This tour is essential if you want to know the way of life of a small Caribbean island.
Beyond the landscapes that Saona Island offers, in Mano Juan you can see a colony of fishermen who dedicate their lives to the sea. They arrived there in the 1940s, when Leónidas Trujillo considered that the island should be inhabited, to prevent it from being controlled by external entities.
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.
Saona island with Mano Juan excursion has a big difference between 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 does the Saona tour with Mano Juan differ from the classic one?"
Luckily, at JackCana Tours, we have an answer for everything.
It is a river about 65 kilometers long that flows from the mountains of the Cordillera Oriental to its mouth in the Caribbean Sea, near La Romana. The river is known for its beautiful landscape, which includes limestone cliffs and dense vegetation.
The Chavón River is also known for the historic village of Altos de Chavón, which sits on a hill overlooking the river. This place is a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village, built in the 1970s by Italian businessman Charles Bluhdorn and Dominican architect José Antonio Caro. The village features a church, a plaza, an amphitheater, shops, restaurants, and an archaeological museum.
The construction of this village was carried out using Dominican materials, including limestone from the region, and the village was designed to serve as a cultural and tourist center for the region. Its amphitheater has hosted many international artists, such as Frank Sinatra, Carlos Santana, Sting, and Andrea Bocelli, as well as fashion and film events.
The Chavón River has been an important resource for the region for centuries. The Taíno indigenous people, the island's original inhabitants, used the river to transport goods and for fishing. During the Spanish colonial era, the river was used to transport gold and other products to ports on the coast. In the 1970s, the river became an important tourist destination.
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 tour. We are sure that the price difference between the 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:
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