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Saona Crusoe VIP - Saona Island Excursion

A guided excursion to the far end of Saona Island

Highest rated Saona Island excursion by Tripadvisor and HolidayCheck

Saona excursion for guests of Bayahibe and Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

This Saona Island Excursion is available for guests of the Bayahibe, Dominicus, La Romana and Punta Cana hotels and resorts. If you are looking for a different excursion without crowded beaches, this is the right one for you. We bring you to the places of interest away from the thousands of tourists that populate the catamaran beaches of Saona Island every day. We'll visit the three most remote beaches of Saona. The excursion is all about nature; with the feeling of a real adventure tour. We operate our own motorboats and have our own restaurant. We'll visit the small and vibrant village of Mano Juan (along the south coast of Saona Island). A quality excursion and personal attention are guaranteed. All of our tours are led by multilingual and knowledgeable guides. We leave early (ahead of the crowds) and come back late for a very full day!


Itinerary:

We meet in our visitors center on the beach of Bayahibe from where we board the motorboat and the adventure begins.

After leaving Bayahibe we proceed along the coastline of the National Park of the East until we get to the rocks of Penon, once home to the aboriginal Tainos. When lucky, we see iguanas in their rocky playground which can be 3 feet long. Sometimes we get dolphins around the boat near Penon.

On the way to the Saona Island we stop at the "Piscina Natural", the famous natural swimming pool. This large sand bank is well-known for the indigenous starfish which really do live there! We are the first boat to arrive in the Piscina so you feel alone in the middle of the ocean and can see the starfish in their natural habitat among the grasses. The water is shallow -even far from the shore it will never be more than waist deep- and the colors of the water are incredible turquoise and blue.

Mangr.



After this refreshing stop we follow the coast line and we pass the Mangroves on our way to the channel that separates Saona Island and the mainland. The mangrove forests are the nursery of the ocean through the protection and food they provide. The government has recognized the importance of this area and since September 2013 it is closed for all boat traffic. We will go along side the mangroves.

Catuano
beach



We then take you to Saona Island. We arrive at Catuano Beach, our first beach and SeavisTours' private concession beach. A beautiful beach lined with palm trees and gifted with crystal clear water and pure white sand. The beach has beach chairs and hammocks... Those who want can join the snorkel tour at "the Piers". In front of Catuano beach there is an old pier, destroyed by a hurricane. The remaining concrete pillars are teaming with fish and a heaven for snorkelers. We have snorkel equipment available...

Lunch



We will enjoy a traditional Dominican buffet lunch, with grilled fish, chicken, pork chops and an array of salads, pastas and fruits. You can enjoy the beach, swim or scroll along the little artisan - souvenir shops. You can order a 1 lbs lobster for us$10 as an add-on, the ordering should be done together with your booking. (* the number of lobster caught and spotted in the area has collapsed, we care about the environment and have decided to stop offering lobster as an extra).

 Mano 
Juan



Next stop is Mano Juan, the picturesque fishing village on Saona Island with 300 inhabitants; no cars and only solar electricity. This is our second beach stop. You have time to explore the village or swim from the beautiful beach.

Tour



One of our guides takes you on a Mano Juan village tour and shows you how the people live with very limited resources. Please bring some change, you can buy unique souvenirs in the village....

Sea
Turtles



We also visit the sea turtle project in Mano Juan. SeavisTours is the sole sponsor of this project and the purpose is to increase the survival of sea turtle hatchlings from nests found on the beaches of Saona Island. When lucky you can hold baby turtles from 2-3 days old (there is no guarantee that there are small turtles, we can't force mother nature). More information about the project and about sea turtles can be found here.

Canto



The last stop is the highlight of the excursion: the untouched Caribbean beach " Canto de la Playa" (our third beach). This beach has it all: all white sand and crystal clear water in its most beautiful colors. You will have the entire afternoon for relaxing on the beach, swimming and snorkeling in the coral gardens. The bay is protected by the reef barrier and the water is no more than 5 feet / 1.5 meter deep, making it ideal for beginning snorkelers.

Since this is the most remote corner of Saona Island you have the chance to see some remarkable sea life (sea horses, puffer fish, trumpet fish, turtles, cuttlefish, butterfly fish, flounder, tangs and stingrays to mention but a few!). The healthy coral gardens of Canto de la Playa are a work of art by Mother Nature: formed by the currents to create unusual and ery colorful sculptures. Experienced snorkelers and confident swimmers can also try the area beyond the reef barrier where the fish are bigger. The number of participants on this tour is limited to 26 persons to keep the flair of "Canto de la Playa".

In the late afternoon, the boat returns to Bayahibe, a 45 minute thrill-ride away! We'll return in our visitors center in Bayahibe and you'll have the chance to meet some of our closest friends!!

Now Available: transfers for all Saona Island Excursions from the Punta Cana hotels and resorts.


For more information or reservations use our secure form, send us an email: or phone us: +(1) 829 714 4947.

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Tour agency offering excursions and tours for guests of all Punta Cana and Bayahibe resorts and for passengers of cruise ships docking in La Romana.

Postal Address: 4 EladiaBayahibe-DominicusAltagracia23000Dominican Republic
Phone: +(1) 829 714 4947

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Saona Crusoe VIP details:


Adult:us$85
Child < 12 yr:us$43
Punta Cana transfer: $25
Juan Dolio transfer: $25
Dominicus transfer: incl.
Bayahibe transfer: incl.

Incl. all drinks, snacks, lunch, park fees, snorkel equipment, guiding

We will need a minimum of 12 persons to run the tour.

Duration: 8 hours

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Operating days:

Tue | Wed | Thu | Fri | Sat

Languages:

En | De | NL


Time Table:

07:00:Pick up Punta Cana
08:20:Pick up Bayahibe
08:30:Arrival Bayahibe
08:45:Depart boats
09:15:Penon
09:30:Piscina Natural
10:15:Mangroves
10:30:Catuano Beach
10:30:Snorkeling / Relax
11:45:Lunch *
13:00:Mano Juan
13:15:Village Tour
14:15:Canto de la Playa
16:00:to Bayahibe
17:00:in Bayahibe
17:20:transfer back

* no beers on the boat, for sale in Mano Juan


What to bring:

- sun screen
- swim wear
- towel
- beach slippers
- snorkel gear*
- small change
- camera

* we supply snorkel gear, but take your own if you have it available


Not Recommended for:

- pregnant women (pregnancy < 13 weeks)
- people with back disorders


Payments:

- no deposits
- no cancellation policy
- full payment on arrival in Bayahibe
- US$, Euro, Pesos
- no credit cards!!
- no problems :)

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Note:
The itinerary of the tour and the services offered may differ from those described on this page due to current weather conditions and availability of goods.