Catalina Island or Isla Catalina is a tropical island located 1.5 miles from the mainland on the south-east corner of the Dominican Republic, near La Altagracia and La Romana. It is an occasional destination for cruise ships on Caribbean routes.
The island itself is only 9.6 square kilometers in size, and is a diverse preservation of eco-systems including sand dunes, mangroves, and reefs. Formed out of coral stone, the island contains three overlapping plateaus. The highest elevation on the island is only 60 feet above sea level. The seas around the Island are rich in wildlife, with many species of birds and tropical marine fish, and there are large areas where natural sandbars offshore bring the depth to just a few feet.
We enjoyed the fascinating Catalina Island and its idyllic beaches with its magical crystal-clear waters on our trip in October 2021. We were picked up in an air-conditioned bus that trasported us to “La Romana” dock. We sailed the marvelous seas aboard a catamaran to the privileged natural aquarium called “La Pared”, where we snorkeled and admired the underwater world. After arriving at Catalina Island we had time to snorkel and discover the spectacular marine life of the warm Caribbean waters. We could also enjoy a seaside buffet lunch and magnificent white sandy beach. Gabrijela1972 video.