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Saona Island Catamaran


4.75 out of 5

Departs from: Punta Cana

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.

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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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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Customer Questions & Answers

Vikki Jacobs
1 year 2 days ago
Do you offer pick up and drop off to Riu Macao Palace between Feb 12 - Feb 15 2014?
Aristides Guerra
1 year 2 days ago
Yes, we offer pick up and drop off to RIU Palace Macao :) (The hotels on our drop down menu are listed alphabetically, please make sure you look for it as RIU Palace Macao and not RIU Macao Palace).