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.
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!
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.
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).
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.