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  • Location:Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
  • Duration:10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

Cayo Paraiso Deserted Island Tour from Puerto Plata

Snorkel the crystal-clear lagoon surrounding Cayo Paraiso (Paradise Island) while on vacation in the Dominican Republic! Visit this natural sandbar by speedboat and explore the coral reef amid turquoise waters of the Caribbean. You’ll see natural landmarks in the countryside on a coach tour from Puerto Plata and explore the mangroves of Monte Cristi National Park on your return to shore. With lunch on an unspoiled beach plus unlimited drinks, you’ll have an idyllic time in this sun lover’s paradise.


  • Cayo Paraiso and Monte Cristi National Park from Puerto Plata
  • Take a scenic coach tour through the Dominican countryside
  • Swim and snorkel the coral reef around Cayo Paraiso
  • Ride a speedboat through the mangrove swamps of Monte Cristi
  • Enjoy lunch and unlimited beverages!
  • Round-trip hotel transport included

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What You Can Expect

Cayo Paraiso Deserted Island Tour from Puerto Plata

Snorkel off the shores of a deserted island!

Start your day tour with hotel pickup and board a comfortable coach for a scenic drive, passing through the lush tropical countryside bordered by mountains surrounding Puerto Plata. Look up at Pico Isabel de Torres, the city’s highest peak, which rises approximately 2,625 feet (800 meters) above sea level. En route to the fishing village of Punta Rusia, located in the northwest of the island, marvel at the changing natural landscape of cacti forest and desert.

When you reach Punta Rusia, hop in your awaiting speedboat and cruise across the gleaming turquoise waters of the Caribbean to Cayo Paraiso. After a 25-minute ride, disembark and relax on the powdery white sands of this natural sandbank. Encircled by a pristine coral reef, Cayo Paraiso offers some of the best snorkeling in the Dominican Republic and you’ll have 2.5 hours to discover it all.

With your complimentary snorkel gear, dive into the warm, crystalline water and explore the magic of the reef. Spot a variety of fascinating sea creatures that inhabit the undersea, and watch schools of tropical fish dart in and out of vibrant, colorful corals. Keep an eye out for starfish, sea turtles, spotted eels, stingrays and more in this unforgettable paradise!

Enjoy unlimited drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) on the unspoiled beach as well as during your restaurant lunch. Then, hop back in the speedboat for a 30-minute tour of Monte Cristi National Park (Parque Nacional Monte Cristi). Considered one of the driest regions of the Dominican Republic, the vast national park supports coastal lagoons, sub-tropical dry forest and dense mangrove swamps, all of which draw a variety of birdlife including flamingos, herons and brown pelicans.

Your guide will point out the natural landmark of El Morro, a 777-foot (237-meter) limestone mesa that juts upwards from the pristine water. From here, it is possible to view Los Cayos Siete Hermanos (The Seven Brothers Cays) – several small offshore islands that are home to 10 species of reptiles, including the American crocodile and sea turtles that return each year to lay their eggs.

After your boat tour, board your coach for the return trip to Puerto Plata, arriving at your hotel around 4:30pm.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Beautiful!!!! But wear sunblock! Got the most sunburned out this trip. Best snorkeling experience and speed boat experience.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

We were shown a great time by our tour guides. The sandbar and snorkeling is a great experience, especially for not experienced snorkelers. You get all of your equipment on the sandbar/island, and you have a guide with you at all times. If you want, I'd suggest buying an underwater camera there as the guide will take pictures of you while you're beyond the reef. Also, Alberto was a great guide giving fun facts and solid info as we went along. A great trip all around

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Had a wonderful time, boat ride is exciting, beach was busy, snokeling was amazing. Also enjoyed the bus ride thru the countyside it was long about an hour from puerto plata.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

Loved this trip. It was a long ride from Sousa but worth it. Paridise island was one of my favorite parts of our trip.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2014

Very nice the best vacation ever

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Was AMAZING! The boat tour of the mangrove trees was very cool, the drive was fun and the snorkeling breathtaking. Everyone is super friendly and makes sure you have Cuba Libre in hand anytime you are not fully submerged ;) The lunch was disappointing but I was also not feeling the best that day, so maybe combo. Overall I highly recommend this tour!!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Tour was amazing! Our guide/boatdriver (Carlos I believe) was awesome.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

a life time experience !

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

The beach was really nice and the water beautiful. i did expect that the private island that we were snorkeling off of was going to be more of an island and not a sand bar with some huts. I would include that in the description so people know not to bring a lot with them. The boat ride to a from the sand bar was also very rough on the buttocks. I would tell people to bring extra towels to sit on during the ride. Other than those small things it was a great day out

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