Exhilarating Punta Cana Water Sports
“Let’s just hang out on the sand all day and see what happens,” said no thrill-seeking Punta Cana visitor ever. After all, there’s a reason you’ve come to the Dominican Republic’s most action-packed resort destination.
Sure, some people see the beach as a place to laze about in the sun. But to you, it’s the starting point for some seriously turbo-charged water adventures.
We know your type – if you had to get from Point A to Point B, you’d choose a zipline over a leisurely stroll every time. So let’s get moving! Here are a few ways to pump up the adrenaline factor in Punta Cana.
Ride The Waves
Why? Because you love to do it all.
Throw parasailing, paragliding, surfing and windsurfing into a big, wet box and shake well. What you get is kiteboarding, a.k.a. kitesurfing – a water sport that has its own professional circuit and even a world league.
The concept is self-explanatory. The rider stands on a harnessed board (often equipped with a leash and foot straps). A control bar, connected by strings to a kite of some sort, lets you manage direction and speed. The wind sends you banking across the waves – or up into the sky if you’re one of the pros.
Sounds simple, but it can take weeks to learn kiteboarding techniques and it’s not something you can teach yourself. First timers may want to leave this adventure to the Jedi wind masters.
Take To The Skies
Why? Because who doesn’t want to fly?
Extreme water sports don’t necessarily have to take place in the water. The open seas have long inspired inventive – okay, crazy – ways to fly high. Maybe it’s because falling into water is a lot less painful than falling onto solid ground. But that said, there’s no shortage of ways to get a birds-eye view of Punta Cana (literally).
Parasailing is a great option for the willing but inexperienced air warrior. All you need is a reputable tour operator and the right wind conditions. Just strap on the parachute, climb into the speedboat, and prepare for takeoff. In moments you’ll be soaring 500 feet above the coastline. From this lofty vantage point, you can behold the sprawling kingdom below: turquoise sea, white beaches, miniature watercraft and tiny loyal subjects gazing up at you in envy.
And then there’s Flyboarding. If you’re not familiar with it, think Wile E. Coyote in a life vest. You’re fitted with a pair of boot-like jet packs attached to a board that’s tethered by a 60-foot hose to a personal watercraft. Water speeds through the cord back to the contraption, powering the jetpack by hydraulic force.
Controlling your movement with your feet, you rise through the air like a phoenix. Well, more like a flailing phoenix, until you’ve mastered the maneuvers. But they say even beginners need only a few minutes to get the hang of this wild ride. You’ll be diving and dancing in the waves in no time.
Take A Dive
Why? Because you’ve always wanted to swim with the fishes (and the dolphins and the rays and the whales…)
Our crystal-clear seas play host to a stunning array of marine life. That’s an open invitation for divers and snorkelers to explore the Technicolor world beneath the surface.
As you peruse the coral reefs you’ll be rewarded with an astonishing eyeful: native species include sea turtles, parrot fish, moray eels, barracudas, stingrays, sponges and a variety of crustaceans. Or go a little further offshore, where you can commune with the humpback whales and perhaps hitch a ride on a dolphin.
Of course, getting there is half the fun. Deciding how is the hard part. You’ll have no trouble finding excursions via party boat, catamaran, speedboat, glass-bottom boat, jet boat…you get the idea. With full-day, half-day and night-time tours all available, there’s no such thing as scheduling issues.
Catch A Big One
Why? Because Punta Cana is a fisherman’s paradise.
There’s fishing…and then there’s trophy fishing. Some of the best blue-water fishing on the planet is just a stone’s throw away, and dozens of local charters are vying to take you there. Each outfit specializes in a specific catch. So whether you go for bluefin tuna or mahi-mahi, marlin or wahoo, choose whatever floats your boat. Professional guides and necessary equipment are part of the package. Just don’t forget the selfie stick.