Read what other Viator.com travelers think about the Catalina Island Snorkel Excursion from Punta Cana. What they loved, what they liked and what they think could be improved, it's all here to help you make the most of your next trip.
Great day! Good timing at spots. Excellent beach with drinks and lunch. Great crew!
My trip was everything I wanted it to be plus more. The staff was excellent, food and drinks great, and my excursion was the best.
This was an amazing trip! The staff was very friendly, knowledgable and professional. There is an abundance of fish to see. Food at the island was excellent as well with pleanty of rum and beer to go around! If you get easily sea sick, then i wouldn't recommend it. The waters are choppy and hard to navigate. But we loved it and would do it again! A big thanks to the whole crew for making this such an awesome experience! Thanks Viator once again for providing such good companies with fantastic service!
A great trip!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Would highly recommend it to anyone! The bus trip there was good - we stopped about half-way for a bathroom break at a shopping area. Big shout-out to the people who ran the boat - they are great! Food was delicious, beach was awesome - snorkeling was good! Kudos to the daughter (sorry, can't remember her name) who operated the boat - she had a terrible day - a glass bottle broke and glass flew in her eye!!!!. She was transported to a hopsital by boat, the glass was removed and she returned to finish the day with a teriffic attitude!!!! Girl you rock!!!!!!!!
Awesome! That's the only way to describe it. Chantel, Eileen, Dave and the rest of the Passion Paradise crew was fabulous! The snorkeling was great, the catamaran Passion Paradise was also very nice. Lunch was delicious and it was a very fun high energy excursion. I also liked that this is a mother/daughter owned and operated company. They treated all their guests like family. Check them out on Facebook or their website passionparadise.co to see some amazing underwater photography taken by Eileen. Just beautiful! Thanks so much! I can't wait to do this excursion again next time I'm in Dominican Republic!
Great trip, the island was beautiful and the people were very professional.
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.
very nice peope and very helpful. The trip was too long and the snorkeling was marginal compared to others we have done.
good overall trip about 30 to 40 miles from punta cana, included boat rides and time for a meal and relaxing on the beach. 1st snorkel stop was good, and 2nd stop was to snorkel from the beach, not as much to see on the 2nd stop. Overall a good relaxing trip
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.
The staff was very friendly and helpful. The price of the tour was quite reasonable.
It was a fun trip, however we spent a combined 4 hours in the bus. We travelled all the way to southern DR and were very frustrated that it wasn't posted how long away from Punta Cana the pier was. The staff was very fun, and the food was spectacular on the island. The transport is the only complaint I have, if your hotel isn't near Ramana expect a long trip!
Beautiful Island...not the friendliest people and I bought the pictures...not great.. not much to say about this one. it's a go if you have nothing better to do type of thing.
Staff were great and catered to every request. Unfortunately few fish to see on our session and quite choppy which was disappointing. Great beach and dancing x
The snorkeling was great however the company overbooked so the 1-1/2 hour ride back and forth on the van was very crowded. Also we were supposed to call the local company to confirm and could not reach them and had to call viator directly. The hotel charged 16 for the call. We asked viator to issue a credit but they never responded to request.
Disappointing, too many people on the boat , snorkeling gear inferior and snorkeling was just ok. I was surprised to see the amount of liter amoung the coral.
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.
We did this tour on our honeymoon and did not care for it. They picked us up at 7:30 am and we did not get on the boat until 10:00 am, eat a big meal beforehand, they only make one stop and the food is over priced. There was a guided scuba tour and an unguided snorkel tour going on at the same time, the scuba group said they enjoyed their dive but I felt like the snorkel tour was lacking (we weren't even warned about the jelly fish in the water). We snorkeled for about an hour then waited for the scuba group before heading to the island. Once on the island we were immediately hounded by locals to buy souvenirs and massages (not relaxing at all, even if you said no they would come back 10 mins later and ask again). The snorkeling right off of the island was neat, since the water was shallow you got really close to the fish and coral (again, not warned about the prickly coral, had to learn the hard way when I reached down to stabilize myself against the waves). The photographer on the tour was very nice but pretty pushy about the private photo shoot (which we now refer to as the most awkward shoot ever because of the weird poses he placed us in) he originally wanted $120+ for the cd but we counter offered him $50 and he accepted, the photos are okay, we mostly get a good laugh looking back at how awkward they are. Lunch was tasty, but bring bug spray, the mosquito's are horrible out there (seriously, we had to borrow some spray just to be able to eat our meal). Over all the tour was okay, I wouldn't recommend it for honeymooners or families with young children. The crew was nice but tried way to hard to maintain a party atmosphere (doing multiple choreographed dances and pulling people up to dance, it was a bit much).
This is not an excursion for snorklers, this is for deep sea divers. The water is too deep for snorkeling and if you're not experienced you will find it too wavy. The guy named Cesar don't care about snorkelers he was getting attention to divers but no care whatsoever for snorkelers. They added snorkelers on this excursion only to make more money in my opinion. Still, I liked the bus ride because you can see beautiful country and the second part of snorkeling on the island was ok. I would not recommand this if you like snorkeling, instead go the the marinarium it's wonderful for snorkeling and the staff is very friendly.
First of all I was charged almost double of what is locally charged. Second, I was not informed of the process before hand. I contacted the provider and the only thing he mentioned was the pick up time, but did not say anything about scuba diving and the required certificate. The people in charge in the boat did not provide any instructions to first time snorkeling people.