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Catalina Island (Isla Catalina) Tours

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Catalina Island (Isla Catalina)
Tiny Catalina Island (Isla Catalina), just 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) off the Dominican Republic’s mainland, is an idyllic sandy speck in the turquoise Caribbean waters. Known for its well-populated coral reefs, Catalina is a peaceful respite for those looking to escape bustling Punta Cana and La Romana.
 
The Basics
Catalina Island is home to a diverse ecosystem of sand dunes, mangroves, and reefs populated by many species of sea birds and tropical fish. The island’s main draws are its white sandy beaches and its beautiful underwater ecosystem. Snorkeling and scuba diving are particularly good here, and the Wall and the Aquarium are two of the top dive sites. 
 
Tours from the Dominican Republic’s mainland (originating in Bayahibe, Punta Cana, La Romana, or even as far-flung as Santo Domingo) are plentiful and usually last all day. Some tours combine a trip to Catalina Island with visits to other area highlights such as Altos de Chavon, the more populated Saona Island, or Casa de Campo. Snorkeling tours and scuba diving tours usually include use of equipment. 
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • Catalina Island is a great destination for kids, who will enjoy wading safely in the calm waters. 
  • Catalina Island is a protected area devoted to wildlife preservation, so there are not many amenities. The island lacks public restrooms and food options.
  • Be sure to bring a bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, a sun hat, and water. 
 
How to Get There
Catalina Island, located just a few miles off the coast of La Romana, can be reached only by boat from the Dominican Republic mainland.
 
When to Get There
Catalina is a popular destination for group tours, so if you’re in search of peace and quiet, arrive early. To scuba dive or snorkel, you’ll find the best visibility on calm, hot days between December and May, when the diving on the south coast is the best.
 
Shipwrecks
Captain William Kidd’s ship Quedagh Merchant is wrecked about 70 feet (21 meters) off the coast of Catalina Island. The pirate’s ship sank in the 17th century but was discovered only in 2007. Now preserved as a Living Museum of the Sea, the shipwreck offers a unique scuba diving opportunity.
Address: Isla Catalina, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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6 Tours and Activities to Experience Catalina Island (Isla Catalina)

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Full-Day Catalina Island Scuba Diving Tour from La Romana

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Full-Day Catalina Island Scuba Diving Tour from La Romana

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Catalina Island is one of the most popular spots for scuba diving in the Dominican Republic and this full-day tour from La Romana is ideal for certified divers. Set sail aboard a catamaran, enjoy two thrilling scuba dives at ‘The Wall’ and ‘The Aquarium’; then swim and snorkel on one of the island’s private beaches and tuck into a delicious BBQ lunch. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Full-Day Scuba Diving Catalina Island Tour from Bavaro

Full-Day Scuba Diving Catalina Island Tour from Bavaro

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Explore two of Dominican Republic's must-see scuba diving sites on this relaxing full-day Catalina Island tour from Bavaro. Journey into underwater worlds and swim among colorful tropical fish as you make your way through turquoise waters, coral and more. This tour includes refreshments and an open bar with ocean views, as well as a Dominican feast for lunch.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Catalina Island + La Estancia

Catalina Island + La Estancia

This activity begins in Punta Cana with destination to La Romana, where the El Fiestón catamaran will be waiting for you, where they will take the tour to Catalina Island, they will be welcomed with a party atmosphere and Caribbean music. On Catalina Island you will enjoy the beach that is well known for its white sand. They will have the opportunity to perform various water activities, such as snorkeling, banana strolling or fishing. In addition, you will enjoy a rich buffet meal. To end the tour, you will be visiting the cultural center "LA ESTANCIA" WHERE YOU WILL BE OFFERED A VARIOUS SHOW OF THE CULTURE AND HISTORY OF OUR COUNTRY, YOU WILL BE GUIDED TO SEE THE TOBACCO AND CACAO INDUSTRY, AS WELL AS A SMALL VISIT TO THE HISTORICAL AREA OF THE CONQUEST PARK. VISIT THE AREA OF CRAFTS AND GASTRONOMIC SERVICES.  The Buffet on Catalina Island offers: • Buffet bread. • Green salads. • Mixed salads. • Pasta with sauces. • Brown rice. • Pork chop with BBQ. •Black coffee.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$99.00
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Catalina Snorkel from Juan Dolio

Catalina Snorkel from Juan Dolio

Seize the day snorkeling in Catalina Island! Discover the underwater world in the Dominican Republic, swim amidst crystalline waters, and enjoy a lunch buffet
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.00
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Catalina VIP Tour

Catalina VIP Tour

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Visit Altos de Chavon and enjoy a Mississippi-style boat ride through Chavon River. Then reach Catalina Island through a catamaran cruise, practice snorkel into crystalline waters, sunbathe on its white sandy beach, and wrap up your day with a delicious buffet paired with red or white wine!
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Discover Catalina Island In Private Yacht

Discover Catalina Island In Private Yacht

When Traveling in our private yacht travelers will have a limited amount of beers, water a soda, clean bathroom on board, Fresh water on board, Sleeping bed, towels, Private servers, flexible schedule and much more.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,250.00
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