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Occidental Punta Cana 2018


Has anyone been to this resort in the last couple of years? We are going in February 2018 and were trying to see about tours which include snorkeling. We will only be there for 1 week - is there any special places we should see?




The snorkeling off Punta Cana typically isn’t all that great. Look for a snorkeling excursion that takes you to the south coast. It’s not a long drive (about an hour give or take) but the snorkeling is so much better that it’s worth the time.


resort was purchased last year by Barcelo resorts


Thank you for the advice. Our travel mentioned Saona Island.


That’s one of reasons we are going and the fact there has been renovations done. Do you know if there is any snorkeling off the beach here! Does not have to be great as we will take an excursion.


My point was that there is an extensive reef system offshore almost the entire stretch of the beach areas in Punta Cana. It’s too rough to snorkle around the reef and not much gets past the reef. Hence, not many shells or anything to see inshore. Some, but not many of the hotels, are not behind the reef. Their beaches are a little on the rough side. We met a couple a few years ago that were avid snorkelers. They did take the excursions that go to the south coast (twice) and thought the snorkeling was great. Saona Island is also an option, but I hear that there is not much shade to be found there. Whatever you decide, enjoy.

edit: BTW, Saona Island is off the south coast, near Bayahibe. It’s a popular tour destination, and your tour bus picking you up will likely make stops at a lot of hotels, so it’s going to be a long day.


Thank you for your input. Do you know of any forums/reviews of recent visits to this resort? I’m looking insight into tours involving snorkeling. I’ve going to Mexico the last few years du to snorkeling right for the beach area… My brother and his wife have come with us to Mexico but this will be their first visit to DR. Wanted to show him a resort with beautiful beach as far as eyes can see.