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La Romana: Catalina Island Full-Day Snorkeling Tour

1. La Romana: Catalina Island Full-Day Snorkeling Tour

Climb aboard the gleaming white “Paradise” catamaran for a full-day of fun in the sun of Catalina Island, and discover the Dominican Republic’s most beautiful underwater eco system. Departing from the marina at around 10:00, set course for the east side of Catalina Island to snorkel in the turquoise waters of “The Wall,” offering superb visibility conditions for spotting the rich marine life of the Caribbean Sea. An adventure team will be on hand to assist you with your snorkel equipment requirements. Next, set sail for a beach on the west side of the island to find the perfect spot for the rest of the afternoon. An acclaimed chef of Catalina Island will have been busy preparing an incredible Dominican feast for you, which will be served at around 13:00. Enjoy servings of barbecued pork and chicken, as well as abundant salads, pasta, and local fruits. Those on the VIP package will get a serving of barbecued lobster, served with a glass of cold white wine. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the island at leisure. Stroll along white sand beaches, or relax under palm trees, listening to the waves break on the shore. The beach bar is carefully positioned so that you can take in the cool breeze of the ocean, while trying a selection of refreshing alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. At around 15:15, climb aboard the catamaran, where you can expect light refreshments at the bar and dancing from the entertainment team. Cruise back to La Romana marina for an approximate 16:00 arrival. A transfer bus will be waiting to take you back to your hotel.

Punta Cana: Full-Day Snorkeling Tour to Catalina Island

2. Punta Cana: Full-Day Snorkeling Tour to Catalina Island

After hotel pick-up from your Punta Cana or Bavaro hotel, arrive at the marina. Be welcomed aboard "Paradise" by the team with tropical refreshments. Your PADI-certified dive team will give health and safety procedures and a snorkeling briefing to ensure your experience is unforgettable but safe. Leave the marina and head for the east side of Catalina Island to the snorkel site "The Wall," catering to both novice and expert snorkelers. Life jackets are available here. During the journey, enjoy light refreshments and music. After approximately 30 minutes, arrive at the snorkel site and enjoy just under an hour of snorkeling. Expect clear turquoise waters, incredible visibility, and an amazing underwater ecosystem. After snorkeling, board the boat and head to the west side. On arrival, head to a private beach. There is a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments available. Snorkeling equipment is available at the bar so you can enjoy the snorkel sites near the beach. Lunch will be served at around 13:00. The Dominican feast will be prepared by a renowned local chef. Enjoy fresh lobster caught that morning (VIP package only), pork, chicken, salads, pasta, and local fruits. After lunch, the rest of the afternoon is free. Relax while listening to the waves breaking on the shore, snorkel in the clear turquoise waters, or enjoy the open bar. Finally, board the boat and arrive back at the marina at 4:00 PM. From there, board a bus back to your Punta Cana or Bavaro hotel.

Punta Cana: Saona Island and Altos de Chavón Day Trip

3. Punta Cana: Saona Island and Altos de Chavón Day Trip

Explore the Mediterranean-style village of Altos de Chavon and dig your toes in the sand of Saona Island on this day trip from Punta Cana. Enjoy live commentary from a guide, savor a buffet lunch with unlimited drinks, and tickets to the East National Park. Head to Altos de Chavón to see a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village perched above the Chavón River. Admire the work of artisans from the Dominican Republic who crafted the village in detail. Board a catamaran and cruise to Saona Island and get back to nature in the government-protected reserve. Relax on the beach and top up your tan, or go for a swim. Explore the tropical surroundings at leisure and discover one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Marvel at the white sand and coconut palms before a BBQ buffet lunch of typical island fare. Make use of the open bar and sample local drinks before returning to Punta Cana.

Altos de Chavon: Guided Walking Tour

4. Altos de Chavon: Guided Walking Tour

Discover the beautiful Altos de Chavon, a model 16th-century Mediterranean village, on a walking tour with a guide. See the famous amphitheater, St. Stanislaus Church, and the Archaeological Museum, while admiring views of the Chavon River. Enjoy pickup from your hotel before starting your tour of the Altos de Chavon model medieval village. Sculpted entirely from limestone, the village offers panoramic views of the Chavon River. Visit the Greek-style amphitheater and hear about the legendary performances that have taken place there. Next, enter the charming St. Stanislaus Church and admire unbeatable views over the river. Visit the Archaeological Museum, which houses one of the most comprehensive exhibitions on indigenous culture in the Dominican Republic. Take in views of the stunning luxury resort of Casa de Campo. Finally, take the time to browse the town's shops, restaurants, and bars, with soft drinks and two beers included.

Saona Island: Cruise of Virgin Beaches and Turtle Nursery

5. Saona Island: Cruise of Virgin Beaches and Turtle Nursery

Discover the magic of Saona Island on this guided day trip with hotel pickup and drop-off from select locations. Soak up some sun with free time on the beach of Canto. Savor a delicious Dominican lunch on the beach and visit a turtle nursery. Dive into a natural pool in search of giant starfish.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and relax on the transfer to the speedboat in Bayahibe. Feel the wind in your hair as you glide to the Cotubanama National Park for a short stop in front of the Penon cliff. Hear about the Taino natives, the first inhabitants of the island. Cruise to the mangroves whose roots reach into the sea water creating a unique ecosystem. Reach the white sands of Canto de la Playa. Have free time to watch the crystal-clear water lap at the coconut-treelined shore. Cut across the water to the village of Mano Juan for a Dominican lunch with hearty dishes like fish, chicken, rise, pasta, and fruit. Once done with lunch, visit the village of Mano Juan with your guide and get a glimpse of what local life is like. Stop at a turtle nursery where a local family takes care of the incubation of eggs during the laying period and releases the baby turtles into the sea. Once the visit is over you will have a little time to enjoy the beach or hunt for bargains at the local shops. End your trip with a dip in a famous natural pool where you ca see the huge starfish or have an aperitif while gazing at the turquoise Caribbean water. Return to Bayahibe with beautiful memories and transfer back to your accommodation.

La Romana: 1-Way Private Transfer

6. La Romana: 1-Way Private Transfer

Waiting in line with your luggage at the airport taxi rank can be just as stressful an experience as trying to navigate a new city's public transport system for the first time, but fortunately, you don't need to do either of those things! Whether you are at La Romana Airport/cruise terminal or your accommodation you can pre-book your transportation to hotels all around the Dominican Republic. You will be met by the driver to enjoy your smooth ride in a new air-conditioned minivan. Save yourself the hassle and uncertainty of finding a reliable local taxi and transfer in comfort, and arrive in style!

Punta Cana: Snorkeling Tour to Catalina Island by Cataraman

7. Punta Cana: Snorkeling Tour to Catalina Island by Cataraman

Experience a great day at Catalina Island, snorkeling in various spots and hitting the beach. Begin by stopping at ''the Wall," a snorkeling spot that is about 30 feet deep and is host to a variety of colorful fish. Next, stop at another snorkeling spot, ''the Aquarium'', which is about 4 meters deep. For more fun, take advantage of an opportunity to jump from the boat. Finally, eat lunch on Catalina beach, where you will have about two and a half hours to relax, lounge, swim, and snorkel some more. Later, get back to the sail catamaran and continue on to the Chavon River, a unique a tranquil place where scenes from "Anaconda" and several other movies were shot. To return, cruise on the catamaran along the coast and enjoy a beautiful view of the mansions and villas before arriving back in Bayahibe.

San Pedro De Macoris: Ron Barcerló Rum Factory Tour

8. San Pedro De Macoris: Ron Barcerló Rum Factory Tour

Visit the Ron Barcelo Rum Factory where you can see the live production process, learn about its history, and taste excellent products. Enjoy a unique experience provided by an eco-friendly company that is characterized by making premium quality rums. First, see the whole production process where you visit the aging cellar so you can appreciate the evaporation process, then the barrel workshop where it is prepared scraping and burning before aging, then the bottling and packaging process. Finally, go to the visitor center, see the museum which details the history of rum, and find the tasting bar and souvenir shop. Alternatively, pick the private option and enjoy a private tasting inside the Aging Cellar. This is a 90-minute tour that gives you access to a premium rum - The Barcelo Imperial Rum. You will have a private passionate guide who will teach you how to best appreciate the rum.

La Romana: Half-Day Scuba Diving Course with Hotel Pickup

9. La Romana: Half-Day Scuba Diving Course with Hotel Pickup

Try a new experience with scuba diving during your holiday in the Dominican Republic. Take a half-day boat tour with a scuba diving instructor and explore the underwater flora and fauna. Check out local marine life as well as a famous shipwreck. Start your half-day with a brief orientation to the program with a theoretical session and then a practical session in confined waters. Watch as your instructor shows you how to dive safely, breathe underwater, and how to use your diving gear properly. Now get ready for a sub-marine adventure. Accompanied by your PADI instructor, explore the famous site known as the Atlantic Princess, home to a 30-meter long shipwreck. Marvel at the rich marine life of this part of the world. Descend to a depth of up 12 meters depending on your level of comfort and enjoy a wondrous sea adventure before the tour concludes at midday.

Punta Cana: Full Day Boat Trip to Catalina Island with Lunch

10. Punta Cana: Full Day Boat Trip to Catalina Island with Lunch

Discover the beauty of Catalina Island on this day trip from Punta Cana. Enjoy hassle-free hotel pickup and drop-off from select locations. Go on a guided snorkeling trip at the Catalina Wall and dig into local flavors with a traditional Dominican lunch. Relax on the beach with an open bar. Be picked up from your Punta Cana hotel and travel by air-conditioned bus to Bayahibe. Board a catamaran for a scenic cruise to Catalina Island. Enjoy a welcome drink as your guide tells you a bit about the history and natural features of the island, which is part of the National Park of the East. Snorkel with a PADI-certified guide at the Catalina Wall where you can spy colorful corals, tropical fish, and maybe sea turtles or stingrays. Journey past La Minitas Beach, one of the most exclusive stretches of sand on the island. Go north towards the mouth of Chavon River. Navigate past luxury villas, golf courses and tropical jungle. Arrive at a private beach on Catalina Island. Sip a drink from the open bar and soak up the tropical island vibes. Participate in exciting activities like snorkeling offshore or unwinding on the white sand beach. Savor a Dominican lunch and have the rest of the afternoon free to enjoy the island before heading back to Punta Cana to end your tour.

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3.9 / 5

based on 635 reviews

We are absolutely thrilled. We travel a lot and this was by far the best and most beautiful tour we have ever done. The tour is worth every penny. The guides (we had Christian) an absolute dream. You feel very well cared for right from the start. The entire team makes sure that everything fits and responds very individually to the wishes of the guests. We had never experienced such hospitality. The whole thing is accompanied by a photographer (we had Manuel) - also amazing. You can decide afterwards whether you want the photos or not. Honestly, we paid about $40 for all photos (120 pieces). That's more than fair - we also gave more because Manuel tried very hard and conjured up really great photos! The individual locations that are approached are amazing! You can collect such great impressions. We can only recommend - do the tour!

The best organized trip we've been on! Our guide Christian was wonderful, gave us interesting stories all the time (in English and French although only 2 people spoke French!) and made sure we had a good time. For lunch there was a choice of several local dishes, each tasty, there was even a vegetarian dish (pasta with tomato sauce). Snacks, beverages and drinks were provided during sunbathing. Great views and company! If we were in Bayahibe longer, we would definitely go on more trips from the office's offer. Saona is a must have! I recommend to everyone!!!

Melvin was an excellent guide. He was able to tour me around the places that I really wanted to visit. He messaged me the night before the tour, informing me of my pick up time. He arrived on time. And was very compassionate on the story/ history of each tourist spot. I am planning to return and will definitely ask him to tour me around on the other beautiful destinations in DR.

A really top-notch team, from the boss to the guides, including the crew and the photographer... Trilingual starting in English Spanish and French. A small group excursion, far from crowded boats like canned sardines. Two very nice snorkeling stops, a meal on a beautiful beach and a return trip along the coast to the mouth of the Savona river. A day of pure happiness!!!

Nice day on the island, too bad there were a lot of waves... The buffet was full, the bar too, a good day.