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Saona Island: Our most recommended tours and activities

Punta Cana: Catamaran Boat to Saona Island with Buffet Lunch

1. Punta Cana: Catamaran Boat to Saona Island with Buffet Lunch

Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off, stop off at a huge natural swimming pool, and enjoy snacks as you go. Benefit from the services of a guide, ride a speed boat and catamaran, and feast on a buffet lunch including drinks. Begin the tour by boarding a speedboat and jetting off to Saona Island. On the way, stop to swim in a waist-deep natural swimming pool with transparent waters. If you're lucky you'll see some starfish. When you arrive at Isla Saona, you'll have many activities to choose from. Wade in the turquoise waters, visit the open bar, take a nap on a beach lounge chair, walk along the coastline, or play volleyball. Indulge in a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, pork, rice, beans, salad, and fruit. You can even enjoy lobster and premium drinks when you book the VIP option. Take your time to discover the island and do it all.

Bayahibe: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

2. Bayahibe: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

Take a trip to Saona Island to be surrounded by white-sand beaches, turquoise clear waters, and countless palm trees. Enjoy an inviting atmosphere perfect for relaxing throughout your tour. Be picked up from your hotel and travel to Bayahibe. Hop on board the speed boat for Saona Island via the Caribbean Sea. Stop halfway through your trip for a break at a beautiful natural pool. Continue your journey before arriving at Saona Island with about 3.5 hours to relax. At 2:35 PM, board a catamaran for the return ride to Bayahibe. Enjoy a party atmosphere where you can dance throughout the 1.5-hour journey. At the conclusion of your day out in the sun, enjoy drop-off back at your accommodation.

Saona Island: Full-Day Boat Tour with Buffet Lunch & Drinks

3. Saona Island: Full-Day Boat Tour with Buffet Lunch & Drinks

Climb aboard and feel the breeze as you cross the Caribbean Sea by speedboat on this full-day island excursion. Travel to the beautiful island of Saona and go for a swim in a natural pool and sandbank in the middle of the sea. Start your tour at the Cotubanamá National Park. Head to Palmilla, a natural swimming pool, and enjoy drinks as you frolic in the turquoise waters. Interact with starfish and other marine life.  Afterward, head to the island beach club for three hours of free time: laze on the beach, go swimming, or play beach volleyball. Enjoy a buffet lunch before continuing with a catamaran cruise on the calm waters.

Punta Cana: Saona Island and Buggy Combo

4. Punta Cana: Saona Island and Buggy Combo

Book a package tour in Punta Cana full of adrenaline, relaxation, beautiful scenery, and more. Experience a speedboat tour of the Caribbean sea with music and a bar on the first day. Next, take a buddy ride with a GoPro camera in the rural area followed by a visit to Macao Beach. Visit Soana Island in the Dominican Republic. Begin by hitting the Caribbean Sea on a speedboat, before slowly cruising your way back to the mainland on a spacious catamaran. Enjoy music and an open bar, allowing you to best enjoy your time away from Punta Cana. On the next day, prepare to start your engines at a secluded ranch in Macao. Fire up your buggy, which is equipped with a GoPro camera to record your adventure, before tearing through remote farmland. These narrow, secluded country roads offer a safe haven for deep pools of mud. Make 3 stops throughout your buggy tour. Visit a sleepy country plantation for an introduction to some of the Dominican Republic's most sought-after produce, before descending into a picturesque cenote replete with a subterranean river that is perfect for swimming. Take in Macao Beach, one of the best beaches in the coastal stretch of Punta Cana. Experience an idealistic Caribbean shore with amber sands, rows of coconut palms, and azure waters. At the conclusion of your experience, return to your accommodation in Punta Cana.

Punta Cana: Saona Island Day Trip

5. Punta Cana: Saona Island Day Trip

Saona island Saona Island is the most popular excursion offered in the Dominican Republic. The island is a natural park (protected as a natural reserve) it’s a virgin island with beautiful beaches and speechless coastlines full of palm trees. While on the island you can relax on a chair lounge, hang out by our all inclusive beach bar, play beach volleyball. Around mid day we open our beach buffet for a typical Dominican lunch that includes: chicken, pork, rice, vegetables, beans, salad and fruit, or walk the coastline.

From Punta Cana: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

6. From Punta Cana: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

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.

Punta Cana: Saona Island and Altos de Chavón Day Trip

7. Punta Cana: Saona Island and Altos de Chavón Day Trip

Explore the Mediterranean-style village of Altos de Chavon and dig your toes in the sand of Saona Island on this day trip from Punta Cana. Enjoy live commentary from a guide, savor a buffet lunch with unlimited drinks, and tickets to the East National Park. Head to Altos de Chavón to see a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village perched above the Chavón River. Admire the work of artisans from the Dominican Republic who crafted the village in detail. Board a catamaran and cruise to Saona Island and get back to nature in the government-protected reserve. Relax on the beach and top up your tan, or go for a swim. Explore the tropical surroundings at leisure and discover one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Marvel at the white sand and coconut palms before a BBQ buffet lunch of typical island fare. Make use of the open bar and sample local drinks before returning to Punta Cana.

Saona Island: Virgin Beaches far away from the crowd

8. Saona Island: Virgin Beaches far away from the crowd

Discover the magic of Saona Island on this guided day trip with hotel pickup and drop-off from select locations. Soak up some sun with free time on the beach of Canto. Savor a delicious Dominican lunch on the beach and visit a turtle nursery. Dive into a natural pool in search of giant starfish.  Be picked up from the comfort of your accommodation and relax on the transfer to the speedboat in Bayahibe. Feel the wind in your hair as you glide to the Cotubanama National Park for a short stop in front of the Penon cliff. Hear about the Taino natives, the first inhabitants of the island. Cruise to the mangroves whose roots reach into the sea water creating a unique ecosystem. Reach the white sands of Canto de la Playa. Have free time to watch the crystal-clear water lap at the coconut-treelined shore. Cut across the water to the village of Mano Juan for a Dominican lunch with hearty dishes like fish, chicken, rise, pasta, and fruit. Once done with lunch, visit the village of Mano Juan with your guide and get a glimpse of what local life is like. Stop at a turtle nursery where a local family takes care of the incubation of eggs during the laying period and releases the baby turtles into the sea. Once the visit is over you will have a little time to enjoy the beach or hunt for bargains at the local shops. End your trip with a dip in a famous natural pool where you ca see the huge starfish or have an aperitif while gazing at the turquoise Caribbean water. Return to Bayahibe with beautiful memories and transfer back to your accommodation.

Dominican Republic: Saona Sailing Tour with Lunch and Drinks

9. Dominican Republic: Saona Sailing Tour with Lunch and Drinks

Spend a dreamy day with your partner, family, or friends aboard a sailing catamaran. Navigate from your chosen location to Cotubanama National Park, towards Saona Island. Admire incredible views of the Caribbean Sea, relax on a beautiful beach, and taste a delicious lunch. Begin your tour with a stop at the Catuano Pier, partially destroyed by hurricane George in 1998. Discover this great spot for snorkeling. Move on to the gorgeous Saona, where you will enjoy a paradisiacal beach and turquoise waters. Once at the beach, a waiter will welcome you with a glass of wine. Eat a scrumptious seafood lunch of lobster, shrimp, and squid. Enjoy access to a buffet wth rice, potatoes, pasta with tomato sauce, meat, pork, chicken, fish, and salads. Sip on a glass of red or rose wine, then enjoy alcoholic and soft drinks at the beach, including rum, beer, whisky, gin, and vodka. End your journey at a famous natural pool, where you will see huge starfish. Have a swim in the shallow waters and drink a Dominican rum before returning to the port of Bayahibe.

From Punta Cana: Saona Island Tour and Cruise with Lunch

10. From Punta Cana: Saona Island Tour and Cruise with Lunch

Start with pickup and drive to Bayahibe, the starting point of the excursion, where you will embark on the fast boat to Cotubanama National Park A short stop in front of the Penon where an English-speaking guide will give you explanations about this cliff and the Taino natives, the first inhabitants of the island. You will also make a stop at the mangroves, which are trees growing directly in the seawater. First stop on the island of Saona, at the beach of Canto de la playa where you will spend 2h30 on this magic white sand beach surrounded by coconut trees. There you will have time to relax or to snorkel. Hop back on the fast boat to go to the village of Mano Juan for a Dominican lunch. Once done with lunch, let's take a cap and sun cream to visit the village of Mano Juan with your guide and get a glimpse of the local life (wooden house, anecdotes, local shops, national sports). Visit the typical turtle nursery, a project maintained by a local family. With the means at hand, they take care of the incubation of the eggs during the laying period and the release of the baby turtles into the sea. It is not 100% guaranteed to see hatchlings, it will depend on the season and the hatching cycle. Once the visit is over you will have a little time to take a nap at the water's edge or test your bargaining skills in the small local shops. To top it off, you will stop at the famous natural pool where you will be able to see the huge starfish and have an aperitif in the turquoise Caribbean water. Come back to Bayahibe with beautiful memories.

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What people are saying about Saona Island

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 1,564 reviews

We are absolutely thrilled. We travel a lot and this was by far the best and most beautiful tour we have ever done. The tour is worth every penny. The guides (we had Christian) an absolute dream. You feel very well cared for right from the start. The entire team makes sure that everything fits and responds very individually to the wishes of the guests. We had never experienced such hospitality. The whole thing is accompanied by a photographer (we had Manuel) - also amazing. You can decide afterwards whether you want the photos or not. Honestly, we paid about $40 for all photos (120 pieces). That's more than fair - we also gave more because Manuel tried very hard and conjured up really great photos! The individual locations that are approached are amazing! You can collect such great impressions. We can only recommend - do the tour!

we loved the excursion, everything was very well organized. transfer from our hotel to the catamaran. Thanks to Christian our guide for the day. there were also photographers on site, they took wonderful photos. the bar and the buffet is very good. Saona Island is just sublime I highly recommend taking a tour. Plan the full day from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

We are group of 16 and everything went normal from pickup to drop off. We all had so much fun at Saona island and natural pool. Thanks to all who made this possible for us.

A very nice trip! Everything super organized! 50% cheaper than in the hotel, that's why we decided! I highly recommend and greet "Daddy" our guide ☺️

Hire Nestor as a photographer because the one w this tour (girl) didn’t even tell ppl about pictures. I did mine w him