Passion Paradise Adventures

Passion Paradise Adventures

Passion Paradise Adventures
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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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.
La Romana, Dominican Republic
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Connor B
Skagway, AK2 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
Ive never left a trip advisor review, and im quite ashamed to being doing so, But these guys deserve it. As a guide, I supremely dislike going on tours, but yall kept it fluid. Great place to experience diving if you havent. I appreciated the ted talk on the way back mostly cuz people need to start giving a s***. Harry? Think that was his name.. Informative, young, good dude, keep him around. Chris, a good hire. Simon, Simon’s Simon. Do as Simon says and you’ll be doing what Simons says. Hes straight. One of the last locally owned charter company's, steer clear of commercial and go with these guys. Thanks for the first dive, Simon. And thanks to the rest of the crew, yall were great. Wont be the last, meow. Cheers to the Calligraphist, if i only i had a fridge and a magnet.
Written February 21, 2020
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JimDMDUSA
Baltimore, MD1 contribution
Dec 2017 • Couples
Like a lot of people this review has to be broken up into 2 parts:

The snorkeling trip was fantastic! As soon as you get to the marina and Chantel and her team take over it is a blast from end to end. The island is beautiful, the boat is clean and we had enough room to stretch out. The snorkeling was amazing, tons of fish and coral, the food on the beach was delicious. Cannot recommend this part of the tour enough.

The transportation to and from Punta Cana, however, was definitely a low spot. They did a much better job getting us to the marina: pick up was at 7:45, we had ~15 min layover at the bus company depot then made it to marina by ~9:15ish. The ride back though, was not good. The bus company (probably to save money on drivers) had the same bus drop everyone off individually at their resort. Not a problem, until you consider that Punta Cana is giant and the resorts are often at the end of a 10 mile road in and out. We got on the bus back to Punta Cana at 4 and got dropped off at 7!

Overall a great trip, but the logistics of transport (central depot for pickup and dropoff maybe?) could be dramatically improved.
Written December 28, 2017
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Andreia
29 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Pros:
- Pick up at the hotel on time with a very nice driver
- Catalina Island is beautiful
- Nice staff

Cons:
- After the pick up at the hotel, we stoped at a station to change bus (wtf?)
- The snorkel is very poor! There's no much fish to see.
- The snorkeling equipment is dirty
- I asked for vegetarian or fish meal – since I don't eat meat – but the lunch was just meat, rice, pasta and salad. I ended up eating just carbs at lunch! And the food is not that tasty...
Written December 5, 2017
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TaylorRisner
Denver, CO4 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
This excursion was the absolute worst experience my wife and I have ever had with a company. We want on 3 excursions during our honeymoon in Punta Cana. One to monkeyland which was great and one to play golf at Hard Rock which was also a good time. However, this excursion was absolutely terrible and I wish I had known beforehand so we didn't waste an entire day of our honeymoon on a bus. Below are all the reasons this experience was so miserable and that we will never consider booking with Paradise again.

- Their staff cannot speak good english and never communicated to us what was going on at any moment. Even after sitting on a bus for hours and hours.

- The organization and logistics is pitiful. We got picked up at 730 AM from our hotel by a smaller van. After 20 minutes we were dropped off to a bus where we sat for another 45 minutes as all the other vans pulled up and dropped people off. Then we drove 40 minutes to Sonoa Island (Not our island). We spent about 30 minutes on the bus there as most of the people got off for a Sonoa excursion. Then we left to finally go to our island which was another 20 minutes away. We finally got to our boat about 10:30 - 10:45 which was 3 hours after we were initially picked up and 1 hour later than our scheduled departure time of 9:30. The transportation on the way back after our tour followed the same suit except worse. We got off our boat after our snorkeling tour at 3:45 PM. We did not arrive back at our resort until 7:45 PM!!! We spent over 1.5 hours just sitting on the bus at Sonoa island waiting for the rest of the people to finish their excursion. Total on the day, we spend nearly 6.5 - 7 hours in transportation time. What an AWFUL way to spend a day on your expensive and precious honeymoon.

- The actual excursion itself was poorly ran, oversold, and extremely unthoughtful. Once we finally got to our boat, we were unpleased to find that the staff could barely speak english and we were unthoughtfully placed on a boat with a Russian speaking family of 15 people. Thus, we could speak to literally no one and never were communicated with in terms of what was going on, where we were headed, etc. We did snorkel as promised for roughly 45 minutes and that was fine. We didn't really see anything cool but we don't hold that against the tour.

- The "private" beach we went to was very unimpressive. It was full of scalpers harassing us trying to sell local goods or services and we had the worst portion of the beach in terms of quality seating, service and peace.

- The food was actually amazing. We really enjoyed the authentic meal and this was the highlight of the day.

- Our boat was very obviously the lowest quality of those we saw. No entertainment, appeared very outdated, not a lot of room, etc. This is nit-picky and we would never let something materialistic like this ruin our trip, however it definitely didn't add positive outlook to the trip.

In sum, I would never recommend this excursion. We were miserable and wishing someone would just take us back. If we had any service we would have taken the risk and just called a local taxi to simply take us back home. I strongly advise everyone NOT to book this excursion in attempt to save you all from the horrible experience my wife and I had.
Written October 13, 2018
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Jeff S
1 contribution
This was a cluster from the jump. transport was late and driver seemed confused and was on his phone most of the time. There was little or no supervision/instructions the entire day. Beach area was tiny and crouded. boat trip home was very wet. transport home was worse yet. took nearly 2 hours and the driver got lost twice. will never book with this company again.
Written February 26, 2018
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TWECKER
Topeka, KS55 contributions
I was very disappointed with the transportation ! First of all, you do NOT depart from Punta Cana ! You take a very long, crowded van ride to the departure point. After stopping a few times, it took about an hour and a half. The boat was not nice either ! Snorkeling was excellent though ! Gorgeous waters ! When we were done, we had no transportation ! We waited nearly an hour and had to climb a hill to get on a bus, then had to go pick up other people ! Took at least 2 1/2 hours to get back. Very unorganized and unprofessional.
Locals harass you to buy stuff - constantly.
Written December 31, 2017
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PanamaCMC
Panama City, Panama332 contributions
I thought this might turn out to be a negative review by me because they were nearly 2 hours late picking me up at the hotel and I had no idea what was wrong... I eventually got an email from Chantel telling me they were 10 minutes out...

The van arrived and rushed me to another waiting van and off we went. Tour was supposed to leave the dock at 9:30am but we didn't arrive until after 10:45... Boat was waiting. I felt bad for all those who had to wait for us.

But after taking to Joel, the dive master, it turned out it wasn't the translation company, they delayed picking people up due to a marginal weather forecast with a tropical storm looming.

Once it was clear that the transportation company didn't simply forget me, and the trip began, all was great.

Joel is excellent and tailored the dives to my personal interests. Water was balmy and crystal clear.

Lunch on the beach was decent. The beach at Catalina Island was beautiful.

Overall, after the initial issues, was a great day with excellent people.

I stayed in Uvero Alto, so be aware that La Romana, where the dock is located, is a long drive away. With dropping others off at their hotels it took nearly 2 hours to get back to my hotel.

Even with all that, I give it an excellent recommendation, just be aware and prepared for the long drive of you're not staying closer to the dock.

My only criticism would be for Passion Paradise to be more proactive about giving updates to patrons if there is going to be a delay. Not knowing what was going on was frustrating.
Written August 16, 2018
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Lynn N
London, Canada7 contributions
Nov 2017 • Friends
while snorkeling the water was murky couldn't see anything ..was difficult getting back on the catamaran thank goodness for help ...private beach was beautiful should have snorkeled there food was icky raccoons hanging around the grill in the day time I would not recommend this adventure
Written November 12, 2017
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Susan H
Naperville, IL7 contributions
Mar 2018 • Family
Wasted $600.Took group of 6 snorkeling.
One of the worst, customer service related outings, that I have ever experienced. Staff was beyond rude to the customers, they had no idea what was going on just throwing people on boats, at one point tried to split up our family. Stuck us on over crowded boat that was loading in a Mariana filled with garbage and trash floating in the water. It was shady at the beginning.
They tossed us on a boat that was filled with scuba divers we were snorkeling. We were given no guide and no instructions and left in the water alone with our group of 6. We are all beginners. The water was very rough and we were getting beating up.
Eventually we had to re board the boat. We waited a long time for the scuba group to come back. While on board we were offered flat soda and water not in a bottle. I asked for bottled water and they said don't worry it I filtered.
The guide yelled at an adult in our group when she asked for a drink. We were told at the resort don't trust anyone that says their water if filtered unless you see it being filtered. The English "GUIDE" yelled at my friend,in front of her sons, telling her she was a horrible person. The entire day was a disaster.
We also paid for" lobster &VIP services" and did not get either. We were told when we arrived that there was NO LOBSTER, because it was mating season. Didn't they know that when the booked that date? We were told we would have fish instead and was served fish with skin bones and eyes.
What was suppose to a luxurious snorkeling tour was: garbage filled waters, rude staff, no snorkeling guide and no VIP services of any kind.
When I inquired about refund and complained I got the run around and blown off.
I would NOT take your family on a trip with this company AVOID: "PASSION PARADISE" AND "VIATOR".
$600 for the worst adventure ever!!They had the opportunity to make it right and failed in every way.>
Reason of review: Bad quality.
Monetary Loss: $620.
Preferred solution: Full refund.
Written April 24, 2018
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rebecca s
2 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
We have been on this excursion twice a year for the last 5 years and i can say it is the best ever...

Firstly , yes the bus ride is a little long that is because Catalina Island from Punta Cana is on the other side of the Island, but it is worth the ride. Busses are new and outstanding conditions and the people are always helpful and friendly.

Secondly, The boats are in excellent condition and the crew are amazing, friendly and majority speak English. The staff will make your day extra special!!!!

The beach was clean and the snorkelling was amazing we got to see lots of fish and coral...

I would differently recommend this trip to anyone .. Its worth the money and you will experience an amazing day...
Written October 22, 2018
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