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Bayahibe: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

1. Bayahibe: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

Saona Island is surrounded by white sand beaches, turquoise clear waters, and countless palm trees. This very inviting atmosphere is perfect for relaxing, which is exactly what you can do throughout your tour. You will first be picked up from your hotel, from where you will travel to Bayahibe. Once on the speed boat, you will travel to Saona Island via the Caribbean Sea. Half-way through the trip you will be granted a 45-minute break at a beautiful natural pool, after which you will continue your journey before arriving to Saona Island where you will have about 3.5 hours to relax. At approximately 2:35PM you will board a beautiful catamaran to return to Bayahibe. Aboard this Catamaran you can enjoy the party atmosphere, and can also choose to dance throughout the approximately 1.5-hour journey. At the conclusion of your day out in the sun, you will be returned back to your accommodation.

Punta Cana: Catamaran Boat to Saona Island with Buffet Lunch

2. Punta Cana: Catamaran Boat to Saona Island with Buffet Lunch

Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off, stop off at a huge natural swimming pool, and enjoy snacks as you go. Benefit from the services of a guide, ride a speed boat and catamaran, and feast on a buffet lunch including drinks. Begin the tour by boarding a speedboat and jetting off to Saona Island. On the way, stop to swim in a waist-deep natural swimming pool with transparent waters. If you're lucky you'll see some starfish. When you arrive at Isla Saona, you'll have many activities to choose from. Wade in the turquoise waters, visit the open bar, take a nap on a beach lounge chair, walk along the coastline, or play volleyball. Indulge in a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, pork, rice, beans, salad, and fruit. You can even enjoy lobster and premium drinks when you book the VIP option. Take your time to discover the island and do it all.

Saona Island: Full-Day Boat Tour with Optional Upgrades

3. Saona Island: Full-Day Boat Tour with Optional Upgrades

Climb aboard and feel the breeze as you cross the Caribbean Sea by speed boat. Travel to the beautiful island of Saona and go for a swim in a natural pool and sandbank in the middle of the sea. Interact with starfish and other marine life as you frolic in the sea. Get some free time to laze on the beach and enjoy a delicious buffet lunch. Play a game of beach volleyball or just chill out on the sun loungers. Avail of the calm waters as you cruise by catamaran with an onboard open bar serving alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Benefit from the brilliant atmosphere suitable for all the family.

Punta Cana: Saona Island and Buggy Combo

4. Punta Cana: Saona Island and Buggy Combo

Enjoy a two day package tour ensuring adrenaline, relaxation, beautiful scenery, and more. For your first tour you will be taken to some off-shore islands in the Dominican Republic. You'll begin by hitting the Caribbean Sea on a speedboat, before slowly cruising your way back to the mainland on a spacious catamaran. There will also be music and an open bar, allowing you to best enjoy your time away from Punta Cana. On the next day, prepare to start your engines at a secluded ranch in Macao. You can fire up your buggy, which will be equipped with a GoPro camera to record your adventure, before tearing through remote farmland. These narrow, secluded country roads offer a safe haven for deep pools of mud. You may try and avoid the filth at first, but you'll eventually give in to the muck. You'll make 3 stops throughout your buggy tour. You'll begin by visiting a sleepy country plantation for an introduction to some of the Dominican Republic's most sought after produce, before descending into a picturesque cenote replete with a subterranean river which is perfect for swimming. You'll finally take in Macao Beach, which is one of the best beaches in the coastal stretch of Punta Cana. It is an idealistic Caribbean shore with amber sands, rows of coconut palms, and azure waters. At the conclusion of your experience you will, be returned to your accommodation in Punta Cana with a head full of brilliant memories.

Punta Cana: Saona Island and Altos de Chavón Day Trip

5. Punta Cana: Saona Island and Altos de Chavón Day Trip

Head to Altos de Chavón to see a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village perched above the Chavón River. Admire the work of artisans from the Dominican Republic who crafted the village in detail. Board a catamaran and cruise to Saona Island and get back to nature in the government-protected reserve. Relax on the beach and top up your tan, or go for a swim. Explore the tropical surroundings at leisure and discover one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Marvel at the white sand and coconut palms before a BBQ buffet lunch of typical island fare. Make use of the open bar and sample local drinks before you return to Punta Cana.

From Punta Cana: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

6. From Punta Cana: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

Start with pickup from your hotel in Puna Cana or Bavaro. Enjoy the scenery on the transfer to Bayahibe beach, where you'll board either a catamaran or speedboat for the ride to Saona Island.   Saona Island is a 42 square kilometer Caribbean gem off the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. Originally named "Adamanay" by the Taino Indians, the island was renamed by Christopher Columbus, during his second voyage to the Americas in 1494. Find a seat on the deck and enjoy the sun and water on the way to the idyllic island of Saona. Make a short 20-minute stop at a large natural swimming pool for a quick swim. Once you arrive, enjoy free time to explore the island at your own pace, making this tour a great choice for independent travelers. Optional activities include volleyball and dance lessons, or you can simply relax on the provided lounge chairs and sip drinks from the open bar. Stroll down the white sand beach under the swaying palm trees to collect shells or go for a swim until it's time for the barbecue-style buffet lunch. Indulge in a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, pork, rice, beans, salad, and fruit. After three hours on the island, be returned to your accommodation back on the mainland.

Saona Island: Luxury Helicopter Excursion with Lunch

7. Saona Island: Luxury Helicopter Excursion with Lunch

Benefit from pickup at your hotel and be taken to the airport for express check-in. Take some pictures with the aircraft and choose one 5x7 photo for you and your family or friends as a gift. After that, take off for an unforgettable 25-30 minute helicopter flight to Saona Island where a waiter will be waiting for you with a cold welcome drink and the dining table at the beach prepared just for you. The VIP lunch at the beach includes a first course of chicken, fish and seafood paella with mixed salads. The main course is comprised of lobster, fish, potatoes, and vegetables, followed by a dessert of tropical fruits. Enjoy an open bar during your stay of 1 hour and 15 minutes at Saona Island. Enjoy some cold mojitos, water, soft drinks, a glass of champagne, wine, rum, caipiriña, caipiroshka, gin, vodka, or whiskey while on the beach.

Punta Cana: Full-Day Saona Island Boat Trip

8. Punta Cana: Full-Day Saona Island Boat Trip

Following pickup from your Punta Cana accommodation, depart for Saona. Saona is the number-one tour destination in the Dominican Republic, and whilst there you can enjoy an experience full of adventure and particular touches of exclusivity. Board a fast boat in Bayahibe, aboard which where you can enjoy the beautiful landscapes of the surroundings area. Throughout your boat trip, visit the natural swimming pool of the national park, where you can surface-snorkel in the morning and bathe with the starfish in the afternoon. A delicious grilled lunch is served, becoming the perfect addition to your stay on this beautiful island. At the conclusion of your experience, your guide returns you to your tour starting point in Punta Cana.

La Romana: Altos de Chavón and Saona Island Day Trip

9. La Romana: Altos de Chavón and Saona Island Day Trip

Leaving from La Romana, this tour combines leisure and culture on a perfect day out, fit for the whole family. Head first to Altos de Chavón to see a replica of a 16th-century Mediterranean village perched above the Chavón River. Admire the work of artisans from the Dominican Republic who crafted the village in detail. Board a catamaran and cruise to Saona Island and get back to nature in the government-protected reserve. Relax on the beach and top up your tan, or go for a swim. Explore the tropical surroundings at leisure and discover one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. Marvel at the white sand and coconut palms before a barbecue buffet lunch of typical island fare. Make use of the open bar and sample local drinks before you return to La Romana.

From Punta Cana: Saona, Canto de la Playa in small group

10. From Punta Cana: Saona, Canto de la Playa in small group

Transport will drive you to Bayahibe, the starting point of the excursion, where you will embark on the fast boat. Let's go to Cotubanama National Park! A short stop in front of the Penon where an English-speaking guide will give you explanations about this cliff and the Taino natives, the first inhabitants of the island. You will also make a stop at the mangroves, which are trees growing directly in the sea water. First stop on the island of Saona, at the beach of Canto de la playa where you will spend 2h30 on this magic white sand beach surrounded by coconut trees. There you will have time to relax or to snorkel, whichever suits you best.... After these marvelous moments, you will get back on the fast boat to go to the village of Mano Juan for a Dominican lunch. Once done with lunch, let's take a cap and sun cream to visit the village of Mano Juan with the English speaking guide and get a glimpse of the local life (wooden house, anecdotes, local shops, national sports...). At the village you will also visit the typical turtle nursery, a project maintained by a local family. With the means at hand, they take care of the incubation of the eggs during the laying period and the release of the baby turtles into the sea. It is not 100% guaranteed to see hatchlings, it will depend on the season and the hatching cycle. Once the visit is over you will have a little time to take a nap at the water's edge or test your bargaining skills in the small local shops. To top it off, you will stop at the famous natural pool where you will be able to see the huge starfish (be careful, you can't touch them, we can only admire them and take pictures), have an aperitif in the turquoise Caribbean water and enjoy a wonderful moment. Come back to Bayahibe with beautiful memories. The departure of this excursion is planned around 9:00 am for a return around 5:00 pm. Maximum on board: 26 people

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What people are saying about Saona Island

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 746 reviews

Saona Island trip definitely is great fun especially the quick stop at the Natural swimming pool. The buggy tour/trip didn't had a great start due to the lack of communication of our pick up time. I had to constantly chase this up. We were eventually told that our pick up time was at 8:20am but when we got to the reception, the driver was very early as some guests from the other hotels cancelled and went to our hotel. Because we weren't at the reception, the driver left without asking the reception to call us in our room. A new pick up time was allocated at 10:20 and the driver was almost one hour late. Apart from the bad start, the tour was certainly enjoyable.

Superb experience we recommend 100%, the transfer is top, small flat we spend AGAIN once in a souvenir shop before leaving for the port of bayhibe, the natural swimming pool is magnificent is sublime the water is crazy. We saw plenty of starfish. Saona Island is splendid, the buffet is also very good, nothing to complain about! A crazy atmosphere on the boats the guides speak English, Spanish and French.

Really well organised and had soooo much fun on the catamaran and speedboat. The historical sight was really pleasant to venture and the Saona waters very amongst the most pristine that we have ever seen! Only I wish we anchored nearer the starfish to take a pic of them... My only regret honestly (I'm sure the starfish don't mind)...

Superb excursion... Team at the TOP who speaks French (Dedication to Christian) Very pleasant small group Canto de la playa beach to do ABSOLUTELY !! I recommend paying a little more than the others to go to this unspoiled paradise of any deckchair. MAGNIFICENT, THANKS !

It was all very well planned and executed. A great team.