Amazing Private Fishing Charter with Bon
We rented the 42 ft Fortuna privately, for just the two of us, to fulfill one of our Honeymoon dreams…........ He always wanted to go Fishing for Mahi-Mahi and Marlin, and I always wanted to go snorkeling on a reef *without* 100 other people snorkeling around me. The Unique thing about Big Marlin Charters is that they offer a special “add on” to the end of your Fishing trip…....... for an extra $50 (per boat, not per person) they will bring you to a quiet reef to snorkel….... which gives you the best of both worlds!
Now for the full review…...... Alex (AKA the best First Mate EVER) picked us up right on time in a very new and very air conditioned cozy van and whisked us off to the boat dock, giving us the scoop on fishing conditions the entire way. For the record, I was very quiet the entire first part of the trip because I was continuously praying to the Sea Gods to keep me from getting sea-sick while I was out there…..... I did not want to ruin my Husband’s dream fishing trip by being sick the entire time!
Get to the dock, meet the awesome Captain, jump in a skiff, and off we go onto the Fortuna…......gorgeous boat, couches, shower, bathroom, bar (the things I noticed) and the BIG CHAIR for reeling in the fish (the thing my Husband noticed)
The seas were relatively calm… 4-6 ft waves….... and my prayers seemed to work as I found I was NOT getting sea-sick (thankyouthankyouthankyou)
We were told in advance that even though it was peak Marlin season, it was also a full moon so they were mostly feeding at late afternoon and night, not in the morning, but the morning was the only time we had to go fishing, so we set our sights on Mahi-Mahi.
Alex was able to spot some in the water, I kid you not, and within minutes my Husband landed a gorgeous Mahi-Mahi…......so bright and colorful (and a fighter!)
Alex was always busy, changing bait, cleaning up the deck, pointing out flying fish around us and giving us a generally great education on the Dominican and Fishing…...... cannot say enough good things about him.
At the end of the fishing trip we went to a quiet reef for snorkeling and found a conch shell that was easily 2 feet long, bright and beautiful, but alas, would never fit in my luggage, so we left it to decorate the sea bed. :)
We spent an additional hour more (thank you!) just relaxing on the bow of the ship, drinking some fabulous rum concoctions, looking out over the teal blue water before heading back to the dock.
Once at the doc, Alex brought us to a little outdoor restaurant where the chef cooked our Mahi-Mahi for us and added in rice, beans and sauce, fries and plantains…. it was honestly the BEST meal we had while we were in Punta Cana. If you do this option, choose grilled, not fried, you will not be disappointed.
Alex waited for us to finish our meal and, when were we ready, brought us back to the hotel…... the entire way filled with insights into the Dominican Culture, Fishing, underwater photography and more.
This would be a great trip for families, and for a boys trip too, but If more couples knew how amazing and yes, romantic, this trip can be as a couple, with both fishing and snorkeling and your own private yacht swaying in the teal blue water….... it is an easy win for Honeymooners!
My Husband has been on a lot of fishing charters and says this was the best, and most knowledgeable that he has been on. We could not have asked for a better day, and when we go back, we know EXACTLY which charter we are taking again!
Thank you Big Marlin Charters!
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