WannaBoats
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Boat & Yacht Charters, Maritime Tours And Water Sports To Enjoy Unique And Exclusive Experiences In Dominican Republic, Mexico, The Bahamas & Saint Lucia.
Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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2024

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ainney12
NYC4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Family
Overall, we had a nice time and would consider using this company again. We deducted 1 star for the following;
1. We were told that although we paid for a boat through 5pm, we had to return by 4pm since the boats wanted to return earlier due to the expected storm the following day. When I asked about a partial credit or refund for the one hour that they cut from our trip, they said nothing will be refunded since it was due to weather but other boats returned well after us since we stayed to eat in the area. We were offered a 10% discount for a future booking.
2. Our captain was nice but seemed to rush us at one point when we stopped to East at the restaurant on Saona Island. More boats arrived on the island to eat so not sure what the issue was and we still tipped him 15% of our total boat rental cost since he did try to make sure we had a Nice time. The boat exhaust was pretty strong though and one of our children even said that we need to look into renting boats that are more ‘green’.
On the positive side, The boat we ended up having was a little larger than the one we reserved for 6 people. We brought life jackets that were the proper size for our children along with snorkel gear, although they have life jackets on the boat for adults. One area you must stop to see is the shallow beach off the state park which is protected land and there are huge starfish! We just cannot touch the starfish because it could hurt them. 🌞👍
Written August 16, 2021
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Many thanks you for your valuable message and the time taken to review our services. We are very happy to hear that you were overall satisfied. That day the restriction was given by same local authorities who say to be at port back at 4pm latest for your security due to tropical storm Grace was comming. As that fact was something you knew before boarding, to be back at 4pm, we cannot give any partial refund back but a discount on your next booking with us, as the entire trip was done, even on a bigger speedboat than the one booked, already 100$ USD benefit. :) We look forward to welcome you again on your next trip to Dominican Republic, to organice a new great boat charter experience for your family! Welcome Aboard!
Written August 18, 2021
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Wayland62
Boston, MA16 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
We chartered a boat from Wannaboats.com to visit Saona Island at the end of December 2022. We had a great time on the island and in the natural swimming pool (Palmilla). The beaches at Abanico and Catuano were very nice. We had a great lunch at Catuano. The food was delicious, and the view from our table to the ocean was marvelous. We loved the natural swimming pool, where we could stood up and play far from shore. In addition to the beaches, we also did snorkeling at the Catuano beach and saw sea stars off Palmilla (my kids held them in their hands underwater).

I must give Aida from Wannaboats.com a lot of credit for this nice day trip to Saona Island. She was very helpful and very attentive when I was looking for a boat that’d fit our likings. She also offered us a lot of good advice on the beaches and food, and answered a lot of my questions on the itinerary.

The captain, Omar, and his assistant, Jaime, were very friendly and helpful. They were also very flexible when we suggested changes in our itinerary. We had a later start in the morning due to an engine issue that needed some fix. But Omar kindly extended the trip and arranged the return so that we watched a beautiful sunset on our way back.

Communications with both Aida and Omar were great. They were very responsive, helpful, and accommodative. Once the boat was selected, the rest of the booking process was very straightforward.

I highly recommend wannaboats.com if you are interested in chartering a boat in the general area of Punta Cana/La Romana/Bayahibe in Dominican Republic. I also highly recommend captain Omar and his boat.
Written January 1, 2023
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Many thanks you for your valuable message and the time taken to review our services. We are very happy to receive that king of complete reviews and thank you to trust us and our customer service that we always try to do the best from us! We look forward to welcome you again on your next trip to Dominican Republic, to organice a new great boat charter experience for you! Welcome Aboard!
Written March 20, 2023
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John S
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We were a party of 4 that wanted to avoid the 18-30 loud music, party charter our hotel was offering.
We sourced WannaBoats and booked a small private charter with a skipper for the day. Well, what can I say!!! the whole experience was faultless, the communication was excellent, the booking experience was professional and courteous and we would have no hesitation in recommending this young and exciting company.
We wish them well and cogratulate them for a job well done.
Written March 12, 2020
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Dear Customer, Thank you for your message and time taken to review our services. We are very happy to know that you had a faultless experience by booking with us a private boat charter to visit Saona Island. We look forward to welcome you again on your next trip to organice a new boat charter activity. Welcome Aboard!
Written March 19, 2020
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bjcdom
Palm Beach Gardens, FL8 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I used WannaBoats to help arrange a private half-day. The cost was $450. We were sold time for a snorkel, a 'natural pool" and tropical drinks. The actual boat provider was Blue Marine. I'll start with the snorkel, it was a small, crowded reef about 5 mins from shore with very little marine life. Blue Marine had no fins for us to use which makes snorkeling in any kind of a current a challenge. Additionally, there was no ladder to get back onto the boat. One of the crew manning the boat, pulled us back onto the boat by our arms, and we both got bruises on our legs. Anyone who snorkels or dives knows this is unusual. The natural pool was a shallow beach area another 5 min boat ride away. This area was also very crowded and noisy with many party boats. In the email to WannaBoats from booking, I had requested a quiet outing and unfortunately, we didn't get that. Last note, the boat itself, it was dirty and not in good condition. The tropical drinks consisted of a bottle of vodka, run and cranberry juice, all previously opened about half full. There was a small cooler with a couple of beers and waters. I felt like the Blue Marine didn't even try, they had my money and knew I wouldn't be back. On top of paying far too much money for the experience we received. One of the crew members took photos and at the end tried to sell them to us for $250. He was visibly frustrated that I didn't pay him.
Written July 11, 2022
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Thank you for taking your time to review your experience, but here isn't the right place, let me explain you why. Right after your trip, we at WannaBoats, send you (and all clients too) and email to valuate the boat conditions and crew members service. Is on that email that you should valuate the services received by the boat operator, so other users can read it and also the same boat manager, so they can take action to repair anything. Anyway, we will make sure to send your review to the boat operator as here we are looking forward to receive reviews about our services at WannaBoats All the Best!
Written August 10, 2022
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Stuart I
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
This company is first class in responsiveness and professionalism. From the moment I reached out and booked the communication was quick direct honest and helpful. Their product clearly exceeds other sailing catamaran options in the area. Then when world circumstances make it difficult to actually keep the booking the company worked to find a responsible and fair solution. This is rare in today’s world. I can’t wait to rebook and go sailing ok their beautiful yacht.
Written March 10, 2020
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Dear Customer, Thank you for your message and time taken to review our services. We are very concerned about this global sanitary corona-virus problem and this is why our priority is to do not add another problem to our customers lives' and to solve immediately any booking refund request. Hoping we can provide you our full service so you can enjoy a great experience on a boat charter here in Dominican Republic when all this situation passes. All the Best!
Written March 19, 2020
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Lorenzo L
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
My wife and I booked a private boat to take us somewhere more nature oriented and less touristy, and we got what we asked for! Service was great, on time, super helpful, we had a few hiccups on our end that were invariably given easy solutions by the company. Boat was very clean and well kept, crew was polite and attentive. I highly recommend WannaBoats!
Written June 26, 2021
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Many thanks you for your valuable message and the time taken to review our services. We are very happy to hear that you were satisfied with the overall service We look forward to welcome you again on your next trip to Dominican Republic, to organice a new great boat charter experience for your family! Welcome Aboard!
Written August 18, 2021
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Kristina B
11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Couples
This was an unforgettable experience with breathtaking views. The crew was exceptionally professional, attentive, true experts of their craft. The catamaran was impeccably clean, and spacious. Oscar and Ileana were quick to respond and answer all of our questions.
Written April 4, 2021
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Dear Customer, Many thanks you for your valuable message and the time taken to review our services. We are very happy to hear that you had an unforgettable experience with breathtaking sea views. Also is good to know that you were comfortable with the crew onboard! :) We look forward to welcome you again on your next trip to Dominican Republic, to organice a new great boat charter experience for your family! Welcome Aboard!
Written April 7, 2021
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Brenda M
Crediton, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
WannaBoats were the perfect company to organise a private snorkelling boat charter for us. They answered all the questions we had by email quickly and efficiently. The booking process was so easy and the boat we went on for our snorkelling trip was amazing! Cannot fault WannaBoats service and would definitely recommend using them to book your boat trips whilst in Punta Cana!
Written January 30, 2020
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Thank you for your message and time taken to review our services. We are very glad to know that you had a great experience booking a private boat charter with us. We look forward to welcome you again on your next trip to organice a new boat charter activity. Welcome Aboard!
Written February 3, 2020
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Badass Empath
Austin, TX15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
I would say WannaBoats is like Air BnB for boats. There were many options to choose from, all with good descriptions and locations. The communication was really excellent, which is important when trying to arrange something in another country. I browsed at least three other services to try and set up a surprise charter for my man's 50th birthday but used WannaBoats because of the ease of use and competitive rates. I highly recommend this service!
Written November 23, 2020
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Dear Customer, Many thanks you for your sweet message and the time taken to review our services. We are very happy to be compared as the Airbnb for boats, it is exactly what we are, but we try to do our best, as you experienced, to be helpful and easy to cmunnicate with us in order to give you a better idea and the best option that suits your needs. We look forward to welcome you again on your next trip to organice a new boat charter experience for your family in Punta Cana! Welcome Aboard!
Written December 10, 2020
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Graham C
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
We booked a sailing catamaran with Wannaboats to visit Saono Island.

We have chartered many yachts in the Mediterranean but never the Caribbean. We had high hopes!

From the start the booking team were attentive and on the ball! Communicating through and managing us really well when we had to cancel due to the sea state being too bad to sail! They organised a high class chauffeur’s car to pick us up and drop us back to the hotel, completely seamlessly rather than a scary minibus taxi like most!

The boat was spacious and exactly as sold to us (the same boat turning up that is in the pictures sent to you is always a good start)

The crew were fantastic, our “service” crew member “Sam” was incredibly attentive and went above and beyond finding us sunbeds in the shade on the beach we visited, getting us our own table to eat at so we weren’t bothered by beach vendors, he even gathered up some beautiful shells to show us on the beach!

We went swimming and snorkelling and found fish and stir fish and the captain even managed to find dolphins that played off the bow for most of the trip back!

We couldn’t have asked for more!

(WARNING..sun cream is essential as the wind makes you feel like you aren’t burning in the sun but trust us….you are!! 🤣🏝️☀️)

Doing this trip privately with wannaboats meant that we visited places away from the mass crowds of “tourists” getting a much more exclusive experience of the beautiful island of Republica Dominicana! 😍😍

An incredible experience, cannot recommend enough!

The perfect last day to our trip! 🐬
Written November 11, 2022
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Many thanks you for your valuable message and the time taken to review our services. We are so happy to receive that king of complete reviews and to hear that you had a great last day experience with this catamaran sailing trip to Saona island. We look forward to welcome you again on your next trip to Dominican Republic, to organice a new great boat charter experience for you! Welcome Aboard!
Written March 20, 2023
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