country, for example, a sugar cane field where the distillation of rum is explained or a little cigar rolling station. During the trip, you can also enjoy various beautiful views of the Anamuya Mountains and the lush countryside. At the end of this Punta Cana culture tour and safari, you are visiting Macao Beach, one of Punta Canas’ most beautiful beaches and a local’s favorite as it is easily accessible by the public. 

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: combining culture and countryside into a full day of fun, information and exploring
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.69/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*

Original Dominican coffee

The best multi-activity tours in Punta Cana (combo packages, theme parks, sightseeing and more)

 You can’t decide on the activities, tours and excursions presented above? How about combining these for making it one of the best days in Punta Cana you can imagine? 

 Thanks to multi-activity packages and theme parks with different tours, it is possible to combine several of the best Punta Cana excursions 2021 into some of the most exciting tour packages in Punta Cana – for one or multiple days with loads of fun and endless impressions of the Dominican Republic.

 Combo packages and theme parks in Punta Cana are also perfectly suitable for those who are just visiting the Dominican Republic for a few days and don’t have time for multiple days of excursions.

25) Punta Cana theme parks

 One way of achieving the challenge to experience different activities and tours in Punta Cana on one day is to visit one of the theme parks in Punta Cana. They allow you to enjoy a full day of fun and action by just paying one price, similar to the theme parks in the United States or Europe. Transfers from the all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana are also included.

Three main theme parks allow you to enjoy some of the top excursions in Punta Cana in one day:
Scape Park Cap Cana*
Bavaro Adventure Park*
La Hacienda Park*

 Scape Park Cap Cana is famous for its fantastic eco-splash zipline and the unique Hoyo Azul, also known as Blue Lagoon which was already presented at one of the excursion recommendations above. In my opinion, it is the most exciting theme park, but also the most commercialized one. It is located in the south of Punta Cana and marks a perfect Cap Cana excursion.

 Bavaro Adventure Park is perfect if you don’t want to travel far as it is located right in Bavaro, close to most of the all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana. It allows you to pick between different activity options, among them, ziplining, a dune buggy ride or horseback riding. Further activities and attractions will be added throughout 2021 and 2022. It is a perfect Punta Cana family excursion as the activities are very kid-friendly and something is happening for every age.

 La Hacienda Park is the most authentic option among the theme parks in Punta Cana and offers you the most stunning impressions when it comes to nature as it is located right in the Anamuya Mountains, around an hour away from Punta Cana. They have the only chairlift in Punta Cana, a few ziplining cables and give you an introduction to Dominican culture, among many other activities.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: theme parks are offering you a wide variety of Punta Cana activities and are perfect for families and adults
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.14/5.00 (Scape Park Cap Cana) and 4.15/5.00 (Bavaro Adventure Park) and 4.54/5.00 (La Hacienda Park)
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability for Scape Park Cap Cana here* / check prices and availability for Bavaro Adventure Park here* / check prices and availability for La Hacienda Park here*
Further information: Scape Park Cap Cana – a tropical theme park with a zipline and blue lagoon in Punta Cana

Ziplining Tour in Punta Cana at Bavaro Adventure Park

26) Combo Packages

 Combo packages are another option to fit multiple excursions in Punta Cana into one day. Usually, those Punta Cana tour packages include several activities which are combined and save you a particular amount of transfer time as you only have to get out of your hotel once. 

 There are various multi-activity excursions in Punta Cana, so it is hard to recommend one specific tour as this depends on your preferences. Ziplining, dune buggy excursions, catamaran tours, horseback riding, snorkeling, Isla Saona, parasailing … a lot of activities are available through these combo packages, which saves time and money.

 Check out the widget below to find your favorite multi-activity tour in Punta Cana!

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: have fun on multiple activities in one day
Rating (as of August 2021): n/a
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability by clicking on the tours shown above

The one and only Isla Saona, the most popular excursion in Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic

The most unique excursions in Punta Cana

 There are some excursions in Punta Cana, which are not fitting in the categories above. They might include a bit of nature, they might give you some quick information about culture, but in the end, they are one-of-a-kind because of very different reasons. This section might be expanded in the future as there are also new tours in Punta Cana popping up every now and then, but for the moment these are some of the most unique Punta Cana excursions 2021.

27) Scuba Doo in Punta Cana

 If you don’t feel attracted by snorkeling in Punta Cana and don’t have a diver’s license, you can do a completely new activity which is called Scuba Doo, combining the attractive sides of both, snorkeling and diving. 

 During a Scuba Doo excursion in Punta Cana*, you are going to dive much deeper than during a snorkeling tour. You even don’t need a mask as you get kind of a full-head helmet, which allows you to breathe, to see the marine life and to enjoy the experience. Furthermore, you are seated on a kind of machine, which carries your oxygen and allows you to move down comfortably. 

 This new tour in Punta Cana is not the most natural way of exploring marine life compared to snorkeling or diving, but it allows you to explore the reefs and fishes much closer. Have a look at the photos to see if this Punta Cana activity is something for you. Furthermore, as this is a rather shorter and relaxed tour (the time underwater is not very long), it is also recommendable as a kid-friendly excursion in Punta Cana.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: it is a cool and fun way to explore the underwater life of Punta Cana
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.10/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*

The beautiful Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

28) Explore Isla Saona with a Punta Cana helicopter tour

 If you are looking for a VIP experience during your excursion in Punta Cana, one of the best options is to go on a helicopter ride in Punta Cana. This not only brings you an absolutely unique excursion, but also amazing views from above. 

 There are different helicopter tours in Punta Cana available. The most affordable one starts at 89 USD and takes you for a quick scenic ride around the resort area in Punta Cana

 My favorite helicopter excursion in Punta Cana is the one to Isla Saona*. Instead of the long trip by bus and by boat to the paradisical island, you head there straight by helicopter, including super scenic views of the coastline, the south of Punta Cana and Saona Island itself. Once at Isla Saona, you can enjoy the turquoise Caribbean Sea, a delicious lunch and some free time in the beach club.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: exploring Isla Saona by helicopter is a top-notch experience + you get some amazing views from above
Rating (as of August 2021): 3.92/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information: 
Excursion to Isla Saona – everything you need to know for your hassle-free Saona Island Tour 2021
The best Punta Cana helicopter tours (incl. air tours and excursions by plane)

Punta Cana helicopter tours - the best excursions to see Punta Cana from above

29) See the Dominican Republic from above – airplane tour from Punta Cana

 Another option to see the Dominican Republic from above is by taking a Punta Cana Airplane tour. Among this kind of excursion, there are 4 different options:
Santo Domingo airplane tour from Punta Cana*
Samaná Explorer by plane from Punta Cana*
Whale watching to Samaná by plane*
Bahía de las Águilas from Punta Cana by plane*

 My favorite here is the tour to Bahía de las Águilas by plane*, as it is one of the most unique excursions in Punta Cana. You fly more than an hour to see the country from above and are going to visit one of the remotest beaches in the Dominican Republic.

 Bahía de las Águilas is a legendary beach due to its remote location and its 100% undeveloped area. There is not a single hotel or any bar or restaurant at this beach, which stretches for miles with turquoise water and its bright white sand. It is a horse of a completely different color compared to Punta Cana. 

 This airplane excursion from Punta Cana is not on the cheap side, but it is a great opportunity for a very special day.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: it is one of the most exclusive tours in Punta Cana, leading you to areas that are usually off-limits for Punta Cana visitors.
Rating (as of August 2021): 5.00/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information: the best Punta Cana helicopter tours (incl. air tours and excursions by plane)

The beautiful beach of Bahia de las Aguilas in the Southwest of the Dominican Republic

The best private tours in Punta Cana (for groups or individuals)

 Most of the best Punta Cana excursions presented above are shared tours in a group. Sometimes you might be with a particular small group, especially when booking the hiking activity, the mountain bike excursion or the helicopter tours in Punta Cana.

 However, there might be occasions when you are looking for a private tour in Punta Cana, for example when looking for a particular exclusive experience, when not in the mood to share with others, when making sure to enforce social distancing because of Covid-19 or when traveling to Punta Cana as a group.

 For these reasons, this Punta Cana excursion guide also lists the best private tours in Punta Cana.

30) Deep Sea Fishing in Punta Cana

 Deep-Sea Fishing is one of the activities a lot of people want to try in their life. While there are shared group excursions available for deep sea fishing in Punta Cana, a lot of them receive bad reviews, usually because the group has different interests on this trip and it is hard for the crew to please everyone.

 Therefore, a private Punta Cana tour for deep sea fishing* is the best solution. The crew can take care of your preferences and adjust the trip according to your fishing experience or seasickness vulnerability. Therefore they are better able to create a pleasant experience for you. 

 Deep-Sea Fishing is a cool and unique experience. Just be prepared for some big waves and a choppy ocean, as these tours are going out deep into the sea. The ocean a few nautical miles away from the coast is not comparable with the shallow water at your typical Punta Cana Beach. 😉

 Pro tip: take a seasickness pill before the tour, you won’t regret it.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: catching your own fish and exploring the ocean far away from the coastline is a unique experience
Rating (as of August 2021): 5.00/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*

31) Private catamaran charter in Punta Cana

 If you like the idea of being on a private boat charter but don’t want to fish nor would like to get shaken around by a choppy ocean, you can also charter a private catamaran and cruise along the coastline and the beaches of Punta Cana – a very exclusive excursion exploring the shores of the east coast in the Dominican Republic.

 Most catamaran charters in Punta Cana are similar to the Party Boat Tours described above. You’ll visit a snorkeling spot, cruise over the Caribbean Sea and can enjoy the natural swimming pool, together with a private boat, an exclusive crew just for you and an open bar. 

There are tons of options for private excursions in Punta Cana with a catamaran, so you can check out one of the following to see if it fits your need and your group size.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: cruising in the shallow waters of the Caribbean Sea while enjoying drinks, music and having a lot of fun
Rating (as of August 2021): n/a
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability by clicking on the tours presented above
Further information: the best Punta Cana catamaran tours – booze cruises, private catamarans, party boats & more

The beach of El Cortecito in Bavaro, Punta Cana

32) Isla Saona by private yacht

 Another option for a private boat rental in Punta Cana is to charter a private yacht* to go to Isla Saona. This is a particularly great option if you prefer to go to a specific destination with your private yacht instead of just cruising around with your private catamaran along the shores of Punta Cana. With this option, you basically can combine one of the best excursions in Punta Cana with an exclusive and private experience.

 Most details about renting a private yacht to go to Isla Saona are explained in my separate article on how to find the best private tours to Isla Saona. Your charter starts in Bayahibe (which is just an hour away from Punta Cana) and brings you on your private boat to and from Isla Saona, including a stop at the natural swimming pool, snorkeling equipment and sufficient beach time to enjoy fantastic Saona Island.  

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: Isla Saona is one of the top attractions in the Dominican Republic and a private yacht is the most exclusive way of exploring the ocean – why not combine both!
Rating (as of August 2021): 5.00/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information:
Excursion to Isla Saona – everything you need to know for your hassle-free Saona Island Tour 2021
How to find the best Private Tours to Isla Saona and Isla Catalina?

The one and only Isla Saona, the most popular excursion in Punta Cana and the Dominican Republic

33) Private culture and countryside trip

 If you are more into land-based activities when looking for a private tour in Punta Cana, you shall check out this Private Jungle Rally & Culture Trip*. It is a similar excursion compared to the Punta Cana culture and countryside tour presented above, but it is a private trip in an air-conditioned SUV.

With a professional guide, you are going to explore local villages, lush vegetation and the off-the-beaten-track countryside beyond Punta Cana. You are going to visit a local house, learn everything about coffee and chocolate and get to see a local school and/or a local market. 

 After a stop at a local ranch for more information on the domestic flora and fauna, this Punta Cana excursion ends at Macao Beach, where you can swim or boogie board in the water.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: get to know the culture of the Dominican Republic in a relaxed private tour from Punta Cana
Rating (as of August 2021): 4.96/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*

Delicious Dominican Mangos in Baní

34) Private Santo Domingo trip

 For individual travelers and groups who would like to visit the historic capital and explore some of the things to do in Santo Domingo, this private tour from Punta Cana* is one of the best options. This Punta Cana excursion, depending on the number of participants, already starts at 500 USD per group, making it an affordable private tour for those looking for a bit more privacy, a more customized itinerary and a more exclusive experience. Considering a regular Punta Cana tour to Santo Domingo is already around 100 USD per person, this group price is an interesting bargain. A further advantage is that you save much time on your way to Santo Domingo, as you don’t visit various all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana to pick up other guests before heading to the capital of the Dominican Republic.

 Besides this, you have the chance to discover the cultural heritage of the Dominican Republic at your own pace, accompanied by a guide. As already described above, the Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo is simply stunning and beautiful. It is not just a tourist area, it is like an open-air museum populated by Dominicans. Furthermore, you get to see some of the most emblematic colonial sights in the entire Caribbean, so don’t miss this trip if you are interested in culture and looking for a private tour from Punta Cana.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: Santo Domingo is gorgeous and historically important alike!
Rating (as of August 2021): 3.80/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*
Further information: 
10 reasons why you should visit the Zona Colonial of Santo Domingo
23 exciting things to do in Santo Domingo (and 5 NOT to do)

One of the beautiful courtyards in the Colonial Zone, here the restaurant Falafel

35) Private 2-day road-trip excursion from Punta Cana

 The last thing on this unique hand-selected list of the best excursion in Punta Cana 2021 is a special recommendation for you: a fully organized 2-day road trip from Punta Cana to the interior of the Dominican Republic, where you get to see Santo Domingo and Jarabacoa. The latter one is located in the Cordillera Central, the central mountain range in the Dominican Republic.

 Normally, I am recommending doing road trips on your own, as this gives you the most flexibility in terms of timing and budget. You can find a perfect 1-week itinerary from/to Punta Cana for a part of the Dominican Republic here, which includes Santo Domingo and Jarabacoa as well. However, I know that a lot of visitors to Punta Cana don’t want to drive on their own nor want to spend the time organizing such an individual road trip. For those, this pre-arranged 2-day Punta Cana excursion* is a perfect option for a 1-click road trip (even though there are better road trip tour operators out there where you get customized itineraries – text me for help or check my travel coaching section). 

 You’ll start your tour in Punta Cana early in the morning and are going to visit Santo Domingo. Besides the famous Zona Colonial, you also visit the national park Los Tres Ojos with its beautiful lagoons and the Columbus Lighthouse in the east of the city. After lunch and some hours of sightseeing in the Colonial Zone, you continue your journey to Jarabacoa, the city of eternal spring in the central mountain area of the Dominican Republic, where you spend the night. Meals are included throughout the entire trip.

On the second day of your 2-day private tour, you can choose among some outdoor activities, such as river rafting, canyoning or river trekking – all in the mountain rivers of the Cordillera Central. After lunch, you head back to Punta Cana to end this unique guided road-trip excursion.

Why it is one of the best Punta Cana excursions: a road-trip as a private tour from Punta Cana – not the worst option to discover the Dominican Republic
Rating (as of August 2021): 5.00/5.00
Tour dates and prices: check prices and availability here*

Road-Trip through the west of the Dominican Republic with views on the Sierra de Neyba

 35 amazing and unique excursions in Punta Cana and Bavaro – what is your favorite Punta Cana tour among these options? Feel free to ask any questions in the comments

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CHRIS

Author, Travel Coach & Punta Cana based digital nomad

Hey, I am Chris, a born and raised German, travel-addictive and Caribbean Soul. Since 2011 I have been living in the Caribbean, among them 5 years in the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana is my home-base here in the country and I’d love to tell you more about how to experience Punta Cana off-the-beaten-track and give you all the advice you want to know for your vacation in Punta Cana.

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