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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.
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Saona Island Paradise From Punta Cana

Experience the idyllic Saona Island on this full-day tour from the mainland via speedboat and catamaran. Zip out to the island on a fast boat, which ensures you have plenty of time to hang out and relax or participate in watersports. Cruise back aboard a sailboat, sipping drinks from the open bar and dancing to island rhythms. Hotel pickup and drop-off makes for an easy round-trip experience.
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  • 8 hours
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  • 8 hours
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Saona Island Snorkeling + Catamaran Tour

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
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VIP SAONA

We will arrive at one of the most remote, calm and impressive beaches of the island far from the tourist crowds, Playa Toro; We will do snorkeling, we will visit the famous fishing village of Mano Juan, we will know the sea turtle sanctuary where with a little luck and depending on the time of the year we can see puppies of Hawksbill turtles, green turtles and the impressive Tinglar turtle, we will have lunch in our Typical Caribbean restaurant or under the palm trees, on the same beach a spectacular place, we will have a delicious lunch with a lot of food, after the meal we will be lucky to visit the furthest beach of the whole island, Playa del Canto, a real gem of the nature.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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Catamaran Cruises

Full-Day Saona Island Catamaran Tour + Altos de Chavon

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
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Saona Island - Full Day Excursion!

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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Saona Island Tour from Punta Cana

Spend an entire day in a true island paradise with this Saona tour from Punta Cana. Escape the major resorts and travel by air-conditioned bus to the fishing village of Bayahibe. Head out on the waters aboard a catamaran or speedboat to Saona Island, with a stop at a natural pool for swimming. Once on the island, take a dip in the Caribbean sea, relax on sandy beaches under shady coconut trees, learn how to dance merengue, or snorkel. Savor a Dominican feast and drinks before returning to Bayahibe, where you'll be driven back to your hotel.
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  • 12 hours
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Saona Island Premium Day Trip + Altos de chavon + Lobster

Relax on paradise-like Saona Island off the Dominican Republic on this full-day cruise trip from the Punta Cana area. Board a catamaran and sail to Saona in the Cotubanama National Park, famous for its white sands and turquoise waters. On route, swim or snorkel in a lagoon and then sunbathe, swim, and enjoy an open bar and premium buffet lunch on Saona. Hotel pickup and drop-off from the Punta Cana area, plus onboard catamaran bar included.
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  • 10 hours
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Saona Island Tour

Spend the day on the white sands of Saona Island, where everything is taken care of for you. This tour includes round-trip transportation by tour vehicle and boat, a buffet lunch, open bar, and entertainment on the island. All you have to do is show up and enjoy yourself: just how vacation should be.
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  • 10 hours
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Day Trip to Tropical Saona Island

Reach the idyllic Saona Island in the shortest time possible, making the most of your vacation time, on this day tour via speedboat from Punta Cana. Once you arrive, spend around four hours relaxing on the beach. Choose to swim, play volleyball, lounge in the sun, or explore the surroundings. Traditional Dominican lunch and open bar included, then return to Punta Cana via catamaran on a relaxing cruise.
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  • 9 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

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EXCURSION ISLA SAONA DIA COMPLETO CON ALMUERZO

Nuestro personal los acompaña en todo el recorrido cuidando todos los detalles para que disfruten de su excursión.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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SAONA VIP SURPRISING

 Isla Saona is the excursion that everyone recommends when they know that you are going to visit the Dominican Republic, it really is a paradisiacal place, almost idyllic for its landscapes and the transparency of its waters. Isla Saona is located in the extreme southeast of the Dominican Republic, is the largest of the islands of the Dominican Republic, is part of the National Park of the East and serves as a sanctuary to several species of migratory birds. Originally its name was "Adamanay", it is an aboriginal primitive name. In the second trip of Don Cristóbal Columbus to the Hispaniola Island, he was accompanied by an Italian from Savona, an Italian region. This Italian was the one who discovered the Island and Don Cristóbal Colón wanted to baptize his honor, calling it with the name: "Isla Savona". For years, the inhabitants of the island found the name difficult to pronounce, so they changed the name to: "Isla Saona".
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  • 6 hours 15 minutes
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Saona Island Day Trip with Catamaran and Speedboat

Make this must-do trip to Saona Island aboard a fast speedboat, which makes the most of your time in the Dominican Republic. Once you arrive at Saona's idyllic beach, relax on the sand, go swimming, or take merengue lessons from the crew. Buffet lunch and open bar precede a ride back to the mainland, including a stop at the natural pool in the middle of the ocean.
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  • 11 hours
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Saona Island-Ultimate Experience under the Sun from Punta Cana

Set sail for Saona Island to see marine wildlife and thriving plant life during this full-day, guided, catamaran tour that includes a barbecue lunch and drinks. Dive off the boat into the clear waters, walk the island's virgin beaches, or play volleyball with your fellow travelers.
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  • 10 hours
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Saona Island

Our groups enjoy exclusivity and privacy in the portion of the island in which we settle.
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Saona Island from Punta Cana

Saona tour is a lifetime experience! This is a tour you have to do, whatever idea you had about paradise, you’ll find it in Saona. Sail across the Caribbean Sea on a catamaran, and enjoy the refreshing ocean breeze, you will be surrounded by white sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and countless palm trees inviting you to relax in this tropical atmosphere. Saona Island is famous for its natural beauty as the seas around it are rich in wildlife with many species of birds and tropical marine fish.
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Private Saona Island Excursion

Let’s get out of the crowds and enjoy of the attractions of the Dominican Republic by doing it privately.Say goodbye to making big lines for everything, as well as doing multiple stops to pick-up/drop-off other people, various shopping stops etc.!Saona Island Is a nice Caribbean paradise Island, which is waiting for you to discover it. Pristine beaches and exotic coconut trees decorate it. It is your time to enjoy it now by taking a private tour there with our tour guide and captain, who will accompany you.
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Saona Island

Saona Island is located in the southeastern corner of the Dominican Republic is part of the eastern national park and is known for mangroves, coral reefs and palm edges, such as palmilla. The shallow waters of the island house starfish and the transparent waters of the Caribbean
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PRIVATE TOUR TO SAONA ISLAND

The visit to Isla Saona is the excursion that everyone recommends when they know that you are going to visit the Dominican Republic, it really is a paradise place, almost idyllic for its landscapes and the transparency of its waters
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Scape 2 Saona Island

Discover paradise on Saona Island, where white sandy beaches, clear turquoise waters, and countless palm trees provide an unspoiled environment that vacation dreams are made of. You'll take a catamaran or speedboat to get to a beautiful beach, plus stop for a swim in a natural pool. Lunch and an open bar are included.
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  • 10 hours
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Island Saona Tour from Punta Cana (Full Day)

Best beach trip ever in the Caribbean. Experience a pleasant day with real dominican food and dances in the Caribbean Sea.
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Saona Island Paradise Full Day - all inclusive.

Saona island is that place you can not miss to visit while your staying here in the Dominican Republic. Located at the far southeast of the Dominican Republic, Saona island is also part of the East National Park. Widely known for its natural mangrove swamps, coral reefs, beaches surrounded by palm trees and lots of starfish. Saona island has one of the most famous beaches in the country, known by its white sands, turquoise waters and palm trees.
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Saona Island Day Trip From Boca Chica or Juan Dolio - Special Offers

Visit Saona Island, an idyllic speck of sand and palm trees in the blue Caribbean, during a 10-hour tour from Boca Chica or Juan Dolio hotels. Board a small speedboat for the thrilling ride out to the island, including a stop at a natural swimming pool where you can see starfish. Upon reaching Saona Island, spend the day exploring; stroll along the beach, relax in the white sand and swim in the azure waters. Sip drinks from the open bar and enjoy a buffet lunch of traditional Dominican fare. Round-trip transportation from Boca Chica or Juan Dolio is included.
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Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana - Special Offers

Visit Saona Island, an idyllic speck of sand and palm trees in the blue Caribbean, during a 10-hour tour from Punta Cana. Board a small speedboat for the thrilling ride out to the island, including a stop at a natural swimming pool where you can see starfish. Upon reaching Saona Island, spend the day exploring; stroll along the beach, relax in the white sand and swim in the azure waters. Sip drinks from the open bar and enjoy a buffet lunch of traditional Dominican fare. Round-trip transportation from Punta Cana is included.
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SAONA VIP ISLAND

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