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Saona Island Catamaran

$45 Child - $89 Adult

4.75 out of 5

Departure Time: Morning

Duration: Approximately 10 hours

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Located just off the coast of the Dominican Republic is the Caribbean tropical Saona island (isla Saona). This beautiful island was originally named “Adamanay” by the island’s original inhabitants. In 1494, the explorer Christopher Columbus renamed the island in honor of one of his friends who lived in Savona, Italy.

This island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic. It is an island of white sand beaches, numerous palm trees and some of the bluest waters found anywhere in the world. As part of the tour to this island paradise, guests will be transported to the island on a speedboat to arrive quickly in order to enjoy what the Saona offers. Guests will enjoy swimming, an open bar, playing beach volleyball and relaxing in the tropical breezes.

Also, a lunch will be served to each guest. The lunch includes Dominican foods including rice, beans, pork and chicken. The return trip to the mainland is on a catamaran. There is an open bar on this cruise. Guests will enjoy this slow moving trip on gorgeous waters as they listen to and enjoy the sounds of Latin music.

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

  • Beach clothing
  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash

Hotel Lobby or specified meeting point.

*Pickup times and locations vary by hotel location. The exact pickup time and location will be provided on your voucher after booking.

A minivan or minibus will pick you up at your resort or hotel and transport you to a larger bus that will take you to the jump off point for Saona island on the Bayahibe Town Beach. 

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Customer Questions & Answers

13 days 14 hours ago

We will be Punta full days Friday and Saturday of this week 2/20 and 2/21… We want to book the Saona Island tour but looking at the weather it shows rain both days. Being local down there what does a rain/thunderstorm consist of and what day would you suggest booking the tour for?

13 days 13 hours ago

Just yesterday we had flash floods in Punta Cana / Bavaro due to a trough but this is extremely unusual especially in this time of the year so I just happened to be checking the weather forecast when we received your question. The trough that caused the rains yesterday is moving away and weather is back to normal, the rain/thunderstorm forecast is almost a trademark in the Caribbean due to high moisture but in Punta Cana it can be pouring one minute and complete sunshine the next so bad weather does not stick around for much. Weather wouldn’t be my main concern for choosing a day to go to Saona so it’s basically up to your personal preference to either go on Friday or Saturday. Hope this helps! :)

23 days 20 hours ago

What are the operating days? Some sites I have found say Monday, Tuesday, Saturday & others say 7 days a week. I would just like to clarify since we will only be there 3 days.

23 days 14 hours ago

This tour operates: Sun-Mon-Tue-Wed-Thu-Fri-Sat. Hope this helps! :)

25 days 13 hours ago

Yes, however snorkeling equipment is not provided on this excursion. You can bring your own or rent it from locals at the beach. Please note that this is not the best snorkeling destination, if you are interested in snorkeling off an island you may want to consider the Catalina Island tour.

Claude Doucette
25 days 23 hours ago

Is there snorkeling off the beach?

1 month 19 days ago

We are planning a wedding in the area and would like to have a day trip as a thank you. Do you offer group rates there will be 50-80 people?

1 month 17 days ago

I have forwarded your e-mail address to Thomas who will be contacting you to assist you with planning :)

Pui Tran
1 month 24 days ago

Hi. The pricing for the Saona tour for $85 for adults. Does that include transportation to and from the hotel? We will be staying at the Bavaro Princess. Thanks!

1 month 24 days ago

Yes, all prices listed on our site include transportation from and to your hotel.

2 months 24 days ago

In the photos, it looks like there are sharks….are sharks a concern for this trip? We are thinking of this for the end of December

2 months 24 days ago

Sharks are NOT a concern during this or any other excursion on our site. Hope to see you as a customer soon! :)

9 months 14 days ago

We will be staying at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. What is our travel time?

9 months 14 days ago

From the time you leave your hotel until you get back will be approximately 10 hours. The transfer from your hotel to Bayahibe where you will board the catamaran/speedboat to Isla Saona time is approx. 2 hours and includes a stop at a souvenir shop.


4 Reviews for Saona Island Catamaran

  1. Alfredo
    4 out of 5


    The excursion was very well organized from start to finish and it was a big group… I went by myself on this trip and I think I was the only single passenger on the whole tour. You have to drive to Bayahibe from Punta Cana to get on the boat, we made a stop to go to the bathroom and buy some souvenirs on the way to Bayahibe. They divide the big group into two smaller groups, one group goes to the island on a speedboat and the other group sails in a catamaran, on the way back they reverse the order, that way everyone experiences both which is clever.

    Lunch on the island was quite good, the island itself is not as beautiful as I imagined but the beach is amazing so I just stayed the whole time either facing at the beach or swimming in it. A group played volleyball and they seemed to be having a good time. You also visit a “natural pool” which is a shallow portion of the ocean about a mile from the coast I would estimate and this place was absolutely beautiful, if it were for me I would have spent the whole trip there. The water is crystal clear, warm, tranquil, you can even see starfish! (be careful with them, don’t hold them out of the water for too long or they’ll die). I think this trip is to go with a group of friends or family or even with your couple but not so much alone.

    I had fun, it’s a long day but it’s always doing something, never waiting around which was a good thing.

  2. M Woods
    5 out of 5


    My trip to the DR was terrible. As promised by the iHEARTDR team staff, the only upside was the help we got from everyone making the most of our trip. We had lots of problems with the hotel. It was a good thing we had 3 days booked with iHEARTDR to get out. We went to Saona Island and had a great time. the trip to the capital city was too long, but our fishing trip was very professionally planned. Thank you guys for your service. We will speak highly about you back home in Texas.

  3. Yeny M
    5 out of 5


    I booked the Saona Island excursion, and it was a pretty fun time. The iheartdr team was extremely focused, qualified and punctual. I am very familiar with the DMC companies in the Punta Cana area, but iheartdr is unrivaled; they came highly-recommended and with good reason! As well the superb staff, the tour itself was outstanding and very safe. The beverages and foods were also truly good. Had a ball, and will do it again soon!


  4. Becca H.
    5 out of 5


    Brilliant tour! We had a wonderful day from start to finish, really enjoyed the stop to see the starfish the staff actually swam out to get some more for us to appreciate. We loved our time on the island and my husband’s favorite part of the day was the (drumroll please) FOOD!

    I wasn’t looking forward to a slow moving catamaran trip to head back home but once it was time to leave the island I wasn’t ready to end my day so the slow moving ride back was perfect. A great day, totally recommend it. I was actually tempted to do this excursion twice during our holidays.

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