Trip to Saona Island
Duration: Full Day
Escape to Saona Island during your holiday in the Dominican Republic and discover why the locals are so proud of this beautiful offshore island. Pristine white sandy beaches, lush tropical flora and sparkling turquoise waters await you. Saona is a small piece of paradise just waiting to be explored.
Located off the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic mainland, Saona Island (known locally as Isla Saona) is a government protected nature reserve and a place of outstanding natural beauty. Recognised as one of the most important ecological reserves in the country, the island is part of the East National Park (Parque Nacional del Este). As well as being a sanctuary for several species of migratory birds, Saona Island and its surrounding waters and coral reefs are habitats for a rich diversity of endemic wildlife such as reptiles, birds, tropical marine life and exotic flora.
On land you are likely to see reptiles such as lizards and rhinoceros iguanas, and many bird species such as shorebirds, brown pelicans, wood pigeons and parrots. As for marine life, visitors can often spot dolphins, manatees, sea turtles, starfish and schools of brightly-coloured tropical fish swimming in the warm, clear waters around the coral reefs. If you get the chance to snorkel here, you will be able to discover many more undersea treasures.
Your tour to Saona will start by sailing on a beautiful catamaran from the picturesque fishing village of Bayahibe. Feel the sun on your face and the ocean breeze in your hair as we cruise across the sparkling Caribbean Sea. When we reach this idyllic tropical island, enjoy free time to relax on the powdery white-sand beaches, surrounded by hundreds of coconut palms; play volleyball or swim in the warm Caribbean waters before lunchtime. You can even explore the island and discover peaceful fishing villages, idyllic lagoons and fascinating archaeological sites and caves that were used by the Taino Indians.
Lunch will be served at a restaurant on the beach in a palapa (thatched roof structure), surrounded by beautiful tropical flora and palm trees, where you can tuck into a sumptuous buffet of authentic Dominican food, fresh tropical fruits, coffee and local beverages. After lunch you will be taken on an exhilarating speedboat ride back to the mainland, stopping en-route to enjoy a refreshing Dominican cocktail whilst standing waist-deep in one of the world’s largest natural pools. This is the perfect end to a day of pure relaxation on one of the Caribbean’s most breathtaking islands.
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