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Saona Island (Isla Saona) Tours

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Saona Island (Isla Saona)
Saona Island (Isla Saona) is the Dominican Republic's largest coastal island, clocking in at 15 miles (25 kilometers) long and three miles (5 kilometers) wide, with a population of little more than 300. Part of the National Park of the East, the island features plenty of photo-worthy white sands, swaying palm trees, and turquoise waters.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: La Romana, Dominican Republic
Admission: Free
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Full-Day Excursion in Saona Island

Full-Day Excursion in Saona Island

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Saona Island is like paradise on earth surround by white sand beaches, turquoise clear waters, and countless palm trees this atmosphere invite you to relax. ​Saona Island tour is a lifetime experience! This is a tour you have to do, enjoy of this paradise in Saona.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$59.00
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$59.00
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Saona Island Snorkeling + Catamaran Tour

Saona Island Snorkeling + Catamaran Tour

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The beautiful Saona Island of white sands and turquoise waters and of incomparable beauty has become the obligatory excursion for visitors to the Dominican Republic. Come and see this little piece of tropical paradise, in this regular Catamaran Snorkeling Tour. After picking you up at your hotel, we begin our adventure at Bayahibe dock. We depart in a speedboat by the beautiful waters of the Caribbean Sea until we reach the outskirts of El Peñón, to appreciate the coral rocks that were below the level of the sea, From there we go to the natural pool, a sandbar in the middle of the sea and crystal clear waters. later we continue to Catuano, to appreciate the mangroves, the separation of Isla Española and Saona, as well as the confluence between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. Finishing the tour going to the old Catuano Pier, to observe the school of fish and exotic birds of this area, finally around noon we arrived at our beach club on Isla Saona.
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  • 10 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$75.00
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$75.00
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Catamaran Cruise to Saona Island

Catamaran Cruise to Saona Island

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Travel by catamaran and speedboat to idyllic Saona Island on this full-day drip from La Romana. Relax on the pristine beach, swim in the aqua waters and seek shade under picturesque palm trees. Enjoy a barbecue lunch on the beach before spending some time playing beach volleyball or learning the merengue. On the ride back to La Romana, enjoy an open bar aboard the boat. Round-trip transportation from hotels in La Romana and Bayahibe hotels is included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$76.00
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$76.00
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Saona Island Sail Catamaran Tour

Saona Island Sail Catamaran Tour

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Sail to the idyllic Saona Island, located in Cotubanamá National Park, on this tour via catamaran and speedboat. Spend time relaxing on the Saona Island beach (with access to a private beach club), snorkeling off the coast, and wading in the Natural Pool. Enjoy unlimited premium drinks throughout the day, and choose to add on a lobster lunch (your expense). Pickup and drop-off at main island Dominican Republic hotels included.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$74.97
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Saona Island Excursion from Bayahibe

Saona Island Excursion from Bayahibe

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Climb on to a catamaran (or speedboat) and set off for popular Saona Island during this full-day, guided cruise and excursion that includes a barbecue lunch. Connect with nature in a National Park of the East and relax to enjoy the beach, swimming, entertainment, dancing, or sports. Later, enjoy a hearty barbecue lunch before shopping the local souvenir huts or relax with a cocktail in the sand.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$95.00
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$95.00
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Saona Excursion

Saona Excursion

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We are confident that this is going to be one of the highlights of your (diving) vacation. The reefs at Saona are considered among the TOP 10 in the Dominican Republic. Below as well as above the surface you will be astonished by the natural beauty. We guarantee you that you will love this Island and its amazing reefs! On the trip back, we anchor in the famous natural swimming pool in the middle of the ocean, where you can get off the boat and walk around on the sandy bottom in waist deep water. Whilst sipping your drink make sure you do not step on any star fish. You will have to see to believe.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.16
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