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Float above Punta Cana and the Bavaro coast aboard a hot air balloon during this early-morning 1-hour excursion. At sunrise, climb into the basket of the colorful balloon with your expert pilot and soar high above the landscape of villages, grazing cattle and sugar plantations. View miles of white sand beaches, impressive resorts and the nearby city of Higuey. Finish your adventure with breakfast al fresco and a champagne toast after landing. Round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels is provided.
Float above Punta Cana and the Bavaro coast aboard a hot air balloon
At sunrise, climb into the basket of the colorful balloon with your expert pilot
Soar high above the landscape of villages, grazing cattle and sugar plantations
View miles of white sand beaches, impressive resorts and the nearby city of Higuey
Finish your adventure with breakfast al fresco and a champagne toast after landing
In a word, AMAZING!
Without providing too many spoilers, here are some things you should know.
Get up early. This is a SUNRISE ride folks. Eleven other passengers in the gondola don't need to hear you moaning about how early you had to get up. The rest of us had to also. Prepare to be ready between 530 and 600am.
Luis has an incredible job, and it's not flying balloons. Being a balloon pilot is his passion and his joy. His exuberance in being able to share his love for ballooning with people 5 times a week is infectious. After he spends the morning with his clients, he goes off to work for the day.
Be sure to ask what his day job is. I was certainly impressed.
I was amazed at how well Luis could read the winds. He knew 30 minutes or more before we landed exactly where we would land. Fir the uninitiated, you can't steer a balloon, you can only go where the wind takes you.
After a beautiful 13km flight of just over an hour, we landed and were treated to a small history lesson of ballooning as well as the traditional toast.
The ride back to our hotel was longer than the balloon ride, but the scenery was interesting as we drove through the sugarcane fields.
All in all, I would love to go again sometime.
Truly a fantastic part of our vacation. Not only was it a fantastic ride, but our pilot, Luis, made it very memorable. His talent as a pilot and passion for his craft were contagious. Our first time in a hot air balloon was memorable a a highlight of of trip to the DR. Highly recommend Dominican Balloons!
The scheduled departure date had to be moved, so be mindful that this is a possibility before booking. We did have to cancel a different excursion to accommodate this change but WOW, WHAT AN EXPERIENCE! This was easily the highlight of the vacation and I can't recommend this enough!
This is a family run business and what an excellent family they truly are----My wife and I enjoyed the Balloon Ride and the cost is reasonable compared to some of the other excursions out there. I hope to do it again next year----Thanks again Russ
If hot air ballooning is on your bucket list, this is the place to check it off. I will say I was a little skeptical when we booked the trip. The company picked us up from the hotel, and we drove for 1/2 an hour. We then randomly stopped on the side of a road where they were setting up the balloon. It seemed a bit like a shady situation, but very quickly it turned out to be awesome.
The balloon isn't tethered so depending on the wind, that decides where the balloon takes off. Which means on the side of the road is where it was that day. The balloon captain ? was very knowledgeable, and once we got off the ground the views were amazing. We had smooth sailing, and a very smooth landing.
The company is all family owned and they take pride in their business. The breakfast post flight was an assortment of cheeses and fruits prepared by mom and dad.
A really great experience. I do warn tall people as the heating device to pump air in to the balloon can get rather toasty. I'm only 5'7 and I had a toasty neck.
Travys Jarrett and myself booked this trip for my birthday. We were treated like royalty from the beginning to the end. Upon our arrival they had prepared coffee and cookies for us. While watching the beautiful balloon come to life, I was being entertained by Bear OSO is his name in Spanish, this was Luis puppy, who was very friendly. I think he really liked me because he stayed around me until it was time for our ride. Luis will put the puppy away for you if you want him to, I just wanted him around. The experience in the balloon was amazing. Luis our driver and tour guide is the best EVER. I travel a lot and have been our a lot of excursions, but this one beats all of them hands down. I would rate this excursion a 10. If you are ever in the Dominican Republic PLEASE let Luis and his crew give you a lifetime memory that you will never forget. The tour was great, seeing the DR from the balloon was breathtaking. Thanks Luis for making my birthday the best ever. When I go back there for vacation again, I will definitely see them again. Dora Wallace
The best excursion in the DR!! Our pilot has been flying hot air balloons for 20 years!! The flight was perfect, peaceful and something I won't forget! After our hour flight they take you back for cheese that was made that morning and a great breakfast with A little history and a little magic show!
best experience ever! amazing tour.....guide taught us all about hot air balloons....sunrise flight....landed in sugar cane fields...got to taste fresh sugar cane!!! came back to amazing meal. We felt welcome and would do it again in a heartbeat!!
Luis and his whole family were excellent hosts. We called upon our arrival to the Dominican and set up times and pick up from our hotel and everything went exactly as planned. We were up in the balloon for at least 45 minutes and enjoyed the peacefulness of floating over the massive sugar cane fields. The sunrise was absolutely beautiful. We felt totally safe the entire time from pickup to drop off back at our hotel. The breakfast afterwards was a very nice touch and we enjoyed meeting the whole family. We would absolutely do this again !!
We relish this experience. Check mark on Bucket List. Early hour pick up wasn't fun, but we had incentive to get up. The staff was friendly and helpful for loading up, flying smoothly and set-down. We saw goats and cows at small farms and then sugar care fields. We learned more about life in DR and enjoyed the peace of being above the world's issues. Over delicious breakfast we heard about the history of ballooning and the reason for champagne at the conclusion!