What do you want? Want to explore the nature for the day? Opt for a luxury boat charter. Want to delve beneath the waves? Feel the need for speed at sea? Take your seat on a power boat. Fancy the wind in your sails? Or just like to swim and relax under the shade of a palm tree? You’ll find them all in our La Romana on board section.
Saona Island Adrenaline Tour
Duration: 3 hrs.
Departing from La Romana – Casa de Campo Port, your air-conditioning bus will take you in a thirty minutes drive to Bayahíbe, a picturesque fishermen village that has grown with the tourism industry but keeps the old flavour of fishing.
You will then board the 47 foot long, triple motored Comanche or Apache speed boat. These specially designed boats are converted `cigarrette’ boats, made for speed. Your tour will take you on a thrilling boat ride along the Dominican coast where you can admire the scenic coastline and the crystal clear waters.
Your tour will stop at a wonderfully peacefully beach called `Palmilla’ for a welcome drink and swimming in the calm, blue waters. You will then head back to Bayahibe and, time permitting, make another stop at a lovely place called the Natural Swimming Pool, because of its extraordinarily calm waters, three feet deep, for a quiet swim while enjoying some refreshment drinks.
Good time to prepare yourself before your adrenaline-inducing ride back to Bayahibe, where your bus awaits to take you back to the pier.
Evening River Cruise on Chavon River
Duration: 2 hrs., 15 mins
Departing from Casa de Campo International Tourist Pier, you will travel by air-conditioning coach to the Chavon River. You will board the charming River Princess, a Mississippi style paddle-wheeler boat where you will enjoy a spectacular ride up on the Chavon River.
Admire the lush vegetation and mysterious shores of the river and find out why Oliver Stone chose its magic ambiance to shot some of the scenes of the film “Apocalypse Now”.
During the cruise, some wine and soft drinks will be served to join the music and relax while feeling the breeze. You’ll stop for a while at the dam on top of the river before heading back to the boat home river bank, with a last breathtaking view of the Chavon’s mouth in the Caribbean Sea before boarding the bus to get back to the ship.
Please note: Space is limited, so please book early. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility problems.
Boat Tour on Chavon River
Duration: 3 hrs.
Departing from Casa de Campo International Tourist Pier, you will travel by air-conditioning coach to the riverbank. You will then board a Mississipi style boat, with big paddles, for a scenic cruise along the Chavon River, where the film “Apocalypse Now” was shot. The tour guide will give some information about the importance of the Chavon River for the economy of the area, and then will invite you for a drink while listening to some typical Dominican music. Do you want to dance as well? So just do it!
Before returning to the ship you’ll stop at Altos de Chavon, the charming replica of a 17th-century Mediterranean village recreated by local artisans between 1978 and 1982, based on an idea by Charles Bludhorn and a design by Roberto Coppa. As you wander through the cobbled streets, you will be able to admire this unique village and enjoy the breathtaking panoramic view of the Chavon River.
Please note: Space is limited, so please book early. This tour is not recommended for guests with mobility problems. Please wear comfortable walking shoes because this excursion involves some walking over cobblestone streets. The order of the itinerary may vary, but all sites will be visited.
Duration: 3, 5 hrs
Our Countryside Riverboat expedition begins with a drive through the streets of La Romana and its Central Park, with a population of approximately 200,000 people situated 62 miles from the capital in air conditioned buses.
Visit small sugarcane harvesting communities called Batey located on the largest sugarcane plantation in the country owned by Central Romana Corporation. During the tour, stop and taste freshly cut sugar cane right from the field and learn about the traditional ways of living and working in a remote Batey Village and the products derived from sugarcane.
Visit a typical Dominican country home in the small town of Benerito, and see how a local family lives off the land, also you will sample tropical fruits, Dominican Coffee & Chocolate.
Then, embark on a breathtaking Riverboat ride along the famous Chavon River, venue to the filming of famous movie productions such as Apocalypse Now and Rambo. The boat has a capacity of 90 people. You will enjoy the fantastic scenery to the sound of merengue music, open bar and incredible bird watching and scenic photo opportunities of a place left standing still in time.
On your return journey to the cruise ship pier, visit an Arts and Crafts shop where you can browse and purchase local souvenirs made with Amber or Larimar as well as Dominican Cigars, ranked among the best in the world.
Duration: 1 hr., 40 mins. 3,5
Your air-conditioning bus will take you in a ten minutes ride to Casa de Campo, one of the most famous resorts in the Caribbean which have a three hundred rooms’ hotel and more than sixteen hundred deluxe home villas.
Upon arrival at Casa de Campo, your bus will take you on a tour of the magnificent grounds before arriving at the Chavon River, which was the location for the movie Apocalypse Now. Enjoy a tranquil but exhilarating journey on the waters of the Chavon River, surrounded by the natural beauty and nature of the Dominican countryside. What better way to enjoy nature than in a kayak, quietly paddling along?
After the first twenty-five to thirty paddling minutes there will be a relax stop, with some drinks to get ready for a second sail, always escorted by our very experienced escort guides. Back to the kayak’s centre, your bus will take you back to the pier.
Notes: – Included are all the equipment, instruction, lifejacket, bottled water and sodas. – It is a moderated tour guests, must be able to get in/out of the kayak without assistance and swim. – It is recommended that participants wear a swimsuit with a cover up, a hat and oil free sunscreen.
Dive in Catalina Island
The trip begins with a relaxing 30 minute boat ride right from the dock where you go ashore and are escorted to Scubafun’s custom Catamaran Dive boat. Once on board we will make sure you have the best experience available at Catalina!
For those diving, the first dive site will be at Catalina Island and you will dive “The Wall”! This dive site is a 40 to 90 foot dive with stunning coral formations and a large aquatic population. After enjoying the first dive we will go around the other side of the Island and anchor by the beach for a little fun in the sun and relax to tropical music and enjoy fresh fruit and refreshments. We will take this refreshment break as part of your surface interval.
Once you have had a chance to sample some of the local fruits, we will then go to “The Aquarium”, one of the islands best dive sites. This 40 foot dive site is rich in color with many types of fish and different soft and hard corals. After a fun filled 45 minute dive you will come aboard for the relaxing trip back to the dock so you can be on your way to the next port of call! Let us show you the true beauty of the Dominican Republic and with you we will “Explore the world one dive at a time.”
Catamaran Sail & Snorkel
Duration: 3 hrs
Departing from La Romana Casa De Campo Port your air-conditioned bus will take you to the dock where you will board the Catamaran our 82 feet long boat, which will welcome you with spacious sun decks and shaded lounge areas to relax and sunbathe or dance at the rhythm of the merengue music. You will sail along the Dominican coast admiring the great overlooking and the crystal sea.
The tour will stop at a wonderful peaceful bay for snorkeling or just swimming in the crystal sea. During the tour you will taste unique Dominican rum, fresh fruit punch and the local beer!
- The tour is managed by a tour guide.
- Snorkeling equipment available on the boat.
- Alcohol will be served only after the snorkeling for security reasons.
- Life vest will be mandatory to enter the water.
- Less than 12 years old cannot do snorkeling.
Catalina Island is situated about 5 nautical miles to the south west of the port of La Romana, has a sea-mooring arrangement for cruise vessels at its sheltered anchorage, consisting of one mooring-dolphin on its western, leeward, side.
Casa de Campo handles the Island and facilities
The anchorage is approached from open sea in the SW quadrangle. Minimum depth at the anchorage is 30 feet.
The position of the buoys is aprox: Lat: 18º21.9′ N, 069º 01.62 W, in about 23 feet of water and about 3 cables off the beach. At the southern end of the beach, Bearing 166º, Distance 5.5 cables from mooring-buoys, there is a small jetty, with about 8 feet of water at its outer end. A lot of cruise vessels call Catalina Island (at anchorage) during the year (Costa, Celebrity, P&O, Suncruises, among others). Only one ship can use the facilities of the Catalina Island at a time.
Vessels stay at anchorage and passengers are transported to the Island in tenders to enjoy a beach day. There they enjoy a buffet (provided by the ship as well as the drinks). The distance from the anchorage to the island is about one mile. Vessels can use her own tenders. Also, tenders are available operated by Operadora Catalina, two-catamaran type capacity for 240 passengers each. These two tenders have all certificates and insurances required by the cruise lines that call Catalina regularly.
In the Island there are some gift shops where the passengers can buy typical things from our country.
Facilities available at Catalina Island:
- Covered tented areas (five dining tents) with a combined capacity of 800 persons for it-down dining.
- Two covered bar areas.
- Bathroom facilities.
- One covered four-line buffet facility and accessories including two refrigerators.
- Tables and benches to allow up to 800 of the passengers to have lunch on the beach.
- 1,800 chaise lounge chairs for the beach.
- About 200 square feet of storage facilities, during the time the vessel is anchorage off Catalina Offshore mooring facility.
- Dance floor, Power generators for refrigeration and bar operations.
- Incinerators for garbage disposal.
Additional information about the Island and History
Its natives, the “tainos” called the island “Toeya” in honor of the cacique Indian or Queen Indian of the region. Still is not certain that the island was permanently inhabited: some historians refer to this island as the honored place selected by the native community that dominated the oriental part of the territory of La Hispaniola, that received the mortal rests of the cacique Indian called “Toella”, who was so loved and respected by the “Tainos”.
During the XVI century the island, according to history, was scenery of filibusters and it was where the Spanish ships that departed from Santo Domingo as well as the ones coming from Spain, Venezuela and Brazil were assaulted, stolen and burned.
Christopher Columbus baptized the island as Santa Catalina and it remained with this name in the first Spanish, Italian and French nautical charts from the XVI and XVII centuries. Since December 31, 1995, Catalina island is a Natural Monument according to the 309-95 Law and, consequently, it is automatically considered a territory under the National Direction of Parks, official institution that takes care and conserves protected national wild areas.
Like every small island, Catalina is calmly, beautiful and pleasant for its marine and earth ecosystems, which are breathtaking to all visitors. With its virgin nature, it keeps all its strength and pristine charm. Xeromorphus vegetation and small trees have grown in rocky ground, typical of a dry forest.
In the oriental coast, where strong winds come from, slope bush sized vegetation can be seen. This is particularly interesting for the ones who enjoy nature in its pristine state. Mangroves can be seen in the surroundings of the lagoon situated in the occidental coast, especially in the east and south of it. Mangroves are composed of only one species known as button mangroves.
Only during the rain period or whenever the tide is high the lagoon can be called so: otherwise, it dries and salts during most of the year. The salt impedes the vegetation to grow, except for maritime Batis, specie that grows easily in salty ground.
The dune with 4 meter height and 2 kilometer wide is formed perpendicular to the cliff that crosses the Catalina Island from southeast to northeast. The Catalina Island has three beaches: in its oriental coast, in its northern coast and in its occidental coast.
The Catalina Island has beautiful coasts surrounded by coral reefs, especially in its western coast. Crystal clear light blue water can be seen near the coast of the island and it slowly converts into a green bluish as it get deeper. The main goal of the visit is to know the island during the first hours of the morning, afterwards to enjoy a deserved buffet lunch and for the rest of the day to enjoy the beach. With all the characteristics of a tropical weather, sand, beach and sun, tour operators promote the island as the “Dream Island”.
Bayahibe Beach Break
Duration: 4,5 hrs
You will spend a very relaxing time on one of the most wonderful beaches of the Caribbean, underneath palm trees.
Departing from the pier, your air-conditioning bus will take you in a 30 minutes drive to Bayahibe, a picturesque fishermen village which has become very popular for tourism but keeps its old fishing flavor. Bayahibe’s beaches got the Blue Flag recognition because of its safe and healthy waters.
In a beach private area of a five-star resort, with all facilities, you can choose between swimming or walk on the sand, play volleyball or relax on a sun bed, have a drink or work in a gorgeous sun tan. There are common swimming pool facilities available, beach towel and sun bed are included, to refresh yourself there is an open bar with very good tropical cocktails and drinks.
More than three hours of sun, swim and relax under the shade of a palm tree, before take the bus to head back to the pier.