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Saona Island Full Day

US$ 45 child - 89 adult

4.00 out of 5

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Offline price: $95
You save: $6 (6%)

Duration: approx. 10 hours
Departure time: morning
Runs: every day

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What’s included?

  • Saona Island full day excursion
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Professional guides
  • Speed boat and catamaran to Saona island
  • Lunch buffet
  • Snacks and drinks

What to bring

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


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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Departure point
Tour departs from most Punta Cana / Bavaro area hotels. An extra pick up charge may be added to your cart 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 total 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.

Cancellation Policy
– Tours are non-refundable for no show.
– Cancellations must be made 72 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.

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7 reviews for Saona Island Full Day

  1. 2 out of 5


    Me and my partner booked a trip to Saona island yesterday. Reading the reviews we thought it was going to be best trip of our lives. Unfortunately we were very much mistaken!
    It took us two hours to get to catamaran embarkation spot from the moment we were picked up (8am). Coach trip included compulsory souvenir shopping stop which we found overrated, overcrowded and mainly overpriced! We then got to the beach where we embarked catamaran. Pushy vendors of all sorts of things all the way.
    Catamaran cruise took two hours and was the best part of the excursion. There was rum , music, dancers, plenty of entertainment and of course lots of opportunities to have “professional” photos taken.

    We then got to the island which, itself, was beautiful and been told that we only had 2h15 mins there to spend! Lunch was provided but it was not impressive. Food stacked for hours in the heat with flies everywhere you looked! They then ran out of fruit which was later topped up. Never mind, we thought.
    Where we ate and on the beach as well, place was just full of flies! Toilet facilities were dirty with hardly any running water to wash your hands! Health and safety at its lowest!
    We had nice coconut juice though and enjoyed ourselves after all.

    On the way back there was a stop at natural swimming pool where you could take photos with starfish (paid for of course!). It turned out that surprisingly starfish were only around the trip organiZers and staff! We thought it was fake anyway.

    After 20 mins in the water we were told we were heading back to our coach. That’s it for $188 per couple! I think we could expect more than that! I forgot about constant request for tips by the tour staff!

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  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!


  7. 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

Bri Cantu
18 days 7 hours ago

Would a 15 month old or 2 month old be welcome on this excursion?

10 days 16 hours ago

Hello Bri, this tour does not have a minimum age to participate and children under the age of two travel for free. Please be advised that there are no car seats available though. Also, I’d recommend planning your children’s clothing and protection for a lot of sun hours and intensity.

5 months 17 days ago

I would like to take this tour the morning of my birthday.

5 months 17 days ago

I will be arriving July 11th and the 12th is my birthday is a discount included?

5 months 13 days ago

Hola Kendra, please note that the price shown on this page is already a discounted online price. I hope you have a fantastic birthday! =)

1 year 2 months ago

I just did the purchase! I purchased 16 adults and 1 child. I meant to only book 15 adults and 1 child. How do we go about processing a return for one adult?:( sorry!

Also, it said when I booked I would get the full itinerary of pick up time and everything. I haven’t receive that. I am trying to get that out to the group before I head out.

This excursion is also our gift to our friends and family for coming to our wedding. I don’t know if you can do anything special for the special occasion but it’d be great if you could!


1 year 2 months ago

Hola Krystal,

Great to see you booked the excursion! No problem, We’ll issue a refund for the extra adult and process your booking for 15 adults and 1 child.

You will be receiving your confirmation voucher (with pick up time and location) later today.

I’ll forward the fact that this is a celebration for your wedding guests to see if the crew can do a little something special for you guys 🙂

Any questions you may have I’m here for you.