I was undecided if I should get my deepsea fishing tour from the hotel and pay a lot of money or if I should get it from Tuti Fruiti which was not part of the hotel, the locals would have been cheaper. I went to the politour officer and I asked him for his advice. He said no problem, I know these people you have nothing to worry about. The night before I reserved a boat for my son and I for $350 for the 4 hour trip, this was after bringing it down from $700. I gave them a $50 deposit that day and the next morning I woke up and you could hear the wind blowing, cloudy and rainy. I went to the owner of the boat and I asked him if we were still going, because I didn't want to lose my deposit. He said yes, don't worry, this weather is not too bad and soon the breeze will calm down and we will go. So we sat down and waited for about an hour, then all of a sudden the owner of the boat, Robert, he says OK it's time to go. So I went. The minute I arrived at the boat, the captain asked me if I wanted to go and I said the owner of the boat told me to come and now you are asking me if I want to go? I paid the balance and we left. We went outside to where the waves break and it was very rough. But I was having a good time. All of a sudden the captain turns the boat around and comes back. The entire thing was less than 20 minutes, we didn't even put our rods in the water. They do this on purpose, you go past that point to where it is very rough so that you will get seasick on purpose, then they will turn the boat around and you lose your money. I lost my $350. They wouldn't refund me and I couldn't go another day as that was my last day in Dominican. I went to the hotel and I tried to complain and they told me that there was nothing they could do. They told me they would call the security to see if there was anything they could do. I told them I had already spoken with them. There was nothing Politour could do either, they get a commission from them, thats why they are allowed to advertise their business on the beach, its corrupt. If you book a tour, better to pay extra and book with the hotel than to pay $350 for nothing. And even at the hotel, you can still negotiate the price. My other advice, is try to go straight to the owner of the business, this way you won't be paying commissions to others, this is what makes the excursions more expensive.
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