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Saona Island facts:

Saona Island is the largest of the islands adjacent to the Dominican Republic. It belongs to the province of La Altagracia and is part of the Parque Nacional del Este.

The island is a great tourist attraction for its beautiful beaches and natural beauty.

The island has two permanent human settlements, the villages of Mano Juan and Catuano. Mano Juan is a fishing village with wooden houses and Catuano is a beach, which has a detachment of the navy.

40 species of fish, 10 corals and 124 different types of molluscs are recorded on Saona, making the area one of the most important ecological reserves in the country.


Saona Special

Details:


Adult:$ 75.00
Child:$ 50.00
Round trip transfer: $15.00

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

Min: 12 persons
Duration: 5.5 hours


*Time Table:

09:15:Pick up
09:45:Bayahibe
10:00:Depart boats
10:30:Penon
11:00:Mangroves
11:30:Catuano
01:00:Lunch
02:00:Piscina
02:45:to Bayahibe
03:15:in Bayahibe
03:30:transfer back

* We will fit the excursion within the port times of the ship.


What to bring:
- sun screen
- swim wear
- towel
- beach slippers
- snorkel gear*
- camera

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


Not Recommended for:
- pregnant women
- 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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Lancha Saona Special

The Saona Special is offered to passengers of Carnival, AIDA and Mein Schiff. The time table below refers to the ship time of Carnival. For AIDA and Mein Schiff passengers the time table will shift one hour.... The taxi transfers from the Cruise port start at 09:15am (Carnival ship time).

Itinerary:

You'll arrive in Bayahibe around 09:45am. We'll leave with the boat around 10:00am. Our first stop will be at the rock of Penon. This is a cave system along the shore and the Taino indians used them as shelter during their fishing trips. We give you information about the Taino and the inauguration of the National Park. Frigate bird with red pouch After this short stop we continue to the mangroves. The mangroves are an important eco system in the ocean. From December till May it is breeding season for the frigate bird and the males display their red pouch. Then it is off to Catuno Beach on Saona Island, we'll arrive here around 11.30am (Carnival ship time; local time 12.30am).

Catuano beach offers something for everybody. You can shop in the artisan shops, get a massage under the palm trees, just relax on the beach chairs and it offers an excellent snorkel opportunity. You can snorkel from the beach at depts that vary from 3 ft to 20ft (1 - 6 meter). Catuano beach - Saona Snorkel equipment is on the boat and our guide will offer instructions if you want. For non-confident swimmers: you can use the life jackets of the boats as additional floating support, let us show you how.... Around 01:00pm we will have a comprehensive lunch on the beach, with tuna salad, pork chops, chicken drum sticks and a variation of fruits, salads, rice and pastas. At 02:00pm we'll board the boat again to visit the piscina natural.

Relax in piscina natural The piscina natural is something special: it is part of a large sandbank and we will leave the boat in the middle of the sea to dip in the knee-deep water. We'll have a toast with some Vitamine "R" and we will look for the starfish. This gives you great photo opportunities. After +- 30 minutes we'll board again and we head back for Bayahibe.

We'll arrive in Bayahibe around 03:15pm and the taxis will be waiting to transfer you back to the cruise port.

With this excursion all drinks are included: rum punches, cooldrinks, water. Beer is only included at the lunch, if you want additional beers you can buy them on Catuano beach. No beer (glass bottles) are allowed on the boats.

 

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