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“Paradis = Ile de Saona !! Paradise = Saona Island !” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Tour Caribe - Tours

El Tour Caribe - Tours
Ranked #2 of 61 Tours in Bavaro
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Owner description: We are a Canadian Owned, locally based tour operator specializing in Scuba Diving and VIP service. We can privatize or charter just about any sea excursion you wish to do. We deal only with small groups and provide personalized diving experiences in Punta Cana and area. We can custimize your dive experience to your level of comfort and experience. We also offer all PADI Scuba Diving Courses including the PADI Discover Scuba Diving.
Rive sud de Montréal
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“Paradis = Ile de Saona !! Paradise = Saona Island !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2014

Ile de Saona avec El tour Caribe

Quelle magnifique journée!! Nous avons passé la plus merveilleuse de nos journées de vacance avec Lise et Edwar a l'ile de Saona et de loin!!

J'aimerais vous donner des points négatifs ou a améliorer mais non. C'était parfait! L'entregent de Lise et le sourire contagieux d'Edwar sont sans aucun doute une des réussite de cette journée.

Que se soit en plongée ou en apnée, si vous voulez voir des coraux et des poissons c'est l'endroit rêvé. Nous avons pris des tonnes de photos et en apnée seulement. Ceux qui étaient avec nous en plongée ont eu droit a des spectacles hallucinants.

Il y a plusieurs tours organisés sur cette île avec d'autres tours organisateurs. Mais El Tour Caribe est de loin le meilleur sur place. Anecdote : Un monsieur qui voyageait seul du Dakota était avec un autre groupe et personne ne s'en occupait. Lise et Edwar s'en sont occupé comme s'il était du groupe. Le monsieur a quitté avec le sourire et je suis sur qu'il va recommander El Tour Caribe pour son prochain voyage!

Merci Lise et Edwar pour cette magnifique journée et soyez assurés que nos prochaines excursions a Punta Cana seront avec vous.

Chantal Turgeon et Marc J. Beaulieu




Saona Island with El Tour Caribe

What a wonderful day ! We spent the most wonderful day of our holiday with Lise and Edwar on Saona Island by far !

I wish to give you negative points or improve but no. It was perfect ! The interpersonal Lise and contagious smile of Edwar are undoubtedly one of the successes of this day .

Whether diving or snorkeling if you want to see coral and fish this is the place you dreamed of . We took tons of pictures on snorkeling only. Those who were with us were diving experienced an incredible spectacle .


There are several tours held on this island with other tour organizer . But El Caribe Tour was by far the best on site. Anecdote : A gentleman who was traveling alone from Dakota was with another group and nobody occupied him. Lise and Edwar took care of that as if it were in the group. The gentleman leave with a smile and I'm sure he will recommend El tour Caribe for his next trip!

Thank you Lise and Edwar for this wonderful day and be assured that our next trip to Punta Cana will be with you.

Visited March 2014
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eltourcaribeowner, Owner at El Tour Caribe - Tours, responded to this review, September 6, 2014
Google Translation
Chers clients,

Nous vous remercions pour les belles paroles et l'encouragement. Nous sommes tres heureux de savoir que vous avez bien joui de votre journée a l'ile de Saona avec nous. Nous espérons votre retour bientôt.

Dear snorkelers,

We thank you for your glowing review. We are very pleased that you enjoyed your day snorkelling in Saona Island. We look forward to your next visit!

Take care,

Lise and Edwar
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“By unanimous family vote: The BEST day of ANY vacation (by far!)”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2014

My husband, two boys (15 and 16) and I visited the Dominican Republic for the first time and found El Caribe tours through Tripadvisor. I will tell you right now that our experience was not just our favorite tour of THIS vacation, but our favorite tour of ANY spring break vacation we’ve taken!

Email communication with Lise was personal, easy and very informative. Lise gave us many options for tours but the one that enticed us the most was the Discover Scuba program. On day 1, we were picked up in their SUV and taken to their location where we watched a video and jumped right in the pool with Lise for instruction. I loved her style immediately! She said to my boys “Moms the boss at home, I’m the boss here” and they listened intently. At the end of the session we felt very comfortable in our gear. Day 2 we were picked up in a small bus and met the funny and charming Edwar, with only 4 other divers going with us on the trip. We arrived in Bayahibe and set out into the gorgeous Caribbean. We made an immediate stop for some snorkeling, where we fed the fish and got comfortable in the water. The water was crystal clear.

The confidence that Lise showed in her abilities and the true passion for what she does gave me such comfort that I never felt nervous or anxious. Going under the water for the first time was such an amazing experience. Lise and Edwar were always near, giving us signals and making us feel very comfortable. They pointed out so many beautiful sights out along the way including rock fish, eels, stingrays, flounders, some type of creepy sea spider, starfish and a giant hermit crab.

On the boat, they were always caring for us: Do you want water? Have some fruit. How is your mask? Sit in the sun and warm up. They approached each dive with true professionalism.

By the end of this full day trip, they felt like old friends, and I was giving them both hugs to say goodbye.

For those you that are avid Tripadvisor researchers before your trip, like I am, look no further… El Caribe is absolutely the place to go for your tour needs. We can’t wait to come back to El Caribe and get certified!

Lise and Edwar, thank you for giving us a beautiful lifetime memory. Jim, Brenda and the M an M boys.

Visited March 2014
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ElTourCaribe, Owner at El Tour Caribe - Tours, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Dear Discover Scuba Diving Family,

Thank you so much for the fabulous review! It was truly a pleasure teaching all of you the joy of scuba diving. Watching your faces as you discovered the beauty of the underwater world for the first time together as a family was very touching. It is a great part of the reason we love teaching scuba diving and of why we are so happy in what we do. We are proud to have been part of the most memorable moment of your family vacation. Thank you for the praise and the confidence you showed us. We will await your return visit and look forward to certifying all of you next time as PADI Open Water Divers right here in the beautiful surrounding of Punta Cana. And to the M & M boys we say a special "YOU DID IT"!!

Until then, safe travels and be happy,
Sincerely,
Lise and Edwar
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Saint John, New Brunswick
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“amazing day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

You can book with someone else and you might snorkel/dive in the same water; you might even be served a similar meal, you might be on a bigger boat ... but you will NOT get the personalized service and attention to detail we were lucky enough to have by booking with El Tour Caribe. Lise is a lovely person who showed great care in looking after her charges for the day; Edwar is charming and goofy in a good way and kept everyone entertained.

We decided to book with Lise & Edwar after reading TA reviews; email communication for booking purposes with Lise was friendly & painless. My husband, myself, brother- and sister-in-law were picked up by private transport, then switched to a slightly larger bus, there were approx 10 (5 divers, 5 snorkelers) of us with only the one stop to make the switch-over - MUCH better than getting on a big tour bus and stopping at multiple hotels. We traveled about 50 mins to the small town of Bayhibe where we took off in a boat for Saona Island, stopping almost immediately to snorkel and feed some beautiful tropical fish; then onto a snorkel/diving spot where those who chose to dive were down for approx 30-50 mins leaving the snorkelers free to bob around and admire the underwater scenery. My husband is an experienced diver and would rate the dives he had that day very highly. On his 2nd dive he was lucky enough to encounter a giant sea turtle, in addition to other sea life. From there we went to Saona Island where the snorkelers were dropped off and the divers went out for their 2nd dive and snorkelers could snorkel off the beach along an old pier; when the divers returned we had a lovely beach lunch complete with Caribbean lobster (not at all like the Maine lobster we are used to, but good to try). After a relaxing lunch we went to the natural pool and checked out the starfish, then back to Bayhibe, stopping at a souvenir/jewelry (etc.) store for a bathroom break and a quick (15 min) shopping expedition. Based on Lise's recommendation that the jewelry was high-quality I splurged a little and bought myself a beautiful bracelet and earrings, and earrings for my daughter.

If you are not looking for a big, busy 'booze cruise' type of day, you can't go wrong with El Tour Caribe, you will be in excellent hands with Lise & Edwar. Whether you were diving, or snorkeling, or wading in the natural pool looking at starfish, Lise or Edwar or one of the crew were always by your side, looking out for you, ensuring you were having a good (and safe) time.

Visited April 2013
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ElTourCaribe, Owner at El Tour Caribe - Tours, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Dear fellow Canadians,

Thank you for the glowing review. It was our pleasure to have you join us for a day of fun in the sun on our Saona Dive and Snorkel tour. We are pleased that you enjoyed yourselves and that our attention to detail is noticed. We pride ourselves on our personalized service and hope the memories of your day on the Caribbean Sea with us will be with you for a long time. We await your return visit next year when it will be time to escape the cold again!

Take care, safe travels and have fun always!
Sincerely,
Lise and Edwar
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“Saona Island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2014

We found El Tour Caribe on Trip Advisor, and after some e-mail communication with Lise we decided to book the Saona Island tour. We were picked up at our resort by Edward in a private vehicle, and my husband and I plus another couple were driven to Bayhibe. I can't express enough how nice it was to not be on a bus with 30 other people, stopping at resort after resort and just driving straight to the dock. It was even nicer on the way home! We headed out to Saona Island on a speedboat, with a stop at a natural pool for some rum and cokes & starfish photo ops. From there we headed to Saona Island, aka Paradise Island for a relaxing afternoon and great meal. Edward was with us the entire time and made us feel like we were royalty- bringing us drinks and chatting with us while we ate. We took a catamaran on the way home and he made sure we had drinks and tried (although my husband and I weren't feeling our best) to get us to dance. I'm sorry we weren't more fun! haha On the way home we stopped at a market to get some water and snacks and again I can't stress enough how nice it was to be in a private vehicle with air conditioning and leg room. I highly recommend El Tour Caribe for any of your excursion needs, we'll be booking with them again on our next visit to Punta Cana!

Visited March 2014
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ElTourCaribe, Owner at El Tour Caribe - Tours, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Dear traveller,

Thank you for the great review and for sharing your experience with the readers of Trip Advisor. We are pleased that you enjoyed yourselves on our Traditional Catamaran Sail and Speed Boat tour to Saona Island. We pride ourselves on personalizing all of the days we spend with clients and are happy to know that the details matter to those who choose to come with us. We hope to welcome you back soon for more adventures on the water. Who knows, Edwar will get you two dancing yet!! ;-)

Safe travels to you both. We await your return visit.
Sincerely,
Lise and Edwar
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Cochrane, Canada
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“100 THUMBS UP!!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2014

I have been going to the Dominican Republic for several years scuba diving, with a few different companies. I finally have had the pleasure to dive with Lise and Edwar of El Tour Caribe. They provided the best diving experience in the Dominican. Some companies with rush the diving experience as though it was a race to get to a destination. Not so with Lise and Edwar.. the pace was perfect to allow us to peek under coral and crevices for shy or tiny sealife. The groups were small and I partnered with another diver with the same level of experience. I had the opportunity to do my first ever night dive in the tropics. This was an awesome dive and we saw many things that are only seen at night. Lise and Edwar are not only very professional and precise when it comes to your diving experience, they are also entertaining and approachable. They go beyond in providing information about life in the Dominican. Both Lise and Edwar work hard on ensuring all their clients have an excellent experience on their tours. From making the initial booking, to picking you up at your resort, to enjoying a lobster lunch on the beach, to the actual dive experience itself. Lise and Edwar step out and provide a personal top notch service... I cannot say thank you for the memories enough. If you don't book your snorkel or diving tours with El Tour Caribe when you go to the Dominican Republic, you do your self a huge disservice. EVERY dive, I rate as #1

Visited February 2014
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ElTourCaribe, Owner at El Tour Caribe - Tours, responded to this review, March 31, 2014
Dear Diver,

Thank you so much for your kind words and for sharing your dive exeriences with the Trip Advisor readers. We are honoured that after diving with many different companies here in Punta Cana for such a long time, you consider our company the best! Thank you! We are very passionate about what we do and we strive to make sure that all of our divers will get out of their dives exactly what they are looking for. It was great taking you to some of our favorite dive sties and having you take your time and discover the underwater treasures that make each site unique and special. Your love of diving was matched by ours. We thank you for choosing to dive with us and look forward to your next vist. And for the record, we too think that all the sites we took you to are #1!! ;-)

Take care, safe travels and happy diving always.
Sincerely,
Lise and Edwar
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