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Catamaran Cruise to Saona Island from Punta Cana

Punta Cana, Caribbean
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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
3 hours of leisure on Saona Island
BBQ Lunch and beverages on the beach
Catamaran and speed boat cruise
Drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic)
Hotel pickup and drop off
Professional guide
Scenic drive to the dock
Hotel pickup and drop-off from Punta Blanca Golf & Beach Resort

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Transportation included only to/from main hotels located in Punta Cana area. If you’re staying in a different area from the one selected at the time of booking, an extra fee may apply.

Departure Time

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.
Stop At:  
Saona Island
Enjoy a lovely scenic bus ride to the dock where you'll board the catamaran and begin your journey. Spend your 3 hours of leisure on the island lounging on the sand, playing beach games, exploring the island or receiving an introduction to Merengue dancing. Your first stop on the catamaran cruise will be for a cocktail at the amazing 'Natural Pool' lagoon, famous for its abundance of starfish. Continue to Saona Island by speed boat for a barbeque lunch served buffet-style under the shade of palm trees. The rest of the day is up to you - spend a couple hours of leisure on Saona Island swimming, playing volleyball, Merengue dancing or simply relaxing with a drink in hand. On the return sailing voyage you'll be entertained by the musical crew as you enjoy the unlimited open bar.
Duration: 7 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Not recommended for child aged 2 and under
  • Note no toilets on board the bus, though tour does stop for a toilet break en route to the dock
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Nexus Tours Dominican Republic

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the maximum group size during Catamaran Cruise to Saona Island from Punta Cana?
This activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers.

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  • "The water was just belly deep and everyone was allowed to jump and spend about 30 minutes in the water." See review


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The tour was just ok. Made my birthday...
, Jan 2018
The tour was just ok. Made my birthday celebration into a mess. The 8 hour tour only allowed 2 hours on the island, we spent more time traveling. Photo ops by photographer was rushed as they spent more time with lighter patrons. Felt like I was fighting for civil rights opposed to vacationing
We were picked in a van from our hotel...
, Jan 2018
We were picked in a van from our hotel by 7.15 in the morning to a mall to catch a coach bus with others that were traveling to Saona. The bus brought us to boat dock after about 45 minute drive. Then we boarded a catamaran and after about an hour reached the beautiful Saona beach. The catamaran ride was relaxing and enjoyable with lot of drinks. On arrival at Saona we were served with nice local lunch We spent 3 hours on the beach enjoying the sun and water. Our return trip was by a speed boat and we stopped at a natural lagoon mid way in the sea . The water was just belly deep and everyone was allowed to jump and spend about 30 minutes in the water. The area was known for starfish and shallow beautiful crystal water. Finally we headed back and reached the hotel by 6 pm . This was the best tour we had in our travel so far and the local operator Nexus tours did an excellent job in coordinating the trip.
amazing just wish we could of spend...
Nicholas B
, Dec 2017
amazing just wish we could of spend more time at the beach, we brought toilet paper and it was a plus.
Very fun,,, don't get Lobster that is...
Isha W
, Dec 2017
Very fun,,, don't get Lobster that is offered on the beach...not worth it
We will never forget our tour guide...
Michael H
, Dec 2017
We will never forget our tour guide Fausto - Formula 1 and his amazing ability to say Brrrp Psshhh telling us about the bathroom stops!
We have been on this trip with another...
paul b
, Nov 2017
We have been on this trip with another tour company and loved it. This trip was crowded and super commercialized.
A few problems with this...
Christopher C
, Nov 2017
A few problems with this experience. 1. The transportation service took a route that was very much out of the way to pick up another group of travelers. This caused me to return to my hotel at 7PM, 30 minutes behind the expected 6:30PM return. 2. The Catamaran had mechanical problems in the middle of the ocean on the way to Saona Island. We had to use speedboats the rest of the trip as a result. 3. The natural swimming pool was nothing more than a shallow spot a few 100 meters away from the shore. This was an extreme oversell of the excursion, and people looking to purchase this experience should be aware of this. 4. The crew aggressively peddled some cheap bottle of rum and a coffee mug for 20 USD. I can buy a better bottle of rum in the DR for 8. The pushyness of the crew left a sour taste in my mouth. It seems Viator does not vet the services they sell very well.
This trip was AWESOME!!!! From the...
, Sep 2017
This trip was AWESOME!!!! From the moment they picked us up at the hotel, from the moment we got back! Very organized and FUN FUN FUN!!! Our guide Jose was AMAZING!! I would recommend this excursion to everyone!!!
Absolutely must to do. Gorgeous views...
, Aug 2017
Absolutely must to do. Gorgeous views, friendly staff, great tour overall
A stunning place to visit and going by...
Kimberley M
, Jul 2017
A stunning place to visit and going by catamaran was fun, but the trip was a bit too long and we got very hungry so make sure you bring some snacks. We didn't feel like we spent enough time at Sonoma Island but we did get to spend some time at a beautiful spot looking at star fish which was great.

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