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Catalina Island (Isla Catalina)
Catalina Island (Isla Catalina)

Catalina Island (Isla Catalina)

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299 Reviews
Isla Catalina, Punta Cana

The Basics

Catalina Island is home to a diverse ecosystem of sand dunes, mangroves, and reefs populated by many species of sea birds and tropical fish. The island’s main draws are its white sandy beaches and its beautiful underwater ecosystem. Snorkeling and scuba diving are particularly good here, and the Wall and the Aquarium are two of the top dive sites.

Tours from the Dominican Republic’s mainland (originating in Bayahibe, Punta Cana, La Romana, or even as far-flung as Santo Domingo) are plentiful and usually last all day. Some tours combine a trip to Catalina Island with visits to other area highlights such as Altos de Chavon, the more populated Saona Island, or Casa de Campo. Snorkeling tours and scuba diving tours usually include use of equipment.

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Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Punta Cana
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Punta Cana
$80.00 per adult
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This was the best excursion I have...
This was the best excursion I have ever been on. Jerry was amazing. I got so sea sick on the way to snorkel and on the way to island and Jerry was right there to do everything I needed to feel better. The food on the island was so good especially the lobster that Jerry made him self. The entire day was just great. The drinks were flowing and the laughs were as well. My husband and I would recommend this excursion. The professional photographer was awesome at capturing all the special moments as well.
Aleesha C, Nov 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in La Romana

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Nice Trip
Anthony_R, Jul 2021
Full-Day Catalina Island Scuba Diving Tour from La Romana
Great experience and no problems! The wall and Aquarium dive sites was amazing! Pickup and drop off from hotel was perfect.
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slow start & finish, but fun nonetheless!
Kathleen_S, Jul 2021
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Punta Cana
it was a fun experience once we got moving ... the day started with sitting on the boat waiting for groups for almost an hour. and then, after lunch and enjoying the island, we were given the 10-minute warning, only to wait over 35 minutes for them to start loading the boat to return. it was definitely a cool experience and awesome to snorkel and see the wildlife, just wish there was a little less "waiting around"
star-5
Great adventure
Laura_B, Jul 2021
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from La Romana
The crew was very friendly, the Activies were awesome.... great experience over all... would def do it again...
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No regrets
Bart, Jun 2021
Full-Day Catalina Island Scuba Diving Tour from La Romana
I went to Isla Catalina with Passion Paradise in May 2021. The tour was okay and I had no complaints. The pickup driver arrived almost on time. During my second dive, I got to see three stingrays as well as some other unusual animals - thanks to the tour guide who spotted them. The lunch was fine - nothing special but I didn't get sick either.
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Canalina island
Sisi, May 2021
Full Day to Catalina Island in Catamaran with Snorkeling
All the instructors, servers and helpers on boat and the island were very polite and helpful. The food was good also. The snorkeling was a great experience just a little scary in my opinion lol
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Great day and experience
Allison_P, Apr 2021
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from La Romana
It was a great day from the pick up at the hotel until dropped back off. We sat on the boat for quite a while before getting all other customers to location but once we got going it was great. There was music and dancing on the boat. The staff were great, so friendly and accommodating. The snorkeling was amazing, so crystal clear. The time on the island was relaxing and the return to port was very nice.
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Great experience!
Jai, Apr 2021
Full Day to Catalina Island in Catamaran with Snorkeling
The experience was great overall. Our driver and tour guides didn't speak much english, but other than that, a great experience.
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Excursions Booked Through Viatar
James_W, Feb 2020
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Punta Cana
Hello. I want to express my concern with the four excursions that were booked during I stay at Punta Cana. I had to call the 1-829 number for every excursion to find out the location and pick up time which varied from the time provided in the email from Viator. This excursion were good but seemed disorganized mainly in the pick up of customers and the drop off after the excursion. I thought we would receive an email providing details of the pick up locations and times.
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Fantastc in every way possible
Chief10Bears, Sep 2019
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from La Romana
Great friendly staff. The snorkle, mask, and fins were in good working order. The boat was clean and organized. Food on the beach was surprisingly very good. I didn't have high hopes, and I was wrong. The snorkeling was simply amazing. I highly recommend this tour.
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nice trip, poor communication
Rosey_S, Mar 2020
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from La Romana
Trip was good, nice boat ride, beaxh, service and lunch. Cheaper than booking directly through the resort. Only problem is they are not organized with the hotel pick up times or answering the phone. Wasn't sure if they were even coming the morning of the trip.
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1000% go to Catalina Island if you're in the DR!!
Matt_S, Jan 2021
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Punta Cana
This excursion was great! We got on the boat and cruised over to Catalina Island to snorkel first. The water was a bit rough but there was a lot of beautiful fish and coral to see. I've snorkeled a few places in the Caribbean and this place was right up there with the rest of them! Afterwards, we cruised over to the other side where we docked and hung out for the day. The first thing that peaked my interest was the massages. Let me tell you - ITS WORTH IT! The massage is better than most people here in the States and the cost was reasonable. The massage therapist I had was super sweet and very professional. I'd definitely go back two or ninety times. Beware the salesmen on the beach that'll lure you into their little shop. They tried to charge me $130 for two t-shirts and a cheap picture frame >:( The food on the island was really good - we got the lobster and it was delicious. The rum punch was really good, but it will hit you hard so beware. The water was gorgeous! A beautiful turquoise and crystal clear. The music was good, and the beach chairs were comfy. Hands down, would do this excursion again!
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Scuba dive at Catalina Island
jenmike95, Feb 2020
Full-Day Catalina Island Scuba Diving Tour from La Romana
I booked through trip advisor instead of our resort and after visiting with other guests I’m glad I did. We Stayed at the Casa de Campo and a bus from Passion Paradise Adventure arrived on time to pick me up. My drive to the boat was maybe 10 minutes. (Booking from Casa de Campo would have been about an our over to the dive shop, then an hour back to the boat.) The price at my resort was cheaper, but the taxi was not included and would have been another $45. So in the end I spent less and spent less time driving around. We were on a boat with snorkelers too but that was no problem. We had dedicated crew for our dive and for my group the dive instructor was Edwar. Super nice guy and he took very good care of us. Each Dive lasted about 45 minutes and the sea life and plants were very good. Saw my first Eagle Ray up close. The beer on the boat was cold, and included (nothing before the dive of course!!) The lunch at Catalina Island was good and provided lots of opportunity for beach time or shade (nice after all of the boat time in the sun) All in all. I’m very pleased.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Catalina Island is a great destination for kids, who will enjoy wading safely in the calm waters.

  • Catalina Island is a protected area devoted to wildlife preservation, so there are not many amenities. The island lacks public restrooms and food options.

  • Be sure to bring a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, a sun hat, and water.

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How to Get There

Catalina Island, located just a few miles off the coast of La Romana, can be reached only by boat from the Dominican Republic mainland.

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When to Get There

Catalina is a popular destination for group tours, so if you’re in search of peace and quiet, arrive early. To scuba dive or snorkel, you’ll find the best visibility on calm, hot days between December and May, when the diving on the south coast is the best.

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Shipwrecks

Captain William Kidd’s shipQuedagh Merchant is wrecked about 70 feet (21 meters) off the coast of Catalina Island. The pirate’s ship sank in the 17th century but was discovered only in 2007. Now preserved as a Living Museum of the Sea, the shipwreck offers a unique scuba diving opportunity.

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