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

Saona Island (Isla Saona)

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1,632 Reviews
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
Great tour and awesome tour guide
This was an amazing trip and a must if you visit Dominican Republic. The tour guide was amazing! He kept everyone active and was well knowledgeable. Everyone was awesome. Definitely recommend.
Herbie_S, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in La Romana

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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!
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Excellent! Book this tour!
reisterm, Mar 2021
Quetzal Catamaran Cruise Prestige to Saona Island
What a phenomenal day! It felt very exclusive and personalized. Joy (tour guide) is the best! The catamaran is luxurious. Lunch was the best meal we’ve had on our vacation to the DR. The crew is so helpful and friendly. Other catamarans were PACKED with tourists. This is a more intimate gathering which feel safer in Covid times and also just feels VIP! My family will remember this forever. We have a 9 and 12 year old, so yes, this is great for kids too! However my kids were the only ones ;)
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Paradise
Brice_A, Aug 2021
Saona Island Paradise From Punta Cana
Caraibean see is amazing !!! A veritable natural swimmingpool, a realy paradise ! Coconuts trees, white beach...
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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.
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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
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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!
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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!
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Excellent
Juan_D, Aug 2021
Saona Island Paradise From Punta Cana
Everything was great, and for a fair price The boats was nice, a normal but good food, it’s important to clarify that the only liquor included is Ron other like beers are adicional Some people had a fight due this
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Saona Island
Sherry_B, Jul 2021
Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included
I would have like to spend more time enjoying the island. We only got a hour and a half and then we had to head back. It was a beautiful place
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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
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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
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Wow
Stanly_N, Aug 2021
Saona Island Paradise From Punta Cana
Everything about this trip was beautiful and amazing. I’m already dreaming about my next time out here. Hands down some of the most beautiful waters and views I’ve ever seen. The trip there n back is a little long so prepare for that but even still I’d go back tomorrow if I could !

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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