DISCOVER THE AREA
Excursions| Isla de Saona | Santo Domingo | Humpback Whales of Samaná & Cayo Levantado | Cayo Levantado | Altos de Chavón | Helicopter Ride | 4x4 Jeep Safari | Isla Catalina (Catalina Island) | Bahía de las Águilas (Eagles Bay) | Parque Nacional de los Haitises (Haitises National Park) | Cascada el Limón o Salto el Limón (Limón Cascade or Limón Waterfall) | Cueva Fun Fun | Four Wheel (Quads) Routes | Motorboat Ride | Explore the Sea Bottom in Comfort | Swim with Sharks and Rays | Party at Sea | Parasailing | Theme Park | Scuba and Snorkeling | Deep Sea Fishing | Lago Enriiquillo (Enriquillo Lake) | Whitewater Rafting and Canoeing, Rio Yaque and Salto Jimenoa | Mountain Biking | Pico Duarte (Duarte Peak) | La Cueva de las Maravillas (The Cave of Marvels) |
There are many ways to take full advantage of your stay in Bávaro Punta Cana. Not only in the hotel or near it. Excursions leave from here to the majority of places of interest in the country. Remember that this is a small country and it can be travelled in two days; and some excursions take you by plane. Consider experiencing all the corners of the country, they will surprise you.
A visit to Isla Saona is mandatory. It is a heavenly and idyllic place to which no one can be indifferent.
You leave from Bayahibe beach aboard an impressive and modern catamaran, accompanied by expert guides, hostesses and professional photographers who will take the best photos of your life. On the cruise you can enjoy, besides the marvelous views and pleasant breeze, Dominican rum, soft drinks, snacks, tropical fruits, and dance merengue on the bow.
Once on Isla Saona there is plenty of time to take a great swim in crystal waters, tan, take photos, visit the only small village on the island, or continue dancing merengue.
Around 1:30 PM on the edge of the sea a delicious and complete buffet is served where you will find even grilled lobster.
After a rest and memorable nap it is time to board, this time on a fast boat, and begin the return trip. This is an exciting voyage with a stop at the “natural swimming pools” - completely transparent waters and only 1 meter (3 feet) deep, in the middle of the sea. You will be able to see and touch real starfish and take the most joyous swim that you could imagine.
Santo Domingo de Guzmán is the country’s capital and the first city in the Americas, founded by Bartolomé Cólon on August 4, 1496. It is a city of colors and contrasts with the lively and hospitable character of its people as its greatest asset.
It is located on the southern coast of the island facing the Caribbean Sea.
Its principal cultural attraction is the historic center that contains the "Zona Colonial" (Colonial Zone), the old quarter declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. It is composed of colonial style houses more than 500 years old, narrow streets, museums, charming restaurants, and important monuments such as the first cathedral of the Americas (the synthesis of many styles), the Columbus Palace, the Dominican monastery, the Bastidas house, the Jesuit house, the first university in the New World and the Ozama Fortress – the first European military construction in the continent.
Outside the colonial zone you may visit the Faro a Colón (Columbus Lighthouse) an impressive monument constructed in 1992 in commemoration of the Quincentennial of the Discovery of America; or the museums of the Plaza de la Cultura (Culture Plaza). Another required visit is to the “Cueva de Los Tres Ojos” (Three Eye Cave) – three freshwater lakes 15 meters (45 feet) below ground within an impressive cave of incomparable beauty. There were used by the indigenous Tainos as their swimming pools, and have served as scenes in some of the Tarzan movies.
Whether by day or night it is recommended to take a stroll along the “malecón” (seafront), which covers a large part of the city’s coast, with its interesting contrasts as well as some of the most well known 5 star hotels, casinos and restaurants in the city.
In Samaná Bay, in the northeast of the island, is the “Silver Bank”, a sanctuary for humpback whales, where year after year between the months of January and March hundreds come to mate in its warm waters.
From small, safe and comfortable boats visitors can observe up close these impressive animals that often leap out of the water to attract the attention of the females and delight the curious observers.
A unique opportunity to enjoy a fascinating spectacle.
This is a place of extreme beauty, a true tropical paradise in only 1 square kilometer. The enchanting island is located at one extreme of the Samaná Bay. It offers fine, white sand, crystalline waters and lush scenery. It is so small that one can travel around it by foot in only 15 minutes; but is perfect to lose oneself, if only for a day.
This island is also known as Isla Bacardi (“Bacardí Island”) because some of its palm trees appear in Bacardí rum publicity.
The excursion includes, along with the transfers, a guide, towels, beach chairs and a magnificent lunch on Bacardí Beach.
This is a small and unique village of 16th century Mediterranean architecture. It is located on the heights of the Chavón River, a site of spectacular views within the luxurious Casa de Campo complex in La Romana. Its construction was financed by the Swiss-American Charles Bludhorn, President of Gulf & Western Corporation, as a birthday present for his daughter. The Italian architect, Roberto Copa, headed the project which was completed in 1976.
The entire architectural complex is a marvel, but we highlight the San Estanislao Church, the site of weddings for many famous couples and the Greco-Roman style amphitheater with a capacity for 5,000 which hosts important concerts by international stars.
In this small village you will find artisan shops, the Taino museum, art galleries and various restaurants.
The site is the headquarters of the Cultural Center of the Altos de Chavón Foundation, and fashion design, digital and graphic arts, fine arts and illustration schools associated with the Parsons School of Design of New York and other design schools from Japan and France.
The Chavón River at the base of the cliff, served as the setting for filming of such movies as “Apocalypse Now” and “Rambo”. You can also take a boat ride and enjoy the natural surroundings and pass by the mansions of some of the famous of Casa de Campo.
On a helicopter ride you will discover Bávaro Punta Cana from a perspective that you never imagined. One does not truly know the area until they see the coast from above – its spectacular beaches, all the hotels with their endless swimming pools, the greenness of the vegetation, and much more.
It is not necessary to contract for much time, 10 to 15 minutes are enough to fly over a great part of the area and live a unique experience that you will cherish forever.
An extensive tour of the interior of the Dominican Republic in an all terrain 4x4 that you drive while accompanied by an expert, multilingual guide.
The best way to get to know another multitude of charms, besides beaches, that this country offers. Incredible scenery with rivers, valleys, and mountains packed with vegetation, charming towns, cattle grazing lands, large expanses of sugar cane, coffee, and cacao, plus the possibility of witnessing the elaboration processes of these and other native products; and enjoy a special form of rural entertainment – cock fighting.
Lunch, based on typical Dominican cuisine, is served in a beautiful ranch where you can relax before you undertake your trip.An extensive tour of the interior of the Dominican Republic in an all terrain 4x4 that you drive while accompanied by an expert, multilingual guide.
This is a picturesque and uninhabited island in the Caribbean Sea just a few kilometers from the southeast coast.
It has a natural beauty without equal. The waters that surround it are completely crystalline and its sand is fine and white; which make this one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and a required stop for many cruise ships that travel the Caribbean. Its other grand attractions are the excellent conditions for water sports, particularly snorkeling and scuba diving. In the area called “el muro” (“the wall”) is one of the best diving sites in the country where you can enjoy the beauty of the marine fauna and the capricious coral formations.
A delicious and complete buffet is prepared at the edge of the sea for all visitors.
This is a zealously protected area that conserves its completely virgin, natural state. It was declared a World Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO. It is 7 kilometers in length and forms and integral part of the Parque Nacional Jaragua (Jaragua National Park) on the south coast of the island. Here are a great variety of species, of which some are in serious risk of extinction; such as the sea turtle, the manatee and the green iguana.
According to many experts it is in this area where the most beautiful and colorful corals of the Caribbean are found.
The Bahía de las Águilas excursion requires 2 days and includes, along with transportation, a night at a hotel in Barahona, lunch and drinks,as well as the services of a professional guide.
Departing from the picturesque port of Samaná or from Sabana de la Mar to the west of Miches you will be transported on comfortable and sturdy boats, accompanied by an expert guide and the pantry full of food and drink, to this impressive destination. The Haitises Park is wooded, with protruding mounds, rivers, mangroves and extensive limestone formations that form a system of caverns in which you can observe invaluable pictographs and petroglyphs.
Among its flora and fauna the most remarkable are fig and almond trees, orchids, earwigs, parrots, owls and pelicans. Departing from the picturesque port of Samaná or from Sabana de la Mar to the west of Miches you will be transported on comfortable and sturdy boats, accompanied by an expert guide and the pantry full of food and drink, to this impressive destination. The Haitises Park is wooded, with protruding mounds, rivers, mangroves and extensive limestone formations that form a system of caverns in which you can observe invaluable pictographs and petroglyphs.
Among its flora and fauna the most remarkable are fig and almond trees, orchids, earwigs, parrots, owls and pelicans.
This is another place of exquisite natural beauty which is carefully protected. Access is only by mule or horse which allows you to enjoy a pleasurable tour of more than an hour through an authentic tropical forest covered with vegetation. After stopping at an inn to refresh and rest a bit you descend the slope of an impressive 55 meter waterfall that pours down into a natural pool where you can enjoy a relaxing swim.
Visitors may enjoy a buffet of typical Samaná food on a ranch where they may also purchase fresh coffee beans and natural cacao, among other items.
This site is located within the Haitises National Park and is oriented to the most adventurous and requires appropriate physical condition to enjoy the tour.
The tour begins with a healthy and nutritious breakfast of tropical fruits followed by bundling up in special suits and receiving a brief training session from the guides. After the preparations the visitors take an enjoyable horseback ride and a short walk through the woods to the entrance to the cave. Once there you rappel 20 meters down a rope into the heart of the cave where you can experience a spectacular tour of stalactites, stalagmites, cave drawings and underground rivers. The excursion also includes a healthy buffet of Dominican cuisine.
Highly recommended for those who wish to truly get to know the country that they are visiting. The various routes meticulously designed allow you to enjoy the amazing beauty of the scenery, paths, mangroves, solitary beaches, charming towns, coral cliffs, and remote places where you will find small communities willing to share their smiles with their visitors.
There is time to enjoy a relaxing swim in crystalline waters and to get very close to Julio Iglesias's and Oscar de la Renta’s homes in Punta Cana.
You can drive your own two-seater boat along the entire coast of Bávaro crossing the sea and feeling the Caribbean’s breeze and sun. After a ride of about an hour you arrive at a coral reef where you can snorkel and delight in the colorful marine fauna and the spectacular coral bottoms.
Back to your boat – James Bond style.
You can walk underwater with a depressurized helmet delighting in the marine life without needing to know how to scuba dive or take the training courses.
Leaving in a glass bottom boat to see the underwater life, you are entertained with rum, “coco loco”, appetizers and by the hostesses. You can gaze at the sea bottom of coral reefs, a diversity of fish and if you dare you can swim with rays and sharks that pass by you at a distance of only a few meters. If not, you can continue enjoying a pleasurable swim in a natural pool or drink and dance to the rhythm of Dominican music.
You can enjoy the true Caribbean boarding the party boat – entertainment, a variety of cocktails, live tropical music and activities - while you cruise the Bávaro coast taking in the views and the soft sea breeze. You also have the opportunity to take a joyous swim or explore marine fauna while snorkeling.
Allows you to float on a parachute in a completely safe manner. Alone or as a couple you will enjoy a pleasant ride through the skies of Bávaro. Without a doubt this experience will change the way that you see the area and you will feel the closest sense to flying like a bird.
Perfect for a family day, this is an exuberant, stimulating and entertaining spot. Swim with dolphins, see manatees.Through the day nine shows are presented that permit you to organize your day as you wish.
On your tour you will find beautiful gardens with every type of tropical plant, a multitude of exotic animals, surprising shows or live entertainment in a Taino village where you will observe the culture and lifestyle of the first inhabitants of the island.
But without a doubt the best part is the unique opportunity to swim with dolphins – an unforgettable experience.
One of the great attractions of the Dominican Republic is, without a doubt, the excellent coral bottoms, with capricious caves and a visibility of more than 20 meters that permits you to easily appreciate the marvelous tropical marine fauna.With only one day of training you can take a dive of up to 6 meters, but if that does not interest you, you can snorkel on the surface.
Also, there are scuba diving excursions for the more experienced to fascinating places such as shipwrecks, deep caverns and reefs.
Besides golf and scuba, fishing is one of the most popular sports in the area. There are organized excursions in 30 to 40 foot boats – secure and with the most modern equipment. Expert personnel will accompany you to the best areas so that you have the opportunity to catch marlin, swordfish, tuna, dorado, barracuda, etc.
Without a doubt this is an opportunity that you can not miss if you are a fishing enthusiast.
The largest lake in the island Caribbean is located in the southwest of the country. It has two fundamental characteristics that make it unique: It is 40 meters below sea level and its salinity level is three times that of the sea.
Its fauna is another of its attractions: Crocodiles, iguanas, herons and flamingos are only a few. In the area we find beautiful places, such as Cabritos Island and springs such as Limón Valley, the Azufrada, the Caritas and the Barias. To reach some of these sites you must be transported by boat.
If you like adventure and wild nature you can choose to combine them in a series of activities in one single day – rafting, canoeing and a view of the two most important waterfalls in the country. This excursion requires good physical condition, health, and knowing how to swim. The Jarabacoa region offers you this possibility and much more.
First you go downstream on the Rio (River) Yaque, the biggest in the Caribbean, on a raft with a small group and professional guides that takes you through winding rapids and canyons and puts your adrenaline to the limit.
Later you travel one of its tributaries, the Jimenoa River, whose course takes you along the beautiful forests of the Central Mountain Range, on a more peaceful ride.
Finally you visit the Biaguate waterfall and the Jimenoa waterfall where besides been awestruck by their beauty you can take a refreshing swim and take photos for mementos.
The Valley of Jarabacoa and its surrounding area are a perfect setting for this sport. You may choose between four routes of varying degrees of difficulty, but all take you through fantastic landscapes, rivers, forests, waterfalls, and with an almost spring like temperature.
Pico Duarte (Duarte Peak), with an altitude of more than 3,000 meters, is the highest in the Antilles. There are excursions of 3 and 5 days according to availability and weather. This is a great opportunity to explore the tropical forest, lush pine forests, rivers, streams and observe exotic birds at every step. This unforgettable adventure takes you to the highest peak which offers a spectacular panorama.
Located in the eastern part of the country a few kilometers from La Romana, this is a spectacular natural cave with a depth of 25 meters where you will find on its walls some 500 paintings and etchings in red and black made by the Tainos centuries ago.
The tour takes about 35 minutes and is done in small groups in order to project the cave paintings. Cameras of all types are prohibited. This locale is accessible by handicapped, elderly and children.