My wife and I had a wonderful time on this excursion, despite the very bumpy start. (On the way to the first snorkel location, the very choppy water caused us both to get seasick.) The excursion takes you first to a dive site where the divers go and do their thing for about 45 minutes. The snorkelers on the excursion are supposed to snorkel but the water (at least on my excursion) was incredibly choppy. Most of the snorkelers went into the water for about 5-10 minutes before coming back out. It was practically impossible to snorkel.
After waiting for the divers to come back, we finally made it to Catalina Island. The snorkelers are offloaded via a smaller boat and sent to the island for some relaxation and snorkeling on the beach. This part was absolutely amazing. The beach is wonderful, they have chairs set up, open bar with coconuts (that are reasonably priced), fresh lobster prepared on a grill, clean bathrooms, and just peace and quiet. After a few hours on the beach, you get back on the boat and make your way back to reality.
All in all, I would definitely recommend this. My only reason for not giving this 5 stars was that I felt this was more of a diver excursion than snorkeling. The first site is really meant for divers and snorkelers are just meant to kill the time. The second stop for snorkelers is really just snorkeling on the beach while the divers make their second dive. I wish this excursion actually took the snorkelers to a good location. Unfortunately, they didn't. Either ways, the trip was a lot of fun and the money was well spent. Definitely recommend.
We had a great time on our trip. The boat staff was accommodating and the dancing was very fun! Isla Catalina was gorgeous.
We stayed at the Majestic Colonial in Punta Cana. The bus picked us up promptly and it was about a 90 minute ride to La Romana. Once there, we boarded the boat and were offered beverages. We made our way out to the coast of Catalina Island which took about 30 minutes. All the while our guides were giving instructions about where we should go as there were snorkelers and scuba divers on this excursion. Snorkelers and scuba divers got in the water at the first stop. The water was rough. I don't know if this is the case all the time, but some people had to use life vests and noodles to help them navigate the water. We did see a lot of fish and coral! I am not sure if this is worth noting, but 3 people including myself, became sea sick due to the rough waters. The second site was for the scuba divers only. The rest of us were shipped off to spend the afternoon on the beach at Catalina. There was some ok snorkeling to do off the beach. I would highly recommend water shoes! The lunch was delicious. We were served rice, veggies, noodles, chicken and pork. Rum, beer, water and various sodas were offered throughout the trip. After lunch we had about another hour to relax on the beach and then headed back to La Romana. The staff was extremely enthusiastic and fun, on the way back there was a lot of dancing and drinking! The bus ride home was pleasant enough, although it can be lengthy because you may have to wait while other guests are dropped off at their individual hotels.
This tour was interesting.The staff and crew were helpful and professional.However the stop at catalina was terrible.There were flies there that bit me to pieces and left my legs bloody.The lounge chairs were uncomfortable and generally the stop could have been skipped.
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