My husband & I visited the Dominican for the first time this past March. While there we booked a snorkeling and day excursion to Catalina Island with El Tour Caribe. This was by far the best part of our trip. It started with a private pick up from our lobby in an air conditioned SUV (no hot, crowded bus), followed by a brief tour of the island on our way to the boat. Lise was our guide for the day and she is an absolute blast!! She ensured we were well taken care of and that our day was perfect (ladies - she even had tissues on hand as the washroom stop before boarding the boat did NOT come with toilet paper...what a life saver!). Having our own exclusive tour guide was like being a celebrity. We had a number of people approach us to ask how we were able to book a private tour - only to find out that we even paid less than other people who had booked a group tour through their resort. As for the tour itself, Catalina Island is beautiful and a must see. We had a short boat ride, then a stop off for snorkeling. As I had never gone snorkeling before, it was great to have Lise as a one on one instructor. She stayed in the water with me the whole time and was able to show me the best spots - the underwater sights are incredible! Then we got back on the boat and made our way to Catalina Island. Once there we had a great lobster lunch on the beach and spent a couple of hours swimming and lounging in the sun. Beaches in the Dominican are great, but the one at Catalina Island was just stunning. The water was super clear and you can walk out for what feels like miles. Lise was a wonderful, wonderful guide!! She's very knowledgeable about the island and highly skilled when it comes to the tours they provide. I highly recommend booking with El Tour Caribe - you won't regret it!!! Just book early to avoid disappointment!
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