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

Catalina Island (Isla Catalina)

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 tour was incredible! Not...
This tour was incredible! Not recommended for the easily sea sick. We had such a blast with the staff of Passion Paradise. We paid the extra for the VIP and got the lobster which was amazing! Nothing but good things to say.
Sara G, May 2017

Recent reviews from experiences in La Romana

star-5
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.
star-4
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...
star-4
No regrets
Bart_G, 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.
star-5
Fantastc in every way possible
Joseph_A, 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.
star-5
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
star-4
Great experience!
Jaidus_M, 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.
star-4
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.
star-4
Lovely place, very friendly people
Discover29287099029, Aug 2019
Catalina Island & Snorkeling Paradise From Punta Cana
This is a hidden paradise, the snorkelling was fantastic, plenty to see. The day started off a bit unorganised but the staff were super friendly and made it a great day. Word of warning, if you buy pictures make sure you get the CD there and then as we paid but never received it, which was a shame as they were lovely pictures of a great day
star-5
Best trip
Jose_T, May 2019
Full-Day Scuba Diving Catalina Island Tour from Bavaro
Very knowledgeable, fun, and entertaining. The diving was amazing and the dive master was able to point out amazing fish and rays. Drinks provided were excellent and the beach and food was too. Overall 10/10 would recommend.
star-4
Catalina
William_S, Feb 2019
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Bavaro
Was alot of fun. Could have used more information. Time of pickup. sweated for the pickup time until last moment. Lobsters on island looked good did not bring enough cash to purchase. Idea of price before hand would have been helpful. Other than that great.
star-4
Well worth the trip
Paul_A, Nov 2021
Full-Day Catalina Island Scuba Diving Tour from La Romana
Trip was awesome and well worth it. Was told to be ready by 7:15 and picked up by 7:30, so that’s good. Ride was great, they picked up a couple more people then we went to a meeting place and they placed us in a bus with those going to the same excursions, which was expected. Was supposed to start by 10:30 and we started by 11 so all good. Guides are very friendly. A lot of yelling going back and forth but that seems how they speak to one another. Divemaster was good but a little careless in the second dive as I ran out of air and hod to use my partners reserve to go up. Catalina beach was beautiful but with the two dives we maybe had 30 min to enjoy. Food was ok nothing special but all around very well worth it. I recommend.

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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