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Saona Island Tour

Enjoy Saona Island in Dominican Republic

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Saona Island Excursion

In the extreme Southeast 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 Parque Nacional del Este, it is an area with incomparable nature, where you can enjoy mangroves, coral reefs and beaches such as La Palmilla, with incredible yellow sand and surrounded by palm trees of the arachaceae species. You will be able to enjoy the fantastic starfish, since they are everywhere and they are the real queens of the place. Saona Island is the turning point for many visitors to Punta Cana and we are sure that if you visit it, it can be one of the best moments of your vacation!

It is the perfect excursion to do with adults, kids, friends or a partner. Once on the island you will be able to walk through a natural pool in Caribbean Sea, since the water on Saona Island has no waves at all and only covers up to your knees. In addition, you can enjoy eating next to such a paradise, drink a mojito and even dance with our entertainment team!

Why can't you miss this excursion?

We do not know anyone who has ever regretted visiting the beautiful Saona Island from Punta Cana. And we are facing one of the most important ecological reserves in the entire Dominican Republic.

The experience of sailing through the Caribbean to the island is another reason why you cannot miss this dream excursion. The 20-kilometer strip of sea that connects Bayahibe with Saona runs along the Cotubanama National Park, to which the island also belongs.

Flora and fauna at your fingertips in 110 km2

On Isla Saona you will find some of the endemic plant species of the Dominican Republic. In total, there are 4 ecosystems that we can appreciate within the island: thickets, semi-humid forests, salty forests and, of course, mangroves.

And it is that the beach is a few meters from the jungle, in which you can enter to feel far from the rest of the planet and appreciate the true sense of well-being.

In addition, on the coast it is worth trying to spot animals such as the rhinoceros iguana or the fishing bat.

Duration of excursion: 8 hours

Departure time: 07:00 am

Hotel pick up

Every day in the morning

Saona Island Tour Itinerary

  • 07:00 - Pick up from your hotel to the meeting point.
  • 08:30 - Departure by bus from our meeting point to Bayahibe.
  • 10:30 - Arrival at Bayahibe, very close to La Romana, where you’ll embark in catamaran to Saona Island.
  • 10:45 - Time to board to the catamaran, where you can taste local drinks and enjoy the boat's entertainment group to the rhythm of Dominican music.
  • 11:45 - Arrival at Saona Island. The reason for this excursion begins, and as soon as you set foot on dry land you can start enjoying the unique landscape of beaches and jungle while we prepare lunch.
  • 13:00 - Lunch time in our open buffet that we’ve prepared in other to taste to Dominican cuisine.
  • 14:30 - Entertaining with our entertainment team that will teach you how to dance the typical Dominican music.
  • 15:30 - Return by boat to Bayahibe, pausing at the natural pool to watch the starfish.
  • 17:00 - Back transportation to your hotel to rest after a wonderful day.
  • 18:00 - End of the excursion.

* The times indicated above are approximate.

In this map you can see the points that we will visit in our excursion to Saona Island.

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.

Does this tour include eating lobster at the 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 in Bayahibe beaches, 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 is included in the Isla Saona tour?

After an early departure from the hotel, 8 hours of pure fun and activities await you on our visit to Saona Island.

The excursion to Saona Island includes the following services:

  • Transfer from the hotel to the small town of Bayahibe.
  • Embark in a catamaran from Bayahibe to Saona Island, with local drinks and entertainment group.
  • Lunch with typical Dominican food.
  • Return by speedboat to Bayahibe and then back to the hotel.

If you want a more complete experience, you can enjoy our Saona Island tour with Mano Juan, with all inclusive and a longer stay on the island.

Recommendations to go to Saona Island with our excursion

On our visit to the beautiful Saona Island we will take care of everything for you to be as comfortable as possible, but we still recommend you to bring a few essentials for the hot and sunny climate of Saona Island:
  • A good sunscreen because Saona Island is a hot island.
  • A beach towel.
  • Sunglasses to protect your eyes against the sun rays.
  • Money in case you want to buy some souvenirs of the country.

Our clients opinions about the excursion to Saona Island

“That you enjoy that excursion is worth it. Is beautiful. The attention is spectacular, the food, the Dominican buffet, and the trip aboard the catamaran... One of those essential excursions in the Dominican Republic”
Samantha Cooper
JackCana Tours Client
“It is a beautiful island, an exceptional day is spent! Traveling on a catamaran with music and entertainment and the return aboard a speedboat is a beautiful experience! Visiting the lagoon...it is the dream place!!”
Arturo Sánchez
JackCana Tours Client
“Everyone should visit this island, it is a paradise come true! If you go, you must be ready to take the best photos of your life, it is simply a wonderful activity! I have been able to visit other islands, such as Rosario or Isla Mujeres, but Saona is out of this world."
Lydia Ordoñez
JackCana Tours Client
“The beaches of this island made me fall in love from the first moment. Its crystal clear waters are a beauty and best of all, without sargassum. They take very good care of it... A wonderful activity that is worth doing..."
Lydia Ordoñez
JackCana Tours Client
“I really liked the tour. The guide was explaining everything to us very well and the stop at the natural pool in the middle of the sea with drinks and soft drinks is appreciated. By the way, the party that is organized on board the catamaran with the entertainment group is also fantastic..."
Lydia Ordoñez
JackCana Tours Client
"I wanted to see the turtle sanctuary, but they didn't have availability for the only day we could do the excursion. For the rest, great. When we got to the beach, we spent the whole day enjoying ourselves and taking photos along the walk with the palm trees. The value for money of this excursion is very good."
Lydia Ordoñez
JackCana Tours Client
Samantha Cooper
Arturo Sánchez
Lydia Ordóñez
Lucía Ortega
Gabriela Hernández
Emilia Brown

Is there free cancellation of the activity?

Yes, you can cancel the tour free of charge 24 hours in advance. After that date, we will not accept any type of cancellation, since our team will have everything ready to guarantee you an excellent quality in the activity.
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