Saona Carnival Special
"Isla Saona - Eco-Adventure"
The perfect excursion for Carnival cruise passengers, wedding parties and larger families.
SeavisTours is considered the no 1 attraction in Bayahibe by the reviewers of Tripadvisor.com. Our Saona Crusoe VIP is considered the best boat excursion in the whole of the Dominican Republic (please read the reviews).
The Saona Crusoe VIP is available for passengers of Mein Schiff 2 and AIDA, docking in La Romana. For the passengers of the Carnival cruise ships we have developed the Saona Special: based on the same principles as all our tours: small groups, expert guiding and care for the environment.
!! Ship time can vary... we will change our time table to fit the port times!!
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 Saona Special fits the time-table of the ships and avoids the longer boat trip of our regular excursions. The guiding will be in English and German. This tour explores the attractions in the National Parque del Este in a relaxed way.
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.The 2 Island excursion boat The Rocks of Penon Crossing the mangrove forest Bayahibe
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.Frigate Bird Colony The Frigate Bird Relax in piscina natural
The boat then goes along and through the Mangroves into the Bay of Calderas. The mangroves are the nursery of the ocean through the protection and food they provide. We might see a lot of baby fish and, on occasion, nurse sharks and big stingrays in a very serene environment. You will be able to observe frigate birds and pelicans in the mangroves and soaring overhead....Catuano Beach - The Caribbean Dream Beach we visit on our tour Catuano Beach - artisan shops Catuano Beach - white sand and large palm trees
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.Snorkeling instruction on our 2 Island Tour Snorkeling at the Piers - lots of fish Snorkeling during our snorkel tour from Punta Cana
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.Catuano - a former strong hold of the Taino Indians Catuano Beach - comprehensive lunch Catuano Beach - Barbeque lunch on the beach
The beach has beach chairs and hammocks and we will enjoy a traditional Dominican buffet lunch, with grilled chicken, pork chops, a tuna salad and an array of salads, pastas and fruits.Arrival in the Piscina Natural Starfish in the Piscina Natural Relaxing in the Piscina Natural
On the way back to Bayahibe 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! 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!
For cruise passengers: the transfer from the cruise port to Bayahibe:
The taxi fares from the cruise port to Bayahibe (25 minutes) and back will be arranged by "TAXI CASA DE CAMPO". As soon as you leave the ship, you'll see the coordinator of the taxi association with a sign "TAXI CASA DE CAMPO". Please report to the coordinator and she will make sure you will be in the proper taxi. The costs for the round trip taxi fare is $15pp, payable in cash to us on arrival in Bayahibe. We'll make sure the taxis are on time for the return fare, so you don't miss the ship...
Here you view a Google Earth image with the view of the Cruise Port: La Romana Cruise Port View; the Taxi coordinator should be on the indicated spot. If she is not there for some reason than please follow the arrows to the Taxi Information Building (left top corner of the parking).
Here you can download a PDF with the directions to our Seavis Visitors center in Bayahibe; you can also show this to the taxi driver if necessary.
In some cases we'll ask you for a deposit. On most port days we will be fully booked and we have to disappoint cruisers who try to book .... But we also have a relatively high number of 'no shows': people with a confirmed booking who - without any notice- don't show up on the day of the tour. 'No shows' are a great expense for us (we've prepared the boats, the food, etc), but foremost: the people we had to refuse earlier could have joined the excursion..... For this reason we might ask groups larger then 8 people for a deposit of 20%. In case you can't join the tour, just phone us or send us an email and we will refund the deposit immediately.
Our other cruise ship excursions: please check the Chavon Special and the Tanama Wonders of Nature Excursion.
Now Available: transfers from the La Romana Cruise Port to Bayahibe
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