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From Punta Cana: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

3.6 / 5

20 reviews

Activity provider: Caribbean Sun Tours...

From Punta Cana: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

Activity provider: Caribbean Sun Tours...
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From US$ 80.52 per person

Discover the beauty of Saona Island with 3 hours of free time to explore its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

About this activity

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Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Your driver will have your name and room number on a list and pick you up in your hotel lobby or a nearby meeting point if you are staying in an Airbnb. Please be ready for pickup 15 minutes before the pickup time.


  • Take a convenient transfer to Saona Island from Punta Cana or Bavaro
  • Enjoy a tasty Dominican buffet lunch and open bar
  • Enjoy 3-hours of free time on the beautiful island
Full description
Start with pickup from your hotel in Puna Cana or Bavaro. Enjoy the scenery on the transfer to Bayahibe beach, where you'll board either a catamaran or speedboat for the ride to Saona Island.   Saona Island is a 42 square kilometer Caribbean gem off the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. Originally named "Adamanay" by the Taino Indians, the island was renamed by Christopher Columbus, during his second voyage to the Americas in 1494. Find a seat on the deck and enjoy the sun and water on the way to the idyllic island of Saona. Make a short 20-minute stop at a large natural swimming pool for a quick swim. Once you arrive, enjoy free time to explore the island at your own pace, making this tour a great choice for independent travelers. Optional activities include volleyball and dance lessons, or you can simply relax on the provided lounge chairs and sip drinks from the open bar. Stroll down the white sand beach under the swaying palm trees to collect shells or go for a swim until it's time for the barbecue-style buffet lunch. Indulge in a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, pork, rice, beans, salad, and fruit. After three hours on the island, be returned to your accommodation back on the mainland.
  • Buffet lunch (BBQ, salad and typical Dominican fare)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by catamaran or speedboat
  • Open bar with rum and soft drinks
  • 20-minute stop at a natural swimming pool
  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • National Park fees
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Cash
  • Camera
  • Swimwear

Know before you go

  • This excursion is not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • This excursion is not wheelchair accessible
  • This excursion is not suitable for those under 18 years of age
  • Information about your accommodation and confirmation is required
  • Hotel pickup is available from most Punta Cana hotels
Customer reviews

Overall rating

3.6 /5

based on 20 reviews

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The island is beautiful and definitely worth a visit. The pick-up at the hotel was on time, the trip to the port was a bit adventurous and longer than expected, since a stop at a souvenir shop (masses of tourists who are dropped off for 10 minutes) is planned - in the taxi bus and also on the catamaran every seat was used, but that didn't detract from the mood. The BBQ on the island was ok, pina cola and coconuts are not included in the booked package. During the remaining free time you can also explore quieter places on the beach. On the way back, we would have liked the guide to tell the group at the Piscina Natural not to lift the starfish out of the water.

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March 25, 2022

The Island is very nice, the natural pool is very clean. We had enough time to discover the island and snorkelling. There are very beautiful snorkelling places. The launch was really tasty. The tourist guide can speak more languages like English, French. At the end of the trip we come back with catamaran and there are a very big party with dance and music. Overall it was a really good day.

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January 28, 2022

Fun excursion to do, beautiful island!

March 19, 2022

Product ID: 324468