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  • Smokey Canuck
    Burlington, Canada2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overall a good day but it's a great deal of travel for only a few hours at the stops. We were at the Jewel Palm resort and from the time we got picked up (7:30 am) to dropped off was 11 hours. We were 45 minutes at the "blue lagoon" stop and 2 hours on Saona. So basically 2 hours and 45 minutes of stops for 8 hours and 15 minutes of travel time.

    We took a speed boat out to Saona and a catamaran back. When we were in Barbados, our catamaran tour Capt. ran on sails for the majority of the trip which was awesome - so quiet and so peaceful to run on wind. All of the catamaran tours we saw running that day (and there were many tour companies out there) were running on dual outboard engines which to me defeats the charm of a catamaran.

    The good:
    Saona Island is truly beautiful

    The bad:
    Lots of travel
    Lots of vendors pitching you at every section of the trip
    Open bar on the boat was limited to basic rum and warm coke in little plastic cups

    Side note: The fresh pina colada in a whole pineapple offered at Saona beach is tasty but not sure if it was worth $20 USD.

    Bottom line, a good day but be prepared for a long day of mostly sitting while in transit. Bring appropriate clothes and/or sunscreen as there is limited shade from the sun on the open water and you'll be out there for quite some time.
    Written April 28, 2024
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  • Ninadog1
    Garden Grove, California18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great experience
    The family owned tour operators were exceptional the lunch was good. The only thing I would suggest is skip the plantation tour. Shopping trap.
    Overall a great experience hiking jumping and sliding. Weee 🥳
    Recommend using this tour group highly 👍🏻
    Written May 18, 2024
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  • bco1158
    Urbandale, IA18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    To start, all of the crew were fantastic. They made sure we all had fun and provided proper instruction to maximize our snorkeling views. The reef area where we snorkeled had a great mix of tropical fish to watch. The slide and diving boards added some additional fun after snorkeling. To top of the day, the we enjoyed drinks, music and stand up paddle boarding at a super soft sandbar. If you're looking for a fun excursion that doesn't take up all of your day, take a trip with the Happy Fish crew!
    Written May 19, 2024
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  • Daniella M
    Farningham, UK61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In my humble opinion, I felt I had good value for money with this company. We were picked up from our hotel. Our trip was about 3-4 hrs long, we went to swim with the fish, photos, and feed them. Travelled to a quiet beach for rum and coconut cocktails and a little bit of throwing a football around. Off for lunch from a floating kitchen, I had the seafood lunch, husband had steak and chicken. Both had fries. I really enjoyed mine, no dickie tummy or anything afterwards! The length of time we were out was just right and we had a good time, what more do you want for eighty quid! Twice the price in Cancun!
    Written May 23, 2024
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  • Amelia
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Couldn’t recommend this tour enough for anyone wanting to visit Saona Island! Melvin was an incredible tour guide who provided a great service; he was energetic, caring and knowledgeable with a great sense of humour. The small group made it a more personal experience rather than some of the catamaran excursions on offer.

    The trip was great value for money with five different stops including the small village of Mana Juan. Most tours just go to 1 or 2 beaches but Melvin is passionate about sustainable and responsible tourism so showing us local living and culture was part of the tour. He prioritises giving back to the community which we really appreciated. We enjoyed learning about the island and local history, as well as interesting facts about the different places and wildlife we saw on our trip. The two main beaches looked like a postcard. An early start meant we had plenty of time to explore and were often the first ones to arrive at the beaches!

    The food he prepared (breakfast and lunch) was delicious and there were plenty of drinks on offer, including a lovely rum punch!

    We appreciated that he took photos of the group which he later shared, without charging for the pics which a lot of tours do. Highlight of our holiday- cannot recommend Melvin and his tour enough!
    Written May 17, 2024
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  • hoop_mpls
    Eden Prairie, Minnesota3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had fun. The trip was definitely geared for a younger crowd but, we still made the best of it. Our guide, Manuel, was fabulous. He looked out for us and was extremely helpful with translation. We were one of just a few English speaking guests.
    Written May 12, 2024
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  • Maevasoa A
    Paris, France1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing views, peaceful, quiet place and such a unique experience in DR ! The tour guides were awesome. Muchas gracias Segundo e Ilan !
    Written May 9, 2024
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  • Karol
    Omaha, NE16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best! Ronald, Wilkin, and Argenis did job creating an amazing trip for 18 women celebrating 40th birthdays. Lunch was amazing and they did everything imaginable to make it a great day. Top top recommendation!
    Written May 19, 2024
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  • Анна
    Odesa, Ukraine3 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good excursion for this price, but not the best place at the beach in Saona. Nice organization and guide. The price is the cheapest what we found.
    Written April 28, 2024
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  • Dennis W
    Lake Havasu City, AZ51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a fantastic time on this excursion. From the time you board, you are well taken care of! We had fun music, enjoyed some dancing, and tried some local mamajuana drinks on the way over to the reef. Our tour guide Juan was so fun, he took tons of pictures of us feeding the fish. After snorkeling we went to a private beach where they prepared fresh coconuts with rum and sugar 😀 Juan always had the camera going, snapping pics of everyone having fun! He gave everyone personal attention and somehow remembered our names. We threw the football around for a while and off we went to grab some delicious food in shallow waters. Be sure to find a shady spot to enjoy your meal. After lunch we waded around in shallow waters, you can snorkel again if you like. We chose to chat and enjoy our time with our new friends. We sure had a great time! Highly recommended!!! Hope you can get Juan as your tour guide!
    Written May 17, 2024
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  • Michael L
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Trip was fun…great crew…good food and drinks…Michael Jackson dancer was excellent…friendly people and great swimming/snorkeling
    Written April 7, 2024
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  • Gretchen S
    New York City, NY12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had a wonderful day out on the water. From when I first booked the tour, Heike communicated with me right away on what to expect. She quickly responded and corrected an issue I had with booking just a couple days before.

    Daniela greeted us at the port and set us up for the day (8 adults and a 1-year old). The captain and first mate spoke almost no English, so definitely take advantage of the English-speaking guide if you do not speak Spanish. The cooler was stocked with drinks for us. Since it is a private tour, you can take advantage of staying at certain spots for shorter or longer periods of time as you’d like.

    The lunch on Saona island was wonderful. We were the first ones there and after an hour or so, there still weren’t a lot of people there.
    Written April 23, 2024
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  • Meme G
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A time was definitely had on the Blue Marine!! Danny Boy is an amazing host and he showed my family and I such a great time. I really enjoyed spending my birthday on the Blue Marine and I can’t wait to travel to The DR again and experience it all over again.
    Written April 4, 2024
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  • Nevens P
    Punta Cana, Dominican Republic2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was the perfect activity i made in punta cana . A lot of adrenaline while driving the jet ski . And i love the moment we spend on the natural pool . The snack .. everything . Highly recommanded
    Written December 25, 2023
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