February 6, 2010
Trying to Embrace the Fun at Isla Saona
My friend and I set out beyond the beach chairs, and, there, I found the island to be absolutely stunning. The island has dense forest and shrubs that come almost to the edge of the water. The sand is white, and the water crystal clear. Thinking back, I wish I had relaxed there for a bit and took it all in.
My main issue with the excursion was that they don’t really give you time to just laze around. We were probably on Isla Saona for about two hours – not really enough time to take it all in. After our walk to the other side, my friend and I got in the water and cooled off. Before we knew it, it was time to get back on the boat to head back.
The trip back is on a faster boat, and we made a stop in a natural swimming pool with starfish. That was also quite amazing, but too quick. The boat stopped in the middle of the sea, where the water is shallow. We got out of the boat, and waded around in the crystalline waters. The main issue, for me was that there were also plenty of other boats doing the same thing, somehow taking away from the natural beauty of it all. And, before I was really ready, we had to get back on the boat and the excursion was over.
All in all, the excursion was from 10am to 4pm – six hours. But, it seemed to go by too fast. I didn’t find the moments to savor the natural beauty, and didn’t like the structured, touristy feel of it all.
At least now we know, the next time we see an offer for an expensive excursion, that we would much prefer to take a bus to a lonesome beach and laze around there all afternoon munching on snacks than go on an excursion with all the food and drinks you want.