The marine life of the Dominican Republic’s prized offshore reefs is preserved and exhibited at the Marinarium marine park in Cabeza de Toro, equidistant from Punta Cana and Bavaro. The ecotourism attraction is dedicated to creating a model of sustainable ecological conservation for local marine life.
Marinarium tours and excursions enable you to experience the area’s coral reef and marine life. Activities include a Marinarium snorkeling cruise, during which you snorkel in the waist-deep waters of the Caribbean among nurse sharks and tropical fish. Meanwhile, the Reef Explorer provides all the facilities of a mini island at sea, including a snorkeling excursion, the unique opportunity for a shark and ray experience, kayaking, sunbathing, and snacks and drinks aboard the explorer.
Boat tours are available during the day or at sunset, and typically include a stop at Bavaro’s Natural Pool, a sand bar where you can wade in the shallow waters and sip a cocktail from the swim-up bar. On both daytime and evening cruises, a tour guide educates visitors on the biology and behavior of the local marine life; evening cruises have more of a party boat atmosphere.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Marinarium is a perfect excursion for nature and wildlife buffs.
- Bring a bathing suit, towel, and sunscreen. Snorkeling equipment is provided.
- Photos and DVDs are available for purchase post-excursion, so bring cash if you'd like to purchase.
- Activities offered at Marinarium are not accessible to wheelchairs or strollers.
How to Get There
Marinarium offers pickup and drop-off from Bavaro and Punta Cana hotels. Pickup times are advised upon booking.
When to Get There
Marinarium is open from 8:30am to 6pm; pickup and drop-off times will be advised according to the particular excursion booked.
Conservation Efforts at the Marinarium
The Marinarium is recognized worldwide for its dedication to ecotourism and the responsible interaction with the coral reef and marine life in the Dominican Republic. Part of the revenue from tours and excursions is used to support environmental conservation and educational activities.