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Punta Cana Reef Explorer: Power Snorkeling, Paddleboarding and Kayaking

Punta Cana, Caribbean
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icon3 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more
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Experience power snorkeling, paddleboarding or kayaking on a half-day tour to Punta Cana’s Reef Explorer, a floating ‘island’ in the heart of an unspoiled marine park. Enjoy the serenity of a shady lounge chair, soak up the Caribbean sun or join a guide and head out on the water. Explore a thriving coral reef, watching out for reef sharks and stingrays. Learn to maneuver your provided paddleboard, boat or handheld power snorkel, then head to the Reef Explorer’s floating health bar for juice and a snack. Round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels is included.
  • 3-hour trip to Reef Explorer in Punta Cana
  • Power snorkel on a coral reef in search of sharks and stingrays
  • Ride a paddleboard or kayak over reef waves
  • Sunbathe and lounge on a floating dock
  • Enjoy a healthy snack and fruit juice
  • Round-trip transport by coach and catamaran included
Beverages (non-alcoholic)
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Local guide
Use of kayaks and snorkel equipment

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Traveler pickup is offered
Transportation included only to/from main hotels located in Punta Cana area. If you’re staying in a different area from the one selected at the time of booking, an extra fee may apply.

Step out of your Punta Cana hotel and board an air-conditioned bus bound for the Reef Explorer. 

After a short trip, transfer to a boat and approach the Reef Explorer, a floating platform in a marine park that will be your jumping-off point for a variety of water activities over the next 3 hours. 

Lounge on the floating platform and enjoy the sun and surrounding turquoise water. When you're ready, take your pick of 11 different water activities, including kayaking, snorkeling and stand up paddleboarding. 

Learn to use a power snorkel from your expert guide, then use it to propel yourself around the vibrant coral reef. Cover more distance that you could with just the power of your own swimming, searching out local marine life like sharks and stingrays. 

Refuel at the snack bar with some tropical fruit juice; choose from complimentary snacks like veggies and dip or a sandwich. Upgrade your experience with a visit to the on-site reflexologist or a glass of wine (both at additional expense). 

After 3 hours, return to your Punta Cana hotel for drop-off.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you bring sunscreen and a towel
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nexus Tours Dominican Republic

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the maximum group size during Punta Cana Reef Explorer: Power Snorkeling, Paddleboarding and Kayaking?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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we went on this trip as a family as the...
Jatinder D
, Aug 2017
we went on this trip as a family as the description of the excursion implies that there are 11 activities to do. There are in fact only 4 two of which are variations of snorkelling. The remainder are things like massages, walking past 3 very small enclosures on the way into the excursion which each hold an animal in very small enclosures. My Wife was not interested in any of the activities but went along as she though she could spend the day getting massages. Your are each given 1 card which entitles you to one 15 minute massage and are not allowed to use the other cards to get further massages. so she spent the rest of the time sunbathing. The rest of the activities were quite good but were not worth anyway near the 100 per person cost. I would say the cost should be about 50 per person for what is provided.
Great excursion! No sheep hurding...
Tim V
, Jul 2015
Great excursion! No sheep hurding! You get 3-4 hours to relax and enjoy all they offer. Most other excurions give you 15 minutes and move on. Here you relax and enjoy. Highly recommend!
Punta Cana Reef Explorer was an amazing...
Sunjit S
, Apr 2015
Punta Cana Reef Explorer was an amazing experience! This excursion far exceeding my expectations and made my trip truly unforgettable.
Plenty of activities to keep you busy...
Pamela B
, Jan 2015
Plenty of activities to keep you busy. Activities can be done at your own pace or with an organized group. Friendly and helpful staff. Very cool to swim so close to the sharks and stingrays. Food was okay. Massage was nice. I got a foot massage and my husband the stone massage. I was glad to be the first to get a foot massage, as the massagers did not wash their hands in between customers. Overall a good time, but felt like it was a little over priced.
Fun excursion - the massages were...
Sarah N
, Oct 2014
Fun excursion - the massages were amazing! We were able to hold the stingrays and really enjoyed snorkeling over the coral reef. We used the power snorkels briefly but didn't really need them in order to enjoy the animals. Tour guides were also really friendly - had no troubles with pickups, reservations, etc... as mentioned in earlier reviews.
15 min complimentary massage. freedom...
Myriam W
, Aug 2014
15 min complimentary massage. freedom to do whatever whenever. the overall tour is very well accustomed to non-spanish speaking tourists, so you will feel comfortable and secure.
They never announce who they are...they...
Ischell L
, May 2014
They never announce who they are...they didn't pick us up the first time so we had to go later in the day. the sharks swam on the outer edge so you really don't see them...they motorized part is only in the shark tank...not any fun in that regard. then you go on a guided tour around the outer edge of the man made island and they take you so fast you can't enjoy it. The massage was was ok but not great. you can kayak or paddle's ok if you have nothing else to do....go on pirate cruise you won't regret that...or buggies or horse play those are the greatest.
This was one of the better tours on our...
Leslie J
, Jul 2013
This was one of the better tours on our trip because you get to relax while choosing from the different activities you want to do, when you want to do them, No schedule, no rush. We got to do everything as described from swimming with the stingrays (stingrays are de-barbed) to exploring the reef further out on a guided tour. And the massage was included as well, no extra cost. For those who can’t swim (like myself), everyone was required to wear a floatation bubble while in the water and for lunch there were some finger foods and blended drinks (no alcohol) so eat before you go. The staff was friendly and accommodating and if all the activities aren’t quite your thing there is always the option to relax on a lounge chair, soak in the scenery and read a book. Perfect for the family.
Super middag gehad! Gezwommen met...
Roy V
, Jun 2014
Super middag gehad! Gezwommen met zuster haaien en pijlstaart roggen (deze ook vastgehouden) heerlijke massage op het water gehad en veel activiteiten waaraan je kan deelnemen. Kano varen ,snorkelen en surfen etc. Absoluut een aanrader!

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