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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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: