The night before this trip we approached our Nexus agent in Punta Cana to discuss whether we should cancel as the weather looked terrible. He agreed it did but convinced us the weather was better on the other side of the island and we would be fine.
It was raining as soon as we hopped on the boat. We went out over large swells to the island where we stopped on a coral wall to go snorkeling. The snorkeling was pretty good. Lots of tropical fish and coral to look at, great safety protocols and clean, new equipment.
One of the tour guides shared bread with me so I could be surrounded by the fish and also dived down to grab a crazy starfish that resembled a spider for me to play with.
The crew were great and tried to lift spirits besides the weather.
We arrived to Catalina island to transfer by open (read no roof) speedboat in torrential rain. The trip only last a few minutes but we were all absolutely soaked and running for cover. We all stood under the bar until it eased a little and we could see where we would have our lunch etc.
Lunch was nothing to be excited about. Some salads and BBQ’d chicken. We paid $40USD extra for a lobster to share. I highly recommend trying some.
There are masseuses there – $25USD for 25minutes so we indulged and had a massage in an open tent on the beach while the rain come down. At the hotel it was double that price!
All this time, I should add we are drinking lots of beer as it is included and well, what else do you do on a rainy tropical island in the Caribbean?!
We made some new friends and went back in for a swim to waste time and try warm up after lunch before torrential rain came down again. I managed to get pulled backwards over coral, scraping my toes and bending by big toenail in half. Blood everywhere, the lovely locals gave me a Cuban cigar to suck on and some Dominican rum to ease the pain.
The rain was so hard again that we could barely see outside the bar. Once it subsided we were back on the open transfer boat, soaked and drinking rum, commiserating with new friends.
We had fun but this is definitely a tour you need to do in good weather. I would love to go back in some sunshine and see this island in a whole new light!
We paid approx. $100USD per person, departimg from the Punta Cana Caribe Club Princess Resort. It’s a full day tour with nearly a two hour bus ride to the boat each way.