Catalina Island

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After arriving in Bayahibe, we stroll along the beach for just a few minutes to reach the spot where our boat is waiting. There, we receive a briefing about how the day will unfold and are handed our flippers, which will come in handy later for snorkeling.

As we step onto the boat, we eagerly take our seats on the front deck, ready for an adventure that’s about to begin. The boat sets sail, and in about 30 minutes, we reach our first stop. During the journey, we soak in the breathtaking views, enjoy refreshing drinks (water or soft drinks), and learn fascinating facts about Catalina.

“Catalina Wall”

When the boat drops anchor, and we plunge into the water at ‘Catalina Wall,’ we are immediately greeted by the most incredible underwater sights – various types of coral and an abundance of stunning fish. We snorkel under the guidance of a knowledgeable guide who shares intriguing insights about the underwater world as we spend a considerable amount of time exploring ‘the wall.’

Back on the boat, with a drink in hand and a snack to savor, we set sail towards Playa Grande, where the boat anchors a short distance from the coast once again. Here, we snorkel alongside the cliffs and are treated not only to beautiful fish but also to the sight of starfish.

Playa Grande

Returning to the boat, we cruise a short distance to the pier, where we disembark at Playa Grande. We receive information about the lunch location and timing, as well as where to find the bar for refreshing drinks. We can then relax on the comfortable sunbeds set up for us, take a refreshing swim, or go for a leisurely walk – whatever suits our mood. There’s even a viewpoint for capturing stunning photos.

Rio de Chavon

After some well-deserved relaxation and a taste of typical Dominican lunch, we reboard the boat and head towards Rio Chavón. Along the way, we pass by Casa de Campo and catch glimpses of luxurious (vacation) homes owned by various celebrities. Once we arrive on the river, we sail upstream, immersing ourselves in the midst of nature. From the river, you can spot Altos de Chavón, a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village, and you’ll be amazed by the enormous yachts in the harbor we pass.

As we turn back and head towards Bayahibe, we enjoy some pleasant tunes, another snack, and a drink.

If you have a passion for snorkeling, boating, and appreciating the beauty of nature, then Catalina is an absolute must-visit destination!

Written by Kim

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