Travelling less than 30km east of Los Michès will lead you to the rural fishing village of Los Guineos. From here, you can hire a kayak and paddle across the vast surface of Laguna Limón, central to the communities that are built around its banks. You'll pass under the shade of mangrove forests where you slow down to a relaxing pace, taking time to seek out the rich birdlife that will flit in and out of the overgrown greenery. Later, stop for a rest by pulling your kayak onto the soft sands of Limón Beach where you can sip on fresh coconut water and enjoy the views from one of the least-visited beaches on the entire island.
Sea kayaking is also a popular pastime in the Dominican Republic and in Punta Cana you can paddle out until the strip of sand you started from becomes just a speck in the distance and blue skies and water stretches out around you.
With jungles and mountain slopes aplenty in the Dominican Republic, it's no surprise that the island is criss-crossed with many hiking trails at all levels of difficulty. One of the most scenic climbs is Montana Redonda. At around 300m high, this peak translates to round mountain, apt when you consider its almost perfect dome shape. The verdant and windy climb offers 360 degree views from the summit, where you can look down on pristine Samaná Bay, Round Lagoon, Michès and the city of Seibo. There's a belly flipping-inducing swing at the top for those who are feeling brave.
More experienced hikers should head to 3,098m-high Pico Duarte, the tallest point in the whole of the Caribbean. This three-day hike isn't for the faint-hearted but the panoramic sunrise views from the summit make it well worth the climb.
The shallow waters of Punta Cana are a great place for beginners to learn to kitesurf. A teacher will take you through the basics before attaching you to a kite and guiding you as you're pulled across the sea.
Experienced windsurfers should head to blustery Carabete beach, arguably the best place on the entire island to practice this thrilling sport. If you'd rather watch than participate, visit this beach in February during carnival, when kitesurfing stars come to show off their tricks.
Get a unique view of Dominican Republic's broccoli-topped mountains on the longest zipline in the Dominican Republic. Located in Punta Cana, the thrilling experience consists of 12 lines - the longest stretching for a whopping 800m - connected by 18 platforms. The lines fly you over the Oriental mountain range, offering a birds-eye view on the rising and dipping green-carpeted landscape below.
It isn't just about the zipline, though. Tropical trails lead you from platform to platform, meaning you can appreciate the flora and fauna on the jungle floor inbetween swooshing down the lines.
27 waterfalls splash their way through the thick jungle of Puerto Plata making for a thrilling ride for those willing to take the plunge. Trek over the wooden bridges that cross the jungle paths until you find the various waterfalls shooting through carved rocks and crashing with force into cold, blue lagoons. Put on protective gear and a helmet and slide, jump and swim your way through nature's own waterpark - a perfect escape for anyone wanting to cool down on a hot Dominican day.