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Excursion Saona VIP

An unforgettable experience on Saona Island

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Saona VIP Punta Cana

Welcome to our Saona VIP tour! In this premium experience you will be able to enjoy more places than in our classic Saona Island tour.

In the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic we find one of those paradises on earth that you can only visit once in a lifetime: Saona Island. As part of the National Park of the East, it is an area with an incomparable nature, where you can enjoy mangrove landscapes, coral reef and beaches like La Palmilla, with incredible yellow sand and surrounded by palm trees of the aracaceae species.

Created especially for tourists, this tour will allow you to spend more time on the island enjoying a more complete adventure. The points we will visit on this excursion will be the Mano Juan fishing village, its turtle sanctuary and the Canto de la Playa and its coral reefs. In addition, you will enjoy a private lunch in front of the sea, prepared exclusively for you and your family, friends or partner.

At the Turtle Sanctuary, in Mano Juan, you will learn how the habitats and turtles are preserved to favor their life in the sea. This is usually one of the favorite places for children.

Then, at Canto de la Playa, you will enjoy one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. Catamarans are not allowed here, so we assure you that it will be a very authentic experience away from the tourist crowds. You can also spend time at the exotic Los Flamencos beach, an incredible place to dive in its underwater waters.

Snorkeling is undoubtedly another of the highlights of the visit to Saona Island, as you will enjoy crystal clear and calm waters in which fish and diverse marine life is very abundant.

Duration of excursion: 10 hours

Departure time: 7:30 a.m. Dominican time

Pick up at hotels


Maximum capacity of 20 persons


07:30 - We will pick you up at your hotel.

10:30 - We will arrive at Bayahibe, very close to La Romana, point from where the boat leaves to Saona Island. We will go directly to the village of Mano Juan to visit the Sea Turtle Sanctuary.

Afterwards you will have lunch in a private place in Mano Juan in front of the sea.

After lunch, we will head to Canto de la Playa where, accompanied by professional guides, you will snorkel and enjoy the beauty of the Dominican seabed. On the way back to Bayahibe we will stop at the natural pool of Cotubanamá to enjoy snorkeling with the famous starfish.

17:30 - End of the excursion.

This tour lasts approximately 7 hours with round trip transportation included.

The times indicated above are approximate.

History and curiosities of Saona Island

Saona Island is not only a beautiful natural place, but it also has a very interesting history. For the Tainos, the indigenous inhabitants of the island, it was called Adamanay. It was later, with the arrival of Christopher Columbus, when the island was called Bella Savonesa in honor of Michele da Cuneo, a native of the city of Savona, Italy.

Here you can also find the famous Cotubanamá cave, where the Taino cacique of the same name was executed. Today it is another of the island's tourist attractions.

Saona is a movie island, and in the literal sense of the word. Some scenes of the film Pirates of the Caribbean were shot here. But if a movie has always marked Saona Island, that was Blue Lagoon, El Lago Azul in Spanish. Thanks to the fact that it was filmed in these landscapes, thousands of people discovered Isla Saona through the big screen.

Why do we call this tour VIP?

The VIP excursion of Saona Island has as a big difference with the classic tour that you will see a greater number of spots on the island. Mano Juan, the turtle sanctuary and Canto de la Playa, for example, are not included in the classic tour.

In addition, you will enjoy a much more personalized attention, since the groups are small, with a private lunch and professional guides who will make sure that everything goes smoothly during the tour.

Does this activity include eating lobster at the island buffet?

No. Eating lobster at the buffet is an extra service that you can book separately when you purchase the excursion.

The lobsters of our free buffet are fished every day on the beaches of Bayahibe, in order to guarantee the freshness of the product. This area of the Caribbean enjoys a large amount of crustaceans and mollusks that feed on plankton and sargassum, being its ideal environment. So you cannot leave Saona Island without tasting Dominican lobster.

What additional things will we see on this tour compared to the classic tour?

It is a very frequent question that our clients ask us "how is the Saona VIP tour different from the classic one?

Luckily, at JackCana Tours, we have an answer for everything.

Tortugas Marinas Sanctuary

Located in Mano Juan, this sanctuary is one of the attractions of this excursion. Given the delicate situation of sea turtle species in the Dominican Republic, the existence of this place is of vital importance.

In this sanctuary the turtle eggs are protected until the turtles lay their eggs. Thanks to new GPS technologies and the application of a chip in the nests, they are monitored to keep track of their situation at all times and to be able to intervene urgently in case a poacher tries to steal the eggs.

This initiative has been key to the fact that the sea turtle population has grown by more than 500% annually in the Dominican Republic.

El Canto de la Playa

El Canto de la Playa is a coastal area of great beauty. Its transparent waters and fine yellow sand surrounded by palm trees can only be visited by speedboat, so it is an uncrowded beach. It is, without any doubt, the strong point of this VIP tour. We are sure that the price difference between the VIP tour and the classic tour is worth it to visit this place.

Cotubanamá natural pool

Just 200 meters from the shore of Palmilla beach, there is a marine paradise that every tourist visiting Saona Island should know. This is the natural pool of Cotubanamá, a place where you can stand surrounded only by water.

Its crystalline waters will allow us to enjoy the marine fauna and flora of the Caribbean Sea in all its splendor.

Recommendations for this tour

On our visit to the beautiful Saona Island we will take care of everything for you to go in the most comfortable state possible, but we still recommend you to bring some essential things for the tropical climate of Saona Island:

  • A good sunscreen.
  • A beach towel.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Money and Dominican pesos in cash in case you want to buy souvenirs, gifts or souvenirs of the island.
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