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The Saona Special combines the main attractions of the area and has something for everybody:
great snorkeling, nature, artisan shopping, beach time and a nice lunch. All with an incredible
scenery. The guiding is in English. The Saona Special fits the time-table of the ships. The boat trip is with fast speedboats (400 HP), these boats are less suitable for
people with an "oversized posture".
The other options are the very relaxed Chavon Special and the Tanama Wonders of Nature tour. These two jungle tours fit all ages and all postures.
Click here to read the review of a Carnival cruiser who did the Saona Special with us!!.
We will meet in our visitors center in Bayahibe and after a short briefing we will board the speedboat and the excursion begins.
After leaving Bayahibe we proceed along the coastline of the Parque Nacional del Este (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. The guide will tell you about the history of the Parque Nacional del Este.
Next we cross the Catuano Channel to the Island of Saona. We arrive at Catuano Beach: a beautiful beach lined with palm trees and gifted with crystal clear water and pure white sand..... You can enjoy the beach, swim, snorkel or scroll along the little artisan - souvenir shops.
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. Our guide will give snorkel instruction to those who want and he will guide a tour around the Piers. The dept of the water ranges from 3 ft. to 20 ft. (1 to 6 meters). Experienced snorkelers can explore the pillars by themselves. You have never seen so many fish in all their shapes and colors.
The beach has beach chairs and hammocks and we will enjoy a traditional Dominican buffet lunch, with grilled chicken, pork chops and an array of salads, pastas and fruits.
On our way back the boat passes the Mangroves. The mangroves are the nursery of the ocean through the protection and food they provide. The guide will explain the importance of this protected area...
Then we will arrive at the "Piscina Natural", the famous natural swimming pool, voor most guetsts the highlight of the excursions. This large sand bank is well-known for the indigenous starfish which really do live there! You enjoy a drink on the sand bank in the middle of the sea 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.
In the afternoon, the boat returns to Bayahibe, a 30 minute thrill-ride away!
Due to a high number of 'No Shows' we are forced to ask for a deposit with each booking of Carnival passengers. The deposit is 20% of the amount due,
payable through paypal. You will receive the payment details together with your booking confirmation.
In case you notify us of a cancelation 24 hrs or longer before we will refund the deposit. The deposit will also be refunded if the ship for some reason doesn't port in La Romana or if SeavisTours for some reason (e.g. weather) needs to cancel the excursion.
For more information or reservations use our secure form, send us an email: or phone us: +(1) 829 714 4947.
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.
Phone: +(1) 829 714 4947
The speed boats we use are standard 26- or 30-seater 2 x 200 HP engine speed boats.
VERY IMPORTANT: The seats are standard size and anyone with a larger than average posture or body type should ask for an extra seat in order to be comfortable (extra fees may apply).
We use these speed boats for transport as they are the fastest type of transportation to get to all the beautiful stops and enjoy more time on the island. We limit the amount of boats to four per day so reserve your spot early in order to avoid being disappointed.
The price has increased with US$ 5 per person as per March 1, 2017.
We will need a minimum of 12 persons to run the tour.
Duration: 6 hours
Note: please submit your request even when the date is full; we often open a new boat!
All days:English / German
Time Table (ship time):
!! Ship time can vary... we will change our time table to fit the port times!!
09:00:Taxi cruise port
10:45:Snorkel "the Piers"
* no beers on the boat, but available in Catuano
What to bring:
- sun screen
- swim wear
- beach slippers
- snorkel gear*
- small change
* we supply snorkel gear, but take your own if you have it available
Not Available for:
- pregnant women
- people with back disorders
- deposit of 20% required
- balance is payable on arrival in Bayahibe
- US$, Euro, Pesos
- no credit cards!!
- no problems :)
Free Excursions- Discounts
You can earn free excursions when you form a group that on the cruise day exceeds 12 members. Each group member will get a discoun of 10%!
Special arrangements for group leaders, we can customize any tour. Here a review of a group leader who went with us last season.
You want to form your own group? View our offer.
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.