Puerto Plata Safaris & wildlife activities

Our most recommended Puerto Plata Safaris & wildlife activities

Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

1. Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Day Pass

Discover the largest manmade dolphin habitat in the world at Ocean World Puerto Plata, a must-see attraction for any visit to the Dominican Republic. With a full-day pass, you can snorkel in a tropical reef aquarium, learn more about marine mammals from expert handlers, get up-close to feed tropical birds and walk through a tropical rainforest, Bird Exhibit and Habitat of Iguanas. The pass also includes access to some of the animal shows. Have fun with the playful sea lions, watch the skill of the dolphins, and see all the drama of the shark show. Then, relax on Dolphin Beach and soak up some Caribbean rays.  With lunch and lounge chairs included as part of the package, this is your passport to a world of marine adventures.

Puerto Plata Ocean World Dolphin Swim

2. Puerto Plata Ocean World Dolphin Swim

The highlight of any visit to Ocean World Adventure Park is the rare opportunity to swim and play with beautiful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The Dolphin Swim experience begins with a brief orientation. Guests learn about dolphin behavior and discover how Ocean World Adventure Park trainers use hand signals and positive reinforcement to communicate with them. Then it's time to get into the water and start interacting with these amazing creatures. Guests will be able to interact with a dolphin in its own environment. The Dolphin Swim also includes a Day Pass at Ocean World Adventure Park and a round trip bus transfer from nearby hotels. Boasting the largest man-made dolphin habitat in the world, Ocean World is a must-see attraction for anyone visiting the Dominican Republic. Day Pass visitors have the opportunity to snorkel in the Tropical Reef Aquarium, learn about marine mammals, feed exotic tropical birds, walk through a tropical rain forest, and observe dolphin shows, shark shows, sea lion shows and a tropical bird show.

Dolphin Encounter at Ocean World, Puerto Plata

3. Dolphin Encounter at Ocean World, Puerto Plata

The Dolphin Encounter offers close contact with a bottlenose dolphin, in waist deep water. During these interactive programs, you will be able to touch and feed these gentle mammals, playing with them in a safe environment. You will even dance with them! This interaction is both fun and educational for all ages, ideal for non swimmers and families with young kids. The Dolphin Encounter program also includes a Day Pass for the Ocean World Adventure Park, with all its attractions, and the round trip bus transfer from nearby hotels. Boasting the largest man-made dolphin habitat in the world, Ocean World is a must-see attraction for everyone visiting the Dominican Republic. Day Pass visitors have the opportunity to snorkel in our Tropical Reef Aquarium, visit the Pirate's Pool, learn about marine mammals, feed exotic tropical birds, walk through a tropical rain forest, and watch the Dolphin Show, Shark Show, Sea Lions Show and Tropical Bird Show. Lunch is included.

Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

4. Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

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.

From Puerto Plata: Cayo Arena Private Catamaran Trip & Lunch

5. From Puerto Plata: Cayo Arena Private Catamaran Trip & Lunch

Discover Cayo Arena, a paradise of coral reefs and tropical fish. Sail on the Ocean King catamaran on this private trip, spending time at Cayo Arena and Monte Cristi National Park. Indulge in a lobster lunch at Playa Punta Rucia and visit a cigar factory to learn the tricks of the trade. Get picked up from your accommodations and enjoy a scenic road trip through the picturesque countryside to Castillo de la Isabela. When you arrive, climb onboard the Ocean King catamaran, decked out with a solarium and water slide. Tour along the coast of Playa La Ensenada in your catamaran, enjoying Caribbean music and indulging in a few light refreshments. Drop anchor at Cayo Arena and spend around two hours swimming and snorkeling amongst the corals and tropical fish. Set sail to Monte Cristi National Park, feeling the wind in your hair. Look out for wildlife in the lush mangroves of the national park before stopping at Playa Punta Rucia. Land on the beach and savor the taste of freshly cooked lobster with a Caribbean lunch. Return to your hotel and visit an artisanal cigar factory, observing the process of cigar production and having the chance to buy some souvenirs.

Puerto Plata Ocean World Tickets

6. Puerto Plata Ocean World Tickets

Spend the day at the delightful Ocean World Adventure Park on Cofresi Beach, just outside Puerto Plata. Round-trip transportation is provided from nearby hotels and there will be plenty of time to relax, but a highlight of the excursion is the opportunity to play with the Patagonian Sea Lions. Known as the clowns of the sea, these lovable creatures can be seen up close and personal during a 30-minute encounter. You will learn about their habits and habitat during a pre-swim lecture. Then you will be able to touch, feed, pet and play with them as you sit on the side of the interaction pool. Watch in amazement as they perform their hilarious stunts. Ocean World is the most complete entertainment complex of its kind in the Dominican Republic, and boasts the largest man-made dolphin lagoon in the world. As you stroll through the complex you will discover a rich world of marine and animal life, and enjoy the focus on human-animal interaction. Snorkel in the Tropical Reef Aquarium, teeming with colorful fish. Marvel at puffers, angel, and butterfly fish, while grunts and lookdowns swim past you. Next you can head to the Tropical Rainforest, an exotic oasis complete with waterfalls, lagoons and sandy beaches. Your entrance to the Ocean World complex includes access to the Dolphin Show, Shark Show, and Tropical Bird Show. When you are ready for some time out, you will have access to Dolphin Beach where you are provided with comfortable lounge chairs. Lunch is included. The tour is fun for all the family, and after a day of laughing and playing with some of the most delightful creatures on earth, you are certain to leave a smile on your face.

Ocean World Dolphin Swim & Sea Lion Combo from Puerto Plata

7. Ocean World Dolphin Swim & Sea Lion Combo from Puerto Plata

Your full-day excursion begins with a hotel pick-up from Puerto Plata for the drive to Cofresi Beach by comfortable coach. Location for the Ocean World Adventure Park, you will have the day to explore, with plenty of free time to spend at leisure Highlights of the day are a 30-minute swim with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and a visit to the sea lion enclosure. Your dolphin swim begins with a brief orientation, before entering the water for your introduction, face to snout. Here you will learn about dolphin behaviour and discover how the trainers use hand signals and positive reinforcement to talk with the animals.  Then it is on to meet the sea lions. Experience those fascinating animals during a 30-minute poolside encounter, and learn about their natural habitat during an instructive talk.  The program also includes a Day Pass to the other attractions of the Ocean World Adventure Park. Explore at your own pace as you listen to exotic tropical birds, visit the Pirate's Pool and walk through a tropical rain forest. Lunch is included.

Puerto Plata: Half-Day Mountainside Horseback Riding

8. Puerto Plata: Half-Day Mountainside Horseback Riding

This half-day horseback excursion includes approximately 2 hours of riding throughout the mountain range just above Puerto Plata. Approximately 1000 ft above the city, there are breathtaking views over the Bay of Silver where, centuries ago, Columbus arrived by ship. Firstly, you will travel by safari truck to the old mountain road which slowly climbs up the mountains, dotted with small local farms and amber and larimar mines. There is also an abundance of coconut palms, sparkling rivers, and tropical flowers. Stepping off the truck, you'll find the horses saddled up ready to take you gently through lush green fields, river beds, and small streams. You will smell, feel, and be immersed in a natural setting outside of the fast pace of life in the big city. After the tour ends, you will be dropped back at your hotel.

Samana: Whale Watching Tour

9. Samana: Whale Watching Tour

Every year from the middle of January until the end of March you are able to see Humpback Whales in Samana. Samana is considered one of the best places in the world for humpback whale watching. These beautiful and giant marine mammals, come out regularly to the surface to breathe, remain in apnea for about twenty minutes, but can remain underwater for up to forty minutes. Whales come to Samana to give birth due to their whalebone when born, only having a very thin layer of fat so cannot withstand the cold waters. At birth, the calf measures between three and a half and five meters and weighs a ton. After being collected from your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua or Cabarete, make your way to Samana and enjoy the amazing views of the lovely Dominican landscapes. Departing from the dock in the town of Samana, a fast and secure boat will transport you in comfort, in search of whales. Next, you will head to Bacardi Island, also known as Cayo Levantado. On the island a delicious typical Dominican lunch will be served. After lunch and to complete your wonderful experience you will have the chance to enjoy the turquoise waters and white sand of Cayo Levantado. It is a very long day but really worth to visit.

Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Swim with Dolphins

10. Puerto Plata: Ocean World Adventure Park Swim with Dolphins

Swim up close and personal with 2 playful dolphins in this VIP adventure. Your experience begins with a brief lecture to learn about these wonderful sea creatures. Then hop on to receive a kiss, a hug and enjoy an amazing ride through the lagoon on top of a boogie board, amazing memories to last forever. During your visit snorkel in a coral reef aquarium, feed lovebirds and enjoy a handful of activities at no additional cost.

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What people are saying about Puerto Plata

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 3 reviews

What a great experience! The staff was spectacular!! They were energetic, friendly, quick to offer assistance, and very knowledgeable. The animals were treated well, and with respect. The lunch was tasty. The facilities were clean and well cared for. My daughters loved the time spent with the dolphins, and holding the lovebirds. All of the animal shows were informational and entertaining. We enjoyed time swimming in the reef, and at dolphin beach. The waterslides were fun as well. Kudos to the staff at Ocean World for creating a very positive, memorable experience. Time and money well spent!!! Thank you!!!

A very successful day trip. Pick-up worked perfectly and our guide was very courteous and friendly. Has told a lot of interesting things while driving. Even though it is quite long, it was possible to see the life/houses of the local people. The speed boat ride was great, the island and the snorkeling were a dream! We can recommend it with a clear conscience.

A unique experience on a beautiful small, dreamlike sandbank. The trip from Cabarete was very long (3.5 hours) but it was worth it. you should have seen it.

Very experienced and knowledgeable guide. I had a great time. Will definitely do it again. Owner very nice and helpful.

excursion highly recommended. the perfect organization, the very kind and friendly staff, and the site is wonderful