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Saona Carnival Special - La Romana Excursions

"Saona Island Excursion"

The perfect Saona excursion for Carnival cruise passengers

!! Ship times can vary... we will change our time table to fit the port times!!

Catunao Beach on Saona Island: private beach for SeavisTours clients Catuano Beach, Saona Island

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). This jungle tour fit all ages and all postures.

Click here to read the review of a Carnival cruiser who did the Saona Special with us!!.

Itinerary of this Saona Excursion:

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, for most guests 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!

For cruise passengers: the instruction re the transfer from the cruise port to Bayahibe can be read here

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Free Shore Excursions and attractive discounts with SeavisTours:

We give away free excursions and offer a nice discount for cruisers that like to take up the challence. Check the Free Excursions page for more details.
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Our other cruise ship excursions: please check the Chavon Special .

Deposit Required:

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 40% 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.

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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

Saona Special details:

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Adult 12 yr and up:us$85
Child 2-11 yr:us$50
Infant 0-1 yr:Free*

*In case your infant needs a place to sit on the boat and on the bus please book the infant as a child. All infants are seated on the lap of their parent.

La Romana transfer: $15 *

*Payable directly to the taxi company on your way back to the port.

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

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

Duration: 6 hours

Live Availability:

Note: please submit your request even when the date is full; we often open a new boat!

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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.


All days:English / German

Time Table (ship time):

!! Ship time can vary... we will change our time table to fit the port times!!

11:00am:Taxi cruise port
11:45am:Depart Bayahibe
12:30pm:Arrival Catuano
12:45pm:Beach Time
1:15pm:Lunch *
2:30pm:Piscina Natural
3:30pm:to Bayahibe
4:00pm:in Bayahibe
4:15pm:transfer back

* no beers on the boat, but available in Catuano

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 Available for:

- pregnant women
- people with back disorders


- deposit of 40% 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.

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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.