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  This is an excursion list for Puerto Plata. Excursion trips can be purchased at your lobby. Some of these excursions may not be available & prices on this list may be incorrect. I've done my best to make this list current and accurate but  Please check with your local travel agent to confirm any information I have provided. Thanks, Rusty

The Dolphin Encounter  is not a swim Program, but gives you the chance to meet these incredible mammals up close and personal in waist deep water. For all the ages, both fun and educational! US $75 Includes round trip bus transportation.

The Dolphin Swim is a 30 min. session with two of our playful dolphins and structured by one of our experienced trainers. The fun interaction includes petting, feeding, and some thrilling surprise interactions. Restrictions apply.

The Sea Loin  encounter is a comical adventure as you get to meet one of the funniest and most agile animals of the marine world, the southern sea lion. Your program is structured to be both educational and fun. The participants are invited to touch, pet, and feed these fascinating     animals and are encouraged to ask the trainer questions. You will also get a hug and kiss along with a flipper handshake, which will make excellent photos optional from our professional photographers.  
Duration of tour – 3 hours
Our Tropical Rainforest is a park within itself. Meander through the winding path over rivers, behind waterfalls and through thick tropical vegetation and animal habitats. The first is a reptile area where the trees are literally dripping with iguanas and snakes. In another area you will find exotic and unusual fresh water fish from the Amazon basin.
In the bird aviary you can admire toucans, macaws, cockatoos and other tropical birds that may land on your hand to sip a bit of nectar. The highlight of the Tropical Rainforest is a swim grotto. Here, guests are invited to take a refreshing dip in a grotto with ancient ruins overgrown with thick vegetation and waterfalls. This area blends into the tiger habitat, another one of our premier attractions.



Don't miss Puerto Plata's absolute BEST party!


Fun for everyone ages 18 to 80

Here's the program...

6 pm Sunset cocktails at the Old Fort Ruins
a visit to the nicest sunset spot in town, see the harbor, the old fort and the oceanfront promenade

7 pm Stop at a Dominican Car Wash Bar
it's what they do!

8 pm Rock'n'Roll at Cafe Cito
a beer, bathroom and food stop at Puerto Plata's favorite American bar

9:30 pm Sosua Main Street
Merengue Bars, sidewalk cafés, British pubs + more
Stroll around on your own or join the party!

11 pm. Cabarete Beach
Don't miss the hottest party beach in the Caribbean
Join the party or explore up and down the beach

12:30 pm Coach returns to resort
or... stay all night if you want to keep partying


Our own private air conditioned coach with bar on board from 5 pm to 1 am
All transportation - pickup and return to resort
Complimentary food at Cafe Cito

Price: US$45 pp.

Drinks at private establishments extra (beer and rum usually not more than 2 bucks each)

Rain or shine - no cancellations




Samaná - Cayo Levantado (Bounty Island)
The Bounty Hunters came in search of Paradise, and found it on Cayo Levantado ..... This jewel of a tiny island lies just off the Samaná Peninsula and is our destination for a day of pure escapism.  The sand is white and powdery; the turquoise waters are crystal clear and perfect for snorkelling or gentle swimming. A typical Dominican lunch (2 drinks included) is prepared on the island and served at tables set up in the open air allowing you to take full advantage of the sun and sea.
US$59, Thursdays.
Dominican Alps Adventure
Experience a completely different side of the island with a visit to the Dominican Alps.  A day of spectacular mountain scenery, green valleys, clear streams and tumbling waterfalls. Begin with a drive to Santiago, where we visit a leading cigar factory before continuing the drive to Jarabacoa. The highlights of the day are having the time to explore this lovely mountain retreat and taking a ride on a  4-wheel-drive jeep to the towering Jimenoa waterfall with the chance for a cooling dip in the large plunge pool.  Snatch a bargain at the ceramic factory. A tasty Dominican buffet lunch (included) is served at the ranch. (This tour includes approx. 20 minutes of walking over uneven ground including 2 wooden bridges; suitable footwear/moderate fitness required. Not suitable for children under 5 years old).
US$59, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Santo Domingo City Tour
A cultural day out, exploring the capital city, the oldest city in the Americas. Visit the house built by Columbus, the Cathedral and see the Christopher Columbus lighthouse. Soak up the atmosphere of the oldest street of the new world “Calle las Damas” and experience a Dominican market where the bargains are endless & bartering is fun.
US$49, Thursdays.
Freestyle Catamaran
Treat yourselves to a day on this fabulous and fun catamaran adventure. Experience the island's best snorkelling among a multitude of rainbow-coloured tropical fish in crystal clear waters, then relax to the sounds of the Caribbean, and enjoy the wind in your hair, the sun in your back, and a “Freestyle” cocktail in your hand. This is paradise!
US$69  daily, Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays)
Get Wet River Rafting
The opportunity of a lifetime, rafting through the rapids of the Yague del Norte River, in the center of the island. All tuition and the equipment provided for this action packed day.
US$99, Tuesdays & Saturdays.

Outback Jeep Safari
Join us and be Indiana Jones or Crocodile Dundee for the day and let us show you the REAL Dominican Republic. You will be driven through some of the country's most spectacular scenery where you will discover exotic tropical forests, rivers, mountains, secluded beaches and villages where time has stood still for hundreds of years!  See the Dominican children smiling and waving to you as we pass through their villages; ride the current of a crystal clear river; learn to 'boogie board' in the ocean.  Alternatively for the less adventurous, just relax with the sun on your back and an ice-cold drink in your hand and enjoy the enchantment of this beautiful tropical island so often referred to as the 'Jewel of the Caribbean'.
Daily for US$75.
Monster Trucks Safari
Come with us on the most popular Monster Jeep Safari, featuring 8-wheel drive Monster Jeeps customized for your safety and comfort. Each powerful beast fears no terrain, reaching places a regular car can only dream about; across tropical rivers and through the Caribbean countryside. You will experience first hand the rural lifestyle of the Dominican people. Visit a family at their country home where you can taste home roasted coffee. You will see a local cheese factory, quaint villages, a sugar cane plantation, as well as a visit to a countryside school. Enjoy a refreshing swim in a river, a delicious buffet, traditional music, and so much more! You will never forget this extraordinary adventure.
US$75, Mondays, Wednesdays Fridays & Saturdays.
Horseback Riding (half-day)
Experience the spectacular scenery of the Dominican Republic in a unique way, riding along countryside trails. Cool off with a swim in a fresh water lagoon. Suitable for all levels of riders.
Daily US$35.
Puerto Plata City Tour
This visit to Puerto Plata will take you around the colonial city well known for its Victorian architecture. Puerto Plata was founded in 1502 by Christopher Columbus and is a fascinating city. You will see Brugal’s Rum Factory, the Amber Gallery and the San Felipe Fortress.
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for US$22.
Puerto Plata City Tour with Sosúa
City tour of Puerto Plata with the San Felipe’s Fortress, the Amber Gallery and the Brugal’s Rum Factory. Afterwards you will go to Sosua, which was founded by a group of refugees from the 2nd. World War. It is here you will find one of the nicest beach of the North Coast. You will have time for a walk & shopping in some of the 100 souvenir stands.
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for US$37.

PICTURES  The Siewe family Sosau Beah Photos 
Whale watching in Samaná Bay
(mid-January to mid-March only) Early morning departure from the hotel for a day full of adventure in Samana. A unique opportunity to observe humpback whales in their natural calving and mating grounds. Listen to the male humpbacks solitary courting song and witness incredible displays of flippering, tail tobbing and breaching by the most active species of great whale in the Atlantic. On board every trip, a marine mammal specialist narrating and answering questions.  An experience of a lifetime, not to be missed. After the whale watching our destination is Cayo Levantado, sometimes called the Bounty Island, a tiny island just off the Samana Peninsula. The sand is white and powdery; the turquoise waters are crystal clear and perfect for gentle swimming. A COCOTOURS lunch is prepared on the island with a glass of white wine served at tables set up in the open air (included) for you to take full advantage of the sun and the sea. Please bring towel, bathing suit, extra warm clothes, and plastic cover for cameras. There will be served coke, sprite, water and crackers on board. There will also be offered the booklet ”whales of  Samana” and travel sickness tablets. More than 95% of our trips see whales. But remember humpback whales are wild animals and we can’t guarantee sightings. US$95, departure details will be posted later.
Cayo Paradise
Don’t miss the most idyllic spot on the north-coast. Speedboats whisk you over to the fantastic desert island CAYO PARAISO, close to the coast of Punta Rucia,…white sand, turquoise clear waters, a perfect coral reef and a delightful sea breeze. Take plenty of sun protection and enjoy this sun lover’s day out in the sea. Discover the most beautiful reef in the Caribbean on a snorkeling-tour with our guide to see amazing coral and colourful fish, optional diving. By contrast you speed through the lush green mangroves of the National Park and learn about the wonders of nature. Lunch in our typical waterfront restaurant at the unspoiled beach of the fishing-village.
Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays for US$78.

PICTURES  The Siewe family Cayo Paridise Photos
Saona Island & Altos de Chavón (flight excursion)
Take our early morning flight to La Romana and enjoy the whole day in the south of the island. Walk through the magnificent grounds of the recreated 16th-century Mediterranean village; see the amphitheatre where famous artists such as Julio Iglesias have performed; then board the speed boats which take you from the fishing village of Bayahibe to the paradise island of Saona where you will eat, drink and sunbathe. Swim in a natural swimming pool and if you are lucky spot a starfish or two on your return journey.
US$215 (US$163 for child), Tuesdays & Fridays.

We at Outback have a great job - we take people out into the beautiful countryside of the Dominican Republic and show them the culture, the customs, the history, the plants, the animals and the way the Dominican People have lived now for over 100 years. Most of all we guarantee you a fun packed day plus an experience so memorable that you will remember your day with us for a long long time to come.
Our trips take up most of the day and include lunch and beverages along the way. There's nothing like traveling the country roads, rolling up to a beach somewhere for a swim or body surfing, popping open an ice cold Presidente beer, or sipping on a rum filled cuba libre along the way - your food, drink and all equipment is provided for you.
Funny Bike Half Day
The better way to enjoy the country side of Puerto Plata is by driving your own 4-wheeler.  Drive through sugar cane fields, mountain streams, visit Dominican and Haitian villages and learn about their culture.
Mornings:    US$50.00 DBL. / US$84.00 SGL.
Afternoon:  US$43.00 DBL. / US$77.00 SGL.
Six Wheels Full Day
If 4-wheelers aren’t enough for you, how about driving your own six wheel amphibian.  Excellent for the family to enjoy a trip into the sugar cane fields, view Dominican and Haitian villages, and float along in your amphibian in one of the natural rivers found in the country side.
US$64 Dbl / US$79 Single
Playa Grande & Laguna Gri Gri
You will enjoy the motor launch ride through the mangroves and the crystal-clear waters of the Gri-Gri Lagoon, noted for its rich bird life.  A buffet lunch (included) is served at a typical village restaurant and a chance to wander through the adjacent small plantation to see and taste the great variety of tropical fruits that grow here.  We continue the short drive to the beach of Playa Grande (Big Beach), a long, long stretch of soft pale sand lapped by turquoise waters.  This is the perfect spot for stretching out and topping up the suntan or maybe some body surfing if the waves are up.
US$40, Sundays.

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