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- Catalina Island: The Best Day Trip From Punta Cana
- The Dominican Republic & its Hidden Gem!
Catalina Island: The Best Day Trip From Punta Cana
Punta Cana is one of the Dominican Republic’s most popular tourist destinations. For travelers seeking that all inclusive sun and booze experience or family resort with a kids club, Punta Cana is the place to be. If you are seeking something a little more exotic and off the beaten path, Catalina Island is the answer to your travel dreams. Catalina Island is an uninhabited island off the coast of La Romana, Dominican Republic. La Romana is about a 1 hour drive from Punta Cana. On the way to La Romana, the bus stops at a souvenir market. You can buy anything you might need for your beach trip or some trinkets to take home.
The River Cruise
After the adventure on the river, the boat takes everyone to a reef off the coast of Catalina Island for a snorkel. It was a beautiful reef with many colorful fish, but unfortunately my polaroid cube malfunctioned so I don’t have any pictures to share from this trip.
After the river cruise and snorkel, passengers transition from the Catamaran to a dingy to be brought to the shore of Catalina Island. On this beautiful island, there is a pavilion where lunch is served and a few bars. All food and drinks are included in the coast of the excursion. So you can grab a drink and a lounge chair or hop back in the water for another swim. The sand is fine and white and the water is so clear. Some of the clearest water I have ever experienced. And while Punta Cana has a seaweed problem, there are no traces of it on this beautiful island.
I was hesitant to book this trip because I was visiting during rainy season. It rained half of every day while I was in the Dominican Republic, so I worried that might ruin the boat trip. It rained half of the day of this trip. I took cover on the boat and in the pavilion on Catalina Island. The small island is so beautiful it was worth the trip, even with so much rain.