I visited Punta Cana in September 2014 for 10 days. It was my first long-distance travel and it was definitely at that moment I realized it wouldn’t be my last. Punta Cana is a wonderful area in the Domenican Republic and I would love to give you some tips to have a great stay.
Take the boat to Saona Island
The tropical island stands for white sand, palm trees, starfish and turquoise water, a killer combination! In short, paradise!
A catamaran takes you to the island where you can spend 3 hours exploring and enjoy a BBQ lunch. You can even get a massage, which was an awesome experience. Okay to be honest it was a bit painful because of the sand scratching on my burned skin, but the idea of lying in such a setting made it awesome. After this wonderful experience it only gets better. A speedboat brings you back to the mainland and stops along the way to spot starfish. Another once-in-a-lifetime!.
Walk on the bottom of the sea
This is a unique underwater experience while still being able to breathe normally and keep the head completely dry. I’d never seen it before. After a short boat ride you get a helmet with piped in oxygen. After putting it onto your head you get in the water. The weight of the helmet keeps you down but is hardly noticeable underwater. The fish were swimming right in my face! It was wonderful and if I get the chance to do it again, I will!
Rent a buggy
The Dominican Republic is a great place to rent a buggy. Because of the rain it gets very muddy, which makes this tour very adventurous. Be prepared to get dirty! Along the way you make a few great stops on the beach and you can even swim in a cave.
Swimming with dolphins
Swimming with dolphins is a bucket-list-thing for a lot of people. And so it was for me. It is an exhilarating experience that will stay with you for ever. What I loved about this place is that the dolphins live in their natural habitat and not in a swimming pool. We also got the chance to snorkel and spot some sharks. They’re not dangerous but I totally freaked out. I’m happy I still had the reflex to take a picture.
If you want to learn more about the Dominican culture I recommend to go on a truck safari. This tour takes you to the local shops, villages, schools and learns you more about the local life and regional delights like coffee and chocolate. Sitting in the truck itself is an adventure and it’s a great way to meet people.