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

Saona Island (Isla Saona)

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
$68.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Family Birthday Party
The whole trip was awesome. I brought all my kids and grandkids and everyone of us had a great time. I am handicapped and all the staff and crew were very helpful assisting me with whatever i needed. Will recommend to everyone
Mary_M, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in La Romana

Quetzal Rocks!
isaac_p, May 2022
Quetzal Catamaran Cruise Prestige to Saona Island
Great staff! Great food! The Captain and the tour guide were outstanding! The boat was clean and the water was blue! Very professional and only for upscale crowd
Best island excursion
Carolyn_D, Mar 2022
Full-Day Small-Group Saona Island Tour
Melvin is so personable. He gives history of the Dominican Republic and the places you're visiting. Great places/beaches. Melvin makes the food and juices provided. He also ensures your safety and to avoid the crowds. The people that work with Melvin are wonderful as well. 100% recommend.
Great but crowded
Marina_A, Jul 2022
From Punta Cana: Saona Island & Altos de Chavon Day Trip with Lunch and Open Bar
Everything was great except the crowd on the island and very expensive photos. The tour guide was also good and Altos de Chavon was really a great experience
Very fun and enjoyable trip
Jan_J, Jun 2022
Saona Island Tour with Lunch and Pickup
The trip was great, our tour guide was very nice (also spoke English), there was not a lot of waiting time and I really loved the energy and atmosphere during the whole day. First I was very sceptical due to all the negative reviews, but I must say that it was all in vain. The trip was very well organized and everything ran very smoothly. Would recommend!
Highly recommend this trip
Aniyah_m, Jun 2022
Full-Day Small-Group Saona Island Tour
We had a great trip, we were debating between this and the classic soana island trip, but decided for this one due to the more personal experience, glad we decided to go for this one. We had an amazing trip and I loved that Melvin took pictures for us during the trip and air dropped them to us afterwards, rather than us charged an extortionate price for the pictures like other trips in DR
Saona island
raffaele_a, Jun 2022
Saona Island Full-Day Excursion
Pedro , Carlos , and Joelle best time good guys . Explained everything just a great day with great with great guides. By the way their pictures they take are amazing !!!!!
Beautiful and amazing tour!
Nosleidy_R, Jun 2022
Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included
Great experience, beautiful island and gorgeous natural swimming pool. Danny Boy and Barrigas were really helpful and loaded from information!! Highly recommended!
Great day
Cristiano_X, Jun 2022
Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included
Nice tour with a lot animations. Great staff and simpaty. I recomend… the beach is Beautiful and run is good 😂
Good to get away from the crowds
Keith_K, Jun 2022
Saona Island Private Tour with 3 different Beaches for Small Groups
If you are looking to get away from the crowds this is a great tour. The guide was good, however more local and national heritage would have been welcome. Getting to know your guests also add to the entire experience
guzma024, Jun 2022
Full-Day Excursion in Saona Island
Jose & Snoop Dog were amazing and hilarious. Great host, guides, and photographers! Second time coming here and this time was funner with this booking!
The island is just...
Rhonda_C, Jun 2022
Full-Day Small-Group Saona Island Tour
The island is just absolutely beautiful. Pictures don’t do it justice. Natalia and Melvin were amazing tour guys. Very personal tour. Wish we had the time to do it again tomorrow. Highly recommend the small group tour. Just perfect
The crew was so fun and...
Lynn_J, May 2022
Saona Island Tour with Lunch and Pickup
The crew was so fun and kept us entertained the entire time! Would recommend to anyone going to the DR!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Saona Island (Isla Saona)?