4.5 star rating: Recommended 175 Reviews

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  • Location:Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
  • Duration:10 hours (approx.)

Catamaran Cruise to Saona Island from Punta Cana

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Sail on a catamaran to Saona Island during this full-day adventure from Punta Cana. Relax aboard the boat as you sail over aquamarine waters to an idyllic island, home to coconut palms, sandy beaches and crystalline waters. Spend three hours on the island playing games, learning Merengue or simply relaxing on the powdery sand. Barbecue lunch, open bar and round-trip transportation from Punta Cana hotels are included. 


  • Catamaran Cruise
  • 3 hours of leisure on Saona Island
  • BBQ lunch and beverages on the beach (vegetarian options available)
  • Beverages and fruit on board the catamaran
  • Hotel pickup and dropoff

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What You Can Expect

Catamaran Cruise to Saona Island from Punta Cana

Set sail to Saona Island!

Following pickup from your Punta Cana hotel, board a comfortable bus for a scenic ride to the dock to meet your boat.

Climb aboard the catamaran and find a spot to relax and enjoy the view during your journey. Watch the beautiful tropical coastline of the Dominican Republic recede as you head out into the turquoise ocean. Get to know the captain and knowledgeable crew who will be your hosts for the day.

Stop at the 'Natural Pool' lagoon, home to a large number of starfish. Marvel at the flexible, five-armed creatures and enjoy a cocktail while you wade in the water. 

Board a speedboat and continue to the idyllic island of Saona, where you'll spend 3 hours exploring. Dig in to a barbecue buffet lunch set out under the shady coconut palms. Choose how you'd like to spend the rest of your day on this island paradise. Relax with a tropical drink in the soft sand, learn to Merengue, play volleyball or swim in the warm, serene waters that lap the shores.

Zip back to Punta Cana on the speedboat, enjoying an open bar and musical entertainment on the way. Your 10-hour island adventure ends with drop-off at your Punta Cana hotel. 

Customer Reviews

Mayur P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

This tour was one of my most memorable one during my Punta Cana vacation. Island is beautiful, well maintained. Catamaran cruise was enjoyable too, nice music, dance and drinks!!! Other best part if the natural swimming pool in the middle of ocean, where we can see starfishes, was pretty awesome. We had rainfall for half the day, so did not fully enjoy the place, but there is very little anyone can do about the weather in DR.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2016

Tour is good but hotel pick up stressful, drivers speak no English.

Carmen V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

AMAZING excursion. Francis was our Tour leader and did a fantastic job!!! Saona was beautiful, but the private island time even more exciting, and the starfish at the off coast swim were amazing. HIGHLY recommend this tour!!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Our pick up time was great and the ride was a nice and comfortable one. I loved the experience and the weather and accommendations were excellent. The food was good however they should think about nets or covers for the food with the insects and flies. Other than that it was a wonderful time and when I go back to Punta Cana I wouldn't mind going on another tour.

Simone F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

The guide was amazing, the tour was great organized. we spend a great day! I would book it again!

rosaalove7 United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

booked my tour through Viator whom use a local tour operator for the Catamaran Cruise to Saona Island from Punta Cana. First we were picked up by our bus 10 mins late but that alright they work on Dominican time. Its hard to tell its there bus. The bus is very nice and air conditioned. The ride down to get to port was nice. Once we got to port we were directed to get on a small boat that took us to the Catamaran. Then we set sail on the catamaran the staff would hand Dixie cups of either coke, sprite, water, or rum. two staff member danced and try to get other too.We just enjoyed the ride. We then got off onto another small boat and went to the Blue lagoon first WOW! is all i can say the water here is amazing. we has lunch at 12:30. It was nice but watch out lots of fly's seem to come quickly. we enjoyed the beach for another 30 mins and then got a speed boat drove maybe 5 mins to the natural pool. at first we thought the starfish were fake but people around us had snorkeling gear and just kept finding one after another. we took picture with 2 different ones. we did this for about 20 mins and then off to Saona Island. I got to say thank god we did the Blue Lagoon first and for longer cause Saona wasn't as breathtaking it was more like the water back in Punta Cana and lots of annoying Vendors. i did get a massage from one lady and it was nice. They are expensive but haggle them down. Also there is an amazing tree covered in butterfly. you shake it and butterflies just come flying off. We were on Saona for only an hour and headed back to port at 3:30. we got back on the bus but first stopped at a shopping Center in Punta Cana our tour guide whom was fantastic Yoni Gutierrez stated 20 mins. we waited 45 mins for 2 people who took off. they did not return and we could not wait any longer. The market was small we took some kool pics next to some statues. we got back about 6:20. which can make for a long day make sure to take snack which we did. Overall

Allan United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

A perfect day of fun and sailing with some of the most beautiful exotic island scenes I have ever witnessed in my life. If youve not been to Dominican Republic before and only plan on doing one excursion Id make it this one.

The journey from our Punta Cana resort to La Romana harbour wasnt too long with the new roads in the region. It took around 1.5 hours with a brief comfort stop.

The catamaran for the outward trip to the island was large with a part open and part shaded deck, with nets to the front and was not overloaded. The boat crew served drinks frequently and encouraged a fun atmosphere. The island itself is pretty much perfect and paradise-like. National Park status helps it stay free of resorts, shops and being developed. On the island we had a couple of hours free time and an open beach bar whilst we relaxed, swam, snorkelled and waited for lunch to be cooked. It was delicious, served buffet style on the beach with BBQ fish and meats. There was also rice, beans, vegetables, Dominican spaghetti, salads and plenty of fresh cut fruit.

After lunch we had some more free time around the beach. We enjoyed a lovely reasonably priced haggle coconut oil massage from local ladies who were set up in beach huts for the day. For a few s we also bought a fresh coconut from a guy with a wheelbarrow full who cut the top and added a dash of rum to enjoy with the water inside, delicious!

When it was time to head back, we boarded speedboats for a fast-paced trip back to the mainland. We stopped along the way in the natural swimming pool. Its a waist deep area of calm turquoise sea. Here you can look for starfish. We found at least 3! They also serve drinks from the back of the speedboats. After that is done its time for a final speedy dash back to the port in La Romana before getting the coach back to resort.

Ive done the Saona excursion 3 times now with various operators, all do a similar itinerary for the day. The Viator trip was top notc


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was a really nice outstanding excursion. A must do thing to do.

Isha W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Best part of our trip was this tour! A must do for all ages! Natural pool is AMAZING! Lunch served was the best we ate while vacationing! Don't waste your time buying the lobster it wasn't worth the 30 didnt prepare it properly


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

Outstanding! Enjoyed! Folks were great. Only downfall was the walk from the bus to the boat. Not that it was a long walk but there was trash all over the place.

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