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“Amazing !!”

Ranked #4 of 33 things to do in Bayahibe
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Reviewed 5 June 2014

Cristal Waters, Amazing landscape, great beaches !! There was a beautiful and unique scenery that you could only find here in Dominican Republic !!
I love this place .. this is definitely a Must When Visiting DR =)

2  Thank Giniapol
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Reviewed 4 June 2014

Trip to Saona Island was great one of the highlights of our trip. A must see!!! A member of our group found a private tour outside of resort, much cheaper than booking with people at resort.

6  Thank Kevin K
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

good tour guide, very knowledgable, impressive vegitation, but be wary of the vendors - they decend on you like hawks.

2  Thank fouradventure
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Reviewed 19 May 2014

We stayed at Viva Wyndam Dominicus Beach resort. We wanted to go to the National Park of the East and Saona Island on a day trip. We gathered information from the resort ($89 -- no lobster and shorter trip), and then went exploring. I had read about Mariposa Tours on line before we arrived because I was looking for someone we could deal with in Dominicus rather than Bayahibe. Turning right outside the resort gates, we walked down the main pedestrian street. Pierre at Mariposa Tours asked if he could give us some information. We sat down and listened to his pitch. For $80 each (reg. $85), the four of us would have a full-day adventure by motorboat…including an all-you-could eat beach lunch with grilled lobster. For son #2, that was a delicious dream come true. The boat held only 28 passengers plus crew, so it was a small intimate group. It was also partially shaded.

At 8:30 the next morning, we arrived at the Dominicus offices and were transported as part of the package to nearby Bayahibe for the boat launch. Roberto was our guide. The Italian owners were an active part of the arrangements. She taking money. He came along on the boat for the day. Our family were the only four English speakers. The rest were Spanish or Italian speaking. Roberto did great switching between languages and making sure we understood what he was talking about.

Our first stop was the natural pool – a shallow water area to see starfish. The crew broke out rum & coke and waters as we shuffled around looking for sealife.

If you want a water adventure, the motorboat is the way to visit Isla Saona! It was not a calm, boring ride out to Canto de la Playa – the farthest point on the island. We spent about three hours relaxing and swimming there. There was a reef for snorkeling but it was a rough day, so my husband didn’t go out. He had brought his own snorkeling equipment. Women were available for beach massages. A man was selling fresh coconuts for $2. Roberto brought out snacks after we were there for an hour. There were about 8 other motorboats with their passengers on the island at the same time as we were. It wasn’t crowded. This location is too far for catamarans to sail to. The coconut palm tree setting was gorgeous. The warm water was clear and a beautiful turquoise.

The photographer wanted to take pictures of our family. OK. But it became a full-fledged beach photo shoot. We were good sports about it, and there were actually some pictures of all of us we ended up purchasing at the end as a souvenir of our beach adventure.

From here we went to Manojuan, a small fishing village, for a beachside lunch. We had previously dropped off our cook before we enjoyed Canto de la Playa. He grilled pork & lobster. There were sides of beans & rice, potatoes, raw cabbage/carrot salad, rolls and for dessert, freshly cut fruit. Mariposa has their own picnic tables and bathrooms. After lunch, we could walk the main street and shop at the stores or explore town. It was a relaxing lunch stop.
On the way back, we went past the mangroves and met some fishermen with their catch of fresh lobsters. We made another stop at the natural pool. Son #1 loved the warm, shallow water with the soft sandy bottom. We looked for more starfish and saw a stingray.

We chose this over a larger party boat catamaran because of the beaches we could visit with the motorboat and the buffet lunch with grilled lobster. The price was good. The boat was full the day we went so be sure not to bring large beach bags since they have to fit on your lap or at your feet. You won’t need to bring much more than sunglasses, a beach towel, lotion, some spending money, and camera. They supplied snorkel equipment if you don’t have your own. We highly recommend Mariposa Tours.

16  Thank MamaBerg87
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Reviewed 9 April 2014

Yes, it is the main attraction of the area and it gets a lot of tourists. However, the tour companies manage to organize things well and you don't feel like you're bumbing into each other, everyone gets to see the island like they'd have it for their own for a little while.

It's one little bit of paradise, unspoilt white beaches for miles and miles. No human touch, except for the little Mano Juan village.

Great snorkeling, there's something to see everywhere.
On the way to the island there's the Natural Pool. Magical place.

5  Thank CarpathianGirl13
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