This tour is all about relaxing in paradise, as you'll cruise to nearby Catalina Island to do whatever you please at the beach, even if it's nothing more industrious than sunbathing.
Depart right from the pier on a tender bound due south for Catalina Island, which you can easily see offshore. It's only a mile and a half from the Dominican mainland, but it seems to be light years away from civilization. Small and only 60 feet high at its peak, Catalina Island contains several diverse eco-systems, including sand dunes, mangroves and reefs. Still, it's the long stretch of unspoiled beach that appeals to most visitors, perhaps even Christopher Columbus, who named the island when he landed in 1494.
Most of the diversions on Catalina Island revolve around beach activities. Sip a cool welcoming drink, stretch out on the sugar-white beach and watch the waves gently break on the shore. Read a book in a cushy lounge chair. Enjoy a meandering walk with absolutely no destination in mind or swim in the inviting turquoise sea.
The nearly three hours spent ashore is your time to do whatever you desire, at your own pace. You're sure to have wonderful memories, but if you're looking for something more tangible to remember paradise, browse the quaint gift shops clustered about the beach. Afterwards, join the tender for the carefree cruise back to the pier at La Romana.
Please note: Walking on this tour is mainly at the guests' discretion. There are sandy surfaces to negotiate at the beach but a flat solid surface as well. The tour is available to wheelchair guests who have a collapsible wheelchair, are able to make their way on and off the tender with assistance and have an able-bodied companion to assist them ashore. Those with mobility concerns are cautioned to carefully evaluate their personal level of stamina and ability. Swimwear worn under a cover-up; sun cap; sunglasses; sunscreen; and flat, comfortable walking shoes are recommended. Alcoholic beverages will only be served to those over 21 years of age. A cash bar and restrooms are available at the beach. Those who participate in any water activities do so at their own risk and responsibility.