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Pick up just as they said - at my hotel right on time. There were only 2 of us but they did not cancel the tour. You meet up with other groups from other areas and then board the boat in La Romana. Great fun! Beautiful beach. Lots of sand. Don't let crabby pants reviews scare you. There are stones in the water but they are either smooth or they are coral to snorkel around. Very easy access to swim in the beautiful sea. Drinks/lunch on the beach/swimming/snorkeling? In heaven. Right on time pick-up after all done.
Amazing place! The tour guide José Gómez was incredibly nice, very informative, always worried about our comfort and enjoyment. The trip on the boat went smoothly. The only downside was the extremely brief explanation on how to use the snorkeling equipment, so we had to come out of the water very fast, to secure our gear, and then go back into the water. But after that it just just perfect! The beach was great, the water great, and the lunch and drinks fantastic. 100 recommended!!
This was an excellent way to spend the day. The tour can begin a tad early if you're still recovering from travel, but the pickup outside of hotel or apartment where yo're staying can help mitigate that. The ride from Santo Domingo to La Romana takes about 1:302:00, but our guide Jean Carlos pointed our plenty of sights along the way and was generally very good company and conversation and the ride passed quickly. We also stopped along the way for food, drinks, or snacks to bring to the island. Once we reached La Romana, we boarded a boat with roughly 30 fellow passengers and set out. Off the coast of the island, we dropped anchor for about 3045 minutes for snorkling over a shallow reef where we saw lots of fish the water was remarkably clear. Then we headed ashore. The beach was quite lovely, and there were plenty of lounging seats to lay down and sun yourself. Jean Carlos kept an eye on all of our belongings while we were in the ocean and was very helpful. Lunch was also provided in form of typical dominican fare, but was quite good. All in all, the day trip was a lot of fun and I recommend it fully. The only reservation I would express is that if you're planning on going and you have fair skin, be sure that you wear sun screen!
Butch United States of ...
Driver took great care to make the trip as comfortable as possible. Our tour guide was outstanding, he spoke impeccable english, gave us so much information about the island and each village we passed through. His attitude and enthusiasm kept us fully engaged. The tour team stayed with us the entire day making us feel very secure. We highly recommend Viator w/Grey Line Tours.
We got picked up an dropped off at our Hotel SD. Our guide Margarita Pozo was the best! We went snorkeling in the middle of the ocean and it was amazing. There wasn't clear instructions on how to use the equipment but we figured it out. Even though it was raining, we still had fun! Food was good and Pina Coladas were yummy!
The driver/guide was great, knowledgeable about the cities and sights.
not what we expected
the beach is rocky and not swimmer friendly
pepperjackm United States of ...
Day trip worth doing but needs organization, better equipment, no off loading to , better trip and nicer beach Saona Island.
Everything was ok, I have been on better boats for the price. The snorkeling area was nice, but not a wide variety of fish, but the water was warm and clear and therefore enjoyable. The island lunch was terrible. No running water, which made me wonder how the food handlers cleaned thier hands, flies all over the food, with only half hearted attempts to shoo them away..my husband got sick after because he was not as cautious as I was. So yes for snorkeling, but I suggest you bring your own food, and definitely hand sanitizers
The voucher said the van would be there between 6 and 7 am. He got there at 7:15. That started the day off poorly, and it went downhill from there. We were the first people at the boat. No one else showed up for another hour. The Open Bar consisted of a bottle of rum, Coke and Sprite, and two unmarked gallon milk containers of some unidentifiable fruit juice. The life vests were not offered to the guests. It turned out that the reason for that was that most of them were torn and punctured. One of the guests panicked in the water when his life vest didn't keep him from sinking. The lunch was terrible. At least three of the guests were injured on the coral surrounding the beach. We also had trouble getting in touch with the local Grey Line representative, when trying to confirm that the van was going to pick us up, and return us to the hotel. This was a trainwreck journey.
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