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Saona Island

$ 90.00 Original price was: $90.00. $ 85.00 Current price is: $85.00.

The Caribbean Sea, waist-deep sandbar, savory buffet, catamaran, speed boat, Latin music, Sun, Sand and Palm Trees. Sound interesting? Come with us to Saona Island to live the unforgettable experience. Last call at the Tiki Bar! You coming?

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We’re taking YOU to the Super-Star of off-shore islands in the Dominican Republic. Think Sun, Sand, Booze, Boats and Bikinis! You can thank us later but for now let us tell you about the ridiculously beautiful Saona Island… The first tourist boat to dock at Saona was Christopher Columbus in 1494 and Saona has not ceased to amaze visitors for the last 500+ years!

What’s so amazing about Isla Saona? A good question deserves several good answers:

  • This is a real island mon! We’re talking about 110 sq kilometers. Saona is not a tiny off-shore key. The beach stretches as far as the eye can see.
  • Is turquoise, transparent ocean water your thing? We hope! Take a Selfie because ocean water this color is found at few places on earth.
  • Seriously, white sand AND palm trees? Yes, it’s a killer combination. The quintessential Caribbean island deserves the quintessential Caribbean scenery; ivory sands lined with rows of swaying palms.

You may be saying: “Ok I get it, Saona is beautiful but why should I spend money to visit?” An excellent question deserves several excellent responses:

  • We’ll hit the Caribbean Sea on a speedboat and slowly cruise you back to the mainland on a spacious catamaran. Oh, there’s also music, animation and open bar. This is the Caribbean Sea folks. How many opportunities will you have to sail the Caribbean Sea?
  • It’s an All-inclusive, Full-Day, outing and you need some time away from your Punta Cana resort. You get the boat, the open bar and the food. Oh and we pick you up and drop you off at your lobby. That was easy!
  • The natural pool is so stunning it’s not really fair. So, we kinda take you to a sandbar, far from the coast with clear, waist deep water. We give you rum and you may find a starfish or two at your feet. We hope this sounds ok to you…
  • The time on Saona island is priceless. Visit the Tiki Bar, dance merengue, visit the Tiki Bar, play volleyball, visit the Tiki Bar, walk the beach, visit the Tiki Bar, hit the buffet.

It’s your vacation to Punta Cana and you may only have ONE opportunity to do this the right way. Go with the pros to Saona!

Isla Saona is the #1 demanded excursion in Punta Cana so Book now to ensure your spot.

The Sun the Sand and a Drink in Your hand!

Join us for our Classic Experience to the Dominican Republic’s famous off-shore oasis – Saona island.

What’s Included

  • Round trip transport
  • Professional guide
  • Speed boat and catamaran to Isla Saona
  • BBQ, buffet lunch

What to Bring

  • Beach clothing
  • Bathing suit

44 reviews for Saona Island

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Mac (verified purchase) – January 14, 2024

Excellent service with local collection points, good connection to boats and a very good day out. My only criticism would be the beach vendors, but this is not really the companies fault so I would not drop the rating because of it

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Wendy (verified purchase) – December 26, 2023

This was a fantastic cruise! I highly recommend it! The staff are awesome, the transportation to and from your hotel is nice (our van had A/C!!😁) and the lunch on the beach was delicious, fantastic, awesome!!!…

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Linda (verified purchase) – September 4, 2023

Had a great time on this excursion!! Max was our tour guide . He was very informative and made us feel secure with the locals and what we would be doing. Playing in the ocean on the sandbars, drinking rum and coke, and jetting along on a fast boat to a catamaran party. Couldn’t have had a better time. The lunch on the island was very good but the restrooms were a little scary. Make sure u bring towels and plenty of sun screen! This tour was exactly what we wanted it to be. Spending the beautiful day on the water. We even had our own pirate along for the ride.

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Troy (verified purchase) – August 6, 2023

Our tour to Saona Island was great. Punta Cana Tours did a great job making sure we had a good time. The tour operated pretty close to on time but you are in the Caribbean and everything runs a little slower here. LOL Our tour guid Ramond or Raymond was great. He spoke 4 languages and gave information very clearly so you knew what you were supposed to do and where to go.

Now to the good stuff. The bus ride was an hour through some pretty countryside on a nice bus with AC. Once you get to the drop off location where you get on the boat its time to go to the island. There is one stop along the way where you can get in waist deep tropical water and have some drinks. All provided and not watered down like I was expecting. Then back on the boat and on to the BEAUTIFUL Saona Island. Words can’t describe it. Palm tree lined seashore with white sand beaches and tropical aqua blue water. Plus they feed you and furnish all the drinks you want. Overall this trip is a MUST DO if you’re in the Dominican Republic. And Punta Cana Tours should be the tour company to take you there!

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Andrew (verified purchase) – May 24, 2023

This is truly an exceptional company. It is not often you find a company with this level of customer service. A very special thank you to Garry for going above and beyond, even after hours, to make sure all of excursions and transportation needs went flawlessly. We will definitely be back many more times. As for Isla Saona, it really is like being placed inside of a post card. All of the guides made sure that we were not only safe at all times, they went out of their way to ensure we had to best time. Thank you all for making our wedding trip special for all of us.

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Bruno (verified purchase) – May 17, 2023

I just come back from a 5 day vacation , Me and my wife did two attractions with Punta Cana Tours and all I get to say is that was perfect , Speed boat with snorkeling and snuba was amazing and then next day we went to isla saona which was excellent . I recommend to everyone . They picked us up at the right time in our resort ,no complaint at all. Thanks Punta Cana Tours.

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Kye (verified purchase) – May 14, 2023

Isla Saona is one of the most beautiful beaches we saw near Punta Cana, specially when we stayed inland. The water, sand, view, natural pool were the highlights of this excursion but it could have been organized a little better. The food and drinks were ok. All in all its worth it just for the transportation and beauty itself. Tip: Carry your own beach towel. A lot of sunscreen, sun glasses and snack food.

Valentin (verified purchase) – May 3, 2023

We had a great time! Its a long day on the bus. But well worth it. Nice tour ended at Saona Island for eats and a big party! We would go back!

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Brian (verified purchase) – April 26, 2023

When vacationing in a foreign place it’s always the best when you hook up with a tour group that shows you the real side of the country. I give two thumbs and two toes up for this trip. It could not have been done any better with the beautiful beaches, great barbeque and dancing. The laid back side of life is a beautiful thing. Brian S

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Mazikee (verified purchase) – April 2, 2023

The island of Saona is beautiful and we loved the whole experience on the catamaran. The crew were all friendly and you could tell they totally enjoyed their job. The food was good and honestly the massage (for additional fee) was one of the best I’ve ever had. It was by far our favorite day in DR. Only downside, it wasn’t clear from the website details that we would be on a bus for almost 3 hours going to the port to leave. I would definitely recommend this excursion!

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Abbigail (verified purchase) – March 15, 2023

Excellent service, very punctual, great environment, great food. The natural pool and Saona Island are two of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. Sandro, the tour guide was FANTASTIC, very charming, friendly, and makes sure everybody understands. (He gives the tour in Spanish, English and French). I would highly recommend Punta Cana Tours and will likely book another trip next year when I plan to take my entire family to the Dominican Republic for my wedding!.

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Nate (verified purchase) – February 28, 2023

We also used This company for a trip to Saona Island and we used them for our Airport Transportation. The Saona Island trip was beautiful I only wish we had more time to chill on the Island. The drive to and from the airport were good my one gripe is to find my driver At the airport you need to push through a sea of quick talking taxi drivers all of which try to confuse you so you buy a ride with them instead of taking the trip you already paid for. Overall I rate the company 4 out of 5 stars for one hiccup on our first excursion.

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Enola (verified purchase) – January 19, 2023

Great day trip to Saona Island! I was in Punta Cana with my boyfriend for the weekend and was so glad we took a day trip to Saona Island! We were picked up early in the morning from our resort and it was about an hour’s drive to the beach where we’d get on the boat (which is good, because we had time to sleep). We took a catamaran there and really enjoyed it. There was dance music, unlimited rum & coke, “paparazzi” staff to take our pictures, and lots of time to relax and get a tan. When we got to the beach, they gave us an AMAZING barbecue lunch, consisting of grilled pork chops, BBQ chicken, seafood spaghetti, potato salad, seasoned rice, and a bunch of other sides and fruits. The rest of the time I spent napping and swimming on the beach with my boyfriend. I didn’t time it but we had a good amount of time on the beach. The sand there is white, clean, and really lovely. After the beach, we got on a speedboat and got out to a flat pool to swim and take pictures with star fish for maybe half an hour. And again we went out to a deeper location so they could throw fish food out of the boat and we could snorkel and look at the schools of fish. After that, they offered to sell us back the “paparazzi” photos they took of us ($40, why not?) which came with photos of you, stock photos of Samoa, and the music they were playing on the catamaran. Overall, it was a super fun experience and I loved it. I want to emphasize that the staff are really fun-loving and the good vibes are infectious! They really do keep you entertained.

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Richelle (verified purchase) – December 4, 2022

I would caution families on the Saona Island Trip. The island is beautiful, but just be prepared for a long day- about 5 hours round trip transfer time to and from the boats (which included changing shuttles at a gas station). There are LOTS of locals selling things at the boarding point and on the island, take money (or be prepared to say no a lot 😉). There was a photographer that took a lot of pictures of our family in the water- also for a high cost (but you can really get them down in price!) I’m not sure if we would do this again with kids- it was about a 13 hour day. We do HIGHLY recommend Punta Cana Tours for transfers and excursions and would definitely use them again!

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Everly (verified purchase) – December 1, 2022

The waters around Saona Island are crystal clear and probably some of the prettiest turquoise waters you will ever see. The beaches were super nice, the palm trees made you feel like you were in the south Pacific, and the lunch was good. The catamaran out was entertaining and speedboat back was a nice change of pace. It was a great place to visit while we were in Punta Cana and I would highly recommend a visit to Saona Island if you get the chance.

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Jared (verified purchase) – November 9, 2022

I arrived with my wife in Punta Cana this year for our vacation. I was promptly greeted by our driver who was very friendly, professional and courteous. The ride to our hotel was nice, and the van was clean, and well maintained. During the week, we also used Punta Cana tours to book a tour at Isla Saona. We had a great time! I’d highly recommend Caribbean Dream and their staff. I travel a lot, and rarely am I treated with such professionalism. Thanks for a great trip, Jared

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Jayda (verified purchase) – November 3, 2022

The island was very beautiful, the ocean had far less seaweed that our resort beach, Bavaro, so we were pleased. The buffet brunch was very plentiful and good. The staff were friendly and we felt comfortable following them all day from bus to boat to island to boat to bus! My only negative remark would be the bus commute time. From our resort to the dock to board the speedboat was 3 hours. The return bus ride was half of that time, 1 1/2 hours. There were also two stops along the way that did not look like passenger pick ups.

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Bruno (verified purchase) – October 4, 2022

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Jones (verified purchase) – September 28, 2022

I send an email asking few question about a tour, my surprise was to have an answer from them super fast. I booked the tour, the picked me up in the time they told. Not even 5 or 10 minutes like I’m used to (in DR they have a saying “Hora Dominicana” which is 1/2 or 1hr after the time is set up) . The tour to Saona was OUTSTANDING! The guide was explaining all the way about the city and the culture. Isla Saona is a paradise, great food and good animation team. Im already making plans to book more tours. Gracias, I had a BLAST!

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Leon (verified purchase) – September 19, 2022

Fun, Fabulous, Lots for the Price! A four hour boat trip, with snorkeling, island swimming, a ton of fresh grilled chicken, fish, and sandwiches, open bar, dancing and the most accommodating staff! Lots of fun!! A must do in Punta. Cana!

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Tanner (verified purchase) – September 9, 2022

Catamaran ride to Isla Saona was the most memorable experience of our DR 2022 trip. The excursions with our hotel were pricey so I found this offer online for a much better price. The bus picks you up at the hotel and takes you to the catamaran where girls with rum and coke were already waiting for us. Everybody on the boat had a lot of fun dancing to the rhythm of latin music. The island itself is the prettiest place that I have ever been to, surrounded with palm trees, white sand and butterflies. As soon as we arrived to the island, buffet was open. On the way back we stopped by the natural pool where we took pictures with the star fish. Thank you for the great time!

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Katie (verified purchase) – August 25, 2022

We went to Saona Island with my family on 8/16 and we had the best experience ever. The ride from the Resort to the boat was smooth. We had a funny guide who kept us entertained. He spoke English very well which made it easier for us understand each other. It was a long day but was worth it. The speed boat ride, the Cataraman, party boat was really fun. We enjoyed ourselves. Thanks to the team at Punta Cana Tours. Next time we come to Punta Cana we will surely use you again. Thanks again!

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Allison (verified purchase) – July 12, 2022

We booked the Saona Island excursion. The actual island experience itself was wonderful. The shuttle was late in coming to get us (which we found out later was not the fault of the tour company but a large group of guests who only showed up partially on time). There were some children on our excursion that were very loud and energetic on the bus; our tour guide was great in joking around about the noisy kids. We took the speedboat to the island, stopping at the natural pool to swim and take pictures with starfish, then relaxed at the island, ate lunch, and took the catamaran back. Other reviews mention the vendors approaching them at the island and made it seem as though they were very aggressive and wouldn’t leave you alone. I found that a firm but pleasant ‘no thank you’ for any venders ended any persuading they tried. Any of the vendors the whole week we were there weren’t loud or obnoxious, they would simply try to show you their wares but were really good about backing down when you said no. Overall we really enjoyed the trip; it was worth the long ride from our resort in Punta Cana. The island was beautiful, all of the employees and our tour guide were friendly and really made the trip fun. I’d recommend it for anybody looking into day excursions from the resorts!

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Amber (verified purchase) – July 3, 2022

We used PuntaCana Tours for our hotel transfers and the excursion to Isla Saona, they were the best and most professional tour provider we have ever come across thank you again!

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Kennedi (verified purchase) – June 20, 2022

We booked our tour with Punta Cana Tours after reading several online reviews. We were not disappointed. Our tour guide, Emerson, got us off to a great and welcoming start and continued to keep us informed about local information and the what to expect next on the tour. After a short drive to Bayahibe we boarded a powerboat and headed to Saona Island with a short stopover to swim with the starfish. The island, beach and water were gorgeous! A nice lunch and drinks were provided. At the end of the day we boarded a large catamaran for a lively ride back, complete with rum drinks and dancers. It was a great day and our tour guide was exceptional. Long day but well worth the time and money.

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Yenery (verified purchase) – June 3, 2022

I did the excursion to Saona Island and it was pretty good. I can surely say the team of Punta Cana Tours is super attentive, punctual and professional. I know a lot of DMC companies in Punta Cana, but their Customer Service is incomparable. I highly recommend them. Besides the wonderful staff, the tour was excellent, very safe, the food and drinks really good. I had a great time!! yen

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Mckinley (verified purchase) – May 14, 2022

We didn’t find out until late the night before we were due to go home that our trip was going to be extended for a day due to weather back in the US. We had wanted to go to Isla Saona but did not have time during our initial trip. I immediately went online to try and book a trip to Isla Saona with an outfit. Punta Cana Tours allowed us to book at almost 9pm the day before the trip and their tour guide Max and driver Elvis were amazing! The transportation in both the van and boats were clean and safe. The trip was a beautiful way to spend our extra day. I will go again with this company in a heartbeat and recommend it to anyone wanting to experience the Dominican outside of their resort!

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Angelo (verified purchase) – April 20, 2022

Had an amazing time! From the speed boat ride to the island, having pictures taken with starfish, swimming in the beautiful ocean, to the catamaran ride back, it was all extremely fun!! I would definitely recommend doing this excursion if you plan on visiting the Dominican!

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Lachlan (verified purchase) – April 14, 2022

Overall the experience was very pleasant. We were picked up and greeted at our hotel promptly. Once picked up, we stopped at other nearby hotels to pick up other guests who too were going on the excursion. On our way to the dock, we stopped on the side of an intersection to switch and wait for another van.The cruise, natural pool, and the island was everything the website promised. The staff was very friendly, energetic, and professional. We would highly recommend this cruise for adults as it is not too kid friendly (a lot of alcohol, loud music, an dancing).

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Diana (verified purchase) – April 5, 2022

We had the best time here. The entire crew from the bus driver to the crew on board the boats were fantastic making sure everyone was having a good time. I would recommend making your reservations with them for a very memorable experience.

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Randi (verified purchase) – February 28, 2022

The Isla Saona tour, it was definitely my favorite. Picked up by shuttle, transferred to bigger bus, taken to an area where we were to get on a boat and head towards our destination. This was the clearest, most beautiful blue water I have ever seen. (They had several photographers taking candid photos throughout the trip and offered a dvd to buy at the end for both excursions). The photographs taken on the Isla Saona tour were especially great, I’ll admit. Actual time on the island was only a couple of hours, including time to eat, but it was a blast. Then we left on a catamaran where more drinking and dancing ensued. We were then shuttled right back to our hotel! If returning to this area I would definitely book through this service again!

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Pauly (verified purchase) – February 20, 2022

I booked this trip on line in Feb. 2022, Saona Island Excursion, after reading all the great reviews of all the other travelers. They picked us up ( wife and I ) in our hotel lobby on time like they had promised in a new and clean vehicle with the A/C on. This was the best money spent during the week. It was a full and fun filled day, catamaran boat ride out to the Island and a nice speed boat ride back. Also great entertainment, dancing and beverages for all ages all day long. I highly recommend this trip when going to Punta Cana and for a very reasonable price you can a purchase a Caribbean Lobster on the Island…Thx. Paulv-Bos

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Rosa (verified purchase) – January 28, 2022

had a wonderful time. i was worried about the tourist draw for this excursion, but you’re in punta cana, you’re already part of the tourist trap. anyway, the tour guides were amazing and so accommodating. we went to the island by a speed boat and came back in a catamaran, which i think is the best and only way to do this. also, the provided buffet lunch was probably one of the best meals i had while in punta cana. fill up on the tender chicken. definitely worth going. the only annoying part was when they tried repeatedly to sell the pictures they took of us. it would have been easier if they weren’t trying to sell all the photos as a package. they’d sell more if people can just buy individual pictures. but great trip overall

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Sthephen (verified purchase) – December 4, 2021

Trip and service was great. Tour guide “Presidente Daniel” was a treat. We did the all day Sonana trip. It was beautiful but I wouldn’t recommend it for children. Many all day drinkers can’t handle their booze. Trip there and island was fine but boat ride back was full of college kids that were there for free booze and they we are mess. Maybe we just had a bad group,but it was terrible experience. Nothing against tour company but maybe cut back on the booze on the way back. My better and half can party with the best of them, but rude drunk people throwing garbage in the sea, spilling drinks and falling on everyone is a little off. Take a booze cruise for that.

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Mike (verified purchase) – November 21, 2021

After a long flight, complete with delays, from Chicago, we arrive at PUJ for a much needed vacation. Going though security and immigration in the airport was a real pain. My suitcase had been gone through and a wheel on my bag was busted off. All I wanted to do was get to my hotel, and so far, this trip wasn’t starting out well. After leaving the security area, we were greeted by a nice man (I forgot his name) that was ready and waiting to take us to our hotel. There were what seemed like a sea of taxi drivers all vying for our business. I was very glad I had pre-arranged to be picked up by punta cana tours. They were courteous,very nice, and helpful as they took my wife’s and my luggage and helped us into the van. I was impressed. The van was clean, nice and comfortable and our driver was very helpful and informative on our drive to the hotel. Later that week, we also booked a tour to Isla Saona through the Again, they were fast, prompt, and very professional. The trip to Isla Saona is something not to be missed. What started off as a less than perfect trip, ended in a very enjoyable vacation. I know Punta Cana Tours and their staff, had a lot to do with it. Thanks for everything guys, Mike

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Paisley W. (verified purchase) – November 7, 2021

Our trip to the Dominican Republic was terrible. The only thing that was great was how the staff as promised, helped us to make the best of it. We had all kind of problems with the hotel, good thing we had 3 days out booked with Punta Cana Tours. We went on Saona Island everything was Great, the trip to the capital city was too long but well organized and our fishing charter for the day was professionally planed. We thank you guys for your service, we will speak highly about you in Texas. Woods

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Vivian (verified purchase) – November 7, 2021

While our trip was short to DR, transportation provided through Punta Cana Tours was long. We waited over 30minutes for transportation from our resort to the excursion and no contact was made from the company to notify us. Had we not stayed in the lobby a little longer, the driver would’ve came and left without us and have no regard to reach out to us. However, Isla Saona was beautiful, the transportation to and from the dock to the island was fun filled, with entertainment, drinks and a beautiful view on a speed boat and a catamaran.The food given to us during lunch on the Island was buffet style and American food but tasty! We would definitely recommend this excursion to anyone visiting DR as it is a beautiful sight and worth visiting!

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Louise (verified purchase) – September 3, 2021

Unbelievable excursion. Such a fun time. Transportation and each piece of the excursion was very well managed. Crew on the boat were a BLAST. They made the sandbar bar and the snorkeling portions highly enjoyable as well. Definitely not for kids or those NOT trying to have fun!

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Murphy (verified purchase) – September 3, 2021

The best day of our 2 week trip to punta cana. Beautiful beach, dancing, snorkeling, photo shoot on beach, banana boats, innertubing, eating, playing games, shopping…etc I could go on and on amazing.

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Catherine (verified purchase) – August 22, 2021

A fantastic experience! Well worth going on this day-long trip. We’ve went as a family of 3 with our 4YO daughter. Punctual pick-up from the hotel. Our group counted about 15 people. After reaching our “naval departure” port we’ve been wizzed off in a speedboat which was a very fun ride. After a few moments we’ve found ourselves swimming in the natural swimming pool drinking some vitamins %-). Then had some pictures with starfishes taken and wizzed of again on the speedboat until we’ve reached Isla Saona. Beautiful beaches and postcard picturesque water!!! After lunch went back to mainland on board a catamaran! Fantastic experience! Would definitely recommend.

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Maria (verified purchase) – August 13, 2021

Highly Recommended!. This excursion was absolutely worth it. I booked it with Punta Cana tours. A catamaran ride to Saona Island on the calm Caribbean sea with music and dancing, followed by lunch and a beautiful lagoon to swim in. An entire day’s trip, but lots of fun!

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Saige (verified purchase) – August 3, 2021

I would like to say that I would DEFINITELY recommend Punta Cana Tours to my friends and family if they visit the Dominican Republic and choose to partake in any excursions. We had a blast on Saona Island. All of the logistics were handled appropriately and we were very pleased. At Saona Island, everything was amazing. The only thing we would have changed is that we would have preferred to take the speedboats out to the island in the morning and then ride the catamaran back in the afternoon. It would have been nice to be able to cap off the fantastic day of relaxation with a party cruise back on the catamaran as opposed to partying on the way there. Just to reiterate, I will most definitely be recommending Punta Cana Tours to any of my friends and family that choose to visit. Thanks for helping make our vacation a fantastic time!

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Cyrus (verified purchase) – March 8, 2020

Isla Sona – The tour itself was good, the catamaran sailing was quite nice and relaxing although overpriced products were being sold. Once we got to the island, it was great and we had a good time being by ourselves on the beach. The food was average. Catamaran tour:- Cheaper than the Isla Sona tours and the snorkeling was probably the highlight. Don’t forget to bring in a water camera for the tour. They will hawk you pictures that cost around $40 and its not worth it. Other than that it was a memorable experience

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Brandon (verified purchase) – February 20, 2018

just come back from a 5 day vacation , Me and my wife did two attractions with Punta Cana Tours and all I get to say is that was perfect , Speed boat with snorkeling and snuba was amazing and then next day we went to isla saona which was excellent . I recommend to everyone . They picked us up at the right time in our resort ,no complaint at all. Thanks punta cana tours.

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How long is the boat ride from Punta Cana to Isla Saona?

You cannot take a boat directly from Punta Cana to Saona island as the distance is too far. To reach the jump off point for Saona you must first drive to the town of Bayahibe. Normal drive time is about an hour but if you're with a group excursion, drive time can be up to 2 hours due passenger pick up at Punta Cana resorts. Once in Bayahibe there are two options to reach Saona: motorboat, which takes about 40 minutes or catamaran which takes about 1 hour 30 minutes.  Unless you've chartered your own private catamaran, all Saona group excursions will include one way via motorboat and one way via catamaran.

How long is the Saona Island excursion?

Expect to be gone approximately 10 hours on a typical Saona island excursion from Punta Cana or up to 12 hours if your hotel is located in Uvero Alto, Punta Cana's northern most section. This includes round trip bus transport from the resorts, round trip boat transport to Saona and of course some island time!

You can opt for a private charter which will take only about 8 hours. And if you want to really get there quick, you can take a helicopter excursion to Saona island .

Why is Saona Island so popular?

At 100 square kilometers, Saona is a behemoth of an offshore island with miles of unobstructed tropical beach, turquoise waters and coconut palms. It really is the quintessential, tropical shoreline in the Caribbean. The motorboat and catamaran ride, to and from Saona, is just as memorable as the island itself with an unforgettable stop at the natural swimming pool - an immense sandbar of waist deep waters where music is played and drinks are served!

What is the best beach in Saona?

Saona island, located off the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, offers miles of tropical, white powdery beaches. The most popular, and the most visited for Saona excursions, is Playa los Abanicos. Also popular is Catuano Point and Playa del Gato. Playa Palmilla is mentioned a great deal but this beach is located on the mainland and not on Saona. Off Playa Palmilla is where the renowned natural swimming pool is located, a popular sandbar stop for Saona excursions.

Where do boats leave for Saona Island?

Saona island boat departures leave from the southeastern Dominican town of Bayahibe which is about an hour drive from Punta Cana. If you are on a group excursion with others, transport to Bayahibe can take up to 2 hours when factoring in other passenger pick ups.

Does anyone live on Saona Island?

Saona island is part of the Dominican Republic's Cotubanama National Park which prohibits development and inhabitants. With that said, the small fishing village of Mano Juan was the only community that existed before the national park's declaration in 1975; it was permitted to remain with development and population restrictions. Today about 500 individuals live in Mano Juan.

How long is the boat trip to Saona Island?

Saona Island is located off southeastern shores of the Dominican Republic and is only reachable by boat. The closest mainland town is Bayahibe from where there are two options to reach Saona: motorboat, which takes about 40 minutes or catamaran which takes about 1 hour 30 minutes.  Unless you've chartered your own private catamaran, all Saona group excursions will include one way via motorboat and one way via catamaran.

Why go to Saona Island?

Saona island is the only offshore island relatively close to Punta Cana. The trip to Saona combines two of the most sought after activities for tourists to the Dominican Republic: getting out on a boat and spending time on the beach; preferably the island kind! And Saona itself is worth the trip, surrounding by calm Caribbean seas it is the quintessential tropical island with miles of powdery beaches, bordered lazy coconut palms and lapping turquoise waters.

Can you snorkel on Saona Island?

Typical excursions to Saona island do not include snorkeling. Although there are coral reefs just offshore from the town of Bayahibe - the jump off point for the Saona island excursion - these reefs are located in deeper waters that are more conducive to scuba diving.

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  • Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included
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Welcome to our Saona Island Excursion, the ultimate tropical getaway in the Dominican Republic. With crystal clear turquoise waters and white sandy beaches lined with palm trees, Saona Island is a true paradise that has been impressing visitors for over 500 years. On this full-day excursion, you’ll have the opportunity to experience the island’s natural beauty and indulge in a variety of activities such as swimming, and lounging on the beach. You’ll also enjoy a traditional Dominican BBQ lunch served buffet style and have the chance to dance the merengue.

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  • Bilingual guides: Our knowledgeable and friendly guides will ensure that you have a smooth and enjoyable experience on the tour. They will provide information about the island and its history, as well as answer any questions you may have.
  • Roundtrip transportation: Convenient round-trip transportation from your Punta Cana resort is included in the tour price. This means that you won't have to worry about getting to and from the island – we'll take care of all the details.
  • Catamaran and speedboat trip: On this excursion, you'll have the opportunity to travel to and from Saona Island on a catamaran or speedboat. Enjoy the beautiful views of the Caribbean Sea and the natural pool as you journey to the island.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages: Refreshments are included in the tour price, so you can enjoy a variety of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages during your time on the island.
  • BBQ Lunch: A delicious BBQ lunch served buffet style is included in the tour price. Indulge in a variety of tasty dishes and fuel up for your day on the island.

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Tour Itinerary

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  • Stop at the Natural Pool, a crystal clear sand bar.
  • Enjoy a traditional Dominican buffet-style lunch.
  • Return the mainland in a speedboat or catamaran.

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Saona Island Excursion – Caribbean Paradise

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Why is saona island so famous.

Saona Island is a dream with its divinely beautiful landscapes, the pre-sunset silence broken only by the conversations of birds, and sand that has absorbed the heat of the tropical sun. Once, the Taino Indians lived here, the inhabitants of the island, which they called sonorously and melodiously by the name Adamanay, and the discoverer of the island, Michele de Cuneo, was so delighted with its beauty that he named it after his hometown in Italy – Savona.

Saona Island is one of the most vibrant and unforgettable places in the Caribbean, which you can visit by catamaran, speedboat or yacht – an exclusive holiday for people who value comfort and luxury.

Saona Island is also known as Bounty Island. Yes, that same Bounty ad, in which a coconut fell to the ground, was filmed in this place, among tropical palm trees.

  • This is the largest island of the Dominican Republic, located in the province of La Romana. The island is located within a National Nature Reserve, so there are no hotels here, but only three small fishing villages. The area of the island is only 110 km 2 . Christopher Columbus was the first to discover the island of Saona in 1494.
  • There are many caves that the local Taino Indians once used. With the arrival of the Spaniards, the Indians hid in these caves, and one of them was named after their leader “Cotubanama Cave.”
  • On the island of Saona, 539 different species of plants grow, most of them are relict and are found only here. The abundance of palm trees, mangroves and beautiful white beaches attracts tourists who call it Bounty Island.
  • Tourists are brought on excursion yachts and are offered a comprehensive trip throughout the entire territory. The beaches are very shallow, some are up to one meter deep, which facilitates diving among the coral reefs.
  • The fauna is also rich. Turtles and iguanas, manatees, moray eels, stingrays, and dolphins, and in the warm shallow waters, starfish of various sizes and colors live and breed. The island is home to seagulls, pigeons, green parrots, storks, and other bird species. In the roots of mangroves, millions of young fish find refuge from predators. There are 40 different fish and 124 species of shellfish in coastal waters.

It’s worth mentioning the simply magical snorkeling, excursions, tours, and even helicopter VIP roundtrips that we can organize for you on the island of Saona!

Top Isla Saona tours you must visit

There are several tours and activities you can enjoy on Saona. Here are some of the best Isla Saona tours and experiences you should consider:

1. Saona Helicopter VIP Tour from Punta Cana

A helicopter excursion is always an adventure that can leave even the most capricious tourist in wild delight at the beauty of Saona seen from above. The entire tour is well organized and presented by our reliable partners who perfectly know every meter of the Dominican land and air in particular.

While a Saona helicopter VIP Tour is indeed a luxurious way to discover Saona, it is also more expensive compared to other tours.

2. Private full-day Isla Saona tour

This magnificent excursion , which includes visits to the Blue Lagoon, reef snorkeling, and mangrove forests, offers a fantastic opportunity to explore the natural beauty and marine life of Isla Saona. Here's what you can typically expect from such a tour:

  • You'll have the entire tour or a portion reserved exclusively for you and your group. This allows for a more personalized and intimate experience.
  • The Blue Lagoon is a stunning natural pool with shallow, crystal-clear waters. It's often the first stop on the tour, and you can take a dip, swim, or relax in this picturesque setting.
  • You'll have the chance to explore the vibrant underwater world of Isla Saona's coral reefs. Snorkeling equipment is provided, and experienced guides will lead you to the best snorkeling spots.
  • Your tour will likely include some leisure time on the island's beautiful beaches, where you can sunbathe, swim, and enjoy the serene surroundings.
  • You'll have the opportunity to visit the island's mangrove forests. These ecosystems are home to various bird species, marine life, and unique vegetation. It's a chance to appreciate the island's natural diversity.
  • The tour includes a delicious lunch with local cuisine, and you'll have opportunities for refreshments and beverages throughout the day.

By choosing this tour, you not only get to enjoy a luxurious and private day on Isla Saona but also contribute to the conservation efforts that help protect the island's unique natural environments. It's an opportunity to connect with the natural heritage and leave with a deeper appreciation for its ecological diversity.

3. 2-in-1 Saona Island and Altos de Chavon excursion

Altos de Chavon is a true Mediterranean village surrounded by Dominican nature. Restored in the seventies by the Italian architect Roberto Copa, this settlement houses a remarkable Greek-style amphitheater, an archaeological museum dedicated to the ancient inhabitants of the island – the Taino Indians, boutique shops, art galleries, salons and even an Academy where… The best artists teach the lines.

Next, you will continue the excursion and go on an exciting journey on high-speed boats to Saona Island – a nature reserve in the Eastern National Park, home to dolphins, flying fish, starfish, etc. This amazingly beautiful place was discovered by Columbus during his second voyage.

Along the way, you will stop at a natural pool in the Caribbean Sea, where you will have the opportunity to swim with starfish. White sandy beaches, coconut palms, rural wooden houses surrounded by crystal clear water – you will see all this on the island. Here you can swim in the sea, snorkel, or relax on the beach. You will be treated to a delicious traditional lunch and drinks.

How to choose good Isla Saona tours

When choosing an excursion, first of all, you must clarify the program and determine the maximum number of people in the group. Be sure to choose a program with a guide who speaks your language. There are guides who speak only Spanish and/or English and work with local residents.

Also, check whether a visit to the sea pool with stars is planned. Some programs include an excursion to the city of Artists – Altos de Chavon.

Find out which route the group will take. Traditionally, tourists are offered a visit to the natural pool with starfish and the city of Artists. Still, there are also expanded programs that include inspection of reed plantations and mangroves.

The next important question to ask the guide is what the beach will be like. The impression of the entire trip depends on the quality of the coast and sea; it would be a shame if it was spoiled by a nearby swamp or midges. There are enough exclusive beaches on Saona Island where you can relax comfortably, take photos, and enjoy the picturesque landscapes.

Advice! If you are part of a large group of tourists, once on the island, immediately take a sun lounger or sun lounger – after lunch, you will want to relax calmly and comfortably.

As for photographs, huge queues of tourists line up to take pictures near the palm trees leaning towards the water. Walking along the shore, you will probably find other equally picturesque places for taking pictures, where there will not be such an influx of guests.

Another important criterion is lunch. If we are talking about a budget, standard excursion, lunch is served only on the island in a buffet format, and in a more expensive program, tourists dine on a boat or catamaran.

Many tourists note that local residents do not know how to cook pork, so it is better not to try meat dishes, but to choose fish or seafood. It is also not recommended to take salads dressed with mayonnaise, as they quickly spoil in the heat. If you really want to remember the taste of mayonnaise, take local rum, it will have an antibacterial effect.

Expensive programs provide a separate dining area for only one group and personal waiters.

As a conclusion

Visiting the Dominican Republic and not visiting Saona is equivalent to not climbing the Eiffel Tower while vacationing in Paris. Even though the island is considered the most popular tourist destination in the Dominican Republic, you can always take photos of the Cote d'Azur here without the influx of tourists and vacationers.

Frequently asked questions about Isla Saona excursions

1. is it worth visiting saona island.

Saona Island is a popular tourist destination in the southeastern Dominican Republic. It is known for its magnificent natural beauty, with white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters, and lush palm trees. Whether or not it’s worth visiting Saona Island depends on your tastes and what you’re looking for in a travel experience. Here are some points we recommend you to keep in mind:

  • Scenic beauty : Saona is renowned for its picturesque beaches and natural landscapes. If you enjoy pristine, tropical scenery, it can be a worthwhile destination.
  • Relaxation : The island offers a tranquil environment, making it an ideal spot for relaxation and unwinding. If you’re seeking a peaceful getaway, it can be a great choice.
  • Water activities : Saona Island is also popular for water-based activities like snorkeling and swimming. If you’re interested in exploring marine life and enjoying the ocean, it’s a good option.
  • Day trips : Many visitors visit Saona Island from nearby resorts in Punta Cana or Bayahibe. These excursions typically include transportation, meals, and guided tours. If you’re staying in one of these areas, it can be a convenient and enjoyable day trip.
  • Crowds : Saona Island can get crowded, especially during peak tourist seasons. If you prefer quieter, more secluded destinations, you might consider less touristy alternatives in the Dominican Republic.
  • Environmental impact : Saona Island has faced some environmental challenges from tourism. It’s essential to be a responsible visitor and follow environmental guidelines to help protect this beautiful natural area.

Saona Island is worth visiting if you’re looking for a beautiful, relaxing, and nature-filled destination with opportunities for water activities. If you’re seeking a more off-the-beaten-path experience, there are other quieter and less-visited islands and locations in the Dominican Republic that might better suit your preferences.

2. How long is the boat ride to Saona Island?

The boat ride to Saona Island’s beaches typically varies in duration depending on where you depart from. Here are some common points and their approximate ride durations to Saona Island:

  • Bayahibe: The boat ride usually takes around 30 to 45 minutes. Bayahibe is a popular starting point for Saona Island excursions.
  • Punta Cana: The road can take you around 2 to 2.5 hours. Day trips from Punta Cana to Saona Island typically include transportation by bus and then a boat ride.
  • La Romana: If you depart from La Romana, it can take approximately 1 to 1.5 hours. La Romana is also a common departure point for Isla Saona tours .

Check this info with your tour operator for the most accurate and up-to-date information, as they can vary depending on factors like weather conditions and the specific tour package you choose.

3. How do I get to Isla Saona?

To get to Isla Saona, you’ll typically need to take a boat or a catamaran from the mainland. Usually, tours are organized from various locations, such as Bayahibe, Punta Cana, and La Romana. Here are the general steps to get to Isla Saona:

  • Depending on where you are staying in the Dominican Republic, you can choose a departure point that’s most convenient for you. The primary departure points for Isla Saona tours are Bayahibe, Punta Cana, and La Romana.
  • You can book a guided tour to Isla Saona through a tour operator or your resort. These tours often include transportation to the departure point, the boat or catamaran ride to Isla Saona, meals, and guided activities.
  • On the day of your tour, you’ll travel to the designated departure point, where you’ll board a boat or catamaran. The boat ride to Isla Saona is part of the tour, and it typically includes stops for snorkeling, swimming, and enjoying the scenic beauty of the area.
  • Once you arrive at Isla Saona, you’ll have several hours to explore and enjoy the island. You can relax on the beaches, swim in the crystal-clear waters, take part in beach activities, and savor a meal provided as part of your tour.
  • After your time on Isla Saona, you’ll board the boat or catamaran for the return journey to the mainland.
  • You’ll return to the departure point, and from there, you can either go back to your resort or continue with any additional activities included.

Please book your tour in advance. Additionally, remember that Isla Saona is a protected area, so be a responsible visitor and follow any environmental guidelines provided by your tour operator to help preserve its natural beauty.

4. How long does it take to get from Punta Cana to Saona Island?

The boat ride from Punta Cana to Saona Island typically takes around 2 to 2.5 hours one way. It’s a full-day excursion, and you’ll have several hours to enjoy the island’s attractions before returning to Punta Cana. The specific travel time can vary based on your tour operator and sea conditions.

5. Does anyone live on Saona Island?

Saona Island is a relatively small and uninhabited island located off the southeastern coast of the DR. While there may be some temporary residents or workers, there is no permanent residential population on the island.

Tourism is the primary activity on Saona Island, with visitors coming on day trips from nearby areas like Bayahibe, Punta Cana, Santo Domingo, and La Romana to enjoy its scenic beauty and engage in various activities, but it is not a place where people permanently reside.

6. What animals are on Saona Island?

On Saona Island, you can find birds like frigatebirds and pelicans, various fish and sea turtles in the waters, iguanas, crabs, and sometimes manatees. It’s also home to a variety of insects and butterflies.

7. What movie was filmed of Saona Island?

Saona Island has been featured in a few movies and TV productions. One notable film that was partially filmed on Saona Island is “Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” (2003). The island’s stunning beaches and natural beauty served as a backdrop for some scenes in the movie.

8. Can you stay on Isla Saona?

There are no hotels directly on Isla Saona. The island is primarily a protected natural reserve and a popular tourist day-trip destination. Visitors typically access Saona on guided day trips, and they spend several hours on the island before returning to their respective accommodations on the mainland.

9. Can you snorkel on Saona Island?

Yes, you can go snorkeling on Saona Island . The clear and pristine waters surrounding Saona Island provide excellent opportunities for snorkeling. Many guided tours to Saona Island include snorkeling as one of the activities. Snorkelers can explore the underwater world, observe colorful fish, corals, and other marine life.

If you want to snorkel on Saona Island, we advise you to join a full guided tour . The necessary equipment, safety instructions, access to the best snorkeling spots, lunch with soft drinks, Blue Lagoon stop with open bar, and 5-6 hours stay at the best Saona Island beach are included.

10. What ocean is Saona Island in?

Saona Island is located in the Caribbean Sea. Specifically, it is part of the Greater Antilles in the western Caribbean. The island is situated off the southeastern coast of the Dominican Republic, and it is known for its stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters in the Caribbean Sea.

11. How do you get from Santo Domingo to Saona Island?

Traveling from Santo Domingo to Saona Island involves a journey by road and boat. Here are the general steps:

  • Most Isla Saona tours depart from the towns of Bayahibe or La Romana, which are located on the mainland. From Santo Domingo, you can take a bus, drive, or hire a taxi to reach either of these towns. The journey takes approximately 1.5 to 2.5 hours, depending on traffic and your starting point in Santo Domingo.
  • Once you arrive in Bayahibe or La Romana, you must join a guided tour to Saona Island. These tours typically include transportation to the departure point on the mainland and a boat ride to the island. It’s advisable to book your tour in advance.
  • The boat ride from Bayahibe or La Romana to Saona Island takes ~ 30-45 minutes, depending on sea conditions. During this ride, you can enjoy the scenic views of the Caribbean Sea.
  • After arriving at Saona Island, you’ll have several hours to explore and enjoy its attractions, including its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters.
  • At the end of your visit to Saona Island, you’ll board the boat for the return trip to Bayahibe or La Romana.
  • Once you’re back on the mainland, you can arrange transportation back to Santo Domingo, whether it’s by bus, taxi, or private vehicle.

The journey’s duration can vary based on the specific tour operator, sea conditions, and traffic, so it’s a good idea to check with your chosen tour provider for the most accurate information on departure times and travel times.

12. How do I get from Punta Cana to Saona Island?

To get from Punta Cana to Saona, you can take a guided tour, which typically includes transportation and a boat ride. Here are the general steps to reach Saona Island from Punta Cana:

  • Start by booking a guided tour to Saona Island. Numerous tour operators in Punta Cana offer day trips to Saona Island, which are convenient and often all-inclusive.
  • Your tour operator will provide transportation from your hotel or resort in Punta Cana to the departure point for the boat ride. This transfer is usually included in the tour package.
  • The boat ride from Punta Cana to Saona Island typically takes ~2 to 2.5 hours. This journey is part of the tour experience and may include stops for snorkeling or other activities.
  • After you visit Saona Island, you will board the boat to return to Punta Cana.
  • Upon returning to Punta Cana, your tour operator will arrange transportation back to your hotel or resort.

Booking guided Isla Saona tours is the most common and convenient way to reach it. The well-organized tours typically include all the necessary arrangements, making it a hassle-free experience for visitors.

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  • Selective hotel pickup
  • Speedboat and catamaran tour of Saona Island
  • 30-minute stop at the biggest natural swimming pool
  • 3 hours of fun in the sun at the paradisiacal Isla Saona
  • Tasty Dominican buffet lunch, open bar, and beach activities
  • Relaxation, swimming, fun, booze, and tropical views

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  • Saona Island, DOM

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  • Punta Cana, La Altagracia, Dominican Republic

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Saona Island Day Trip

  • Activity duration is 12 hours 12h 12h
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What's included, what's not

  • What's included What's included Speedboat and catamaran tour of Saona Island
  • What's included What's included 30-minute stop at the biggest natural swimming pool
  • What's included What's included 3-hour visit at Saona Island
  • What's included What's included Buffet lunch (barbecue, salad, and typical Dominican fare)
  • What's included What's included Open bar with beer, rum, and soft drinks
  • What's included What's included Snacks
  • What's included What's included Entrance ticket to the East National Park
  • What's included What's included Professional guide in English and Spanish
  • What's included What's included Hotel pickup and drop-off in Punta Cana area
  • What's excluded What's excluded Gratuities (optional)
  • What's excluded What's excluded DVD (available to purchase)
  • What's excluded What's excluded Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • What's excluded What's excluded Lobster (available to purchase)

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  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking.
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years.
  • Not recommended for pregnant women.
  • Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions.
  • Not wheelchair accessible.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • Hotel pickup is available from most Punta Cana hotels. Please arrange pickup from your hotel or a nearby location when you call to confirm your reservation.
  • Pickup starts early in the morning. You will be notified with the exact pick-up time a day before the tour. If you book within 12 hours of the start time, please contact the supplier after booking.

What you can expect

We're taking you to the superstar of offshore islands in the Dominican Republic—Saona Island. Think sun, sand, booze, boats, and bikinis! You can thank us later, but for now let us tell you about the ridiculously beautiful Saona Island.

The first European boat to dock at Saona was Christopher Columbus’ in 1494, and Saona has not ceased to amaze visitors for the last 500+ years! Saona is not a tiny off-shore key—the beach stretches as far as the eye can see. This quintessential Caribbean island serves up the quintessential Caribbean scenery, with ivory sands lined by rows of swaying palms.

Race to the island in a speedboat that includes a stop in a waist-deep natural swimming pool of transparent waters. If you're lucky, you may even see some starfish! Once you arrive Isla Saona, you have so many choices—wade in the turquoise waters, visit the open bar, dance merengue, take a nap on a beach lounge chair, play volleyball, indulge in a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, pork, rice, beans, salad and fruit, or walk the coastline. Take your time and do it all!

We'll hit the Caribbean Sea on a speedboat and slowly cruise you back to the mainland on a spacious catamaran. Oh, there’s also music, dancing, and an open bar. This is the Caribbean, folks. It's an all-inclusive, full-day outing to Saona Island—and you need some time away from your Punta Cana resort. You get the boat, the open bar, and the food. Oh, and we pick you up and drop you off at your lobby. That is easy!

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Excursions to Saona have become over the years the most popular for tourists visiting Punta Cana. Its virgin beaches, lush palm trees, and turquoise waters make it one of the most charming regions of the Dominican Republic, combining the beauty of Cotubanamá National Park (this is its Taino name) with the tranquility of the Caribbean Sea. We will skirt the coast of Saona Island in a spacious catamaran, enjoying music, entertainment and drinks included (rum, water, soft drinks). When you arrive at the island you will be able to relax and rest, take a sunbathe, swim, play volleyball or walk along the beach enjoying the paradisiacal tropical landscapes of the island. During the beach time, you can enjoy the delicious buffet lunch included. For the return, we have reserved an exciting trip by speedboat and a visit to the natural pools of the Saona Island, natural sandbanks in crystalline and shallow waters where you will be able to swim among the starfish, very abundant in this protected area This is one of the best things you can do during your vacation in Punta Cana. Do not miss it!

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Tour Modalities

Saona Catamaran

From 72.00 USD

: Mon,Wed,Thu,Sat

From 72.00 USD : Mon,Wed,Thu,Sat : Full day

- Catamaran sailing with animation and open bar. - Beach time on Saona Island. - Buffet lunch with water and soft drinks. - Return by speedboat. - Stop and beach time in the natural pools.

Saona Catamaran Plus

From 129.00 USD

From 129.00 USD : Mon,Wed,Thu,Sat : Full day

- Catamaran sailing with animation and open bar. - Beach time on Saona Island. - Special lunch with lobster and wine in a private area. - Return by speedboat. - Stop and beach time in the natural pools.

Restrictions for Saona Island Tour

- Pregnant women are not accepted. - Not recommended for people with limited abilities. - Starfish are a protected species, it is forbidden to touch them or take them out of the water. - For departures from hotels in La Romana, a minimum of 6 passengers is required.

- Pregnant women are not accepted. - Not recommended for people with limited abilities. - Starfish are a protected species, it is forbidden to touch them or take them out of the water. - Lobster ban from March 1 to June 30. Lobster is substituted for other shellfish. - For departures from hotels in La Romana, a minimum of 6 passengers is required.

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Exploring Isla Saona: Must-See Highlights on Your Punta Cana Tour

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It’s time to start planning for that ravishing holiday you have wanted all these years. Punta Cana has numerous sights to see and activities to partake in. However, one place hides the best prize, and that is Saona Island, aka Isla Saona.

Getting to Isla Saona

Reaching Isla Saona is possible either with a comfy and stable catamaran, or by taking a speedboat and reaching it faster. Most of the Isla Saona tours have a starting point at Bayahibe. This is a fishing village, about one hour away from your desired location.

So, before you start planning, it’s good to know what sort of experience you aim to achieve. A slow and steady glide on the water, with music in the background; or a blistering flash catching the desired wind on a warm summer’s day.

Experiencing Natural Beauty

This island is the definition of heavenly. Beaches are particularly untouched and wild, at the same time welcoming. Waters are azure, giving life to exotic fish. You are welcome to snorkel in the deep, clear sea and enjoy all it has to offer. Palm trees provide shade while you unwind. You may wish to go swimming or play volleyball – it’s only appropriate.

And, after all of this, the mangroves are waiting for your exploration. Guides are available for visiting this unique ecosystem with its rare bird life and animals. 

Exploring Local Culture

One more incredible aspect of anyone’s Isla Saona tours is taking a glimpse of the local life and culture. Being a fisherman community, the locals can offer advice from their craft and give you a taste of the fresh seafood they obtained. You are then invited to visit the marketplace, offering crafts like jewelry and pottery made by the villagers. 

Planning Your Visit

To fully appreciate the island, most of the tours are made to be a whole day visit. It will mostly start in the morning, bringing you back late afternoon. 

Take into consideration that this kind of trip is best taken while dry season is in full swing. That’s from December to April, so you can plan a New Year’s or a Spring break, if this aligns with your schedule. 

Now, essentials like sunblocking creams and hats are an obvious reminder, and while you will most likely have lunch on these tours – pack some snacks and water. 

Isla Saona is a place everyone should visit; to escape daily life and enjoy nature with all it provides. Book Isla Saona for your vacation now to ensure the best hotel spot and boat tours in the area.

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How to find the best Private Tours to Isla Saona and Isla Catalina?

Isla Saona and Isla Catalina are two of the most popular excursions when staying in Punta Cana. It’s easy to say that both are the most beautiful islands in the Dominican Republic as well. When staying in Punta Cana, there are tons of group tours to book, but what should you do if you are looking for a private excursion to Isla Saona or Isla Catalina? Especially when looking for a little extra, a Saona Island private tour can be an amazing deal compared to sharing a catamaran with 70 other people. Find out in this article what other advantages you have on Saona Island and Catalina Island when booking a private tour.

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This article is exclusively about private tours to Isla Saona and Isla Catalina. If you are interested in group tours and regular excursions, please check this article for Saona Island and this one for Catalina Island . Are you interested in further Punta Cana tours? If so, check out our comprehensive Punta Cana Excursion Guide with the most exciting 40+ activities for your vacation.

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What is Isla Saona?

 Isla Saona (or in English Saona Island) is the most popular tourist destination for day-trips in the Dominican Republic. It is an island in the southeast of the country, dotted with palm-fringed beaches (some of the best beaches in the Domican Republic ) and surrounded by incredibly blue turquoise waters. It is part of the National Park Cotubanamá (formerly called Parque Nacional del Este).

 Isla Saona gets visited every day by thousands of tourists. Despite those hordes, it is a beautiful place (I couldn’t believe it before I was there for the first time). When arriving at this picture-perfect island with its stunning coastline, you will feel like you are in paradise. Just check out some of the photos here or in my comprehensive guide about Isla Saona .

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 Most of the Saona Island excursions have a set amount of stops. You will see the natural swimming pool with some starfish, have (sometimes) a quick mediocre snorkeling stop (please note that Isla Saona is not a snorkeling excursion – check out this post if you are looking for better snorkeling options ), cruise along the coastline of the national park with an ocean catamaran and have a speed boat ride the other way back. In between all of this, you’ll enjoy a simple but tasty Dominican lunch and, of course, a lot of rum. 

 If this sounds perfect to you, then check out the best Saona Island tour offers here * or continue reading my Isla Saona Guide .

 If you feel that this itinerary might limit your expectations or it is not as much fun as it could be, you should continue reading below, as in this case, a private tour to Isla Saona might be exactly what you are looking for.

The best Saona Island private tours

I know it is sometimes boring to read all those articles with all my personal experiences and recommendations. 😉 In case you just have 2 minutes and want to find the best Saona Island private tour immediately, check out the following table. I have summarized the best Saona private tours for you in this comprehensive overview.

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Are you a small group or maybe even just a couple looking in getting away from the huge groups and the crowded Saona excursions ? In this case, have a look at the cheapest Saona Island private tours which are more affordable than you might think. Private tours to Saona Island are already starting at 450 USD per group, which is a real bargain considering that you have the crew and boat all on your own. For further information, check out the following table with the cheapest Isla Saona private tours.

What is Isla Catalina?

 Before we are delving into the private excursions to Isla Saona (and Isla Catalina), let’s have a look first at Isla Catalina , which can easily be regarded as the little sister of Isla Saona. Smaller in size, less popular, fewer visitors and to a certain amount also not as (incredibly) beautiful as Isla Saona – that’s Catalina Island, just 15 miles away from Saona Island.

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 However, this shouldn’t mean that a visit to Isla Catalina is not worth-to-go – by no means. A catamaran trip to the island is one of the most attractive excursions you can do while vacationing in Punta Cana. The cruise to the island epitomizes the genuine Caribbean holiday feeling. Furthermore, Isla Catalina offers one of the best snorkeling opportunities in the Southeast of the Dominican Republic . And last but not least, the island and the beach of Catalina are beautiful in their very own way.

Our excursion to the beautiful Isla Catalina, south of La Romana

 Tours to Isla Catalina are offering a relaxed cruise and have a snorkeling stop included. You can also enjoy plenty of time at the beach and a local Dominican lunch.  Check out here the best tours to Catalina Island * or continue reading my Isla Catalina guide .

 But why not consider a private tour (from Punta Cana or elsewhere) and setting your own itinerary?

There are not as many private tours available for Isla Catalina as for Isla Saona, hence a comprehensive list with different tours and providers doesn’t make that much sense. However, you can check out the following tour which is one of the best private tours to Isla Catalina.

Advantages of private tours to Isla Saona and Isla Catalina?

 Private tours are not cheap, especially when boat rides or catamaran cruises are included. You have to pay the full boat and the entire crew, doesn’t matter how many persons are in your group. However, tours are sometimes cheaper than you might think, hence it is worth having a closer look at Catalina Island and Saona Island private tours.

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 A private tour to Isla Saona or Isla Catalina comes with many advantages. Some of them are:

  • You’ll have much smaller groups – just the people from your traveling party. Some of the ordinary group tours to Isla Saona are packed with up to 70 people per boat.
  • You can define the itinerary. As there are just your people on the boat, you can decide how long you want to stay or if you want to skip a stop completely.
  • You don’t have any strangers on the boat. You can roam around freely and create the vibe you want.
  • As mentioned, there is quite an amount of people visiting Isla Saona (and to a lesser extent Isla Catalina as well). With a private tour, you can have a more exclusive experience.
  • The staff is just there for you. Whatever request you have, you get their full attention and chances are high that it gets fulfilled.
  • Even the particular beach you visit always depends on the company you book with, but chances are that you visit a less crowded part of the island.
  • For lunch, you don’t have to line up with 30 or more unknown people. Lunch will be prepared just for your group, which means there is no queue at the buffet.
  • In case of any problem, you can always seek immediate help from the staff or with the organizer. Usually, on those big group tours, there is not much that can be done if you are not satisfied.
  • If you are traveling with a large family or a group of friends, the prices of a private tour can be even more affordable than if booked individually. In the section below I am recommending you the best private excursions with competitive pricing.
  • Social distancing can be enforced. That’s particularly important in times of Covid-19 . Check the next section for further information.

 Those are just a few of the advantages when booking a private excursion to Saona Island and Catalina Island . 

 In case you want to try this particular exclusive experience, check out the offers in the widgets further below in this article. Especially when traveling with a large family or small group, the prices are absolutely affordable.

Private Tours in times of Covid-19

 Especially in these unprecedented times, private tours are offering an enormous extra value compared to standard group excursions: safety and health. 

  Even the Dominican Republic has its own (very extensive) hygiene protocol , which gets excellent reviews and international recognition, a group tour is still a group tour – with many other people. While in most cases the safety measures are fine with hand sanitizer, face coverings and avoiding people’s congestion, the risk of transmitting Covid-19 can never be lowered to 0% – especially with 70 other people on the boat. Furthermore, there are some companies which are taking the hygienic protocol not too seriously.

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 Hence, if you are concerned about Covid-19 in Punta Cana , but still would like to enjoy an easy and worry-free holiday, private excursions are the best choice for you. You will only have contact with your traveling party and social distancing to other people like staff members can always be guaranteed.

 If you are interested in further excursions that are Covid-19 safe or certified, check out this article .

Best private excursion to Isla Saona

 If you are seriously interested in private excursions to Isla Saona , you might ask now about the price tag they are coming with. You might be surprised!

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Affordable private Saona Island tours for families and small groups (up to 6 people)

 One of the cheapest and most recommended tours is this Private Saona Island Cruise for up to 6 people *. It brings you to the most beautiful places of Isla Saona with a private speed boat. With the current price of 450 US (subject to change), it is just 75 US per person – an unbeatable bargain.

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 Lunch and alcoholic drinks are not included, but you can also bring your own if you do not want to buy them. I recommend you to discuss the details with your host/organizer after booking and before the tour.

 If you need a transfer from Punta Cana, they can organize it as well. Alternatively, you can check out this return transfer option * as well. It is about an hour from most all-inclusive resorts in Punta Cana to where the boat leaves.

In case you’re looking for some other Saona Island private tours – among them some with food, drinks and transfers included – there are plenty of options for groups of up to 6 people. Check out the following widget with some alternative tours.

Private yachts and boats to Saona Island (up to 10 people)

If a speed boat is too small for you and you prefer a private yacht to visit Isla Saona , you can check out this private yacht tour for up to 10 people *. The yacht features a kitchen, a covered seating area and sufficient space outside to lounge and to enjoy the sun. 

 Transfer and lunch are optional, hence I recommend to make proper arrangements with the organizer of the tour before so that they exactly know what you wish for your private excursion to Saona Island.

Each boat to Saona Island is different. In case the proposed option is not to your liking, there are plenty of other yachts you can charter. Check out the following options for some additional Isla Saona private tours for up to 10, sometimes even 12 people.

Private Catamaran to Isla Saona (up to 15 people)

 This is by far the most elegant private tour to Isla Saona – a full cruising-style catamaran exclusively for your group *. Hop on board, sail along the Caribbean Sea, feel the ocean breeze and sip on an ice-cold beer or a delicious Cuba Libre. All of this is included in your private catamaran excursion to Saona Island for up to 15 people (just lunch and the national park fee is extra in case you’d like to book it). Furthermore, you get a customized itinerary and the full personal attention from a company rated No. 1 on Tripadvisor (out of 54 water sports and excursion companies in Bayahibe , the departure port to go to Isla Saona). That’s not surprising if you see the photos of this exclusive catamaran, which will bring you straight to paradise! And even the price seems steep at first glance, if you break it down to 15 people, it is just a bit more than 100 US per person – a real bargain for a private full-day catamaran cruise! 

When traveling with up to 15 people, there are also other options available you can book online. Check out the following options if traveling with a big family or a bunch of friends.

 If you don’t find the right offer among those private tours and you are looking for other excursions to Isla Saona , feel free to send me an email to puntacanatravelblog (at) gmail (dot) com. Especially when you are traveling with 16 people or more, I am happy to get you in touch with the best companies or give you personal recommendations on your tour.

Private excursions to Isla Catalina

 As indicated at the beginning of this article, Isla Catalina is less visited than Isla Saona – that’s also why there are fewer companies for private tours. 

 The best private excursion I can recommend for Isla Catalina is this private boat tour *. It is suitable for up to 15 people and comes with a price tag of 1500 USD, lunch and drinks are included. That’s just 100 USD per person for a private tour if you go with 15 people, which is much cheaper than most Isla Saona private tours.

Isla Catalina, a beautiful island on the south coast of the Dominican Republic

 You will start your tour in La Romana and stop at the most famous snorkeling spot in the area , where you can see colorful fish and a tropical reef. At the island, you have plenty of time to enjoy your private lunch, the beautiful beach and refreshing drinks – alcoholic and non-alcoholic. In the afternoon, you head back to your starting point. 

If this option doesn’t suit you, you can check out the following private excursions to Isla Catalina.

What is the best option for a private excursion: the difference between Isla Saona and Isla Catalina?

Those are some of the options you have if you are staying in Punta Cana and are looking for a private yacht or catamaran excursion to one of the islands along the Southeast coast of the Dominican Republic.

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 Both islands have their advantages. Isla Saona offers more spectacular scenery and picture-perfect views , Isla Catalina is quieter and has better snorkeling.

 As you can read in my review about Isla Catalina , it further scores with its catamaran cruise, as you can enjoy it both ways as opposed to the combined speed boat-/catamaran ride to Isla Saona.

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 However, this is different for private tours, which is why I would lean more towards Isla Saona if I had to choose where to go on a private excursion from Punta Cana with my friends or family. Isla Saona offers more things-to-see and more spectacular spots. The crowds (which are currently not present due to Covid-19) don’t matter that much if you have your own tour anyway. Just if snorkeling is important for you or if you have already been to Isla Saona, Isla Catalina might be the better pick for you.

 For more information about both islands, check out my comprehensive Isla Catalina and Isla Saona guide .

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9 Things to Know Before Visiting Punta Cana

W ith over 1,000 miles of coastline and some of the prettiest beaches in North America, the Dominican Republic is a popular beach destination. With convenient flights from the U.S. and Canada, Punta Cana is one of the most popular areas in the Dominican Republic. Most travelers head to an all-inclusive resorts during their trip to DR, making for an easy beachy getaway. However, there are several things to keep in mind. Here are the top things to know before visiting Punta Cana.

  • Punta Cana International Airport PUJ is one of the largest airports in the Caribbean with service in-between 26 international destinations.
  • Cabs can be expensive so arrange for a transfer before arriving
  • Spanish isn’t necessary, though it’s nice to use some common phases.
  • Changing money isn’t necessary however cash for tips is necessary.
  • There are several resort areas in Punta Cana, like Bavaro, Cap Cana and La Romana.
  • DR boasts 200 Beaches
  • Nude Sunbathing Isn’t a Thing in DR
  • The Dominican Republic features a National Park, perfect for an all-day excursion.
  • Bottled Water is a Must in DR

How to Get to the Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is the second-largest island in the Caribbean. It offers several international airports. After several trip to DR over the years, I am sharing the Things to Know Before Visiting Punta Cana.

The Punta Cana International Airport

With service from several international carriers, including direct flights from Britain, France and South America. U.S. travelers will find American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, Jet Blue Airlines, Spirit Airlines and Frontier Airlines.

WiFi is available, and restrooms are located near the immigration line.

A valid passport with more than six months before expiration is required for your trip is required. e aren’t required to enter the country. A 30-day tourist visa will be stamped into your passport upon entry. The Dominican Republic Entry fee is included in your flight.

The Dominican Republic requires U.S. Passengers to fill out an online Immigration form before they arrive. Before my last trip in December 2023, my airline sent me a link (Delta Airlines).

On departure, U.S. residents can opt for the automated immigration lines. You will just scan your passport and pass through a gate.

The Punta Cana Airport features enhanced security measures with pat-downs. A TSA pre-check line isn’t available.

The departure area is fully air-conditioned and features a duty-free shop and another shop specializing in Dominican Republic products, like rum and cigars.

Find American fast food in the departures area, like Wendy’s, Sbarro, Nathan’s, Cinnabon and Baskin-Robbins. Also find a bar for pre-departure cocktails.

Find a small play structure for younger kids. The Punta Cana International Airport also features a nursing room.

Other International Airports in The Dominican Republic

Santo Domingo International Airport (SDQ) –With service from the U.S. on American Airlines, United Airlines, Delta Airlines, Jet Blue Airlines and Spirit Airlines.

Santiago International Airport (STI) –With service from the U.S. on American Airlines, United Airlines, Jet Blue Airlines and Spirit Airlines.

Puerto Plata International Airport (POP) –With service from the U.S. on American Airlines, United Airlines and Jet Blue Airlines.

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Airport transfers.

When leaving the arrivals hall at the Punta Cana International Airport, a line of cab drivers will greet you. I recommend arranging transportation with your resort or hotel before arriving. This is one of the Things to Know Before Visiting Punta Cana.

There are several transportation and tour counters in the area. I usually check in with my transportation company to find my driver. Often they are waiting a short distance from the airport and pull up after you arrive.

Most cars in the Dominican Republic are air-conditioned.

What Language is Used in the Dominican Republic

The Dominicans speak Spanish though most understand and speak some English. Knowing some basic Spanish is helpful, especially the basics.

Hola = Hello

Buenos Días = Good Morning

Buenos Noches = Good Night

Muchas Gracias = Thank you very much

What Money is  Used in the Dominican Republic

The official currency of the Dominican Republic is the Dominican Peso (RD$). Though the U.S. Dollar is widely accepted. This is one of the Things to Know Before Visiting Punta Cana.

Change will most likely be given in U.S. dollars. For those who want local currency, ATMs are located in hotel lobbies as well as the airport.

Credit Cards are widely accepted throughout the Dominican Republic. It’s advised to use a credit card for large purchases like lodging. Though use cash for souvenirs and small purchases. Tips are accepted and appreciated in DR from spa services to daily maid service.

Phone Service in the Dominican Republic

Since I travel internationally, I have a global plan through my U.S. carrier. When I land I just switch over to the local service provider. I just use my data to check email and messages. The provider I used throughout my trip to DR was Altice.

Most all-inclusive resorts offer extensive WiFi for their guests. Most of the time this service is included. This is one of the top things to Know Before Visiting Punta Cana.

Where to Stay in Punta Cana

Most resorts in the Punta Cana area are all-inclusive resorts. Travelers will find everything from luxurious and laid-back adult all-inclusives to family resorts with waterparks.

Some resorts are divided into an adults-only side with an adjoining family side, each with separate restaurants, pools and gathering places. Other resorts offer buildings dedicated to adults or families.

With several different resort areas in Punta Cana, visitors will choose from laid-back La Romana to buzzy Bavaro. Cap Cana boasts Juanilla Beach, one of the most beautiful in the Caribbean.

Near Punta Cana, Cap Cana boasts wide white sand beaches with lots of palm trees. A resort community, Cap Cana features the Hyatt Zilara Cap Cana and the Hyatt Ziva Cap Cana. Both of these properties opened in 2021 and offer a luxurious all-inclusive resort experience.

Nearby is Sanctuary Cap Cana, another luxury all-inclusive resort. Located on Juanillo Beach, it offers pristine white sand with mature palm trees.

Cap Cana is located just south of the Punta Cana International Airport. The Cap Cana Marina offers boat excursions. This area is ideal for watersports like kayaking, SUP boarding and sailing.

La Romana offers a quieter resort experience. It’s located west of the Punta Cana International Airport and along the Chavón River.

I stayed at the Hilton La Romana, an all-inclusive resort with tropical landscaping. It is close to Bayahibe, a resort town with shopping and dining. It is also the departure point for boat excursions to Isla Saona, part of the Parque National Cotubanama.

Bavaro features the largest concentration of all-inclusive resorts in the Dominican Republic. It’s north of the Punta Cana International Airport and on the Atlantic Ocean.

Along this strip of beach, often called the Coconut Coast, resorts are shoulder-to-shoulder. The white sand beaches are the draw though some resorts offer bigger beaches than others so research is key.

Bavaro is quite busy. The resorts tend to be louder and the beaches busier.

Best Beaches in Punta Cana

With about 200 beaches in the Dominican Republic, it can be hard to choose. DR boasts 25 Blue Flag Beaches (more than the U.S.), known for their conservation and recycling efforts.

Macao Beach –Known for its surfing area.

Bavaro Beach –This beach extends for 30 miles and features many all-inclusive resorts. It is a favorite.

Juanillo Beach- -Exceptionally wide beach with mature palm trees. Since there are fewer resorts and many are gated, this beach is less crowded.

Bayahibe Beach –Located in the village and a frequent departure point for excursions to Soana Island.

Note : Nude sunbathing isn’t a common in the Dominican Republic. Even topless sunbathing isn’t a thing in DR. This is one of the Things to Know Before Visiting Punta Cana.

Saona Island

Part of the Cotubanama National Park, Saona Island is a pristine tropical escape. With a lack of development, including hotels, it is an ideal day trip.

Christopher Columbus discovered the island and named it after a friend. It was the location for the Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

The easiest way to reach the island is via a catamaran tour. Most trips stop at Palmilla Swimming Area, a shallow area that adults can touch the bottom in the turquoise water.

Most trips depart from Bayahibe and take 8 to 10 hours. Lunch and drinks are usually included in the tour.

Popular Punta Cana Excursions

Arrange for a tour during your visit to the Dominican Republic to learn more about its agriculture and animals.

Feed a Spider Monkey.

Learn about the chocolate production.

Watch a cigar rolling.

Walk through a sugar cane field.

Take a Zipline through the tree canopy.

Learn about coffee production.

Is the Water Safe in the Dominican Republic

While visiting the Dominican Republic, drink bottled water. The tap water is NOT safe to drink. So drink bottled water exclusively during your visit. I even brush my teeth with bottled water or mouthwash. This is one of the Things to Know Before Visiting Punta Cana.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), stay away from the following:

  • Tap or well water
  • Ice made with tap or well water
  • Drinks made with tap or well water (such as reconstituted juice)
  • Unpasteurized milk

Complimentary bottled water should be available in your room during your entire stay. Water fountains are not the norm in the Dominican Republic.

What to Wear in the Caribbean

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Liquor safety.

Practice some basic precautions during your stay. The drinking age in the Dominican Republic is 18.

  • Make sure all bottled beverages are sealed with their factory seals in your mini fridge.
  • Don’t drink from open liquor bottles in your room.
  • Watch bartenders make your beverages.
  • Before drinking, smell your cocktail.
  • Drink slowly.
  • Eat before and while you are drinking.
  • Drink bottled water while drinking alcohol.

Food Safety

According to the CDC, stay away from the following:

  • Food served at room temperature
  • Food from street vendors
  • Raw or soft-cooked (runny) eggs
  • Raw or undercooked (rare) meat or fish
  • Unwashed or unpeeled raw fruits and vegetables
  • Unpasteurized dairy products
  • ”Bushmeat” (monkeys, bats, or other wild game)

Insect Safety in DR

According to the CDC, protect yourself by doing the following:

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
  • Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on your skin.
  • Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
  • Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.

I recommend the following product to treat your clothes before departure, available from Amazon.

Make an Appointment at Travel Clinic

I headed to CDC.gov for Caribbean travel information, including required immunizations. My family practitioner advised me to make an appointment at a travel clinic.

At the travel clinic, my nurse practitioner advised a Typhoid vaccine, along with Hepatitis A and a booster vaccine for diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis since it had been five years since my last shot. I was covered for the MMR vaccine, or measles, mumps and rubella.

The nurse practitioner also discussed mosquito safety since dengue fever is sometimes an issue for the Caribbean. I packed a 3 oz. container of insect repellant and used it when I walked through a shady area and in the evenings.

Along with vaccines, she discussed traveler’s diarrhea (TD). She advised I start taking probiotics before and during my trip. I also drank a dose of Emergen-C daily, especially after long international flights. I packed some over-the-counter medications for TD symptoms since it’s the most common illness during travel.

Fear of TD–Traveler’s Diarrhea

I have a fear of TD. Who has time for that? I didn’t want to find a Dominican pharmacy, so I packed all the supplies I might need. Here’s what the CDC recommends.

  • Antiacid—like Tums
  • Pepto-Bismol tablets
  • Imodium tablets
  • Oral Rehydration Salts—available at REI
  • Prescription Antibiotics—prescribed by a doctor or nurse practitioner based on your itinerary.

If you get seasickness, here are the top tips and products to reduce the effects .

First Aid Supplies

Accidents happen so pack a basic first aid kit to be prepared, even for minor scrapes and blisters.

  • Pain Reliever
  • Motion Sickness pills, like non-drowsy Dramamine
  • Cough Drops
  • Cold Medication—I prefer a separate Day and Night version.
  • Anti-Histamine—like Benadryl
  • Triple antibiotic cream—like Neosporin
  • Anti-Itch Cream
  • Anti-septic wipes
  • Inspect Repellent

Restroom Supplies

When traveling away from resorts, pack some restroom supplies. You will need them outside restaurants and hotels.

  • Toilet paper, off the roll in a plastic bag
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bleach wipes

Note: I left all medications in the original container to avoid issues with security or customs.

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    However, one place hides the best prize, and that is Saona Island, aka Isla Saona. Getting to Isla Saona. Reaching Isla Saona is possible either with a comfy and stable catamaran, or by taking a speedboat and reaching it faster. Most of the Isla Saona tours have a starting point at Bayahibe. This is a fishing village, about one hour away from ...

  23. Punta Cana: Excursion to Saona Island with Open Bar and Lunch 2024

    Discover the sun-splashed paradise that is Saona Island on this day tour from Punta Cana. Journey to the island on a fun speedboat or catamaran, complete with bachata, merengue, and salsa music and an open bar. You'll then stop at a natural pool before arriving on the island where you can snorkel in the turquoise waters, sunbathe, play volleyball, and and enjoy a delicious lunch under the ...

  24. How to find the best Private Tours to Isla Saona and Isla Catalina

    Best Rated Punta Cana excursion: Isla Saona Premium in small groups* (rating 4.95/5) Most booked through Punta Cana Travel Blog: Small-Group Snorkeling* (rating 4.91/5) Best off-the-beaten-track excursion: Montana Redonda & Costa Esmeralda* (rating 4.79/5)

  25. 9 Things to Know Before Visiting Punta Cana

    Even topless sunbathing isn't a thing in DR. This is one of the Things to Know Before Visiting Punta Cana. Saona Island. Part of the Cotubanama National Park, Saona Island is a pristine tropical ...

  26. Flyboard en Punta Cana

    Relajaos en un entorno dominicano único con esta excursión a Isla Saona desde Punta Cana. Playas de aguas cristalinas y vegetación silvestre os esperan. 67 US$ Reservar. like. Excursión a la isla Saona y el río Chavón. 8,9 / 10 ... CIVITATIS TOURS, S.L. (CIVITATIS).

  27. Saona Island (Isla Saona), La Romana

    Full-Day Excursion in Saona Island. 347. Take a break from the beaches of Punta Cana and spend a day on Saona Island. Board a catamaran for the journey, stopping at a natural pool along the way. Once you arrive, you have hours to spend on the island as you wish; swim, sunbathe, or enjoy a stroll around the reserve.

  28. THE TOP 10 Punta Cana Excursions (UPDATED 2024)

    A: The best tours in Punta Cana according to Viator travelers are: Half-Day Buggy Tour to Water Cave and Macao Beach. Punta Cana Scape Park and Hoyo Azul Full Day Admission Ticket. Half-Day Adventure 4x4 ATV, Water Cave and Dominican Culture. Punta Cana Booze Cruise, Snorkeling, Sand-Bar with Entertainment.