Saona Island Catamaran

Saona Island Catamaran

US$ 45 child - 89 adult

4.33 out of 5

Duration: approx. 10 hours
Departure time: morning
Days: Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun

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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.

*Please don’t take the starfish out of the water to take pictures with them, they can survive only 10 seconds out of the water. Many people innocently pick them up without knowing the starfish are actually dying while they take pictures.

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Cancellation Policy Overview

  • Tours are non-refundable for no show
  • Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance of the scheduled pick up time or there will be no refund.
  • Should a tour be cancelled due to bad weather we will reschedule at your earliest convenience. If your dates are not flexible and the rescheduling cannot be done a full refund will be issued.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I cancel at any time?

Receive a full refund if your plans change for any reason up to 48 hours prior to the departure of your tour. Cancellations must be made 48 hours in advance of the scheduled pick up time or there will be no refund. Tours are non-refundable for no show.

Can I change the date of my tour?

We understand sometimes plans change and that you may need to reschedule your tour, no problem! Just contact us with your date-change request and we’ll look after you at no extra cost (subject to availability of course!)

What if there is bad weather?

Bad weather is rare but if a tour is cancelled due to inclement weather we will reschedule at your earliest convenience. If your dates are not flexible and the rescheduling cannot be done a full refund will be issued for all cancelled tours.

Any questions? Please check out our Help Desk to find answers to common questions or contact us.

✪ Excursion Details

What's included?

  • Saona Island full day excursion
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guides
  • Speed boat and catamaran to Isla Saona
  • BBQ, buffet lunch
  • Snacks and drinks

What to bring

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

Additional info

  • 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.
  • You need to present a paper voucher for this excursion.
  • The order of the itinerary is always subject to change. The described order of activities may change based on weather, group size, holidays, etc.

✪ Schedule

Departure point

Tour departs from most Punta Cana / Bavaro area hotels. An extra charge may be added depending on the location of your hotel.

Departure time


Pick up time and location

Pickup time varies depending on the location of your hotel, you will be picked up in the hotel lobby or specified meeting point. The exact pickup time and location will be provided on your voucher after booking.


10 hours (approximate duration from pickup to drop-off)

Return details

You will be dropped off at your hotel.

Days of operation

  • Monday
  • Tuesday
  • Wednesday
  • Thursday
  • Friday
  • Saturday
  • Sunday

Customer Questions & Answers

4 months 19 days ago

What is considered a child ages

4 months 18 days ago

For this tour the child age is 12 years old and younger. Children under 2 travel for free.

5 months 18 days ago

I’m planning my trip to Punta Cana for October and this sound so much fun. What are the best days to book this tour? And do you do something special for someone’s birthday? Last but not least is it safe?

5 months 16 days ago

Hola Perla,

Since Punta Cana is am all year round tourist destination the day you book the tour for really makes no difference so I would advise booking for the day that best fits your schedule. Please let us know during checkout that someone in your party is celebrating their birthday and we can do a little something special for them. Safety is the number one priority on all the tours so book with confidence!

7 months 9 days ago

Does this tour make a stop at the natural pool ?

7 months 8 days ago

Yes it does! It’s my personal favorite part of the tour : )

9 months 12 days 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?

9 months 12 days 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! :)


6 reviews for Saona Island Catamaran

  1. 2 out of 5


    While we heard rave reviews about how great Saona Idland is, it definitely wasn’t what we expected. First off, the total length of our excursion was 11.5 hours, of which only 2 hours was at Saona Island and another 25 minutes at the natural lagoon…very disappointing. Pair that with constant interruptions at the beach from peddlers, and it wasn’t even relaxing. If you’re older or have difficulty climbing, this tour may not be suitable for you given the climbs in and out of boats and switching boats throughout the day. You do get unlimited drinks but the cups are small, so it’s hard to stay hydrated unless you stay by the cooler. The boat rides were a little crowded and there was a constant push to buy more stuff…photos, souvenirs, etc. The lunch was ok. A large portion of the chairs at Saona island were broken, so finding a place to stay was sometimes difficult. The guide got off the bus well before the rest of us, which seemed a little disingenuous. Overall, we just didn’t like the excursion and would not recommend it to the traveler looking for a relaxing day in beautiful Dominican Republic.

  2. 5 out of 5


    Our trip with Sandro was very fun and informative. The photographer that went with us took some excellent pictures which we later purchased. We very much enjoyed the stop at the natural pool with the starfish, the speed boat, and the complimentary libations! Our favorite part was the beautiful beaches at Saona. Incredibly clear blue and lush palm trees in every direction! The included lunch buffet was very good as well. The cruise back on the catamaran sailboat and dancing was very fun. We met a lot of great people to share our time on the island with, and just had a fantastic time overall. Thanks so much!

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