Things to do in Dominican Republic

Our most recommended things to do in Dominican Republic

Punta Cana: Catamaran Boat to Saona Island with Buffet Lunch

1. Punta Cana: Catamaran Boat to Saona Island with Buffet Lunch

Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off, stop off at a huge natural swimming pool, and enjoy snacks as you go. Benefit from the services of a guide, ride a speed boat and catamaran, and feast on a buffet lunch including drinks. Begin the tour by boarding a speedboat and jetting off to Saona Island. On the way, stop to swim in a waist-deep natural swimming pool with transparent waters. If you're lucky you'll see some starfish. When you arrive at Isla Saona, you'll have many activities to choose from. Wade in the turquoise waters, visit the open bar, take a nap on a beach lounge chair, walk along the coastline, or play volleyball. Indulge in a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, pork, rice, beans, salad, and fruit. You can even enjoy lobster and premium drinks when you book the VIP option. Take your time to discover the island and do it all.

Altos de Chavon: Guided Walking Tour

2. Altos de Chavon: Guided Walking Tour

Discover the beautiful Altos de Chavon, a model 16th-century Mediterranean village, on a walking tour with a guide. See the famous amphitheater, St. Stanislaus Church, and the Archaeological Museum, while admiring views of the Chavon River. Enjoy pickup from your hotel before starting your tour of the Altos de Chavon model medieval village. Sculpted entirely from limestone, the village offers panoramic views of the Chavon River. Visit the Greek-style amphitheater and hear about the legendary performances that have taken place there. Next, enter the charming St. Stanislaus Church and admire unbeatable views over the river. Visit the Archaeological Museum, which houses one of the most comprehensive exhibitions on indigenous culture in the Dominican Republic. Take in views of the stunning luxury resort of Casa de Campo. Finally, take the time to browse the town's shops, restaurants, and bars, with soft drinks and two beers included.

Punta Cana: Buggies and Polaris Adventure Tour

3. Punta Cana: Buggies and Polaris Adventure Tour

Spark your adrenaline as you explore Punta Cana's countryside on an ATV or Polaris. Discover beautiful locations on the island like Macao Beach and the Cenote Taina on this family-friendly adventure. After meeting your driver and boarding your buggy, begin your action-packed adventure around Punta Cana. Forge your own route through the stunning countryside and the popular Macao Beach area. Visit a typical Dominican house and observe the production of coffee, chocolate, cocoa, and organic tobacco. Sample these local products before continuing to an impressive cave and cenote to relax in the crystal clear water. Retrace your path and head to the paradisiacal Macao Beach, recognized by UNESCO as one of the 10-best beaches in the world.

Samaná: Los Haitises National Park & Cayo Levantado Island

4. Samaná: Los Haitises National Park & Cayo Levantado Island

Travel across stunning tropical waters and enjoy delicious Dominican delicacies on this beautiful tour. Contemplate the historic artworks of the Indigenous Taíno people found in caves located in the beautiful Los Haitises National Park. Begin at Samana port where you will then take a catamaran or boat to pass Samana Bay. Arrive at the Los Haitises National Park, and visit the gorgeous rock islands and learn about about interpretations of Indigenous Taíno paintings at Linea Cave. After departing the ancient cave, take a boat across the beautiful waters to visit a charming beach and the Cueva de la Larena Cave. Finish the tour of the cave with a toast and take the boat back to Cayo Levantado. Once you have returned, enjoy a traditional Dominican buffet and relax at Cayo Levantado Beach.

Bayahibe: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

5. Bayahibe: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

Take a trip to Saona Island to be surrounded by white-sand beaches, turquoise clear waters, and countless palm trees. Enjoy an inviting atmosphere perfect for relaxing throughout your tour. Be picked up from your hotel and travel to Bayahibe. Hop on board the speed boat for Saona Island via the Caribbean Sea. Stop halfway through your trip for a break at a beautiful natural pool. Continue your journey before arriving at Saona Island with about 3.5 hours to relax. At 2:35 PM, board a catamaran for the return ride to Bayahibe. Enjoy a party atmosphere where you can dance throughout the 1.5-hour journey. At the conclusion of your day out in the sun, enjoy drop-off back at your accommodation.

Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

6. Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

Discover the largest manmade dolphin habitat in the world at Ocean World Puerto Plata, a must-see attraction for any visit to the Dominican Republic. With a full-day pass, you can snorkel in a tropical reef aquarium, learn more about marine mammals from expert handlers, get up-close to feed tropical birds and walk through a tropical rainforest, Bird Exhibit and Habitat of Iguanas. The pass also includes access to some of the animal shows. Have fun with the playful sea lions, watch the skill of the dolphins, and see all the drama of the shark show. Then, relax on Dolphin Beach and soak up some Caribbean rays.  With lunch and lounge chairs included as part of the package, this is your passport to a world of marine adventures.

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

7. 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: Scenic Helicopter Flight

8. Punta Cana: Scenic Helicopter Flight

Enjoy a magnificent bird's-eye view of Punta Cana on a sightseeing helicopter flight. Your pilot-guide will introduce you to a breathtaking and unique side of the Caribbean.  The activity provider's team of professional pilots and staff will make your helicopter excursion an unforgettable adventure. Choose between a 10, 15, 20, 30, or 40-minute flight and enjoy a unique experience in Punta Cana: • 10-minute sightseeing tour: Explore the clear waters and white sandy beaches of Bavaro – Punta Cana. Fly over the beautiful surrounding areas of lush tropical vegetation, golf courses, and endless chains of hotel resorts along the fabulous coastline, making for a memorable experience. • 15-minute sightseeing tour: Discover the unspoiled beauty of Bavaro and Arena Gorda's white sands. Let your pilot fly you over dancing palm trees and the turquoise waters of these magnificent beaches. Enjoy the exciting view of a wrecked vessel like you have never experienced before. • 20-minute sightseeing tour: Extend the above tours to the shores of the spectacular Macao Beach, home to the most luxurious hotel resorts in the Bavaro-Punta Cana area.  This air tour allows you an eagle’s view of miles and miles of unspoiled beaches and soaring tropical palm trees swaying effortlessly to the rhythm of the breeze. Discover your tropical paradise from a new perspective. • 30-minute sightseeing tour: Embark on an unforgettable flight and enjoy a majestic view of the entire Bavaro area, experiencing the turquoise waters of Punta Cana from beginning to end – a journey that will take you from ecological Cabeza de Toro to the northeastern shores of beautiful Uvero Alto.  Come on board and get ready to experience the splendor of this region’s treasures. • 40-minute sightseeing tour: This is the most spectacular option. From the turquoise waters of Punta Cana to the untouched surroundings of Uvero Alto. See your vacation area from a different point of view — this is one adventure you should not miss.

Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Day Trip with Tickets and Lunch

9. Punta Cana: Santo Domingo Day Trip with Tickets and Lunch

Santo Domingo is a magical city, full of history, culture and amazing landscapes. Explore the oldest Capital of the “New” World, Santo Domingo, the first city founded in America. This sightseeing tour shows you a city full of history and culture. A great activity for the whole family. - We will pick you up at your Hotel to start an incredible trip to Santo Domingo, during the trip you will see incredible details about the Culture of the Dominican Republic. - Upon arrival in Santo Domingo you will visit the incredible cenotes of Los Tres Ojos National Park, especially natural and magical. - You will visit the most important monuments of the City: The 1st Cathedral of America, the Alcázar de Colón and the National Pantheon, El Faro a Colón. - We will take a walk through the Colonial Zone, a romantic street, the first in America, “The Ladies”. Enjoying an ancient but picturesque panoramic view. It operates every day. Its approximate duration is 10 hours.

Punta Cana: Monkey Land Half-Day Safari

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Dominican Republic

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Our guide, Antonio, was absolutely amazing. He was knowledgeable, attentive, and just overall a pleasure to be around. I would highly recommend him to anyone visiting Puerto Plata, wanting to get a real feel of the city. Jose, our driver, was such a joy to be around and made us feel safe driving around the city. They both made us feel so welcome and gave us a true experience for the city. Thank you both so much!!

Very well organized tour, the guides were very attentive and friendly. The food was delicious and everything was spotlessly clean.

Airplane was late but he was outside waiting for us thank you we really appreciate it we will book again (always) the best

Everything is so good. Didn’t like that much that people is always asking for tips

Loved it lovely staff and super exciting highly recommend