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Diving at Catalina Island

Enjoy the experience of diving to the bottom of the ocean
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Diving in Catalina Island

Diving in the Dominican Republic is an unforgettable experience. Paradise is not only on the surface, but under the sea of Catalina Island you can dive to discover the wonders of the Caribbean.

Located in the southeast of the Dominican Republic, a few kilometers from La Romana, Catalina Island is the second largest island only behind Saona Island. It has 15 square kilometers of surface, with virgin beaches of white sand surrounded by palm groves, a true natural paradise!

Of course, your visit to the island is not only about getting to know it on the surface, but you can also dive into its crystal clear waters to learn about the marine flora and fauna of the Caribbean Sea. The island and its waters are included in the Parque Nacional del Este and, being practically uninhabited, you will be able to live an experience of total relaxation in completely virgin natural landscapes. Here you can enjoy activities such as snorkeling, diving or fishing.

On the island, El Muro and El Acuario are two of the best places to dive in the Dominican Republic. Very different from each other, they have been recognized worldwide by all the people who have dived in their waters.

At El Muro you can enjoy a 100-meter wall that plunges into the deepest part of the Caribbean Sea. Its two steps, at 25 and 40 meters, are the ones you will be able to visit in an immersion that is done gradually.

The Aquarium seems a name of something artificial, but this natural place is in the open sea and seems to be made by the hand of man. This aquarium is the home of the corals, which in its surroundings houses a large amount of fauna of thousands of colorful fish such as lion fish, frog fish or seahorses.

The waters of Catalina Island are waiting for you!

Duration of excursion: 8 hours

Departure time: Depends on the hotel

Pick up at hotels

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

Seating: maximum 25 people per tour


07:00 - We will pick you up at your hotel to go to the port of La Romana or Bayahibe.

10:45 - We embark on the catamaran, where you will enjoy local drinks and an entertaining trip thanks to our entertainment team. There will be Dominican music and an unforgettable atmosphere.

We will sail for about 45 minutes to the first dive site, the famous "Muro"; with our diving equipment ready, we will dive with professional divers to discover the incredible coral reefs, full of marine sponges and tropical fish.

11:45 - From the Muro we will sail to Catalina Island to dive in the Aquarium for another 45 minutes.

13:30 - Back on the island, you can enjoy the beaches on foot until lunchtime, which will consist of a buffet with typical Caribbean Creole cuisine.

14:30 - Time to dance! Thanks to our entertainment team, you will learn all the steps of Dominican music.

15:30 - We will take the boat back to Bayahibe or La Romana.

17:00 - We will transfer you back to your hotels.

* The times indicated above are approximate

What is included in the Catalina Island Diving excursion?

The excursion to Catalina Island departs three days a week from very early in the morning. It lasts approximately 8 hours, and it includes the diving equipment and the two dives in the Wall (30 meters) and in the Aquarium (11 meters).

This is for those who have the PADI diving certificate, although if you don't have it, a baptism with an instructor is included in the price. If you already have it and depending on the level you have, Open Water or Advanced, you can go with our instructors directly to the most interesting areas underwater.

Bayahibe beach is usually the departure point of our catamaran to Catalina Island. Drinks are included in the excursion, as well as an entertainment team that will entertain you during the whole trip.

Once on the island and at lunch time, the price includes a free buffet with typical Dominican food, local drinks and snorkeling equipment in case you want to dive into the crystal clear waters of Catalina Island. Also included in the excursion is the snorkeling equipment that you will have to wear during the dives: life jackets, fins and masks.

We also want to remind you that the price may vary depending on whether you have previous diving experience, because if not, an instructor must accompany you throughout the dive.

In case you have experience, the instructors will also be there for whatever you need.

¿Quién no puede hacer esta actividad?

Diving is an activity that can be done by most people visiting the Dominican Republic. However, we must respect certain restrictions in order to offer maximum safety during the activity. Thus, we must know that:

  • Children under 14 years of age are not allowed to participate in the activity.
  • People suffering from heart disease will not be allowed to dive.

Recommendations for diving in Catalina Island

As you can see from Jackana tours we will provide you with everything you need to dive in Catalina Island, although we always advise you to bring some things with you to make it an exceptional day:

  • A good sunscreen to cope with the temperature and sun of this part of the Caribbean.
  • A beach towel.
  • Sunglasses to protect your eyes.
  • Money and Dominican pesos in cash in case you want to buy some souvenirs or souvenirs.
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