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Get a true taste of paradise on this exciting day trip from Puerto Plata. Cruise through the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean aboard a luxury yacht, take off like the wind on a speedboat and test your balance on a banana boat as part of this fun-filled day. You’ll visit two stunning beaches at Punta Rusia and Caya Paraiso, and enjoy plenty of time for swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling—plus take a trip through Monte Cristi National Park with a local guide. This tour is the perfect opportunity to soak up the sun while you kick back and relax with unlimited drinks and a light breakfast included.


  • Puerto Plata day trip including Cayo Paraiso and Monte Cristi National Park
  • Sail for two hours along the north coast aboard a luxury yacht
  • Take a wild ride by banana boat from the shore of Punta Rusia
  • Find starfish, sea turtles and spotted eels as you snorkel around Cayo Paraiso
  • Speed through mangroves in Monte Cristi National Park and see the limestone mesa of El Morro
  • Enjoy breakfast with sparkling wine, lunch on the beach and unlimited drinks
  • Round-trip hotel transport included

What You Can Expect

Puerto Plata Luxury Yacht Cruise to Punta Rusia and Cayo Paraiso

Enjoy the beaches of the Dominican Republic

Your Puerto Plata luxury yacht cruise to Punta Rusia and Cayo Paraiso kicks off with hotel pick up in Puerto Plata. Meet your friendly guide and professional driver in the early morning and make your way to the marina, where you’ll board a luxury yacht for a two-hour cruise. Light breakfast and sparkling wine are the perfect addition to this already idyllic morning on the water.

You’ll cruise past the village of La Isabela—the first settlement of Christopher Columbus. Your guide will point out several of the sites as you listen to the colorful history of this tragic archeological and historical park.

Next, you’ll disembark in the fishing village of Punta Rusia, where you’ll hop aboard an inflatable yellow tube (lifejackets provided) known as a banana boat. After the thrilling ride you’ll enjoy lunch at a restaurant on the beach.

With full bellies you’ll make your way to Cayo Paraiso aboard a high-speed boat. The 25-minute ride transports you over epic turquoise waters to a sun-lover’s paradise complete with white sandy beaches and tiki huts. Snorkel in the quiet lagoon and see incredible tropical fish, sea turtles and stingrays up close. 

After relaxing in this unforgettable paradise you’ll head to the island’s driest region—Monte Cristi National Park (Parque National Monte Cristi) by speedboat. You’ll follow your guide through coastal regions, sub-tropical forests and dense mangrove swamps. Keep your eyes peeled for indigenous birds that call this preserved area home! Your guide will point out El Morro—a 777-foot (237-meter) limestone mesa, as well as several islands that are home to reptiles as you make your way through the waters.
Your boat tour ends with a return trip to Puerto Plata by coach and hotel drop off around 5:30 p.m. 

Customer Reviews

Leah D United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

my friends and I had an amazing time with Andy, Pinky, and Mimo!

The boozy cruise with music, snorkeling around Paradise Island, swimming with Pinky delivering drinks with a floating bar, lunch on the sandy beaches of Punta Rusia - all made an unforgettable amazing day! make sure you bring enough sunscreen!

Brian B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Beautiful BOAT. Delicious food. Amazing water. The island was extremely busy, but the snorkeling was out of this world! Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and relaxed, which made everyone so comfortable! I would do this again in a heartbeat, worth every penny!

Joshua D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Best excursion there!

Maria F L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

I bought this trip for my boyfriend's birthday.
His words were: " this is the best gift Ever" :)
Amazing experience, the tour guides explain everything and treat you like royalty. Hopefully you get to ride with Andy Flores and his crew!! We had soooo much fun we went back two days later :)

marisol b

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was amazing!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Beautiful!!!! Paradise island was really a paradise. Snorkeling was awesome. The lunch was good. There was unlimited drinks the while time. I don't drink but my husband does and he enjoyed that part. The workers were very pleasant and kind, always serving with a smile.

Dana O

4 star rating: Recommended May 2016

Very fun. The Cayo Paraiso part was the best. We didn't do the speed boat or banana boat as advertised, and it was a catamaran not a yacht... But that stuff didn't matter as I think we got extra swim/snorkel time on Cayo Paraiso. They were on time picking us up and the trip lasted all day. Food was decent. Only alcohol they had at the open bar was rum not surprising or beer. In any event, would definitely recommend.

We had a relatively overcast day, so it wasn't too hot and there wasn't too much direct sun. Only warning I would give is that if it is not overcast, BRING SUNSCREEN. I got a bit of color with the sun not being out, I would have been a lobster if it was really sunny.

miranda l

4 star rating: Recommended March 2015

This tour was amazing!

David M

1 star rating: I do not recommend this January 2017

just felt like herded cattle getting on and off a boat.....

Dena E

1 star rating: I do not recommend this December 2015

This was a great tour, but not at all as described. There was no luxury yacht, but a catamaran. No information about any early settlement, but a very enjoyable ride in the ocean. No banana boat at all. We did anchor and swim for a while, in beautiful water. No speedboat, we stayed on the catamaran the entire trip. No El Morro -- or if we saw it, we didn't know it.

This would've been a great tour if it had been advertised as it was. VERY incorrect description. When I asked about it, they discounted it, saying the info was just way out of date on the website. I was upset for having been mislead however, we did truly enjoy the day once we got over the disappointment of false advertising.

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