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Belle promesse d'excursion incontournable!!! La vue est certes magnifique mais nous avions réservé une excursion avec un guide français: pourquoi le proposer si le guide parle anglais, espagnol et seulement le vocabulaire de base en français? D'ailleurs le groupe était uniquement composé d'américains... Le guide s'est certes montré sympathique et a fait ce qu'il a pu pour nous faire comprendre quelques points...L'arrêt au niveau de la piscine naturelle reste très surprenant: le photographe est allé chercher derrière le bateau: deux grosses étoiles de mer pour prendre des photos payantes. Attrape touriste? mieux vaut ne rien proposer que de brandir des étoiles en plastiques...Autre bémol le bar à bord de la vedette et du catamaran: un choix qui se limite à de l'eau, du rhum et du coca sortis d'une glacière. Dernier point insatisfaisant: le buffet. sur la plage. Nourriture bas de gamme et très insuffisante. Nous avons rejoint le groupe à l'heure indiqué: les plats avaient été sérieusement attaqués par le groupe précédent. Il a d'ailleurs fallu aller réclamer pour obtenir quelques tranches de fruits....Heureusement qu'il y avait la vue....mais en rapport qualité prix cela ne convient pas vraiment à notre attente
It was nice. The trip was pretty long. The stopping to pick up other guests from their hotels is what makes the trip really long actually. The guide was nice though on the way to the place where we boarded the speed boat to the island. The first stop we made in the boat was to the natural pool. In my opinion, that area was more beautiful than the actual island. The water was the gorgeous. They gave us rum and coke which was cool. The crew was really nice and they took plenty pictures. When we finally got to the island, of course they had vendors on shore that hound you to buy things. But that's pretty much every tourist area in the DR. There was a buffet and the food was great but we didn't have a lot of time to eat. Maybe about 20 minutes. I'm a slow eater so that was kinda meh... They had vendors for alcohol there so that was nice. The boat ride back was on catamaran. More free alcohol and loud music. I wish it was a non-smoking boat though. There were guests that absolutely did not care about smoking around other people not smoking. Overall it was a nice activity. Good food, nice crew, very long trip, free drinks... My only suggestion for the crew is not to allow smoking on the boat, especially when their are kids on board. I'd recommend the trip for anyone who hasn't been to Saona Island but its something I only needed to do once in my life.
Pretty good for the most part. Our 3 hrs at the island was only 2 hrs part of which time we were having our lunch. The driver was over 30 minutes late picking us up from our resort. We then were taken to a modern gas station where we were transferred to another bus. We were told that we would leave in 10 mins/5 mins but that turned into over 35 mins as the driver and the guide stood around talking to another group of locals. Everyone was sitting on the bus ready wondering what was taking so long. Very unprofessional. Would have liked to have heard more about the sugarcane on the drive how often it's harvested/how long before it grows back/how much sugar comes from a cane, etc. Once there the catamaran went slower than normal for some reason people who had been on the excursion before said it took way longer than usual. Staff was friendly, they served drinks and danced. At the island the food was actually quite tasty and enjoyable not very hot but that's expected. Only a few people trying to sell jewelry. The beach was very nice our resort beach was full of seaweed which is the main reason we went but again was only 2 hrs instead of 3 hrs. TIP: when walking into the ocean as you are standing on the beach enter on the far left side as it is the only place where there are no rocks/coral. As we were leaving we had to walk across the coral to board the boat and it was very painful. Take water shoes. The natural swimming pool was gorgeous and the area was huge-- not crowded at all. Actually saw 3 living starfish the kids on the tour were delighted.
We will ALWAYS book this excursion when we visit the DR. This was by far the best time we had during our week vacation in PC. Chino was the most AMAZING tour host. The speedboat to the island was fun. We stopped in the middle of the Caribbean in shallow waters to swim and drink rum and cokes. Afterward, we continued on speedboat to Saona. The island is absolutely stunning--pristine, warm water, white sand, tropical drinks, and a very delicious buffet lunch. After spending the day on the island, we took a catamaran back to where we first boarded. It was a party the entire way back. Great music, great drinks, great people! The entire Caribbean Route crew was amazing, welcoming, fun, and energetic. Chino--we will be back!!!