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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

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What You Can Expect

Punta Cana Reef Explorer: Power Snorkeling, Paddleboarding and Kayaking

Paddleboard in pristine waters!

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.

Customer Reviews

Tim V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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!

Sunjit S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

Punta Cana Reef Explorer was an amazing experience! This excursion far exceeding my expectations and made my trip truly unforgettable.

Sarah N

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 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.

Myriam W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 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.

Leslie J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 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.

Pamela B

4 star rating: Recommended March 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.

Ischell L

3 star rating: Worth doing June 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.

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