What are the Most Fun Activities in Punta Cana?

Before traveling to the Dominican Republic, my group and I were thinking about the activities in Punta Cana that we wished to do. Like most people, we wanted to go to the beach, chill at the poolside, and take a stroll around town. But to our amazement, there was a lot more to this paradise than piña coladas.

As you may imagine, we were completely clueless about the vast number of tours and things to do in our vacation at Punta Cana and had to start making plans for the excursions.

It is essential that you book your tours or activities at least one day in advance as it may take some time for the guide to have everything ready for the excursion. Unless you are staying for a couple of weeks in the area, you are likely to miss most of the activities the place has to offer, always do your research before your trip.

To assist you, I have gathered a list of the top things you can do in Punta Cana so that you can enjoy your vacation time. One more thing, the majority of hotels have arrangements with tour guides to offer excursions; this can save you some trouble, but at the same time, it be can be pricier. My advice is to contact the tour operators directly whenever possible.

Attractions and Things to do in Punta Cana:

Stingray 1- Marinarium

One of the main attractions of Punta Cana is the Marinarium. What is this place? It is an ecological marine reserve with four excursions available to all those desiring to explore the abundant marine life that is hard to find elsewhere.

First, you will sail on a catamaran with a glass floor, allowing you to get a glimpse of the underwater creatures that inhabit the waters of Punta Cana. Soon after, you will reach the Marinarium, which is an oasis where you can befriend nurse sharks and stingrays. (info)

Depending on the tour you choose, you might spend an entire day snorkeling and bathing in a natural pool, or you might drink and dance to the tune of the Caribbean rhythms until the sun sets.

Who is this activity for?

Couples, families, adventurers and people looking to relax and interact with the marine life will love the tour.

Catamaran2- Water Sports

No Punta Cana vacation is complete without taking part in at least one water sport. Parasailing, kayaking, and fishing are just a few examples of what is possible.

You can fly as the boat dashes through the sea, power paddle until your muscles feel sore, or catch as many Mahi-mahi as you like, all while sipping a presidente (well, maybe not all). The sky is the limit!

Who is this activity for?

Water sports are great for people looking to get the most out of their Punta Cana vacation.

Jeeps3- Safari Excursion

Grasping the real essence of the Dominicans' way of life is what the safari excursion is all about. As you ride through the sugar cane fields, you will experience the humble disposition and hardworking attitude that can be found in the locals.

Moreover, you will have the chance of meeting and helping out the local children with school supplies (it will make a big difference). You will also learn how Dominicans use their craft to make tobacco, coffee, and cocoaproducts. 

And last but not least, you will get a sip of the ever energizing drink known as “mamajuana.” Additionally, you will get a delicious lunch and the opportunity to do some extra shopping.

Who is this activity for?

Couples, families, adventurers, and individuals looking for a relaxing time will find the tour quite enticing.

Bird4- Bird Watching

Bird watching is ideal for those looking to gain a better understanding of the Dominican Republic's fauna. Bring a camera with you, and take one or hundreds of pictures of the most colorful birds in the country. (reference)

It doesn't matter if you want to spend half a day or three days exploring the DR's national parks, lagoons or beaches, you will be thrilled by everything you see. You will be shocked when you discover how many endemic species can be found in this exotic part of the Caribbean. The professional guides will do their best to ensure you have a remarkable experience that will forever change the way you see a vacation.

Who is this activity for?

Couples, adventurers, and families that are curious about the natural environment of the DR.

Isla Catalina5- Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is without a doubt one of the top activities in Punta Cana. Whether you are an amateur or a pro, there is a diving tour for you. 

With more beautifully-preserved spots that anyone can count, you can be certain that at least one of them will be etched in your memory for the rest of your life.

El Piñon reef and Saona Island, for example, are breathtaking locations where you can witness stingrays, puffer fish, and moray eels in their natural habitat. They also provide the optimal environment for using your underwater photography skills.

Who is this activity for?

Scuba diving is an ideal fit for couples and adventurers that are interested in watching the marine life up close.

Aerial view6- Helicopter Tours

If you are curious about how does the alluring east coast of the country look from the sky, then this is the tour for you. A 10, 20 or 30-minute helicopter ride, will shift your perspective on how you see this world-renowned destination. (details)

You won't believe the immense beauty of the forests, the Atlantic ocean, the Caribbean sea, and the endless strip of white sand that are part of the Punta Cana beaches when they are observed from over 500 feet!

Who is this activity for?

Couples and adventurers that aren't afraid of heights.

Dark horse7- Horseback Riding

No one can deny that horseback riding in Punta Cana will make your vacation so much more memorable. As you walk and gallop through various settings, you will see a side of the DR that is hard to appreciate by just staying at the resort. 

The kindness and hospitality of its people when mixed with the wild surroundings offered by this lovely country will take your holiday experience to new heights.

The horseback riding trip is great for relaxing and checking out the forested paths and beaches in the area. A standard two-hour ride will allow you to see a lot of what Punta Cana has to offer. Even if you have never ridden a horse in your life, you can still take part in the tour as the staff is more than qualified to make sure you get a smooth ride.

Who is this activity for?

Families, adventurers, and couples wanting a unique bonding experience will find horseback riding to be a refreshing change of pace.

Air Balloon8- Hot Air Balloon

The balloon ride is a tour that allows you to enjoy Punta Cana on a whole different level. Imagine yourself floating over the captivating landscape, feeling the morning breeze, and almost touching the treetops. 

At an altitude of over 1000 feet, there's no way you won't be in a state of awe. That's something you want to share with your family, friends, and your significant other. (information)

The ride typically last around an hour, and after it, a fresh breakfast will be waiting for you at the landing point.

Who is this activity for?

Everyone who isn't afraid of heights should try the balloon ride at least once.

Zip line9- Zipline

You will find that it is quite an adventure going down the zip-line with other explorers like you. 

Why? Well, imagine yourself gliding at lightning speed over the woods, almost grazing the treetops and watching the majesty of mountains and valleys from far away.

With 18 platforms and 12 lines along the mountain range, you are in for quite a challenge, and you won't want to be alone! As you and your fellow companions travel across 800 meters, you will either wonder why you are doing something so crazy or shout “woohoo” at the top of your lungs.

In the following video, you can see all the fun you can have with the zip-line tour:

Who is this activity for?

Adventurers searching for the ultimate thrill during their vacation won't be able to resist taking part in this tour.

Man on a segway10- Segway

Interacting with everything nature has to offer, is a cinch with the help of a Segway. This tour takes you through a snow-white beach, a petting zoo, and ends with an invigorating dip in a crystal clear lagoon. 

If for some reason you can't use a Segway, you can always ride a golf cart and still have a great time.

Who is this activity for?

This half a day excursion is a wonderful learning experience for children and adults alike.

Whale11- Whale Watching

Whale watching at Samana Bay isn't like other excursions. Why? Unlike most of them, it can only be done at a specific time of the year. From January to March, you can get a front row seat to watch one of nature's most enchanting moments. 

During this period, hundreds of humpback whales swim from the northern parts of the Atlantic ocean to sing their courting song and perform their mating rituals. It is a rare but beautiful sight to be present at that moment. Take a camera with you; I can guarantee you will want to take lots of photos. (reference)

Who is this activity for?

The tour is ideal for nature enthusiasts of all ages.

Snorkeling12- Snorkeling

Snorkeling is one of the most basic activities in Punta Cana. You only need a mask, a tube, fins, and you are ready to go. This is a great alternative if you don't feel like taking part in scuba diving. Unlike scuba diving, you don't need a lot of lessons or heavy gear. 

Even a complete novice can get the hang of it in a short time. Some resorts offer free snorkeling tips and lessons; if you are a first time visitor, this is a must! (article)

Who is this activity for?

Snorkeling in Punta Cana is enjoyed by couples, families, and individuals with a strong desire to experience the local marine life.

Golf13- Golf Courses

If golf is your thing, you will love staying at Punta Cana. Most of the courses are in top shape, and the scenery complementing the challenging holes is simply mesmerizing. 

The Punta Espada course, for instance, holds an impressive view of the ocean and is an excellent example of a difficult yet rewarding experience for amateurs and professionals alike.

Who is this activity for?

As you may imagine, golf enthusiasts will find Punta Cana courses to be appealing.

Beach in Punta Cana14- Buggy Tours

Among the excursions in Punta Cana, the buggy one is a must. It will demand every bit of your off-road driving skills as you go through different roads on the countryside and the coastline.

It isn't every day when you can sit behind the wheel of a buggy, gaze at the spectacular views, and drive across the beach and tropical forests. Once at the beach, you will have a well-deserved break, so you can swim and unwind in the crystal clear waters.

Who is this activity for?

Adventurers who are more than willing to get their clothes dirty and try everything the DR has to offer.

Minitour15- Mini Tour

There is no doubt that Punta Cana is breathtaking, but if you are wondering what other areas in the Dominican Republic are worth visiting, the mini tour will enlighten you.

By taking a mini cooper convertible, you will become part of a small fleet of curious explorers visiting the fishing village of Boca de Yuma, where you will meet local children at a school. Shortly after, you will proceed across La Romana, finally arriving at Altos de Chavón.

As soon as you step inside this replica of a Mediterranean village from the colonial era, you will have the chance to buy souvenirs, drop by the cigar factory, and enter the museum of archaeology.

Who is this activity for?

The mini copper ride is perfect for couples, families, and adventurers that want to learn more about the DR.

Pink flamingos in Punta Cana16- Manati Park

The Manati Park offers you the unique chance to witness the endemic wildlife of the DR. Enjoy a walk through forested paths, and watch parrots and parakeets perform a hilarious show in front an audience.

What else will you see? Flamingos, turtles, horses, sea lions, and a bunch other exotic creatures. Locals will also delight you with a Taíno Tribal dance, and you won't believe your eyes when you see dolphins jumping propelling a human being into midair. (info)

The place opens from 9 to 5, and you can play, kiss, and swim with the dolphins if you want to (don't worry they won't send you flying away). If you rather only watch the shows and walk around the park, you can do so for a much lower price.

Who is this activity for?

Couples, families, adventurers and anyone looking for a good time.

Fun Fun Cave 17- Fun Fun Cave Park

This adventure goes beyond the limits of what we know, taking us back to the Stone Age. There, your dreams and reality will be combined to lead you down to Fun-Fun Cave.

For the first part of the journey, you will ride a horse through the rain forest, then you will hike up through the mountains, and finally, you will descend through an ancient, natural chimney.

Once inside, you will trudge through the tunnels as you admire petroglyphs and rock formations such as stalactites and stalagmites. As you keep going, you will meet an underground river, and be forced to swim and crawl your way out as you feel the presence of bats flapping over your head. After the perilous journey, you will be rewarded with a banquet full of Dominican dishes and drinks.

Who is this activity for?

Individuals yearning for some extreme action on their vacation.

Remember to use sunscreen when going out in the sun for the tours

After some hours without protection you could get a sunburn, so taking care of your skin is essential when having a vacation in the Caribbean.

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