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Saona Island (Isla Saona)
Saona Island (Isla Saona)

Saona Island (Isla Saona)

Cotubanamá National Park

The Basics

Set sail across the Caribbean Sea on a speedboat or catamaran cruise to Saona Island to spend a day swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing at the island's beaches and lagoons. Full-day Saona Island tours run from Punta Cana, La Romana, Bayahibe Beach, and Santo Domingo, and often include visits to mainland sights such as Altos de Chavon. Alternatively, arrive in style on a private helicopter to enjoy spectacular views along the island's southern coast.

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Saona Island Paradise From Punta Cana
Saona Island Paradise From Punta Cana
$63.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Fun under the sun!
Our group had so much fun! The staff was very friendly! If you are planning a trip to Punta Cana this tour is a must!
Laura_G, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in La Romana

star-4
Fun
Diana_F, Jul 2021
Saona Island Paradise From Punta Cana
It was an experience, Papi Benjamin was a lot of fun, no social distancing on the speedboat, food was good. The pictures from the photographer were amazing! No seaweed at the beach, catamaran was very entertaining!
star-5
Saona Island - Just Do It!
Jude_N, Oct 2021
Saona Island Paradise From Punta Cana
We had a hotel pick up. It was a little late, but no biggie. We stopped on the way to transfer busses. Again, annoying but no biggie. The VIP lobster lunch was not really worth it. But, you do get better booze. So why 5-stars? The excursion itself is excellent! The natural pool, Saona island beautiful! I will definitely do this excursion again. It is definitely a don't miss!
star-5
saona gurl
Vernetta_y, Sep 2021
Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included
the staff which includes tour guide, photographers, boat captains, and entertainment ladies were great. kept you involved in the whole process. thank you all!
star-5
Amazing!! This was a must have in the Dominican
Joshua_B, Oct 2021
Saona Island Paradise From Punta Cana
This is a must have trip when you come to the Dominican! It’s so amazing, the water is green / blue, fantastic and beautiful. Our tour guide Pedro, could have had more energy and everyone is trying to sell you something. I have 5 stars because the overall experience was breathtaking! The catamaran was a nice touch as well.
star-5
Excellent
Svetlana_K, Aug 2021
Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included
It’s perfect experience. Thank you so much. I am highly recommend to all. The guys who accommodate me were so supportive.
star-4
Small paradise
Bernhard_K, Aug 2021
Saona Island Tour with Lunch and Pickup
Nice trip, lovely stop at the natural pool withe rhe starfishes. Very beautiful beach at Isla Saona. Food o.k. and nice catamaran at the return. Guide o. k. Only extras like fotos, Pina colada, langostas too expensive
star-5
Absolutely beautiful!
Bianca_V, Oct 2021
Saona Island Paradise From Punta Cana
From the bus ride to the tour guides. Everything was great. Service was attentive and the island is beautiful. Must go when in punta cana
star-5
Just Wonderful
Karj, Aug 2021
Saona Island Excursion by Catamaran and Speedboat
This excursion was brilliant. My fiancé and I throughly enjoyed ourselves. The best part was it all! Definitely recommended. Thank you!
star-5
Great!!
Magaly_Z, Jul 2021
Full-Day Tour to Saona Island by Sailboat
Pick up and drop off included, can be a little of a hassle but not bad at all. You know you are getting to your destination safe. Francisco was a great guide providing information in 4 languages! Lunch was provided and had an enjoyable time! Worth it for the price!
star-4
Worth doing it
Elmira_D, Oct 2021
Saona Island Paradise From Punta Cana
We loved it. We were scared about the pick up, but they have a number and you can send them a message On whatsapp, very easy and they respond instantly. The busride is indeed long (1,5hours) but worth it. Speedboat was very fun, wish they could have gone faster 😂 the time you have in Saona is actually enough. Food was good, not That special. Very good RUM! 😬 the way back was on the catamaran. We had a nice Little party.
star-5
Great experience
Ivens_P, Jul 2021
Quetzal Catamaran Cruise Prestige to Saona Island
The experience was great. Family was really happy. We'll definitely come back. Saona Island is really a nice place
star-5
Very well organized
Nadine, Jul 2021
Full-Day Tour to Saona Island by Sailboat
Really nice guide. Everything went very well. Just a bit chaotic in the beginning at the meeting point. Beautiful trip, good organizing, friendly and professional. Highly recommanding the tour

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Be sure to take everything you need as there are no shops on the island. Sunscreen, a swimsuit, and a sunhat are essentials.

  • Bring cash if you want to purchase food or drinks from beach bars and kiosks—most do not accept cards.

  • There is no Wi-Fi on the island.

  • Many passenger ferries and private boats to Saona Island are wheelchair accessible, but it's best to check with the operator in advance.

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How to Get There

Saona Island is located at the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic, and is only reachable by boat. The closest mainland town is Bayahibe. From there, Saona Island is 40 minutes away by speedboat, or two hours away on a leisurely catamaran cruise.

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When to Get There

The most popular time to visit Saona Island is during the dry summer months from December through February, and resorts can fill up quickly during the this time. Thanks to the mild Caribbean climate, it's possible to visit year-round, but while off-season visitors can benefit from reduced prices, boat tours can be canceled due to rough weather during hurricane season from August through November.

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Exploring Saona Island

After visiting the village of Mano Juan, exploring Cotubanamá Cave, and strolling the pristine Canto de la Playa beach, take a dip at a natural pool filled with giant starfish or swim and snorkel at Palmilla Beach. The island has plenty of offshore wonders too—look out for bottlenose dolphins, turtles, manatees, and whales as you cruise around the coast.

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