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Catalina Island (Isla Catalina) Tours

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.

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Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Punta Cana, Punta Cana, null
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Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Punta Cana

4.5 star rating: Recommended 96 Reviews

Hop aboard a catamaran for a snorkeling tour to the most beautiful underwater ecosystem of the Dominican Republic. On this full-day, all-inclusive experience ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Full-Day Catalina Island Scuba Diving Tour from Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Snorkeling
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Full-Day Catalina Island Scuba Diving Tour from Punta Cana

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Enjoy a magical day underwater during this full-day scup diving trip from Punta Cana. Travel to picturesque Catalina Island and immerse yourself in its clear ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.00
Full-Day Scuba Diving Catalina Island Tour from Bavaro, Punta Cana, Scuba Diving
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Full-Day Scuba Diving Catalina Island Tour from Bavaro

Enjoy a magical day underwater during this full-day scuba diving trip from Bavaro. Travel to picturesque Catalina Island and immerse yourself in its clear ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.00
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from La Romana, La Romana, Scuba Diving
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Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from La Romana

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Welcome aboard and snorkel the most beautiful underwater ecosystem of the Dominican Republic, with a full-day all inclusive tour to Catalina Island. Experience ...  Read more

Location: La Romana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Catalina Island Snorkel Excursion from Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Day Cruises
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Catalina Island Snorkel Excursion from Punta Cana

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Spend the day snorkeling Caribbean coral reefs on an excursion to Catalina Island from Punta Cana. Experience a snorkeling wonderland at ‘The Wall’ drop-off, ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Bavaro, Punta Cana, Snorkeling
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Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Bavaro

4 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Get out of the city and spend a relaxing day on the water during this 9-hour snorkeling tour of Catalina Island from Bavaro. See the most beautiful underwater ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00
Altos de Chavon and Catalina Tour from Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Snorkeling
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Altos de Chavon and Catalina Tour from Punta Cana

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Enjoy magnificent day full of activities which will begin with a visit to Altos de Chavon, a replica of an Italian medieval town. Continue with a ride onboard ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $125.00
Catalina Island and Chavon River Catamaran Cruise from Punta Cana, Punta Cana, Day Trips
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Catalina Island and Chavon River Catamaran Cruise from Punta Cana

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 7 Reviews

Capture beautiful coastal sights on this full-day trip to Catalina Island. Aboard a catamaran whose crew provides free-flowing drinks, sail along the ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $115.00
Full-Day Catalina Island Scuba Diving Tour from La Romana, La Romana, Catamaran Cruises
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Full-Day Catalina Island Scuba Diving Tour from La Romana

Welcome aboard and scuba dive two "must see" dive sites and the most beautiful underwater ecosystem of the Dominican Republic with a full day, all ...  Read more

Location: La Romana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $165.00
Punta Cana Day Trip: Catalina Island and Altos de Chavon, Punta Cana, Lunch Cruises
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Punta Cana Day Trip: Catalina Island and Altos de Chavon

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Explore some of the Dominican Republic's most beautiful natural attractions on this full-day trip from Punta Cana! Explore Altos de Chavon and learn about this ...  Read more

Location: Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $110.00

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