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!
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!