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Passion Paradise Adventures

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La Romana, Dominican Republic
About Passion Paradise Adventures
We’d love you to come and experience our amazing snorkelling and diving activities at Catalina Island. Enjoy our great food, chill out in the sun and have a drink from our bar, all-inclusive! Catalina island has some of the best diving sites in the Dominican Republic and the waters are filled with sea life. This also make’s for a great snorkelling experience and is sure to be a day to remember.
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Full-Day Catalina Island Snorkeling Tour from Punta Cana

This Punta Cana tour combines a snorkeling excursion, catamaran cruise, and private beach—allowing you to experience multiple island highlights in one day. Board a catamaran and enjoy easy transportation to Catalina Island, stopping to snorkel and see colorful tropical fish, and maybe sea turtles or stingrays. Then spend the afternoon on a private beach. Plus, lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Davied P wrote a review Aug 2021
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This was the best Excussion we have been on. The instructors are very professional, our instructor was Joel, we saw many colorfull fish and Corel. Ocean was clean and Cristal blue.. The staff was amazing we where welcomed and taken to the boat where we where given equipment and had briefings throughout the day so we knew what to do. The food was great and beach was very clean.. Had plenty of time to snorkel and dive. Highly recommed this company.
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Date of experience: August 2021
rodonsea wrote a review Aug 2021
New York40 contributions28 helpful votes
PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY if you have children, elderly people. This excursion is more of an obstacle course than it is fun in the sun. DO NOT SAY I DID NOT WARN YOU!!!!! Do not let images from the site fool you, there is jo catamaran there is no BBQ style food, you will NOT FEEL SAFE, please run away from this excursion! communication, accommodation, and food from the start to end is horrible. Booked this excursion based on reviews and I have to say my fellow reviewers for the 1st time let me down! We booked a 9:15 am all day excursion leaving from Punta Cana at Bahia mar Ambar We were told to be in the front gate at 7:15 am ( we were there at 7 sharp) at 7:20 I began calling and after numerous attempts lady finally answers and said that they were already there and we were not and to not worry because they will return in 5 minutes to pick us up in a double deck red bus, fast forward to 8:15 and finally was picked up in a small 8 people caravan ( we were 11) after a few miles at a gas station we were transferred to a slightly bigger bus still crammed, we were then taken to an isolated dirty area where there was a small shop for souvenirs ( not worth the 30 minutes there) after a 45 minute drive we finally reached La Romana for those of you that dont know La Romana it is one of the poorest places in Dominican Republic somewhat slummish The driver did not know where to drop us off and by luck bumped into another bus going the same way, finally we were dropped of in a neighborhood the middle of a filthy street. We proceeded to enter someone's back yard where we were given wrist bands and told to go down 6 stories of extremely slippery, dirty very steep stairs into the marina where we were greeted by more filth ( the boats are located in a extremely dirty waterway in front of very poor peoples habitats) I am shocked no one has come in here and claim sickness. Once on in a dirty boat ( not a catamaran like the site states) we were on our way on extremely choppy waters some will definitely get sea sick, they served a once time 6oz room temp soft drink, there is no where to walk, dance, comingle the restroom I wont even talk about DISGUSTING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you will then be transferred onto a tender 8 people at most but they cram up to 15 we were 166 so it took 40 minutes to finally be on land!! there are plenty of chairs so you will get one. finally at around 1pm lunch was served once again to quote the site (BBQ style lunch) what a joke - all workers handling food with filthy hands, 30 day old bread, uncooked meats littered with marble size flies and soft drinks at room temp that is your meal!!!!!!! The waters are not worth it, after 3 30ish we headed back and repeated the same To summit it up this is waste of money, there is a great chance to get salmonella, it is time consuming you will spend 75% of your time on a van to a bus to an old filthy boat to a canoe back to the canoe, boat, van and van My group ages varied from 19 to 50 and if given this excursion at no charge and a free 7 day stay at a hotel and spa we would not do it again DO NOT BOOK THIS IF YOU HAVE CHILDREN, ELDERLY PEOPLE, OR GET SEA SICK.
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Date of experience: August 2021
Hrothmir wrote a review Jul 2021
Smyrna, GA107 contributions87 helpful votes
If you are at one of the Punta Cana resorts and are willing to give up a full day for a couple hours of snorkeling, this is a decent option. The snorkeling is better than I expected from other reviews and the water is a beautiful blue color. But it is a lot of “logistics” for a couple hours of snorkeling. Details follow... Vendor/Price: The vendor we used was Passion Paradise. I think the price was about $80 per person booked via Viator’s Website. Booking directly through Passion Paradise’s Website was the same price or higher. Our hotel offered a similar looking excursion for $115. I called Passion Paradise to ask a couple of questions before booking, and they spoke English well and were friendly & helpful. Transfer to Boat: When you book through the Viator site, indicating a departure point in Punta Cana, you’re shown a pick up time of 930am. As soon as you complete the booking, you find out that pick up from your hotel is 710am - a little bit of bait and switch there. The minivan actually arrived late at 745am. You are taken to a gas station where people are shifted from one van to another. The minivans we were in were air conditioned. Halfway to the port in La Romana there is a forced stop at a tacky tourist shop, presumably so the drivers can get a commission. Most folks in our group walked through the shop in 5 minutes and then waited 25 minutes for the driver to eat his meal. You arrive at the dock at 10am. During the drive, one sees some sugar cane fields - not much else of interest. The return trip was direct (no gas station transfer or tourist shop commission stop) and took 1:15 vs. 2:40 outbound. Boat Trip: Passion Paradise’s trip description includes a lot of “euphemisms.” For example, “"Team will greet you with tropical refreshments" - nope. The boat is a catamaran, but it is a basic tourist/dive boat that just happens to have two hulls - not a sailing catamaran. The day we went, it was packed. They cruise from La Romana to Catalina Island, which is a short distance off the mainland, at a very slow speed. The view back to La Romana is more industrial than scenic and the Isla Catalina looks pretty low and featureless as you approach it - very slowly. On the trip out, the music was extremely loud. You are offered a choice of Coke, orange drink, or fruit punch in very small plastic cups. You also get a snack of ham and cheese on white bread. Staff on the boat are nice but none spoke much English. The tour description notes "PADI certified dive team will go through the health and safety procedures during the snorkeling briefing" - nope. Divers on our trip mentioned that they weren’t even asked if they were PADI certified. Snorkeling Stop: "The team will also assist you with finding the right snorkeling equipment that best fits you” - not really. Our first stop was snorkeling just off the coast of the island. We enjoyed this - and found it better than some other reviews suggested. There is not really any corral at this first stop but the terrain is interesting enough with some fun yellow vase sponges. We saw a decent variety and a large number of smaller fish - nothing to write a journal entry about if you are a serious snorkeling or diver - but good enough for us. Everyone got enough snorkeling time at this first stop - 45 minutes to 1 hour - it did not feel rushed. Beach Stop: After snorkeling, you motor slowly to a beach area. You transfer from the boat to the beach via small, crowded, very basic motor boat - that makes three trips to transfer everyone. The beach is a nice setting with very pretty blue water. In some ways, it was nicer than our resort beach, but if all you want is a beach, you might as well stay at your resort. As others mention in their reviews, there are vendors trying to sell you stuff (like $10 pina coladas, massages, upgrade to a fresh fish lunch) but they were not hostile and accepted an answer of “no thanks.” It seems like a good number of the beach lounger chairs were broken. The bay off the beach is pretty and shallow with some rocks forming a reef. You get a basic mask and snorkel - you have to ask at the bar - and the snorkeling here is again good for recreational snorkelers. There is a little brain and fan corral on the right side of the reef as you face the ocean - and a fair number of small fish. “"Our entertainment team will take to the dance floor entertaining you with some traditional salsa and merengue dancing, followed by a range of party games" - didn’t see any of that. We left the island at 2:30 (vs. 3:15 on the itinerary). We got back to the resort hotel in Punta Cana in plenty of time for dinner. Food: The buffet style lunch is functional - nothing to write home about. “"We highly recommend you save space for the local fruits" - the only fruit was pineapple. It was very good, but if you’ve been staying in a Dominican Republic resort, you’ve probably had access to lots of good pineapple. "A range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic refreshments available:" The “range” of included drink options on the island was Coke, Sprite, or bad sangria, served again in tiny plastic cups. There was no rum or beer included - as advertised - just the bad sangria. Bring: Bring sunblock, a towel, and a bottle of water (so you can drink when you want v. when plastic Dixie cups of drink are served).
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Date of experience: June 2021
Kevin W wrote a review May 2021
Uhrichsville, Ohio10 contributions1 helpful vote
This trip was awesome and the price extremely reasonable. I've been on several snorkeling trips but none compares to snorkeling here. The water is absolutely amazing and the reef is beautiful. The 2nd part of the trip on Isla Catalina was equally as beautiful. They had there own area of the beach where we had an incredible lunch. There was also a shop to purchase gifts. I highly recommend this trip for anyone looking for a getaway for the day.
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Carl H wrote a review May 2021
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This was amazing day .. on our way from the hotel to the marina there was a small collision, which was not the drivers fault. However, the driver was very caring and made sure we where all ok... felt very safe and staff was amazing... When we got to the marina we where welcomed by Chantel.. (lovely lady) she looked after us from the moment we got there to the moment we left... We had the VIP package which consisted of a fish and we choose the option of pina colada... best meal we had... buffet was amazing.. The drinks where amazing too.. bar tender and all the staff where great and did an amazing job to make sure all was safe and well.. Covid protocole measures where taken throughout the day. If you are looking at snorkeling or diving i would recommend this excursion to all.... Great team
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Date of experience: May 2021