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We get this question a lot and while the answer is very clear to us it’s somewhat hard to answer because we offer Punta Cana excursions online and it feels like we’re trying to sell you on the idea of buying online from us.
Here’s why we strongly recommend booking your excursions before coming to Punta Cana:
1- Choose the date YOU want, not the other way around
When you book online in advance there’s a 99% chance you’ll be able to book your tour for the date you want and not have to choose from available dates because the day you wanted is sold out.
I don’t know about you but I like planning my vacation in advance and make sure I get to do what I want!
2- Take advantage of online discounts and save some money
Most tours in Punta Cana offer discounted prices if you book online ahead of time. These discounts can range from 5% up to 10%, this may not seem like much but it’s a great way to save some money so you can spend it on something else and a great way for families to save some serious cash!
3- You can take your time making your decision
Where do you think you can make a better decision? peacefully at home, reading all the details and reviews of the tours you want to do, comparing prices and calmly doing the math of what you can afford…
In a busy hotel lobby with people impatiently waiting in line after you and a pushy vendor trying to make a quick sale so he can move on to the next person in line.
4- Avoid waiting in line
You can avoid long lines in the hotel lobby. The majority of people wait until arriving to Punta Cana to book their excursions so long lines form in the hotel lobby to speak to the representatives of each excursion.
5- Avoid pushy vendors
Personally I hate pushy vendors and that’s what you might have to deal with if you wait until you are at your resort in Punta Cana to book your tour.
Many tour providers employ the same vendors and since they work on commission they’ll try to push the tours that give them the highest commission.
6- Overcome the language barrier
While most vendors speak english many are not fluent which makes it hard for you to communicate your needs and wants properly or to perfectly understand what you’re paying for.
When booking excursions abroad, I often find it hard and slow to communicate. Dealing with Jhon at iheartdr was the complete opposite.
What set Jhon and iheartdr apart from the other booking agents was his instant communication and fluent English.
I couldn’t recommend using iheartdr enough. Pricing is extremely competitive, customer service is exceptional.
- Actual customer – Read full review on Tripadvisor
7- Avoid carrying extra cash and international credit card charges
Paying online is fast, secure and convenient. If you choose to wait until you arrive in Punta Cana to book your excursion you’ll most likely have to pay in cash or incur in international credit card fees.
1. Is it cheaper to book excursions in advance?
In most cases, yes!
2. Should i book excursions before going to Punta Cana?
We strongly recommend it.
3. Should I book excursions online or at resort?
Most excursions can be booked both online or at your resort, however some tours are available exclusively online. We honestly can’t see any advantages of waiting until you arrive in Punta Cana to book your excursions.
Common Objections to Booking Online
1 – Activities and tours almost never actually sell out
This may have been true a few years ago when there was a clear difference between high and low season in Punta Cana but in recent years the line between busy and off season has become blurry.
Punta Cana is now busy all year round and while it’s true that not every tour is always sold out it’s likely that you won’t be able to go on the excursion you want on the day you want…
2 – You’ll almost always be overpaying in advance
This is actually false. Online prices are, in most cases, lower than what you’d find at the resorts.
3- You’ll be forced to go on the tour even if your plans change or loose your money
Not true. You are protected by our Worry Free Guarantee:
100% Money Back Guarantee
Book online worry free with our 100% Money Back Guarantee. Receive a full refund if your plans change for any reason at least 48 hours prior to the departure of your tour. Cancel without penalty, no questions asked.
Flexible Dates Guarantee
We understand sometimes plans change and that you may need to reschedule your tour, no problem! Just contact us with your date-change request and we’ll look after you at no extra cost (subject to availability of course!)
Bad Weather Guarantee
Bad weather is rare but if a tour is cancelled due to inclement weather we will reschedule at your earliest convenience. If your dates are not flexible and the rescheduling cannot be done a full refund will be issued for all cancelled tours.