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Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

4.2 / 5

25 reviews

Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

From US$ 91.69 per person

Visit one of the most beautiful islands on the north coast of the Dominican Republic and laze on the white sands of Cayo Arena. Swim and snorkel with the colorful sea life in crystal clear waters, and take a speedboat tour of Monte Cristi National Park.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pickup possible from hotels in Puerto Plata, Sosua, or Cabarete.
Small group
Limited to 15 participants


  • Snorkel in the colorful coral gardens of Cayo Arena
  • Swim in crystal clear water
  • Explore the mangroves of Monte Cristi National Park by speedboat
  • Enjoy refreshing drinks and fresh fruits
Full description
Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua, or Cabarete, and then make your way by bus to the brilliant white sands of Punta Rucia, 67 kilometers east of Montechristi. Get amazing views of the countryside before you board a speedboat to cross to Cayo Arena.  Be welcomed by the turquoise waters and white sands of the paradise island. Go ashore to sink your toes in the sand and top up your tan. Marvel at the colorful marine life and coral gardens on an optional guided snorkeling tour, and enjoy a selection of fresh fruits and drinks.  Navigate the thick mangrove forest of Monte Cristi National Park by speedboat, and look for the abundant wildlife in the lagoons and channels. Get a feel for island life at a local market before taking the speedboat back to the mainland.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by bus
  • Boat ride through the mangroves
  • Drinks and fresh fruits on the island
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Lunch
  • Drinks with lunch
Not suitable for
  • Non-swimmers
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Important information

What to bring

  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen

Know before you go

  • Bring your swimming costume, a towel and sunblock
  • Bring an extra set of dry clothes for the return bus journey
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 25 reviews

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Organization in advance great. Notification from the local provider worked perfectly. Long drive from Cabarete. By the time everyone was collected and the way there, it was 3.5 hours. The bus only came at 7 instead of 6.30 a.m. Very bad ways to Punta Rucia. The speedboat ride through the mangrove forest and to the sandbar was great. The reef is very nice and we had 2.5 hours to snorkel. The stop at the cigar factory (hall where you can buy all sorts of stuff) should not have been. Feeling of a sales trip. Otherwise it was really worth it. Our guide was nice and could also speak German and English. Lunch was relaxed and delicious too. Apparently we had caught a time when there were relatively few tourists.

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October 18, 2019

The journey was quite long (from Cabarete with the pick-up of all fellow travelers about 4 hours) and the first stop was clearly too long (at the washrooms). The beach from which the speedboat starts was incredibly beautiful, really turquoise water. The speedboat ride was super cool. And Paradise Island very small but beautiful. The snorkeling there was beautiful and a real experience. The mangroves were nice but not too spectacular, the food was delicious (buffet) and the cigar factory was also interesting.

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September 13, 2019

Amazing barrier reef!

The tour is great, the guide is knowledgeable and the trip very well organized! The boat ride to the island was a lot of fun with the driver doing tricks and making us enjoy the waves :) paradise island is awesome, the fish and reef are worth all the money! Their “waterman” swim with you over the reef and are very well trained and prepared to help you with waves and equipments. Mangroves really interesting to see, even if the excursion goes quite quickly there, but definitely a nice way to end the tour before heading back to the beach. Highly recommended tour :)

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April 26, 2019

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