We went on the Maranarium excursion and we had an amazing time! I would definitely recommend it. Even if you are petrified like I was. It took my husband 2 days to talk me into booking it. Swimming with sharks and sting rays just really isnít my idea of excitement. But he caught me in a weak moment and I agreed. It was soo much fun. We met in the lobby at 12:45 and hopped on a bus for about a 35 min bus ride. They take you to a beach where you board a huge catamaran with about 40-50 other people. The boat ride is about 40 mins or so but the entertainment staff is fantastic and they get everyone involved. Even staying on the boat all day would have been fun! They give you rules and tips to follow and then off you go into the water and over to a large pen where the sharks and rays are kept. At first the sharks are very intimidating. You donít really expect them to look like real sharks (like out of the movies) but they do, and they are about 10-12 feet long. The rays are also pretty big and one was about 4 feet wide. We stayed in the pen for about 40 mins. We brought an underwater camera and got some great snap shots. Back on the boat for some lunch/drinks/and dancing. Then they take you to a natural swimming pool. Basically a spot out in the ocean thatís very shallow. Overall and amazing time. Would certainly recommend trying it. Who can say that they went swimming with sharks and sting rays??
Marinarium - Punta Cana
The first was Marinarium. You go by bus to another stop, where you get on a catamaran and go out to sea, in the middle of the ocean is a caged off area where you can snorkel with nurse sharks and manta rays which was simply amazing. We had alot of fun on this catamaran, music, coco loco's and then off to a natural pool where the water is spectacular and there's a floating bar! Awesome.
Marinarium - Punta Cana
Fran from Waterloo, Ontario
My husband and I have been to the Dominican a couple times before this trip, but we met up with friends who'd never been. We decided to do a half-day excursion and settled on the Marinarium trip. To make a long story short, we weren't impressed. The half-day included snorkelling in the ocean, a stop at the natural swimming pool, the opportunity to swim with nurse sharks and stingrays, a snack and drinks on board the catamaran. The ocean was very rough that day and we were advised to snorkel without fins (not sure why, but what a mistake!). I spent the next 30 minutes struggling against the rough waves and currents, saw about 6 fish because the snorkel kept being filled with water and we were never told that the sharks/stingrays were on the opposite side of the boat we'd jump off of...so...lots of $$ (83 each) and no real event except for the boat ride and beverages. I do have one heck of a "snorkelling gone wrong" story for my friends and family though, so I guess it wasn't a complete write-off...The scenery on that trip was gorgeous, but as far as delivering what they promised I'd have to say I won't recommend this trip. I much preferred the Soana Island day and Bavaro Runners Safari Adventure day that we'd done in the past.