After reading all the reviews on TripAdvisor, I pre booked my Saona Island excursion with Bayahibe Fishing Centre before I left. Communication with Sara via email was excellent.
Pickup the day of the trip from the hotel was on time and a short 10 minute cab ride from the Iberostar Dominicus.
The trip itself...incredible...any photos you see will not do it justice. And I can't say enough about Sara - multilingual, she slides effortlessly from language to language engaging all of her clientele with interesting information and what to look for. Likewise, she pays particular attention to the safety of the elderly and young. About 24 people on the boat, all ages, all nationalities.
We were taken by speed boat from Bayahibe and sailed east along the coast past the resorts, crossed a channel and onto Saona Island. You'll pass the first part of Saona Island littered with hundreds of white resin tanning chairs - that's where the others tours stop with the larger catamarans. Go there if you want to "party". Sara will take you further east where no partying catamaran dare wonder, about 2 miles east of the village of Mano Juan, to pure white sand and blue water. You'll have a few hours there to "chill" - light snacks and beverages available from Sara. A few locals setup to hawk their wares, not a big deal, they will leave you alone. You can get a massage if you like.
After a few hours boat back to Mano Juan for lunch, a small local fishing village. Lunch prepared advance by the locals. Lobster, chicken, potatoes, rice, salads, etc. The amount of lobster was astounding....everyone had their fill...impossible for anyone not to say they didn't pig out on lobster. After lunch, Sara will take you around the village for an hour, show you life around here, to a turtle hatchery, and then on to some local vendors. After that, sail on to the mangroves and the "natural pool" to see the star fish.
What a day - enjoyed by everyone - and Sara was an incredible host as were her crew. Do not hesitate to use Bayahibe Fishing Centre.
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