Girls trip to Punta Cana - first time to visit the Dominican. After much research, we chose the Saona Island tour with Seavis as our only excursion. As much as we enjoyed the rest of our trip, we were happy our tour was the last day of our trip. Otherwise, the rest of the trip would have been a disappointment. This tour was fantastic. We were scheduled to be picked up at our hotel at 7 am. We arrived at the hotel lobby at 6:40. They picked us up at 6:45 am. (We were the first stop.) Talk about promptness. It is about an hour drive to Bayahibe on the shuttle but it is air conditioned and you can visit with our tourists or sleep. Not a big deal at all.
Our tour guide, Kirsten, photographer, Tony, captain and others were fantastic. My friend and I were the only English speaking tourists on our boat/tour. We felt like this ended up being to our advantage because it really felt like we got to have more individual conversation with her, opportunities to ask more questions, etc. A few of the other tourists spoke a little English and everyone was very friendly. The visit with the starfish was great, the Rocks of Penon and the mangroves are really cool and the visit, tour and lunch at Mano Juan is amazing. It's one thing to see it but to hear the history makes it even better. The different shades of water are breathtaking. We highly recommend snorkeling at the beach visit.
On the return trip from the island back to Bayahibe, one of the props on the boat stopped working so we "had" to stop at another beautiful beach for them to either fix it or get us another boat. They were all so apologetic and accomondating but who could complain about stopping at another beautiful beach for more swimming? They fixed it within 15 minutes and we were back on our way.
Excellent service. Very personable. Good food. Good history. Fabulous views. Beautiful water. Take this trip and buy the CD of pictures - so worth the money.
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