Activities - Island Excursions

 

From golf to deep-sea fishing and dolphin encounters, to catamaran sails, zip lining, horseback riding, and dune buggy off-roading excursions, we can't wait to show you the real Caribbean.  Far off the beaten path, endlessly exhilarating and always spectacular.

The Lifestyles Excursion Shop is ready to let you in on all the secrets that paradise has to offer with their own hand-picked adventures.  Book the best and most exclusive excursions on the island.

Take your vacation to the max and fall in love with the island!

½ DAY BEST SELLERS...

Sunset Beach Dinner Party

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyJoin us for a wonderful evening, gazing at the stars and enjoying the cool Caribbean breeze. We set out in the late afternoon and look at the city as it prepares for the evening. A visit to the voodoo store explains all about this mysterious religion brought over by African slaves and dressed up with Christian names as not to upset the Spanish colonial authorities. We also see how cigars are hand rolled and you have a chance to try your hand at one yourself.

Watch a beautiful Caribbean sunset with a cocktail in your hand, then we will go to a gourmet restaurant for a 3 course dinner. We finish the night with tropical rhythms at the Ocean World Marina, perfect for birthday parties, celebrations and romantic get-a-ways.

Sunset Beach Party

Set out when the sun goes down and enjoy the cooling Caribbean breeze and get ready to have some fun and party where the action is.

Enjoy some people watching on the ocean boulevard in Puerto Plata and visit a typical voodoo store where you will learn about this mysterious religion introduced by the African slaves. Then we cruise off to the party hot spot and the place where the cool people go ‘Cabarete’. This is a beautiful village famous for its wind surfers and kite surfers, lined with bars and restaurants right on the beach.

Deep Sea Fishing

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyDeep sea fishing is very exciting, it is a challenge to catch one of the big ones such as Blue & White Marlin, which are caught and released, Mahi Mahi or Dolphin Fish, Wahoo, Tuna, Shark and Barracuda.

As we set out of the port the captain will look for schools of fish with the fish finder (sonar radar). The staff will prepare the fishing rods with the bait and hang them over the side of the boat. Meanwhile the captain keeps the boat going, trawling until a fish bites. When it does, one of you will get to sit in the big chair and try to reel it in.

Outback Safari

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyThe 1/2 Day Outback Safari is a total immersion into the lush tropical Dominican country side and is a heart-warming experience to meet the local friendly people.

Hop on board and marvel at the flowers and plants while your expert guide explains the real Dominican way of Life. Visit a typical Dominican wooden house and meet the family and interact with the children at a local school. Visit a coffee and cacao plantation and enjoy a typical tasty lunch. When it’s time for fun and to cool off, it’s boogie boarding, so don’t forget your bathing suits.

Funny Bikes & Quad Bikes

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyTake a walk on the wild side on our 3 hour trail ride exploring our lush tropical island. After a quick driving lesson, you will be taken on a guided adventure across the tropical rain forest and sugar cane fields towards the secluded beach of Bergantin. There are plenty of open stretches where you can open the throttle and go across rivers, jungle and beach. There are several stops to take photographs, buy souvenirs, have a cool drink and a moment to take a refreshing bath in a crystal clear river and a swim stop at Bergantin Beach. This is an exciting way to get a closer feel for our extraordinary tropical scenery and you do not need any previous riding experience. For families with children we recommend the buggies.

Sosua – Cabarete

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyCabarete is a laid back beach resort area known for its excellent surfing and kite surfing. Situated on a beautiful long stretch of white sand, the town is frequented by a hip crowd and sports trendy beach bars and restaurants. Along its main street you will find fancy boutiques with original jewelry and arts and crafts.

Sosua is a lively town situated on a secluded bay surrounded by limestone cliffs famous for its crystal clear water and 16 coral reefs. Enjoy a ride in a glass bottom boat and snorkel around the reefs with amazing tropical fish in a myriad of colors. Along the beach is a flea market with hundreds of vendors selling local souvenirs.

Puerto Plata Tour + Cable Car

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyThe funicular or Cable Car is one of the most popular attractions of the Puerto Plata area. The mountain Isabel de Torres towers over the city with its peak at an altitude of 2,555 feet (779 m) above sea level, giving visitors a breathtaking view of the city laid out below. The funicular was built in 1975 by an Italian company and its cars hold up to 17 people and it takes about 8 minutes to climb and descend the mountain. Visitors can enjoy a beautifully landscaped botanical garden with 215 different plants and flowers of the country and at the top is a copy of the famous statue in Rio de Janeiro of Jesus Christ the Redeemer.

SNORKELING & HORSEBACK RIDING...

Freestyle Catamaran

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyIt is only a short drive over to the beautiful beach of Playa Dorada where you board this large and comfortable catamaran with white sails for your day of snorkeling, sailing and soaking up the sun! We start with a leisurely cruise to Sosua Bay and while you relax on the deck, the crew will keep you happy with free flowing drinks, sing and dance with a one man steel band. Sosua Bay is famous for its 16 coral reefs and the boat will drop its anchor twice so you can snorkel and admire the colorful corals and feed the tropical fish. Equipment and guides will be provided for you and lunch is provided on the boat.

Paradise Island Speed Boat


Sunset Beach Dinner PartyThis tiny atoll in the middle of the ocean is unspoiled and serene, an absolute piece of paradise. A stretch of pure white sand surrounded by emerald green crystal clear shallow waters and a tropical reef with colorful tropical fish that eat out of your hands, it is a must see!

Your tour starts with a scenic drive through lush tropical scenery and quaint villages until you arrive at the area of Punta Rucia with a very hot and dry climate and sunny days even if it rains in Puerto Plata. You will board our open speedboats for an exciting ride through the emerald color ocean to the island. On the island, drinks, fresh fruit and snacks are served and you can snorkel in the shallow waters, soak up the sun and stretch out on the pure white sand. Afterwards we will take you for a plentiful lunch at our beach club and finish the day with a relaxing cruise on the river through the mangroves.

Paradise Island V.I.P

After a comfortable ride by air-conditioned coach, we board our yacht in the village of La Isabela, and start off with a scenic cruise along the coast. On board the yacht there are comfortable chairs, plenty of shade and a restroom. We will stop for a swim in a natural swimming pool in the middle of the ocean with lots of starfish on the bottom. The crew will put a floating bar and floaters for you in the water and pamper you with champagne, appetizers and top shelf drinks. Lunch is served at the beach club on the mainland; steak with mushroom sauce and seafood with rice, all served with wine. After lunch it’s off to the island where we spend the rest of the day snorkeling, sun bathing and relaxing. We finish the day with a beautiful cruise through the river and the mangroves.

Sunset Beach Horseback Riding

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyOur wonderful Sunset tour on horseback sets out when the day is cooling down. Our horses are saddled up and ready to go and we ride them on small trails through tropical rain forest and sugar cane fields for about 40 minutes until we arrive at the beach. After an exhilarating ride on the beach we take a break during which you will have the chance to swim in the ocean with a horse! We arrive in time at our typical beach restaurant to watch the sun go down. Our table will be right on the ocean facing the sunset where we will enjoy a romantic dinner by candle light while listening to the sound of the waves. After dinner sit around a campfire, this is truly a tropical night at its best!

Mountain Horseback Riding

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyA wonderful ride through green meadows, following small trails in the hills around our hotel. The horses are gentle and in good condition to take you on an easy ride through the nature. Perfect for beginners, experienced riders and children from 6 years. On top of the mountain is a typical restaurant where you can take pictures of the breathtaking views and buy a soft drink or an ice cold beer!

Beach Horseback Riding

Horse back riding on the beach is one of the nicest things you can do on a Caribbean island. Experiencing the nature up close from the back of a horse makes all the difference. The wind, the sun and the waves will give you so much positive energy and oxygen. Our tour starts with a relaxing ride on small trails through sugarcane fields and jungle for about 40 minutes until you arrive at the beach. We ride our hearts out on a stretch of solitary secluded beach framed with palm trees. Afterwards there is a break at a typical restaurant for a drink and you have the chance to swim with the horses. 

ADVENTURE...

Nature Hike

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyNature lovers this is your tour.  Feel and touch the nature of our beautiful tropical island up close. You will hike on the small trails through the idyllic Dominican country side with breathtaking views of the hills, palm trees, green meadows, small streams and abundant tropical flowers. Let the water of this hidden waterfall cascade on you, it is ice cold and crystal clear for a totally refreshing natural experience. Afterwards you will go to a rustic eco lodge, off the beaten tourist path. A place immersed in nature with a spectacular ocean view from 1000 ft above sea level, ideal to relax. Enjoy a very special Mediterranean style creative lunch with a chilled glass of white wine.

Helicopter Flights

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyCome and fly with us and make your dreams of Volare come true! Board our helicopter for a totally liberating flight over our beautiful tropical island. Seen from above it gives you a very different perspective, make sure to bring your (video) camera to record the incredible views over the ocean and the palm trees.  Starting from ten minutes you can choose to fly as long as you like; the sky is the limit!

Dominicana Jones Waterfalls Safari

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyOne of our most refreshing and exciting excursions is our trip to the famous 27 waterfalls. This national park is situated only half an hour from Puerto Plata and consists of the winding river Damajagua, making its way down the mountain forming 27 awesome waterfalls with natural slides and amazing cliffs. This all natural water park has been turned into a major attraction especially for young people who like to get an adrenalin rush. It takes about half an hour on foot walking on beautiful trails through the tropical rain forest to get to the waterfalls. Swim across the first pool and start making your way up the rocks. You will be swimming through narrow gorges of crystal clear mountain spring water, jumping and sliding into the pools of water formed in between the limestone cliffs.

Zip ‘n Splash

Our most intense tour ever!  The tour starts in the famous national park of Damajagua where the river comes down the mountain forming 27 waterfalls. We start climbing up the mountain, scaling the rock walls and swimming through mountain gorges and pools formed in between huge lime stone rocks. When we arrive at our chosen level, then the real fun starts as we make our way down jumping, sliding and swimming .This is an unforgettable experience.

Next, after a tasty lunch, we go Zip Lining! With 12 platforms and 10 lines of which 2 are over rivers, it offers steep drops, incredible views and lots of excitement.

Be prepared for some surprises at the base camp: they might put you on a horse too!

River Rafting

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyGet ready for the thrill of a lifetime. Our River Rafting excursion takes you to the heart of the island where we find the highest mountains of the Caribbean, reaching peaks of more than 10,000 ft and in these mountains the island’s biggest rivers form. Our rafting takes place on the famous river Jaque del Norte. Exciting rapids with steep drops and names such as the Mike Tyson, make it a class 3 to 4 rapids. A pure challenge and a day of breathtaking action, sparkling crystal clear water and gorgeous mountain scenery.

Zip Lining

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyOnly a 30 minute drive along the scenic route from Puerto Plata you will find The Zip Lining Adventure Park, where you can enjoy spectacular views of our city and the Atlantic Ocean. Once at the park, our highly experienced guides will train each participant on the security system and installation of our specialized equipment and the details of the trail. This is where your adrenalin starts to flow; when you launch off the first of 10 platforms and 8 cables which make up the system, when you are suspended in the air between 100 and 300 meters, with speeds of up to 30 mph and heights of up to 100 feet above ground, gaining a fusion of adventure and emotion which will result in an unforgettable experience.

FAMILY TOURS...

Whale Watching

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyWhale watching or whale spotting is an emotional experience. Every year, between the months of January and March, the beautiful humpback whales travel to the secluded bay of Samana to rest and play and to give birth. Watching these impressive creatures from up close, majestically rise from the water spouting fountains of water and splashing their gigantic tails, is indeed unforgettable. The day trip also takes you on a beautiful drive along the coastline with picturesque villages, beaches and waving palm trees. Lunch is a treat because it is on the Bacardi Island Cayo Levantado followed by time to swim in the crystal clear warm tropical water.

Mega Trucks

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyWith the Mega trucks you sit high above the rest of the world and these powerful vehicles can take you where nobody else can go; through scenic rivers and small villages amidst the palm trees and the tropical flowers to see the true Dominican Republic. Stop at a typical village with charming wooden houses, painted in vibrant colors, see the locals riding donkeys and horses and experience the calm and serenity of our lush tropical island. Learn all about the local produce at a plantation and meet the village children at their school. After all this hard work we get a well deserved rest relaxing in hammocks at a beautiful white sandy beach. Drinks and a tasty Dominican lunch are included.

Santiago – Jarabacoa

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyThis is a relaxed day outing to the most spectacular mountain scenery and waterfalls in the Dominican Republic. The island has the highest mountain range in the Caribbean with peaks soaring over 10,000 ft or 3000 meters and sometimes the area is referred to as the Dominican Alps. This is where most of the rivers have their origin and sparkling waterfalls such as the Salto Baiguate and the Jimenoa waterfalls entice the visitors with their crystal clear and ice cold mountain spring water.

But first our tour takes us to the second city in the Dominican Republic; Santiago de los Caballeros where we visit the largest cigar manufacturer; the factory of Leon Jimenez. Hand rolled cigars are made right in front of you and they find their way to millions of cigar aficionados all over the world.

Next is a stop at the Monument for the Independence in the centre of Santiago. Then we go climbing up the mountain roads with spectacular views before arriving at Rancho Baiguate. Visit the waterfalls either on horseback or by safari truck for a refreshing swim. After a tasty lunch take some time to relax at the ranch or take a visit to the butterfly sanctuary.

Outback Safari

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyThe Outback Safari is a total immersion into the lush tropical Dominican countryside and is a heart warming experience meeting the local friendly people.

Hop on board and marvel at the flowers and the plants while your expert guide explains the real Dominican way of life. Visit a typical Dominican wooden house and meet the family and interact with the children at a local school. Visit a coffee and cacao plantation and enjoy a typical tasty lunch. When it’s time for fun and to cool off, it’s boogie boarding so don’t forget your bathing suits.

Blue Lagoon

Sunset Beach Dinner PartyA wonderful day to enjoy the tropical lush scenery and the best beaches of the island. Ideal for families with children that like to swim. Keep your bathing suits on and paddle and splash around in sparkling rivers, lakes and the ocean.

We follow the coastal road for a spectacular drive along beaches, villages and waving coconut palm trees to arrive at the area of Rio San Juan, an area not yet discovered by many tourists; meaning you will have these natural beauties all to yourself! First we take a relaxing cruise on the Laguna Gri Gri, a fresh water lagoon or mangrove.  We then visit Playa Grande, a beautiful stretch of pure white sand said to be one of the world’s best 10 beaches.  From there it is a small distance to the famous Blue Lagoon.  An underground river comes up in a cave and creates a natural swimming pool surrounded with limestone rocks.  Also on the program is a visit to a tropical zoo and the shallow water bay of Caleton Beach.