The 10 Best Excursions in Punta Cana to do in 2015

Catamaran approaching Saona Island
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Regardless of your New Year’s Resolution, we at iHeartDR want to help you have the best 2015 possible! As you are planning your trip this year to the Dominican Republic, be sure to read our list of the best excursions in Punta Cana for 2015. The rankings are determined by customer’s preferences during 2014 as well as input from us experts at iHeartDR.

Whether you want to go on an exciting adventure cruise, or to find the best tour company in Punta Cana, or to walk through the historic streets of the island’s capital, this list has something for everyone. All of these tours include pick up and drop off from your hotel and are offered almost every day of the week. No matter your schedule, budget, or interests of those in your group, this top-ten list has something for you.

We won’t delay any further! Here are our top ten Best Excursions in Punta Cana to do in 2015:

1) All-Inclusive Samana Explorer by Plane

Couple admiring the Limon waterfall

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This tour is our number one choice not only because of its great value (it is really four tours in one) but because it is an incredible adventure that all will enjoy. If you can’t decide what you want to do, or are in Punta Cana for a limited time, this tour is a must. This tour will take you on a charter plane from Punta Cana on a short ride to the peninsula of Samana.

There, you will board Safari Trucks to travel into the mountains and stop to sample some regional fruits such as papaya, pinapple and mango (or as we say: lechosa, piña y mango); go horseback riding amongst scenic forests; see the incredible Salto del Limon Waterfall and relax in the lagoon; and sail to Cayo Levantado, or Bacardi Island, for tropical drinks. This all-day tour also includes lunch. Saddle up and explore the beautiful Samana peninsula.

2) Cap Cana Adventure Buggies

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Buckle in and take a buggy ride through beautiful forests and along white sand beaches! Whisk through the beautiful views of the lush Cap Cana forests by yourself or with a driving partner. Bring your bathing suit and wear some old clothes – this tour might get muddy! This half-day tour is a best seller – see why for yourself.

3) Buggy & Catamaran Dual Adventures

Catamaran seen from a distance

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You want to go on the buggy. Your family wants to enjoy the waters. Why not do both? This double action-packed tour offers a serene tour on a catamaran with opportunities to swim in natural pools and wade in the cool waters. The catamaran will bring adventurers to the Punta Cana Ecological Reserve to swim among the unique mangrove forest. The excursion stops for a delicious Dominican lunch at a Caribbean beach restaurant.

Finally, buggies await you at a private marina where you can explore the Reserve with four wheels. This tour was chosen for being one of the best catamaran cruises in Punta Cana.

4) Marinarium Snorkeling Cruise

Marinarium boat and people snorkeling seen from the air

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Get away from the resort for part of the day and dive in! Travel through tropical waters, sample cocktails, take a dip, and go on a stingray snorkel adventure in Punta Cana. This Snorkeling Cruise is considered one of the best snorkeling excursions in Punta Cana, with plenty of opportunities to see wildlife and nature. Cruise along to the Marinarium in a glass bottom boat and see brightly colored fish swimming below.  At the Marinarium, you can snorkel, with all equipment provided, and have the chance to swim with stingrays and nurse sharks.

The last stop for this tour is at a natural swimming pool to sip on Caribbean drinks and relax in the sun. This tour is especially popular with children, giving them an opportunity to explore tropical fish and come face to face with new aquatic life.

5) Zipline Canopy Adventure

First person point of view of one of the zip lines

 

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If you are an adrenaline junkie, or if your goal for 2015 is to get over your fear of heights, look no further. This best-selling zipline tour traverses through beautiful Dominican oriental forests in northern Punta Cana. The course has 15 platforms and 8 cables, the longest of which is over 2,500 feet long, and is sure to excite! Experienced guides ensure safety and fun. Children must be over five years old.

6) Saona Island Cruise

The Catamaran sailing seen from the distance

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One of our favorite boat tours in Punta Cana is the Saona Island Cruise, where guests are transported to the stunning Saona Island just off the island’s south-east coast. This protected nature reserve has blue waters and white sand beaches and is one of the most popular destinations in the Dominican Republic. Swim, enjoy lunch and an open bar, play beach games such as volleyball, and relax. At the end of your trip, return to the mainland on a catamaran and savor each moment of your vacation.

7) 4x4 Jeep Safari

Jeep splashing water in a puddle

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This Safari is one of the most popular tours and offers an unbeatable way to see the island. This all-day tour brings you to places you would never see otherwise including the exclusive Macao Beach, a ride through rice and sugarcane fields to a small butterfly garden to see the beloved “mariposas” of the Dominican Republic, the unspoiled Uvero Alto Beach, and finally a chance to go zip-lining and horseback riding at the Horseplay Ranch.

Also, throughout this fun-filled day, riders will have a chance to sample local produce and coffee, and even roll your own cigars to take home as a souvenir!

8) Santo Domingo City Tour

Santa Maria de la Encarnación cathedral in the colonial city of Santo Domingo
Colonial Zone in Santo Domingo

 

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If you’re a history buff, or just love beautiful architecture, take a trip to Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic. First, the group will stop at the Three Eyes National Park (Los Tres Ojos) to see stunning natural underground caves and lagoons. Afterwards, tour the historic Colonial Zone where you will find the oldest streets of the Americas as well as Columbus Palace and the Plaza de España.

Following a traditional Dominican lunch, the tour continues to modern day Santo Domingo with a stop at the National Palace, the home of the Dominican government. This tour provides all transportation, and will give you a look into over 500 years of history on the island.

9) Caving Adventure in Cueva Fun Fun

Group waist deep in an underground river
Underground river in Cueva Fun Fun

 

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Lace up your walking shoes and quench your thirst for adventure with this caving expedition at Cueva Fun Fun in Los Haitises National Park, known for its pristine mangrove forests, isolated beaches, and diverse native trees and plants. Guests will horseback to the edge of the park, and then walk to the cave’s entrance. Professional guides will assist you in rappelling to the cave floor sixty feet below. This full day tour includes breakfast and lunch, and all equipment needed for caving. Children must be at least 11 years old.

10) Zip Line & Hoyo Azul

Hoyo azul early in the morning being hit by sun rays
Hoyo Azul Lagoon

 

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Last but certainly not least on our top-ten list is this unforgettable tour in Cap Cana which includes two eco-friendly activities: ziplining from a cliff, and basking in the waters in a natural underground lagoon. The zipline course consists of 8 zip lines through the Cap Cana forests, the longest of which is 1,500 feet. After your trip through the canopies, cool down in Hoyo Azul, or Blue Hole, a cenote, or underground pool. Don’t miss an opportunity to take a dip in this incredible natural wonder. Children must be over six years old to participate.

Most tours are family friendly but please check for age limitations. Like what you see? For even more recommended excursions in Punta Cana, check out our Editors Pick category.

Information on this page could change. Please visit each tour’s specific page for the most accurate and up to date information.

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