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Saona Island VIP Boat Cruise

Los Melones, Dominican Republic

Experience hosted by Osvaldo

6 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 7 people
Includes drinks

What you'll do

You can start anywhere in the Punta Cana / Bavaro area for this beautiful - and often private! - cruise to Saona. It's $480 for a private group up to 7. A private chauffeur will pick you up at your hotel (booked separately) and take you to the boat. Or you can meet me directly at the boat in Bayahibe (50 mins from Bavaro).

After a quick briefing (all in English) you'll hop aboard the very comfortable boat on which you can chill and take in the sun and surroundings as we head to natural shallow-water pools, away from the crowds. You'll be free to swim and snorkel (equipment provided) and soak up the immaculate nature and warm waters.

We'll then head to the fabulous island of Saona. I know where and when to go to avoid the noisy, crazy catamaran parties!

You'll have fresh lunch served for you on board - either sandwiches and soft drinks (free). Or grilled burgers, hot-dog or vegetarian dish ($10 extra per person) or lobster or salmon ($25 extra per person) - all freshly grilled on the boat. Private transport from your accommodation in Punta Cana costs usually $150 return. I can help arrange the booking.

There will be countless photo opportunities throughout the trip. And opportunities for you to learn about the local area and nature!

Only 7 guests maximum on the boat, so you'll have a chance to meet a couple of other guests or maybe have the boat to yourselves!
Other things to note
Please note - pricing is per person based on a group of 4 per trip. If your group is less than 4 people you may book a private trip instead (select Private group pricing).
You can start anywhere in the Punta Cana / Bavaro area for this beautiful - and often private! - cruise to Saona. It's $480 for a private group up to 7. A private chauffeur will pick you up at your hotel (booked separately) and take you to the boat. Or you can meet me directly at the boat in Bayahibe (50 mins from Bavaro).

After a quick briefing (all in English) you'll hop aboard the very comfortable boat on which you can chill and t…

What's included

  • Drinks
    Selection of complementary ice-cold bottled water and soft drinks for you

Meet your host, Osvaldo

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 12 Reviews
  • Identity verified
Hi, I'm Ossy! I've spent the last 25 years skippering boats large and small, including several years in the US. I've spent most of those years leading large scale ocean clean-up projects, in particular dealing with those nasty oil spills you hear about! I'm passionate about my native Dominican Republic and its pristine nature and water. Now I want to share that passion with you and show you the most beautiful, untouched parts of this area, far from the crazy crowds... I look forward to welcoming you on board!
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From $120
/ person
Sat, Apr 24
From $480 per group
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Private groups only
From $480 per group
Sun, Apr 25
From $480 per group
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Private groups only
From $480 per group
Tue, Apr 27
From $480 per group
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Private groups only
From $480 per group

Where you'll be

Pristine shallow-water 'pools', ideal for swimming, snorkelling and relaxing in warm waters. Just off the National Park, this is Dominican Republic's natural beauty at its best - and far away from the crowds! Then we go to Saona island, where you'll be enchanted by the long, pristine white-sand beaches and their giant coconut trees and get to explore inland.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 12 reviews.

Shayna
March 2021
I rented this for myself and 3 of my friends for my birthday, and it was perfect.! You really can’t beat this deal. We were able to connect to Bluetooth and listen to our own music. There was a cooler to keep our champagne cold, and we stopped on the island and ate amazing food.! The staff was nice, very accommodating, and communication was spot on. Would definitely book again.!
I rented this for myself and 3 of my friends for my birthday, and it was perfect.! You really can’t beat this deal. We were able to connect to Bluetooth and listen to our own music…
Lisa
March 2021
Wonderful day going to saona island! We were the only ones on the boat. We brought a thumb drive and we got to listen to our favorite music!!! They caught 2 starfish and let my husband and I hold them after showing us how to! Very fun day!:)
Wonderful day going to saona island! We were the only ones on the boat. We brought a thumb drive and we got to listen to our favorite music!!! They caught 2 starfish and let my hus…
Bob
December 2020
TERRIFIC Day out! 100% recommend. We got the boat to ourselves (two people) and it was well worth it. We did have to pay $120 for transport to and from boat in addition to the boat trip but driver and car were excellent. The boat trip itself was wonderful. Great captain, great drinks, great food. The location they take you to is perfect. Would 100% recommend. Just a great, great trip!
TERRIFIC Day out! 100% recommend. We got the boat to ourselves (two people) and it was well worth it. We did have to pay $120 for transport to and from boat in addition to the b…
Jessica
December 2020
We had a wonderful, amazing day on the water with Reynoldo! He took us to two a snorkeling locations. The water is incredible. He allowed me to hook up my iPhone and play all of my music (poor guy suffered through a lot of Taylor Swift). Then there is the lobster lunch. Oh. My. Gosh. What a magical meal! Prob one of the tastiest lobsters we’ve eaten. We finished the day at the island which was nice but pretty touristy. But Reynoldo knew everyone there and we joked around to see the island’s beauty. We cannot recommend this experience more highly! It is the highlight of our trip. Def do the the lobster lunch if that is in your budget. Also the chauffeur ride from our hotel was a breeze. Thanks so much for a wonderful day! We won’t soon forget it.
We had a wonderful, amazing day on the water with Reynoldo! He took us to two a snorkeling locations. The water is incredible. He allowed me to hook up my iPhone and play all of my…
Ange
December 2020
Amazing experience in a very nice, comfortable, clean and powerful boat, ideal to discover the wonderful beaches and spots around Saona, with a great captain who made everything to delight us. We really recommend this experience with Oswaldo! We hope to renew it ASAP!
Amazing experience in a very nice, comfortable, clean and powerful boat, ideal to discover the wonderful beaches and spots around Saona, with a great captain who made everything t…
Sydney
August 2020
This trip with Osvaldo and his son EXCEEDED our expectations!! To have an amazing experience like this in August - during this Covid- time made it all the more better. The driver picked us up at our hotel (after patiently waiting forever for our hotel security AND us to be ready) - we drove to the dock. Osvaldo was super friendly and such a good time! His son helped us on the boat and we started our journey. His son played ALL of our FAVE music and let us connect our phone to the bluetooth. The service was amazing! They had phone chargers, batteries, ice and a cooler for our drinks. We sailed calmly to the island...the waters were AMAZING! The waters were crystal blue! We landed on the island, played with starfish and got to enjoy the island. The food was so DELICIOUS. We had the lobster and burgers. Cooked to perfection, the rice was seasoned well. We had our own drinks but Osvaldo still provided a delicious rum. Honestly, It was such an amazing boat ride. I would absolutely do this trip and recommend this 10x We will be back!
This trip with Osvaldo and his son EXCEEDED our expectations!! To have an amazing experience like this in August - during this Covid- time made it all the more better. The driver p…

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  • Sun, Apr 25
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  • Tue, Apr 27
    10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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    From $480 per group
  • Wed, Apr 28
    10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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    10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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    10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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  • Mon, May 3
    10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
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    From $480 per group
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Know your comfort level
Please note outdoor activities carry risks, and you may be exposed to dangerous situations as part of this experience. Make sure you can participate safely given your abilities and the conditions (such as location, weather, and equipment).

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 7 guests ages 4 and up can attend.

What to bring

Sunglasses

Suncream