We just returned off the Valor 1/21/12 sailing and absolutely fell in love with LaRomana. It is stunningly beautiful and unspoiled. Our group of 15 did the Saona Special with Seavis tours and it was the best day of our cruise. Here's how it went and I'll try to attach some pics: The cost was $59a/$29c plus $15pp for RT taxi. Seavis arranged the taxis so you pay Alex @ Seavis when you get there and he pays the taxi. Upon arriving we exited the port and walked straight out to the small duty free/shopping building on the left. There was a lady from the taxi company standing there with a sign and she had a list with all of our names on it. Once everyone who booked the Seavis tour showed up, she escorted us to the taxis. They were fairly new 12 passenger vans. Clean and the ac worked fine. It was approx. a 25 min. ride from port to Bayahibe. Once there we paid Alex, got wrist bands, and were fitted with snorkel gear. We then met with Carlos (guide) and he explained the tour and showed us the route on the map. We then walked to the speedboat. It was partially covered and I believe there was 25 passengers and 5 crew onboard. We stopped at a few spots along the way to Saona and Carlos gave us a history of the area with several beautiful spots for picture taking. We ventured into the protected mangroves. They passed around a catalog to help us identify birds and fish in the area. We went to a bird sanctuary and viewed hundreds of frigate birds. They were beautiful...some with 4ft wing span and Carlos provided a lot of info about them. After that we continued on to Saona Island. It was so beautiful! White sand beach, tons of palm trees, and great snorkeling. There were beach chairs and floating mats free of charge. The tour included a lunch of steak, chicken, potatoes, fresh pineapple, rice and beans, bread, and some type of pasta salad. I did not try the pasta because it looked to be made with mayo and I didn't know how long it had been out and it was very hot so I skipped. The rest of the lunch was very good. Also included pop and rum or beer. There was no choice of type of rum or beer. There was also some vendors set up from the island selling souvenirs and clothing, art, etc. There was a lady offering massages on the beach for $20. One of the guys in our group tried it and said it was very nice. On the way back, we stopped at the natural pool which is knee deep water and hunted for starfish. It was so beautiful! At this time they provided more fresh pineapple, shots of rum, and some sort of yummy cake. After we returned to Bayahibe we were able to hold Boa Constrictors and tarantulas if you dare! Alex had the taxi vans waiting for us upon our return. It was an amazing day and I would highly recommend to all! Here are some pics:
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