Getting to Saona Island

Saona Island from Boat

Saona Island is the largest island of the Dominican Republic. Located just a couple of miles of the mainland, Saona Island is a popular destination for unforgettable day trips. Part of the National Park “Cotubanamá”, the Island is famous for its natural beauty. White sandy beaches with Coconut palms and crystal clear water can be enjoyed along the coast of Saona.

How to get there:

During a vacation in the Dominican Republic a visit to Saona Island is one of the activities you “must-do”. From the beach reports in Punta Cana and La Romana multiple companies offer day tours and excursions on a daily basis to the island. The typical tour includes a catamaran ride from Bayahibe to the island. During the Catamaran ride guest get entertained by dancing and drinking. Most packages also include a buffet lunch, and a speedier motorboat trip back.

The highlight of each trip is a stop at natural pools (shallow sandbank with clear water). These sandbanks are home to hundreds of starfish. Booking one of these guided tours is the most popular way to get to Saona.

To find a company you can trust and that delivers the type of experience you are looking for you may check TripAdvisor or other resources online.

Boat Tour to Saona Island
Tourists on a boat on the way to the beach of Saona Island, Dominican Republic

What you should know:

There is a large number of boats leaving from Bayahibe every morning. Every hotel, restaurant, and shop in La Romana / Bayahibe advertises taking an excursion to Isla Saona. If you are staying in Punta Cana we recommend you to prebook your trip online, so you won´t have to worry about the transportation from your hotel to the pier. Guided Tours range anywhere from $ 80 – $ 120 depending on the package you select. During low season you may be able to find discounts between $ 10 and $ 20 with smaller tour companies.

What to Bring:

Be prepared to spend a full day under the Caribbean sun. On board of a boat or catamaran the sun will even feel more intense than at the pool of your resort. Make sure to bring beach clothing, a bathing suit to enjoy the natural pools, a towel, if you have a waterproof camera, sunscreen depending on your skin type and cash for souvenirs and tips