Fabulous full day (early pick up at hotel until suppertime), well worth the price (we pd approx $240USD for two).
Really wanted to see the starfish and were a bit disappointed when they called and cancelled our excursion (not enough reservations that day). But quickly remedied when Ingrid (from Seavis) called and offered us a replacement tour. It featured the starfish too! yay!
A scenic drive 30-minute ride from our hotel in Punta Cana to Bayahibe included a view of the mountains, sugarcane fields (we called them "rum fields"), and local life. Arriving in Bayahibe we were greeted by our team and then, within minutes, our small, intimate group was on our way. The "cap-EE-tan" gave us a thrill ride as we headed to the protected mangroves, the conch graveyard, the frigat mating grounds (awesome male birds that have large red inflatable membranes near their throats), a private beach, and the area where the Caribbean meets the Ocean. The snorkeling was awesome - first timers even enjoyed the experience! Carlos and Sting-Ray were patient with us and gave great instructions. For people like me (mid- to late-50s), it was reassuring to hear we could use our life vests if we wanted. Just made it a bit more relaxing and enjoyable for me. ha! Who knew all that beauty was right below me. *smile*
Ate a fabulous buffet lunch that featured local foods, beverages (rum too!, all included in the price of the excursion) and then spent time on a pristine beach. Then, another fun boat ride. In the clear, still, waist deep waters we stopped to view star fish and sea cucumbers. Snapped a lot of great pictures and held them in our hands. We topped it off with a Happy Hour - right in the Caribbean. What a hoot! They had a floating bar! Then back to the "office" for our last surprise... an friendly encounter with a boa constrictor and tarantula. Took a lot of pictures at no extra cost. L-o-v-e it.
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