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Discover the beauty of Catalina Island in the Dominican Republic

Updated: Sep 28, 2023

Corals visible at Catalina Island, Dominican Republic
Corals visible at Catalina Island, Dominican Republic

If you are looking for a paradise getaway in the Caribbean, look no further than Catalina Island in the Dominican Republic which is approximately 9 square kilometers and is part of the Cotubanama National Park with a total of 420 square kilometers. Located off the southern coast of the country, this small island is a true tropical gem that offers an unforgettable adventure for diving and snorkeling enthusiasts. With its crystal clear waters and incredible marine biodiversity, the island offers a unique experience for exploring the seabed.

Seabed at Catalina Island

Putting your head underwater, you will be amazed by the variety of colorful species that inhabit these coral reefs. Tropical fish abound here, with their bright colors and amazing shapes. You can watch trumpet fish playing among the anemones, exotically patterned parrotfish swimming gracefully near the corals, and impressive schools of blue or yellow surgeonfish.

Among the emblematic species present in Catalina are also the French angelfish with its elegant stripes, the majestic barracuda weaving through the depths and perhaps even a few rays (stingrays or leopards) which will come to greet your passage.

Abundant fishes in the crystal-clear waters of Catalina Island
Abundant fishes in the crystal-clear waters of Catalina Island

The exceptional visibility in these waters makes it possible to admire the spectacular coral formations and marvel at the wealth of marine life. Guided dives are available for certified divers, while snorkeling is open to everyone, even beginners.

Confirmed snokeler observing the wonderful seabeds at Catalina Island, Dominican Republic
Catalina, an ideal place for beginners or confirmed snorkelers

Don't forget to bring your underwater camera to capture those precious moments with the colorful fish. You will leave Catalina with unforgettable memories and a new appreciation for the fragile beauty of marine ecosystems.

What to do on Catalina Island?

When you set foot on Catalina Island, you are greeted by pristine beaches with crystal clear waters and white sands. It is the ideal place to relax under the hot sun while enjoying breathtaking views of the surrounding turquoise sea.

But there is much more to discover here than just sunbathing on the beach.

For those who prefer to stay close to shore, there are also several exciting land-based activities to enjoy. Hike through the lush nature trails and discover the local flora and fauna. The island is home to very suspicious raccoons, so you have to keep your eyes open to see them.

View of the rocky coast of Catalina Island, Dominican Republic
View of the rocky coast of Catalina Island, a place called the aquarium, for the beauty of the seabeds and the abundance of fishes

A bit of history about Catalina

The first traces of human occupation on the island date back to the indigenous Tainos people. These natives lived in harmony with the lush nature that surrounded the island and used sea resources for their livelihood. The Taino influence can still be seen in some archaeological artifacts discovered on the island. Legendary Treasure An intriguing part of Catalina's history is tied to its association with legendary pirates of the past. The island is said to have been a hideout for notorious pirates such as the famous Captain Kidd. Stories of buried treasure and epic battles have fueled the imaginations of treasure seekers to the present day.

Beautiful natural beach on Catalina Island, Dominican Republic
Beautiful natural beach on Catalina Island

Plan you trip to Catalina Island

To reach this paradise island, there are several transport options from the south coast of the Dominican Republic.It is possible to take a boat from the small village of Bayahibe or from the town of La Romana. Dominican Attitude Excursion offers the excursion at the price of $109.USD per person in a motorized catamaran and in a small group for the pleasure of all. Whether you're looking for a romantic getaway, underwater adventures, or just a quiet place to escape everyday stress, Catalina Island is the perfect destination. With its unspoilt natural beauty and plentiful opportunities for exploration, it is sure to capture your imagination and create unforgettable memories. Get ready for a magical experience on the enchanted tropical island that is Catalina!

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