Best excursions in Punta Cana

Did you know that, according to AFAR magazine, the Dominican Republic is the most family-friendly Caribbean destination? That could have something to do with the fact that the best excursions in Punta Cana offer something thrilling and delightful for all ages.

Whether you want to jump on the back of an ATV and race through the jungle or are interested in a culturally-enriching Santo Domingo tour, there are enough excursions in Punta Cana to allow you to enjoy one each day of your trip!

However, with so many choices, how do you choose the right excursion? Read through our complete guide to the best excursions in Punta Cana to help you and your friends or family choose the right one for your next vacation to our wonderful island.

How to Choose the Best Excursions in Punta Cana

Alright, so you’re planning a trip to Punta Cana and want to know which excursion is going to be best for you. Choosing the best excursions in Punta Cana can be tough with so many great options available.

Here are a few tips to help you narrow down your choices and pick the perfect activity for your vacation.

First, consider what type of traveler you are. Are you looking for adventure or relaxation? Do you want to immerse yourself in the local culture or simply enjoy the beach? Once you've decided on your vacation style, you can start looking at specific excursions.

Next, consider who will join your excursion. Some excursions are more family-friendly while others are better suited for an adults-only trip. You want to ensure you’re planning something that your whole group can enjoy and participate in.

Next, consult with your travel advisor or research online to get an idea of what's available. Once you've narrowed down your choices, read reviews and compare prices to find the best value.

Finally, don't forget to factor in logistics like transportation and timing. You want to make sure your excursion is feasible given your schedule and budget. By following these simple tips, you're sure to find the perfect activity for your Punta Cana vacation.

If you’re not sure what kinds of excursions are available in Punta Cana, then keep scrolling!

Different Types of Punta Cana Excursions

You’ll find numerous tour operators offering different types of excursions from Punta Cana and all throughout the island. While we’ll review some of the best excursions below, it’s helpful to know what the basic types of excursions are.

Dune Buggy Excursion in Punta Cana

Dune buggy tours in Punta Cana are a great way to see the sights and get a little thrill all at the same time. These open-air vehicles are perfect for cruising down the beach or flying through the sand dunes.

The best part? You’re in control. As the driver of the dune buggy, you get to experience the adrenaline rush first-hand as you race through stretches of sandy beaches and stop at an organic farm.

With numerous options available to you, dune buggy excursions in Punta Cana are a great option for travel groups looking for something that is equal parts adventure and culture.

So whether you're looking for an adrenaline rush or just a unique way to see the area, be sure to check out dune buggy tours in Punta Cana.

ATV Excursion in Punta Cana

Aren’t ATVs the same as dune buggies? They can be, depending on which tour group you’re working with, but they’re actually slightly different.

ATVs have four live axles and four wheels, while dune buggies usually have two live axles and four wheels. Furthermore, you usually sit on an ATV and straddle it like a bike whereas you’re seated inside of an open-air dune buggy and strapped in with a seatbelt.

In terms of power, ATVs usually have an engine displacement of 400cc or less, while dune buggies often have an engine displacement of 800cc or more. ATVs typically weigh less than 1,000 pounds, while dune buggies often weigh more than 1,000 pounds.

Which one is best for your Punta Cana excursion? If you’re a group of more than two people, you might look into dune buggies as some of them can seat four people each. This isn’t the case with ATVs, which are great for couples or pairs of friends.

Also, expect to get dirty with either option, but know that since dune buggies sit closer to the ground, you’re more likely to get wet and wild while riding a dune buggy. If you prefer to feel higher up off the ground, try a Punta Cana ATV excursion.

Polaris Excursion in Punta Cana

Finally, in terms of the offroading experiences, we have Polaris excursions. These are similar to ATVs and dune buggies. However, the main difference is that a Polaris is slightly larger and more powerful than an ATV.

Because they’re a bit bigger, Polaris excursions in Punta Cana are great for larger families of two to four people who want to stick together and enjoy the experience as a group.

What other features can you expect when riding a Polaris in Punta Cana? High-clearance suspension and large tires are characteristic of these vehicles, which means that you’ll be seated much higher off the ground than you might in a dune buggy.

Read more about a sample Polaris ATV tour here.

Catamaran to Saona Island

Saona Island is a small island located off the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic. The island is only about 20 miles long and 10 miles wide, but it is a popular tourist destination due to its white sand beaches, turquoise waters, and lush vegetation.

This tropical island is also home to a variety of wildlife, including iguanas, tropical birds, and even dolphins. Visitors to Saona Island can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, snorkeling, and boat tours.

If you’re interested in experiencing a slice of paradise, a catamaran Saona Island might be right for you. We’ll explore a sample itinerary below, but these Punta Cana excursions typically include everything from drinks and a buffet lunch to a transfer to and from your hotel.

Catalina Island Tour

Looking for a boat tour that’s a little more family-friendly? Try booking a snorkeling tour to Catalina Island.

Catalina Island is a beautiful island located in the Dominican Republic.
The island is home to many different types of animals, including iguanas, lizards, and snakes. The island also has a wide variety of plant life, including palm trees, bougainvillea, and hibiscus.

Visitors to the island can enjoy snorkeling, hiking, and swimming. However, Catalina Island is also a popular spot for scuba diving and fishing. The clear blue waters and coral reefs make Catalina Island a perfect place to enjoy the underwater world.

Excursions to Catalina Island typically include expert guidance from PADI-certified diver guides and snorkeling equipment suitable for families of all ages. Plus, you get the chance to indulge in an authentic Dominican lunch as you sit beachside and listen to the waves.

Whale-Watching in Punta Cana

For those looking for a boat tour in Punta Cana without having to get out and swim in the water, a whale-watching tour might be a better fit for you.

During this excursion, you’ll board a double-decker luxury catamaran and sail across the beautiful Samana Bay in search of humpback whales. Didn’t know you could see whales in Punta Cana? You bet!

Whale-watching in Punta Cana is an unforgettable experience. You'll be able to see these gentle giants up close and personal as they migrate through the waters off the coast of the Dominican Republic.

Do keep in mind, though, that the whale-watching season runs from January to March, so be sure to book your tour in advance. Always remember to keep your camera handy and be prepared to snap some amazing photos.

Dolphin Tour in Punta Cana

Finally, if you’re in search of something family-friendly but still animal-focused, think about booking a dolphin tour in Punta Cana. With this fun excursion, you’re able to get up close and personal with dolphins in the water.

The basic experience allows you to hug, kiss, and snuggle with dolphins as they swim around you in the water. However, you are also able to upgrade your experience to enjoy an exhilarating Boogie Push or Belly Ride.

Whichever you choose, this type of excursion in Punta Cana is perfect for families with small children or for couples or groups of friends interested in something that isn’t as active or strenuous as some of the other excursions on this list.

Scape Park

Interested in enjoying aerial views from some of the Caribbean's longest ziplines? Then a ziplining excursion in Punta Cana might be the best option for you! After all, spending a day at the iconic Scape Park sounds like a dream, right?

Ziplining in Punta Cana is an amazing experience. You fly through the air at high speeds, surrounded by lush vegetation and breathtaking views. The ziplines are safe and well-maintained, and the staff is professional and friendly.

Who is this type of excursion great for? Those who love adventure and thrills! Ziplining is a great way to get your adrenaline pumping, and it's also a lot of fun. If you're looking for an adventurous activity to add to your Punta Cana itinerary, ziplining is a great option.

Scape Park is also great for those who love nature. Enjoy the beautiful and world-famous Hoyo Azul (Blue Hole) or explore the cave expedition.

Follow this link to book and make sure to request your extra perk

Santo Domingo Tour From Punta Cana

No trip to the Dominican Republic is complete without visiting our island nation’s capital Santo Domingo. Located just a short drive from the popular resort town of Punta Cana, Santo Domingo is a vibrant city with a rich history and culture.

Founded in 1496 by Christopher Columbus, Santo Domingo is the oldest European settlement in the Americas.

The city is home to a number of important historical sites, including the Cathedral of Santo Domingo, the first cathedral built in the Americas, and the Fortaleza Ozama, one of the largest fortresses in the Americas.

Santo Domingo is also a great place to enjoy some traditional Dominican cuisine, shop for locally handcrafted goods, or simply take a stroll through its lively streets.

Whether you’re traveling as a family or with a group of friends, a Santo Domingo tour from Punta Cana is the perfect way to experience all that this fascinating city has to offer.

The Best Punta Cana Excursions: Sample Excursion Itineraries

Have you decided which Punta Cana excursion is best for you? Whether you’re interested in a Santo Domingo tour or are heading out to Scape Park, most Punta Cana excursions are packed full of activities and sights to see.

Here are some sample itineraries of real tours we offer so you can start to plan your Punta Cana vacation in more detail.

Punta Cana Dune Buggy Tour

When you book a dune buggy tour with Punta Cana Transfer, we take care of everything for you. This includes picking you up and dropping you off at your hotel. Once we’ve picked you up, we’ll head to the starting point of our tour.

We’ll teach you and your group members all about the safety of driving a dune buggy, ATV, or Polaris. This includes providing you with buggy safety equipment. Now you’re ready for two full hours of an exhilarating buggy ride!

Plan to race across stretches of sandy beaches and through backroads as we take you to culturally significant sites so that you can taste chocolate and mamajuana (both included in the tour price!).

This plantation stop includes other delights such as coffee and delectable chocolates. However, if you’re feeling the heat then you can cool off in a pool of fresh water as we explore a natural cave.

Click here to learn more about our Punta Cana dune buggy tour.

Catamaran to Saona Island Tour

Booking a Catamaran to Saona Island is the perfect way to spend a day in the sun. This all-inclusive tour takes you from your hotel to the boat, where you can enjoy music and dancing on the way to Saona Island.

You'll begin this tour in Bayahibe. The catamaran ride to Saona Island will take you through the clear waters of the Caribbean. This natural preserve is home to many types of wildlife, so your guide can teach you about these fascinating creatures up close!

A special experience on this island includes being able to explore fields filled with starfish (during certain seasons). Once you arrive, you'll have plenty of time to relax on the beach, go for a swim, or explore the island.

You can also enjoy a delicious buffet lunch and drinks prepared by an onboard bartender. What's included in the buffet lunch? Salads, bread, pasta, chicken, pork cutlet, and rice.

On the way back to Bayahibe, we'll stop by the Taino Indian princess' natural swimming pool for an enchanting visit.

Click here to learn more about our Saona Island tour.

Punta Cana Ziplining Adventure Tour

Prepare for a day full of adventure. Of course, we've planned everything for you so you don't have to worry about a single detail! All you have to worry about is enjoying a special day.

Take a walk on the wild side with this thrilling adventure! You'll fly through 12 cables across the natural forest while looking out at native flora and fauna. Expert guides will brief you before every flight, so that means they're always there when needed most.

Highlights of this excursion include aerial views from some of the Caribbean's longest ziplines, views of native flora and fauna, and hotel pickup and drop-off. Oh, and bottled water of course!

It's worth mentioning that adventure tours like this might not be for everybody. To go on this tour, you need to have a moderate physical fitness level and be free of any health conditions that might affect your ziplining experience.

Click here to learn more about our ziplining tour.

Punta Cana Horseriding & Safari Tour

Get ready to capture unbelievable panoramas and typical Dominican villages! During this excursion, you'll visit one of the largest and most important churches in the Dominican Republic! Then, we'll take you down a road that leads through sugar cane fields, plantations, and traditional schools.

After, you'll want to prepare for a bit of adventure as you board our truck. The adventure continues through the Anamuya mountains where your tour guide will give you unique insight into the day-to-day life in the countryside.

The best part? We've truly thought of every detail for you. This included hotel pickup and drop-off, a delicious lunch, fresh fruits, and transfers along the tour. What's for lunch? Enjoy a delicious meal of salad, white rice, dark rice with beans, chicken creole, beef creole, or spaghetti.

Your visit to the iconic Basilica Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Altagracia is also included in your tour price, as is the stunning view of Macao Beach.
While there, explore the sand and sun or head into the water for a salty dip in the sea.

Click here to learn more about our safari tour.

Other Punta Cana Excursion Itineraries

The above itineraries are just samples of a few of the exciting excursions we have available to you during your Punta Cana vacation! To learn more about your other options, click the "Excursions" tab at the top of this page. Or, feel free to get in touch with any questions you might have regarding your options or the availability of a specific tour.

What to Bring on a Punta Cana Excursion

Before you book your Punta Cana excursion, it’s important to consider what you’ll need to pack for your trip so that you’re prepared on the day of your adventure. To make this easier, we’ve broken down our packing guides based on the type of excursion.

What to Bring on a Dune Buggy, ATV, or Polaris Excursion

When planning a dune buggy, ATV, or Polaris excursion, there are a few things you should remember to bring. First and foremost, always wear a helmet while operating any of these vehicles. However, for most excursions, this will be provided for you!

In addition, it is a good idea to wear protective clothing, such as long sleeves and pants, to avoid getting scraped or cut by branches or other debris.

It’s always good to have a change of clothes on hand too since you’ll likely get dirty, wet, or both. We suggest bringing these in a backpack that you don’t mind getting dirty.

You should also bring sunscreen, water, and snacks to stay hydrated and fueled during your ride. Double-check with your trip operator to see what kinds of food or drinks are included so that you’re able to pack enough water for the day or cash to purchase water on the trip.

By following these simple tips, you can ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience on your next off-road adventure.

What to Bring on a Boat Excursion

If you're planning a boat excursion in Punta Cana, there are a few things you'll need to bring along. This goes for whale-watching tours just as much as it does for party boat tours to places like Saona Island.

First, be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen and hats to protect yourself from the strong Caribbean sun. You'll also want to bring along some snacks and drinks to keep yourself hydrated and fueled throughout the day.

And finally, don't forget to pack your swimsuit and towel so you can enjoy a dip in the clear blue waters. While this might not be necessary for a whale-watching tour, it’s certainly necessary for any excursions that include a party boat or snorkeling!

Depending on the tour or excursion you’ve selected, you might need to bring your own snorkeling gear. If you’ve booked a tour that includes snorkeling, it’s worth checking to see if the gear is included or just the trip to the snorkeling site.

And, as the last note, it’s recommended that you bring protective coverings for your phones or cameras. You can find plastic covers for your phones that will allow you to take them into the water with you so that you can take photos and videos without damaging your phone.

What to Bring on a Ziplining or Safari Excursion

When packing for your ziplining or safari excursion in Punta Cana, there are a few essential items you'll need to bring.

First, be sure to wear comfortable clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Closed-toe shoes are also a must, as you'll be doing a lot of walking. In addition, it's a good idea to bring along some insect repellent and sunscreen, as the sun can be quite intense.

And finally, don't forget to bring your camera! Ziplining and safari excursions offer some of the most incredible views in Punta Cana, so you'll want to be sure to capture them. With these items in tow, you're sure to have an unforgettable experience.

FAQs About the Best Excursions in Punta Cana

Still, have questions? Don’t worry, we get quite a lot of them! Here are answers to some of the most commonly asked questions we receive about the best excursions in Punta Cana.

Is It Safe to Drive a Dune Buggy in Punta Cana?

Yes, driving a dune buggy in Punta Cana is safe! However, there are a few things to consider before getting behind the wheel of a dune buggy in Punta Cana.

First, make sure you're familiar with the vehicle. Take some time to practice driving in an off-road area before hitting the beach. Second, be aware of your surroundings. Pay attention to the terrain and be prepared for bumps and dips.

And finally, always follow the instructions and guidance of your tour guides! Driving a dune buggy can be great fun, but it's important to drive safely and responsibly.

What is Punta Cana Known For?

Punta Cana is a resort town located at the easternmost tip of the Dominican Republic. It is world-renowned for its pristine beaches, luxury resorts, and championship golf courses.

In recent years, Punta Cana has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Caribbean, welcoming millions of visitors each year. While many come to enjoy the town's sandy beaches and turquoise waters, others come to experience its unique culture and history.

Whether you're looking for a relaxing beach vacation or an action-packed adventure, Punta Cana has something to offer everyone.

How Many Days in Punta Cana is Enough?

This really depends on what kind of vacation you’re looking for. Because there are so many delightful Punta Cana excursions you can book, we suggest booking your vacation to Punta Cana for at least four or five days.

If you're looking to just lounge on the beach and relax, then a few days might be all you need. But if you want to explore the island and check out all the different attractions, then you might need a week or more.

There are a lot of things to see and do in Punta Cana, so it really just depends on your personal preferences.

Does Punta Cana Have Waterfalls?

Yes, there are several waterfalls located near the town. The most popular and well-known waterfall is the El Limon waterfall, which is located just a short drive from Punta Cana. The El Limon waterfall is a must-see for any visitor to the area.

There are also several other smaller waterfalls located throughout the island. While they may not be as well-known as the El Limon waterfall, these smaller waterfalls are still worth checking out if you have the chance.

What is the Best Month to Visit Punta Cana?

Honestly, the climate in Punta Cana is pleasant year-round, with average temperatures ranging from about 75 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. However, there are certain times of the year that may be ideal for certain activities.

For instance, the months of December through April are considered the high season for tourism, so prices for hotels and flights tend to be higher during this time.

If you're looking to score a bargain, you may want to consider traveling during the shoulder season, from May to November. October is considered the best month for surfing, as the waves are at their biggest and most consistent during this time.

So whether you're looking to enjoy some sun and sand or catch some waves, there is no wrong time to visit Punta Cana.

How Do I Get to My Accommodation from the Punta Cana Airport?

We suggest booking a Punta Cana transfer in advance! Why not just take a tax at the airport?

There are many benefits to using a transfer service, including convenience and peace of mind. With a transfer service, you don't have to worry about renting a car or taking public transportation. Your driver will pick you up at the airport and take you directly to your destination. This can be a great time saver, especially if you're arriving in Punta Cana on a late flight.

Transfer services can also be more cost-effective than renting a car, and you'll have the added benefit of not having to worry about directions or parking.

Book a Punta Cana Excursion

While we hope this guide to the best excursions in Punta Cana has helped make planning your vacation easier, the best way to figure out which excursion is best for you is to book one and try it out!

If you’re not sure which excursion might be best for you, your family, or your group then don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d be more than happy to help create the perfect excursion itinerary for you.

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