The other tour of our Dominican Republic vacation was an impulse decision. The day after checking into our hotel, we met with the tour company that we booked our airport transfer with, even though we didn’t have another excursion planned. As the saying goes, don’t look if you don’t want to buy, because we did exactly that! Wanting the most “bang for our buck” (like with our Scape Park excursions), we selected a day full of various activities: a mini-submarine, snorkeling at a reef, riding on a speedboat, visiting the beautiful Saona Island, and sailing back to the mainland on a catamaran. Thankfully, we had budgeted for spontaneous decisions on our vacation!
The trip from our resort in Cap Cana to our departure point in Bayahibe was rather long but tolerable since our bus was air-conditioned and had free Wi-Fi. Bayahibe was worth the long drive; it was gorgeous and did not have the seaweed issues that we did at Juanillo Beach. If we were to visit the Dominican Republic in the future, we would stay in Bayahibe instead of Cap Cana so that we could be closer to the Caribbean side of the island.
The first part of our excursion was the mini-submarine. I had pictured it as something you would see in Titanic, but in reality, it was just a boat with glass windows in the bottom deck. It was still pretty impressive seeing all the fish swimming; it felt like we were in Finding Nemo!
Then, we were able to jump into the water to go snorkeling. Beneath us was a “shipwreck” — a sunken ship from a hurricane a few years back — which was neat. I’m not a strong swimmer, so I naturally opted for a lifejacket. Also pro tip: even if you can swim, I still recommend a lifejacket because you can relax instead of needing to tread water the whole time 😉
Even though this blog post ends here, the memories do not. Stay tuned for my next Dominican Republic post about our adventure at Saona Island!