- Enjoy the white-sand beaches and clear waters of Punta Cana
- Snorkel and play volleyball at Saona Island
- Take a dip in the blue waters of the Hoyo Azul lagoon
- Hop on a "Scuba Doo" for an underwater adventure
|Day 1||Arrive in DR, Explore Punta Cana||Punta Cana|
|Day 2||Day Trip to Saona Island||Punta Cana|
|Day 3||Excursion to Hoyo Azul||Punta Cana|
|Day 4||Scuba Doo Experience||Punta Cana|
Day 1: Arrival in DR, Explore Punta Cana
Welcome to the Dominican Republic! Upon arrival at Punta Cana International Airport, a private car will transfer you to your hotel in Punta Cana. This easternmost area of the country is known for its 51 miles of powdery white-sand beaches and crystalline waters. You and your family will stay right in the heart of it, in a hotel on the coast. After checking in, take some time to unpack and unwind after the journey.Later, should you choose, you and the gang can enjoy some optional activities. There's something for everyone in Punta Cana, with snorkeling being one of the most popular excursions. An expert guide will lead you to the best spots to see exotic marine life such as sea turtles, rays, pufferfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, and much more.
Chat with a local specialist who can help organize your trip.
Day 2: Day Trip to Saona Island
Located at the southern end of the Dominican's east coast, Saona Island is one can't-miss highlight of this beautiful country. Here white-sand beaches are fringed with palm trees, and just offshore coral reefs abound with marine life.
Day 3: Excursion to Hoyo Azul
On this full-day excursion you and your family will visit Hoyo Azul, a tempting swimming hole in a limestone cave. You'll take a private car one hour through inland rainforests to Scape Park, an eco-theme park where the lagoon is located. You’ll cross a suspension bridge and hike past exotic flora and fauna, including an orchid garden, to find this hidden oasis.
Once there, everyone can dive right into this turquoise pool for a refreshing swim in cool spring waters. Hoyo Azul is approximately 45 feet (14 m) deep and sits at the foot of a 246-foot (75-m) limestone cliff covered in vegetation. At the end of the visit you'll head to Bayahibe, where you spend the remainder of the day relaxing.
Day 4: Scuba Doo Experience
Today you and your family will hit the water in a unique way—by Scuba Doo. This combined marine scooter/dive suit allows you to explore the underwater kingdom of the Caribbean without requiring any diving experience, so it's perfect for almost everyone (the minimum age to participate is seven). Accompanying you on this unforgettable half-day outing is an expert guide who will point out the exotic marine biodiversity.
Afterward, you'll board a boat for a 30-minute tour of the ocean's surface. Despite being above water, you and the kids will still be able to view the incredible marine life through a glass panel in the bottom of the boat. Also available on this tour will be drinks and platters of fresh fruit.
Then, you'll arrive at the beach in the coastal town of Cabeza de Toro. Here you can snorkel at the shallow dive site "El Niño," where you'll view schools of fish and unspoiled corals. Don't worry about the little ones, as you'll be accompanied by a lifeguard/guide. Afterward, you'll return to your hotel.
Day 5: Depart
It's time to say goodbye to the Dominican Republic. After breakfast, you and your family will hop in a private car for the trip to the airport, where you'll catch your flight home. Until next time!
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