Watersports and aquatic adventures in Punta Cana and Bavaro

Located on the easternmost coast of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is an aquatic playground with watersports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, and more.

Located on the easternmost coast of the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is an aquatic playground for all ages. Watersports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, boating and much more are all easily accessible. During your stay at the all inclusive Barceló Bávaro Grand Resort (consisting of Barceló Bávaro Palace and the adults-only Barceló Bávaro Beach), don’t be afraid to get wet!

Barcy Water Park

The kid-friendly Barceló Bávaro Palace has no shortage of aquatic fun, with four awesome pools (including one just for kids, one just for adults and a semi-Olympic-sized pool for those who want to get some laps in). But that’s not all. The Barcy Water Park is a splash-filled playground, with castles, water slides and waterfalls. There’s also Pirates Island Water Park, with a wave pool and water slides.

Catalina Island Snorkeling

You haven’t snorkeled until you’ve snorkeled in the Dominican Republic! Here, you’ll find warm and crystal-clear waters, populated by all kinds of dazzling marine life. One of the best places for snorkeling in the Dominican Republic is Catalina Island, one of the most gorgeous beaches in all of the Caribbean. You can get there via Vacaciones Barceló onboard a luxurious motorized catamaran. Before you reach Catalina Island, the crew will drop anchor at a dive site where you’ll don masks, snorkels and fins to check out beautiful coral and tropical fish. Then, you’ll arrive at Catalina’s beach, where you can explore the calm waters (and enjoy an exclusive open bar and delicious buffet of classic Dominican cuisine). It’s the perfect aquatic day trip! Learn more.


Located in the eastern Dominican Republic in Cabeza de Toro, between the areas of Bávaro and Punta Cana, the Marinarium is your gateway to an aquatic wonderland. On an exciting half-day excursion cruise, you will have the unforgettable chance to snorkel with stingrays and nurse sharks in a specially designed, 40,000-square-meter marine park. After your explorations, you can take a scenic sightseeing cruise along the spectacular coast of Cabeza de Toro and Bávaro. The journey comes to an end with a dip in one of Bávaro’s natural pools, a favorite cocktail in hand.

Scuba Diving in Punta Cana

Want to go even deeper? Try scuba diving in the Dominican Republic. Even if you are a newcomer to the world of scuba, it’s easy to get PADI-certified in a matter of hours during your trip. And then, you’ll be ready to discover a world beneath the waves! The pristine Caribbean waters provide scuba divers excellent visibility, vibrant corals and stunning sea life. Via Vacaciones Barcelo, enjoy a sea safari to one of the most incredible dives sites off the Punta Cana coast.


So maybe you’re not quite ready for scuba diving? No worries. Try the Seaquarium. You’ll climb aboard a modern catamaran and head out to a natural pool in the Caribbean Sea. Once there, you’ll put on a helmet attached to an airtube and be able to explore the world beneath the waves with ease. There are schools of beautiful tropical fish, a submarine wreck, sting rays and much more.

Macao Beach Surfing

Move over, Hawaii! The Dominican Republic is home to some of the best waves in the world. For proof, take a trip to Macao Beach, where surfers of all experience levels flock year-round. Want to hang ten? Vacacciones Barcelo can get you to Macao Beach – and teach you to 0surf, too! It’s definitely one of the most fun on-the-water adventures you can have in the Dominican Republic. And when you’ve caught enough waves, the beach’s pristine white sands and gently swaying palm trees await.

Dominican Republic Whale Watching

Did you know? In the winter months (mid-January through late March), The Dominican Republic is one of the best places for whale watching in the entire world. Just a short shuttle drive from the coast, vessels await to take you out on the water in Samaná’s Sanctuary of the Humpback Whales. Samaná’s waters are off-limits to any boats except for whale watching boats, so the humpbacks here are comfortable and friendly. Learn more about Dominican Republic whale watching.

Deep-Sea Fishing

The waters off the coast of Punta Cana offer incredible deep-sea fishing opportunities, whether you’re an experienced angler or just getting into the sport. The deep waters, long coastlines and vibrant coral reefs here offer up all kinds of treasures. On a Punta Cana fishing trip, you may catch billfish, prize-winning-sized wahoo, mahi mahi, and much more. On a four-hour Punta Cana fishing adventure, you journey out onto the sparkling waters with expert Dominican anglers as your guides. No matter what you end up reeling in, it’s sure to be an unforgettable experience.