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There are now 8 golf courses in operation the area: Prices shown include transportation to and from your resort to the course as well as other inclusions such as a cart.
Barcelo Golf de Bavaro at the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort, $130.- per round, special offers to guests of the Barcelo Bavaro Beach Resort
Iberostate Golf Course A beautiful 18 holes Golf Course designed by P.B. Dye located in the Iberostar Bávaro Golf & SPA Resort. It offers a newly constructed Club House with Restaurant, Bar, Pro Shop, Golf lesson, among others.
Cocotal Golf&Country Club located in front of the Melia Resort(Melia Tropical+Caribe+Paradisus Palma Real) , $156.- per round
La Cana Golf Club at the Punta Cana Resort&Club, Ocean Front, $105.- for guests of the Punta Cana Resort&Club, others $140 + transportation.
Catalonia Caribe Golf Club in Cabeza de Toro at the Catalonia Bavaro Resort, depending in season/off season $136,... just $25.- for Residents, special offers for clients of the Catalonia Bavaro Resort
White Sands Golf Course located in front of the Ocean Blue&Sands Resort, $118.
Punta Espada top 5 star course at Cap Cana, $375.- per round, $275.- off season, bottled water included.
Punta Blanca Golf Course aside the Bahia Principe Resort, $176.- per round, special deals for clients of the Hotels Majestic, Barcelo Punta Cana Premium and Bahia Principe
Faldo Legacy Course brand new and located in one of the most scenic locations along the east coast. $276.
Punta Cana features the longest coral reef on the whole island - about 30 kilometers long.
Snorkeling from Shore is limited at all resorts to the marked swimming areas due to heavy all day long boat traffic(only exception is the boat traffic free Catalonia Royal Beach section), decent at select areas near the reef. Snorkeling excursions take groups to a area in front of the Melia Resort and mostly to the prepared and secure snorkel sites in the Cabeza de Toro area, nice wide shallows full of fishes. a smaller shallow is also located near the Club Med on the Punta Cana side, top snorkel area is the huge wide and all around the year calm shallow at the Catalonia Bavaro Resort in Cabeza de Toro, specially the boat traffic free side of the Catalonia Royal Beach section, of course accessable for the public, this is the snorkel area from the beach, no boat ride/excursion needed.
Diving is good, not great, because right in front of the Beaches Punta Cana is protected by a closed Barrier Reef. The area though is most appropriate for beginning divers. It is a great place to learn since the waters near to shore offer shallow beginner friendly dives full of smaller colored reef fishes/spezies. Excursions will take you to discover a shipwreck and lots of nice coral formations, channels and tunnels..
If you are serious about scuba diving, but still want to vacation in the Punta Cana area you may participate in dive excursions to Catalina Island, a 90 minutes drive away, the 2 top dives there are named the "Aquarium" and the "Wall", great diving sites, for acompaning non-divers great snorkeling is also available there. These dives are attractive to both beginners and advanced scuba divers.
In this region, big game fishing is very good and annual tournaments draw international participants in the summer. Punta Cana counts within the world's Top 5 Destinations in case of the Famous White Marlin Fishing with it's peak season late March-end June. You can look forward to catching blue marlin, white marlin, dorado(mahi), wahoo, yellowfin tunas, bonitos, barracudas and others. Best fishing is the long lasting Billfish season end March til end September. Arrangements can be made at the Marinas Cabeza de Toro, Punta Cana and Cap Cana, the still only secure and professional operating Marinas on the Dominican East Coast. the professional operating Marinas also started to offer their services with a few touroperators and at the guest services of some hotels. just make always sure that you really get contacted/hooked up by a fully insured Outfitter operating at a real Marina. end May 2009 the German Big Game Championship will be held in Cabeza de Toro.
Several Ranches are located in the Punta Cana/Bavaro for all tastes and price ranges. In Punta Cana itself you have PUNTACANA Ranch which belong to PUNTACANA Resort & Club. The horses here are well taken care of and for beginner or advanced riders alike and all groups are always accompanied by 2 guides. The rides go down to the beach and through part of the gated community, offering a bit of everything and for all tastes.
There is a Surf Camp operating in Macao Beach, one of the most beautiful beaches in the Punta Cana area; you can get Surfing lessons or rent a surfboard. MACAO SURF CAMP is run by Surfers with more than 30 years of experience, and really help you to learn this extreme sport as safe as possible, and if you already know you can rent a surfboard and even receive some coaching from the experts. Macao is a beach break with different "peaks" and you can ride left and right waves, when the wind is off-shore you can ride very nice tubes.