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THE 10 BEST PRIVATE EXCURSIONS FROM PUNTA CANA, BAYAHIBE, JUAN DOLIO AND BOCA CHICA

Updated: Mar 22




When we talk about a destination like the Dominican Republic, we think first all with magnificent beaches of white sand and coconut trees as far as the eye can see, a calm and turquoise sea which represent all the symbols of a dream vacation. When we go to the Punta Cana region, we say we are going to the Caribbean. This is correct but it creates confusion…


Here is a map with, in green, the separation between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Punta Cana is washed by the Atlantic Ocean, and the southern coast is bordered by the Caribbean Sea.



So you will swim in the Caribbean Sea if you go to Punta Cana? The answer is no...

That's why if you want to privatize a boat for the day, we strongly recommend that you opt for a departure from the port of Bayahibe and enjoy the turquoise and crystal clear waters at the island of Saona, Catalina or simply at the wonderful natural swimming pool.


In order to help you make your choice, we will present the differences between each place that it is possible to visit.

If you primarily want to discover dream beaches, we recommend that you opt for the island of Saona, which is full of sandy beaches white, lined with coconut trees and turquoise waters. If you want to discover the most beautiful seabed in the region, visit Catalina Island instead. The different places to visit in Saona:

To enjoy a comfortable and equipped beach, you will need to go to one of the first beaches on the island.

If you prefer to visit wild beaches, far from the tourist hustle and bustle, you will have to go to the south of the island. For this, you will have to opt for a rather small and fairly fast boat because large catamarans are not suitable (too slow and too big to make your way between the coral reefs).

Here is a map of the island of Saona, allowing you to locate the developed beaches (along the yellow line), as well as the wild beaches (marked in red (Playa del Toro and Canto de la Playa) as well as the fishing village of Mano Juan.


Map of the island of Saona with the landscaped pages in yellow and the wild beaches in red
Map of the island of Saona, showing the landscaped beaches in yellow and wild beaches in red


We present below the 10 main possible excursions depending on the size of your group, the boat used and the places visited.



1- COMFORTABLE BOAT, DISCOVERING THE WILD BEACHES IN THE SOUTH OF SAONA ISLAND FOR 10/30 PEOPLE:


Motorized catamaran in Canto de la Playa on Saona Island
Motorized catamaran in Canto de la Playa on Saona Island


Places visited: Canto de la Playa, the fishing village of Mano Juan and the turtle nursery, the natural swimming pool.

Included: Comfortable motorized trimaran, drinks (rum, beer, coca cola, sprite, water), meal, snacks, entrance to the national park, right of passage to Saona beach, fins, mask and snorkel, transport from Bayahibe and Dominicus as well as a guide in French.

Options available with extra: Transportation from Punta Cana, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica or Santo Domingo, special drinks, lobster, decoration for special events (renewal of vows, wedding, birthday, baby shower etc. ...), birthday cake or other.

Indicative price: Between $179 USD and $99 USD per person, depending on the number of participants.

Recommended route:

  • 8:30 - Meeting at our Bayahibe office

  • 9:00 - Departure of the boat for Saona Island

  • 10:30 - Arrival at Canto de la Playa to enjoy the wild beach

  • 12:30 - Departure from Canto de la Playa for the Village of Mano Juan

  • 12:50 - Arrival at the village, aperitif and meal on the beach

  • 14:00 - Visit to the turtle nursery and visit to the village

  • 2:45 p.m. - Time for a swim at the beach or shopping in local shops

  • 3:30 p.m. - Departure from Mano Juan for the natural swimming pool

  • 16:15 - Natural swimming pool, aperitif in the shallow, turquoise waters while admiring the giant starfish

  • 17:30 - Return to the port of Bayahibe


2- FAST BOAT, DISCOVERING THE WILD BEACHES IN THE SOUTH OF SAONA ISLAND FOR 2/24 PEOPLE:


Speed boat on Bayahibe beach in the Dominican Republic
Speed boat on Bayahibe beach in the Dominican Republic


Places visited: Canto de la Playa, the fishing village of Mano Juan and the turtle nursery, the natural swimming pool.

Included: Speed boat with 14 or 24 seats, drinks (rum, beer, coca cola, sprite, water), meal, snacks , entrances to the national park, right of passage to Saona beach, fins, mask and snorkel, transport from Bayahibe and Dominicus as well as a guide in French.

Options available with extra: Transport from Punta Cana, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica or Santo Domingo, special drinks, lobster, decoration for special events (renewal of vows , wedding, birthday, baby shower etc...), birthday cake or other.

Indicative price: Between $169 USD and $95 USD per person, depending on the number of participants.

Recommended route: 

  • 8:30 - Meeting at our Bayahibe office

  • 9:00 - Departure of the speed boat for Saona Island

  • 10:30 - Arrival at Canto de la Playa to enjoy the wild beach

  • 12:30 - Departure from Canto de la Playa for the Village of Mano Juan

  • 12:50 - Arrival at the village, aperitif and meal on the beach

  • 14:00 - Visit to the turtle nursery and visit to the village

  • 2:45 p.m. - Time for a swim at the beach or shopping in local shops

  • 3:30 p.m. - Departure from Mano Juan for the natural swimming pool

  • 16:15 - Natural swimming pool, aperitif in the shallow, turquoise waters while admiring the giant starfish

  • 17:30 - Return to the port of Bayahibe


3- COMFORTABLE BOAT, IN SAONA AT THE WILD BEACH OF PLAYA DEL TORO FOR 10/30 PEOPLE:


Aerial view at Playa del Toro at Saona island


Places visited: The idyllic beach Playa del Toro, the fishing village of Mano Juan and the turtle nursery, Catuano for snorkeling, the natural swimming pool.< /p>

Included: Comfortable motorized trimaran, drinks (rum, beer, coca cola, sprite, water), meal, snacks, entrance to the national park, right of passage to Saona beach, fins, mask and snorkel, transport from Bayahibe and Dominicus as well as a guide in French.

Options available with extra: Transport from Punta Cana, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica or Santo Domingo, special drinks, lobster, decoration for special events (renewal of vows , wedding, birthday, baby shower etc...), birthday cake or other.

Indicative price: Between $455 USD per person (if 2 people), $125 USD per person (if 10 people) and $79 USD (if 24 people).

Recommended route: 

  • 8:30 - Meeting at our Bayahibe office

  • 9:00 - Departure of the boat for Saona Island

  • 10:00 - Arrival at the village of Mano Juan and departure to visit the turtle nursery and visit the village

  • 11:00 Aperitif and meal on the beach and time for a swim at the beach or shopping in local shops

  • 12:00 - Typical meal on Mano Juan beach

  • 12:45 - Departure from Mano Juan for Playa del Toro

  • 1:00 p.m.- Playa del Toro for relaxation time and photo session

  • 15:00 - Departure from Playa del Toro for Catuano

  • 3:30 p.m. - Snorkeling stop at the Catuano pontoon

  • 4:00 p.m. - Departure for the natural swimming pool

  • 16:15 - Natural swimming pool, aperitif in the shallow, turquoise waters while admiring the giant starfish

  • 17:30 - Return to the port of Bayahibe


4- FAST BOAT, IN SAONA TO THE WILD BEACH OF PLAYA DEL TORO FOR 2/24 PEOPLE:


Morning view at Plya del Toro, Saona island
Morning view at Plya del Toro, Saona island


Places visited: The idyllic beach Playa del Toro, the fishing village of Mano Juan and the turtle nursery, Catuano for snorkeling, the natural swimming pool.< /p>

Included: Speed boat, drinks (rum, beer, coca cola, sprite, water), meal, snacks, park entrance national, the right of passage to Saona beach, fins, mask and snorkel, transport from Bayahibe and Dominicus as well as a guide in French.

Options available with extra: Transport from Punta Cana, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica or Santo Domingo, special drinks, lobster, decoration for special events (renewal of vows , wedding, birthday, baby shower etc...), birthday cake or other.

Indicative price: Between $455 USD per person (if 2 people), $125 USD per person (if 10 people) and $79 USD (if 24 people).

Recommended route: 

  • 8:30 - Meeting at our Bayahibe office

  • 9:00 - Departure of the speed boat for Saona Island

  • 10:00 - Arrival at the village of Mano Juan and departure to visit the turtle nursery and visit the village

  • 11:00 Aperitif and time for a swim at the beach or shopping in local shops

  • 12:00 - Typical meal on Mano Juan beach

  • 12:45 - Departure from Mano Juan for Playa del Toro

  • 1:00 p.m.- Playa del Toro for relaxation time and photo session

  • 15:00 - Departure from Playa del Toro for Catuano

  • 3:30 p.m. - Snorkeling stop at the Catuano pontoon

  • 4:00 p.m. - Departure for the natural swimming pool

  • 16:15 - Natural swimming pool, aperitif in the shallow, turquoise waters while admiring the giant starfish

  • 17:30 - Return to the port of Bayahibe


5- COMFORTABLE BOAT, IN SAONA AT A COMFORTABLE BEACH, FITTED FOR 10/30 PEOPLE:


Aerial view of a motorized catamaran at Saona Island, Dominican Republic
Aerial view of a motorized catamaran at Saona Island, Dominican Republic


Places visited: Developed beach on the island of Saona, Catuano for snorkeling, the natural swimming pool.

Included: Comfortable motorized trimaran, drinks (rum, beer, coca cola, sprite, water), meal, snacks, entrance to the national park, right of passage to Saona beach, fins, mask and snorkel, transport from Bayahibe and Dominicus as well as a guide in French.

Options available with extra: Transport from Punta Cana, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica or Santo Domingo, special drinks, lobster, decoration for special events (renewal of vows , wedding, birthday, baby shower etc...), birthday cake or other.

Indicative price: Between $159 USD and $89 USD per person, depending on the number of participants.

Recommended route: 

  • 8:30 - Meeting at our Bayahibe office

  • 9:00 - Departure of the boat for Saona Island

  • 10:00 - Snorkeling stop at the Catuano pontoon

  • 11:30 - Arrival at the equipped beach, aperitif and time for a swim

  • 12:15 - Buffet-style meal on Saona beach

  • 1:00 p.m. - Relaxation time, stroll and photo session

  • 3:30 p.m. - Departure for the natural swimming pool

  • 16:15 - Natural swimming pool, aperitif in the shallow, turquoise waters while admiring the giant starfish

  • 17:30 - Return to the port of Bayahibe


6- LARGE MOTORIZED CATAMARAN OR SAILING CATAMARAN, IN SAONA AT A COMFORTABLE BEACH FACILITATED FOR 30/120 PEOPLE:


Sailing catamaran en route to Saona Island
Sailing catamaran en route to Saona Island


Places visited: Developed beach on the island of Saona, Catuano for snorkeling, the natural swimming pool.

Included: Large motorized or sailing catamaran, drinks (rum, beer, coca cola, sprite, water), meal, snacks, entrances to the national park, right of passage to Saona beach, fins, mask and snorkel, transport from Bayahibe and Dominicus as well as a guide in French.

Options available with extra: Transport from Punta Cana, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica or Santo Domingo, special drinks, lobster, decoration for special events (renewal of vows , wedding, birthday, baby shower etc...), birthday cake or other.

Indicative price: Between $119 USD and $69 USD per person, depending on the number of participants and the boat chosen.

Recommended route: 

  • 8:30 - Meeting at our Bayahibe office

  • 9:00 - Departure of the boat for Saona Island

  • 10:00 - Snorkeling stop at the Catuano pontoon

  • 11:30 - Arrival at the equipped beach, aperitif and time for a swim

  • 12:15 - Buffet-style meal on Saona beach

  • 1:00 p.m. - Relaxation time, stroll and photo session

  • 3:00 p.m. - Departure for the natural swimming pool

  • 15:45 - Natural swimming pool, aperitif in the shallow, turquoise waters while admiring the giant starfish

  • 17:30 - Return to the port of Bayahibe


7- QUICK BOAT, AT THE NATURAL POOL FOR 2/24 PEOPLE:


Aerial view of the natural swimming pool, Saona Island, Dominican Republic
Aerial view of the natural swimming pool, Saona Island, Dominican Republic


Places visited: The natural swimming pool.

Included: Speed boat, drinks (rum, beer, coca cola, sprite, water), fins, mask and snorkel, transport from Bayahibe and Dominicus as well as a guide in French.

Options available with extra: Transport from Punta Cana, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica or Santo Domingo, special drinks.

Indicative price: Between $335 USD per person (if 2 people), $89 USD per person (if 10 people) and $55 USD (if 24 people).

Recommended route: 

  • 1:30 p.m. - Meeting at our Bayahibe office

  • 2:00 p.m. - Departure of the speed boat for Saona Island

  • 15:00 - Natural swimming pool, aperitif in the shallow, turquoise waters while admiring the giant starfish

  • 17:30 - Return to the port of Bayahibe


8- COMFORTABLE MOTORIZED CATAMARAN, WITH A NATURAL POOL FOR 10/80 PEOPLE:


Private excursion to the natural swimming pool
Private excursion to the natural swimming pool


Places visited: The natural swimming pool.

Included: Speed boat, drinks (rum, beer, coca cola, sprite, water), fins, mask and snorkel, transport from Bayahibe and Dominicus as well as a guide in French.

Options available with extra: Transport from Punta Cana, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica or Santo Domingo, special drinks.

Indicative price: Between $119 USD and $49 USD per person, depending on the number of participants

Recommended route: 

  • 1:30 p.m. - Meeting at our Bayahibe office

  • 2:00 p.m. - Departure of the speed boat for Saona Island

  • 15:00 - Natural swimming pool, aperitif in the shallow, turquoise waters while admiring the giant starfish

  • 17:30 - Return to the port of Bayahibe


9- COMFORTABLE BOAT, TO CATALINA ISLAND AND CHAVON RIVER FOR 10/30 PEOPLE:





Places visited: The 2 snorkeling sites (the mum and the acquarium), Catalina beach and the Chavon river.

Included: Comfortable motorized trimaran, drinks (rum, beer, coca cola, sprite, water), meal, snacks, entrance to the national park, right of passage to Catalina beach, fins, mask and snorkel, transport from Bayahibe and Dominicus as well as a guide in French.

Options available with extra: Transport from Punta Cana, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica or Santo Domingo, special drinks, birthday cake or other.

Indicative price: Between $149 USD and $89 USD per person, depending on the number of participants.

Recommended route: 

  • 8:30 - Meeting at our Bayahibe office

  • 9:00 - Boat departure for Catalina Island

  • 10:00 - Snorkeling stop at the 1st site, the wall

  • 11:00 - Departure from the wall for the aquarium

  • 11:30 - Snorkeling stop at the 2nd site, the aquarium

  • 12:30 - Buffet-style meal on Catalina Beach

  • 1:15 p.m. - Relaxation time on the beach, photo session or more snorkeling

  • 2:00 p.m. - Departure from Catalina for a stroll along the coast of La Romana and Casa de Campo

  • 15:00 - Go up the Chavon river to admire the sumptuous landscapes

  • 16:00 - Departure from the Chavon River

  • 4:30 p.m. - Return to the port of Bayahibe


10- LARGE MOTORIZED CATAMARAN OR SAILING CATAMARAN, ON CATALINA ISLAND AND CHAVON RIVER 30/100 PEOPLE:


View of the Chavon River in the Dominican Republic, excursion with Dominican Attitude Excursions
View of the Chavon River in the Dominican Republic, excursion with Dominican Attitude Excursions


Places visited: The 2 snorkeling sites (the mum and the acquarium), Catalina beach and the Chavon river.

Included: Large motorized or sailing catamaran, drinks (rum, beer, coca cola, sprite, water), meal, snacks, entrances to the national park, the right of passage to Catalina beach, fins, mask and snorkel, transport from Bayahibe and Dominicus as well as a guide in French.

Options available with extra: Transport from Punta Cana, Juan Dolio, Boca Chica or Santo Domingo, special drinks, birthday cake or other.

Indicative price: Between $129 USD and $79 USD per person, depending on the number of participants and the boat chosen.

Recommended route: 

  • 8:30 - Meeting at our Bayahibe office

  • 9:00 - Boat departure for Catalina Island

  • 10:00 - Snorkeling stop at the 1st site, the wall

  • 11:00 - Departure from the wall for the aquarium

  • 11:30 - Snorkeling stop at the 2nd site, the aquarium

  • 12:30 - Buffet-style meal on Catalina Beach

  • 1:15 p.m. - Relaxation time on the beach, photo shoot or more snorkeling

  • 14:00 - Departure from Catalina for a stroll along the coast of La Romana and Casa de Campo

  • 15:00 - Go up the Chavon river to admire the sumptuous landscapes

  • 16:00 - Departure from the Chavon River

  • 4:30 p.m. - Return to the port of Bayahibe


If you wish to organize a private excursion during a stay in the Dominican Republic, a host of possibilities are available to you. Do not hesitate to contact Dominican Attitude Excursions for more information or for a personalized quote by sending them an email or by contacting by whatsapp.


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