Saona Island

Intro: the island in on the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic and takes about 45 minutes on a speed boat or 90 minutes on a catamaran. The island itself is quite big and is a National Park known for its mangroves, coral reefs, palm trees and beaches. The clear, warm, shallow water surrounding the house houses gorgeous starfish, and the island itself has some natives living there, who from what I have been told, when you arrive, they attend the foreigners with food, massages, drinks etc…

The typical speedboat that takes you there

How to get there: It really depends on where you are staying. Most places in Punta Cana provide a tour which includes transportation to and from the hotel to La Romana, a buffet lunch, boat from La Romana to the island and back. Along the way they will stop so you can do some snorkelling and see some tropical fish, then onto the island. Identical to where you go to Saona Island. But this island is much sandier and better in my opinion.

The typical catamaran that takes you there.

What to do: well where you get off is basically the area where you have lunch, sunbath, swim and just chill! It is a lot like Catalina Island, in the sense that you are in one spot for the duration of you stay, although Saona is much better are there are far more less rocks than in Catalina. Lunch is served usually 30 minutes after arrival about 1ish. I would advise bringing some bread if you enjoy snorkelling as you will have all the fish to yourself and get some gorgeous snaps!!

This is the main touristic part of the island, where you have lunch and chill out!

What to bring: the sun is really dangerous and it can be 30 or more degrees so a hat and sun cream are a must. Especially if you have babies or small children. A lot of people love to sunbath, but personally I recommend “sunbathing” while swimming, then look for a coconut tree to chill under lol

Bring a camera with you and a good one. There will be a “professional” photographer on your tour who will take gorgeous photos for a price, usually anything between $60 to $85USD. Personally, I have a drone and any pics I need taken I usually use it or have friends take a few of me.

Final points: Exactly like Catalina Island, when you go to the islands you usually have a maximum time of 3 hours, by 3.45pm at the latest you are returning to La Romana. Do not be fooled by the agencies that offer lobster for lunch and really up the price. Lobster season is only a few months of the year due to the scarcity of them. Any other questions about this trip, please let me know. However, the lobster does look delicious, I would buy it there, as they are bigger and cheaper!!

They are BBQ’d and sold according to weight, a lot cheaper than the mainland!