From nature’s beauty of the Caribbean coastline to world-class golf courses, there’s plenty of views, and La Romana is one of the best places in the Dominican Republic to have your eyes set on. The cane field connects to a continuous white sandy beaches from Dominica to Bayahibe, a beach that is famous for its beauty. The cave forest in Cotubanamá National Park has freshwater springs and cave paintings, which is enough to add colour to the scene. Far from the shore, the islands of Saona and Catalina are what attract the excitement of tourists because they are tagged as the most beautiful ones around.
Sauna Island is located in the southern part of the mainland. The beautiful beach on this island is a few kilometres long. This beautiful piece of heaven attracts more tourists than any other national park in the country. It is forbidden to build hotels on the island, but visitors can enjoy a day trip at the beach. Yachting, jet ski, and spectacular coastal views are half of the fun of being there. During your journey, you can relax, sunbathe, swim in the sea, have lunch (and drinks), and take stunning photos.
The tour consists of going and coming back in both catamaran and speedboat. You will stop off here for about 45 minutes. It is about 600m from the coast and the water is literally waist high, warm, clear and full of star fish. WARNING, do not take the starfish out of the water. It is like someone holding your head under the water. Basically you are “drowning” them. So, forget the photo with the starfish and respect nature. Anyways, there are different types of tours. One, includeds lobster and the other does not. Depending on how much you pay. Prices can be from $45 to $150USD.
Usually people staying in Punta Cana get ripped off. But, it is all part of the tourist trap as these islands are must visit. However, if you are visiting the island and renting a car, just rock up at 9am to Bayahibe, which is where the trip to Saona leaves from and you will pay less than $50USD and visiting the island, including lunch.
Catalina is a tropical island in the southeastern part of the Dominican Republic, 2.4 km from the mainland and close to Alta Gracia and La Romana. This beachfront in La Romana is ideal for day trips, beaches, and snorkeling. The island has numerous extensive beaches, white sand, and warm sea – more than enough for you to enjoy. In winter, the main beach visited by boat and is also used by private yachts for tourists. In this area, visitors can swim, sunbathe, and enjoy their life to the best.
If I had to choose between Saona or Catalina, I would go with Saona basically as Catalina has quite a few rocks which is great for snorkeling but I am not much of a fan when you are swimming, the stand and you are literally on slippery rocks, not my cup of tea, plus Saona is more beach like, more sand in the sense of having less rocks and obstacles. The tours include lunch same as Saona, literally do the same thing in both. I have a drone so I spent more time flying that than actually chilling as I have been here 4 times and still want to go back. Catalina is cheaper than Saona and you leave from La Romana city centre really, however, Saona you have to go to Bayahibe, which is about a 25 minute drive in a taxi, usually your hotel will have affiliations with tour agencies and they will sort you out! Anyway, any questions please let me know!!