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Punta Cana Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Punta Cana Safaris & wildlife activities

Punta Cana: Dolphin Explorer Swims and Interactions

1. Punta Cana: Dolphin Explorer Swims and Interactions

Spend your time in the Caribbean swimming and interacting with dolphins in their natural habitat. Enjoy a unique and unforgettable experience while learning about the conservation of terrestrial and marine biodiversity. All options of this interactive dolphin experience include interesting information about dolphins, their diet, care programs, as well as some tips on how to help save their natural habitat. Choose from the following options: Explorer Swim Hold hands with a dolphin and let it take you for a swim. Learn how to cue and watch as the dolphin leaps right over you. This program includes 50 minutes of water time with the dolphins. Excellence Swim Have an adrenaline-filled experience that was only up to now reserved for trainers. Get a personalized introduction to the dolphins that will swim with you. The trainers will coach and prepare you for the famous foot push where the dolphins will push you full speed across the ocean surface. This program includes 60 minutes of water time with the dolphins. Funtastic Dolphin Encounter Be greeted with a dolphin “pec shake” and experience the magic of a dolphin kiss. Learn facts about dolphin anatomy as well as useful tips on conservation. This program includes 40 minutes of water time with the dolphins.

Punta Cana: Monkey Land Half-Day Safari

2. Punta Cana: Monkey Land Half-Day Safari

Visit the coconut house or “Casa del Coco” to learn how coconut oil is produced and taste exotic Caribbean fruits, roasted coffee, and cacao. Interact in close proximity with friendly squirrel monkeys for the next 45 minutes. These charming and intelligent monkeys have been trained by a Canadian couple with over 35 years of experience working with animals, including 12 years at the Toronto Zoo teaching monkeys how to interact with humans. The tour is based on 5 acres of beautiful land that monkeys have made their home. They will descend from the trees to sit on your shoulder and eat from your hands. They also love to pose for the cameras, especially for selfies.

Punta Cana: Dolphin Discovery Swims and Encounters

3. Punta Cana: Dolphin Discovery Swims and Encounters

Delight in the unique experience of swimming with dolphins in Punta Cana. In this immersive experience, you’ll play with dolphins who will hug and snuggle you, and show off their aerial acrobatics. Choose from one of 3 dolphin swim programs. Each program includes various dolphin activities, including dolphin handshakes and hugs. You'll also have access to Isla del Pirata on weekends. There, you can play on the amazing Pirate Island, complete with water tunnels and slides, adult and children's pools and jacuzzi. You will also have access to lounge chairs, showers, bathrooms, and dressing rooms. Dolphin Encounter - Beginner This option is great for all ages. Swimming is optional as you can stand on a platform and watch as the dolphins come to you. Get a dolphin handshake and hug and watch their amazing aerial acrobatics. You may also choose to pet and swim with the dolphins. Dolphin Swim Adventure - Intermediate This option includes the Belly Ride, where you will hold on to the dolphin's fins as he rides backward across the water. This also includes the Boogie Push, where the dolphin will push you across the water surface while you ride a boogie board. You'll also get a friendly dolphin handshake and hug. Royal Swim - Advanced As the most dynamic experience on offer at the center, this activity includes special features like the foot-push, where you’ll soar as two dolphins lift you out of the water. Try a dorsal tow, with two dolphins pulling you across the water as you hold their fins.

Saona Island: Full-Day Boat Tour with Buffet Lunch & Drinks

4. Saona Island: Full-Day Boat Tour with Buffet Lunch & Drinks

Climb aboard and feel the breeze as you cross the Caribbean Sea by speedboat on this full-day island excursion. Travel to the beautiful island of Saona and go for a swim in a natural pool and sandbank in the middle of the sea. Start your tour at the Cotubanamá National Park. Head to Palmilla, a natural swimming pool, and enjoy drinks as you frolic in the turquoise waters. Interact with starfish and other marine life.  Afterward, head to the island beach club for three hours of free time: laze on the beach, go swimming, or play beach volleyball. Enjoy a buffet lunch before continuing with a catamaran cruise on the calm waters.

Punta Cana: Scubadoo Ocean Exploration Diving Adventure

5. Punta Cana: Scubadoo Ocean Exploration Diving Adventure

ScubaDoo is an incredible diving activity for beginners (you do not need to know how to swim) in which you will enjoy a fun and colorful underwater experience observing the fantastic seabed in all its splendor, as well as enjoying the beautiful panoramic views of the Cabeza de Toro beaches in Punta Cana. - We will pick you up at your hotel to take you to the beautiful coast of Cabeza de Toro in Punta Cana. - You will board a boat which will go to a comfortable platform where you will be received by specialized personnel and with a Dive Master guide, who knows the best dive sites, you will carry out an underwater adventure comfortably seated on an Underwater Scooters without using a mask or tube, you will be able to breathe normally, at a depth of 3 to 5 meters In direct contact with a marine environment and a fun interaction with fish, you will enjoy 15 to 20 minutes in ScubaDoo scuba gear. - You will be able to do a fun snorkel observing corals and fish in the area at the official diving point "El Niño" (located next to the platform), they will be accompanied by a lifeguard guide, guaranteeing the greatest safety for your enjoyment. - You will board the Panoramic One (Glass Botton Boat) with a futuristic design equipped with a large glass bottom, and start a navigation of about 30 minutes enjoying the wonderful marine environment of the Caribbean. It operates from Monday to Saturday, 2 times a day. Its approximate duration is 3 hours 30 minutes.

Punta Cana: Whale Whatching Sanctuary Experience

6. Punta Cana: Whale Whatching Sanctuary Experience

After having been collected from your accommodation, you will begin your day out on the water to watch whales in their natural sanctuary.  You will visit a beautiful natural area aboard a certified boat out in the privileged waters of Samaná and Miches Bay. The whale watching sanctuary in Samana Bay is the winter home of a sea giant, an acrobat of the sea: the humpback whale. From January to March, these waters are their stage and refuge as they come here to give birth to their young or to find a partner to perpetuate their species through further generations. Expert guides will take you to enjoy this natural wonder aboard boats that are specially designed for this activity. As you observe these enormous and majestic beings (which can reach 53 feet in length and 40 tons in weight), you will learn more about their biology, ecology and behavior.

From Punta Cana: Full-Day Whale Watching

7. From Punta Cana: Full-Day Whale Watching

This tour is only available from the period between January 20 until March 30 each year. Until recently, it was believed that only 85% of the Atlantic humpback whales were born in Dominican waters and returned annually for mating and breeding. But a recent study revealed that all North Atlantic populations come to breed in these waters. On-board a specialized boat, you will enjoy the following: impressive mating acrobatics, romantic male chants and jumps of the consorts. Samaná is considered one of the best places in the world for the sighting of humpback whales. Join this whale watching excursion with a visit to the beautiful beach of Cayo Island (Bacardi Island) and enjoy an exotic excursion (if option selected).

From Punta Cana: Samana Bay Private Boat Whale Watching

8. From Punta Cana: Samana Bay Private Boat Whale Watching

Whale watching trip private from Punta Cana Hotels. Book your trip for a Whale watching experience starting from Samana Bay in a Private tour to whale watching. After whales, we will visit Cayo Levantado for Lunch and beach time With professionals ecologist tour Guides. Please book with time your tickets. In the whales season are many bookings and we will like to have your tickets safe for you. In Bacardi Island, Lunch Buffet from typical Dominican Style will be provided. When lunch is finished you are allowed to swim and as private trip you can set when you want to go back to Punta cana areas.

Punta Cana: Full-Day Snorkeling Tour to Catalina Island

9. Punta Cana: Full-Day Snorkeling Tour to Catalina Island

After hotel pick-up from your Punta Cana or Bavaro hotel, arrive at the marina. Be welcomed aboard "Paradise" by the team with tropical refreshments. Your PADI-certified dive team will give health and safety procedures and a snorkeling briefing to ensure your experience is unforgettable but safe. Leave the marina and head for the east side of Catalina Island to the snorkel site "The Wall," catering to both novice and expert snorkelers. Life jackets are available here. During the journey, enjoy light refreshments and music. After approximately 30 minutes, arrive at the snorkel site and enjoy just under an hour of snorkeling. Expect clear turquoise waters, incredible visibility, and an amazing underwater ecosystem. After snorkeling, board the boat and head to the west side. On arrival, head to a private beach. There is a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments available. Snorkeling equipment is available at the bar so you can enjoy the snorkel sites near the beach. Lunch will be served at around 13:00. The Dominican feast will be prepared by a renowned local chef. Enjoy fresh lobster caught that morning (VIP package only), pork, chicken, salads, pasta, and local fruits. After lunch, the rest of the afternoon is free. Relax while listening to the waves breaking on the shore, snorkel in the clear turquoise waters, or enjoy the open bar. Finally, board the boat and arrive back at the marina at 4:00 PM. From there, board a bus back to your Punta Cana or Bavaro hotel.

Punta Cana: Samana Bay Full-Day Experience

10. Punta Cana: Samana Bay Full-Day Experience

Live the experience by sailing the bays of Miches and Samana by boat to reach a tourist destination full of splendor, nature and great tourist attractions which are unique to the region. Get to know Samana on one of the most complete tours offered in the Punta Cana area. Relax to the rhythm of the Dominican Republic on the island of Cayo Levantado or Bacardi, where its white sand will wind you down while you overlook a virgin beach on your approximately 2 hours stopover. Visit the Island of Cayo Levantado for the next 2 hours and enjoy a unique lunch with touches of local Samana cuisine. Visit the horse ranch in the middle of the jungle and ride a horse accompanied by a local guide. Continuing on to connect with the natural museum of the Limon Waterfall for the next hour and soak up the environment in the afternoon. Take in the panoramic view of the new tourist destination of Miches and the Bay of Samana. Cruise with a small group through the bay on a comfortable motorized catamaran with some tropical music in the background.

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Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 169 reviews

We are absolutely thrilled. We travel a lot and this was by far the best and most beautiful tour we have ever done. The tour is worth every penny. The guides (we had Christian) an absolute dream. You feel very well cared for right from the start. The entire team makes sure that everything fits and responds very individually to the wishes of the guests. We had never experienced such hospitality. The whole thing is accompanied by a photographer (we had Manuel) - also amazing. You can decide afterwards whether you want the photos or not. Honestly, we paid about $40 for all photos (120 pieces). That's more than fair - we also gave more because Manuel tried very hard and conjured up really great photos! The individual locations that are approached are amazing! You can collect such great impressions. We can only recommend - do the tour!

We came with our kids and had the most amazing time with the dolphins, beyond our expectations! the staff is super friendly and welcoming, the trainers Jose and Rafael are very experienced and put a lot of efforts to make an unforgettable experience for all of us

It was awesome, just wished they could come pick me up directly in front of my hotel , I had to walk way to the front by the security gate . Other then that , I had a great time !

Had a great day out. Our tour guide and driver ruddy & Oscar were very informative on the local culture and were very funny and friendly

Had a fantastic day. The staff and trainers are very friendly and helpful. Pictures were a bit pricey but worth it