Day trip

From Punta Cana: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

From Punta Cana: Full-Day Saona Island Excursion

From US$ 72.18 per person

Discover the beauty of Saona Island with 3 hours of free time to explore its white sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 11 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup included
Your driver will have your name and room number on a list and pick you up in your hotel lobby or a nearby meeting point if you are staying in an Airbnb. Please be ready for pickup 15 minutes before the pickup time.


  • Take a convenient transfer to Saona Island from Punta Cana or Bavaro
  • Enjoy a tasty Dominican buffet lunch and open bar
  • Enjoy 3-hours of free time on the beautiful island
Full description
Start with pickup from your hotel in Puna Cana or Bavaro. Enjoy the scenery on the transfer to Bayahibe beach, where you'll board either a catamaran or speedboat for the ride to Saona Island.   Saona Island is a 42 square kilometer Caribbean gem off the southern coast of the Dominican Republic. Originally named "Adamanay" by the Taino Indians, the island was renamed by Christopher Columbus, during his second voyage to the Americas in 1494. Find a seat on the deck and enjoy the sun and water on the way to the idyllic island of Saona. Make a short 20-minute stop at a large natural swimming pool for a quick swim. Once you arrive, enjoy free time to explore the island at your own pace, making this tour a great choice for independent travelers. Optional activities include volleyball and dance lessons, or you can simply relax on the provided lounge chairs and sip drinks from the open bar. Stroll down the white sand beach under the swaying palm trees to collect shells or go for a swim until it's time for the barbecue-style buffet lunch. Indulge in a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, pork, rice, beans, salad, and fruit. After three hours on the island, be returned to your accommodation back on the mainland.
  • Buffet lunch (BBQ, salad and typical Dominican fare)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by catamaran or speedboat
  • Open bar with rum and soft drinks
  • 20-minute stop at a natural swimming pool
  • Transport by air-conditioned bus
  • National Park fees
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with heart problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes
  • Cash
  • Camera
  • Swimwear

Know before you go

  • This excursion is not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
  • This excursion is not wheelchair accessible
  • This excursion is not suitable for those under 18 years of age
  • Information about your accommodation and confirmation is required
  • Hotel pickup is available from most Punta Cana hotels
Customer reviews

Overall rating

2 /5

based on 1 reviews

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The trip was OK, but transport didn’t work well. In the morning the minibus pick-up was OK, but then that bigger bus was overbooked and we had to wait to get arranged to another car. In the end of the day when we went to minibus again, we were taken to wrong hotel. Then after that we were taken to the wrong hotel again and then AGAIN (3 times) but it was close to our own so we walked from there.

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January 4, 2020

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Product ID: 324468