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Punta Cana: Catamaran Boat to Saona Island with Buffet Lunch

Punta Cana: Catamaran Boat to Saona Island with Buffet Lunch

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From US$ 75 per person

Visit Isla Saona, currently the most popular excursion offered in the Dominican Republic. Explore this quintessential tropical beach with swaying palm trees, bone-white sand, and lapping turquoise waters.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
Pickup included
Pickups are usually arranged from the hotel lobby. However, if you’re staying at Royalton, Melia and Catalonia resorts, please meet outside at the main gate of the hotel complex. Look out for the local partner's bus. If you are staying in an apartment or Airbnb, please contact the local partner in order to arrange a meeting point close to you. You must call or text the day before to confirm the exact pickup time.


  • Visit Saona Island, an idyllic speck of sand and palm trees in the blue Caribbean
  • Board a state-of-the-art speedboat for the thrilling ride out to the island
  • Stop at a natural swimming pool filled with starfish
  • Spend the day exploring; stroll along the beach, relax in the white sand and swim in the azure water
  • Sip drinks from the open bar and enjoy a buffet lunch of traditional Dominican fare
Full description

Benefit from hotel pickup and drop-off, stop off at a huge natural swimming pool, and enjoy snacks as you go. Benefit from the services of a guide, ride a speed boat and catamaran, and feast on a buffet lunch including drinks.

Begin the tour by boarding a speedboat and jetting off to Saona Island. On the way, stop to swim in a waist-deep natural swimming pool with transparent waters. If you're lucky you'll see some starfish. When you arrive at Isla Saona, you'll have many activities to choose from. Wade in the turquoise waters, visit the open bar, take a nap on a beach lounge chair, walk along the coastline, or play volleyball. Indulge in a typical Dominican lunch of chicken, pork, rice, beans, salad, and fruit. You can even enjoy lobster and premium drinks when you book the VIP option. Take your time to discover the island and do it all.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • 30-minute stop at the biggest natural swimming pool
  • 3 hours at the Saona Island
  • Snacks
  • Professional guide
  • Speed boat and catamaran to Isla Saona
  • Buffet lunch (BBQ, salad and typical Dominican fare)
  • Beer, rum, and soft drinks (open bar)
  • Lobster and premium drinks (only included in the VIP option)
  • Gratuities
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • People with mobility impairments
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Swimwear
  • Sunscreen
  • Cash

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Oversize luggage
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 479 reviews

Review summary

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There were two transferes from are hotel in total probably about 3 hours in total before we got to the catamaran we stopped off at a gift shop as well for about 20 mins. The tour guide (Alex) was very informative on the culture and history and was made the journey a lot quicker once on the catamar the entertainment and drinks could not be faulted we stopped off again before saona to swim in the natural swimming pool for 20 mins enjoyable but not nessasery as i felt this could have been spent at saona. Once we got to saona island we had acces to the ViP area were we sat and enjoyed a buffet style lunch and drinks bit of a tourist trap but you get past it once you tell them to do one they get the point. Journey back was again 1 hour and a half long long day but we enjoyed it none the less.

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June 20, 2022

It is a long day (12h total) yet only 2h on the island itself. One must like long bus trips with foreign people and loud music to truly enjoy this experience. It’s important to be resilient because during the trip you’ll be approached many times to be convinced to buy souvenirs at inflated prices. The natural swimming pool and the island itself were just perfect! Such amazing colors and nature around us. It’s sad we could only stay in Saona for 2h being the first 30min for lunch (food was ok but nothing special). The stop at the swimming pool was just 30min. The bathrooms in Saona were terribly maintained, awful smell, no maintenance, everything was filthy. It’s a shame this is a reality there. During the trip photographers will take photos of you and then try to sell them for very high prices (80$ for pictures outside Saona or 100$ including pictures in the island). Transportation was terrible. A super old bus that broke in the middle of a street in our way back to the hotel.

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June 14, 2022

Excursion cheaper than the price announced at the hotel for I think the same thing! A difference of 20 euros per person. Of course we lose a little time because we go through several hotels to pick up people. The stop at the souvenir shop mentioned in some reviews is very useful because it allows you to go to the toilet after a long bus trip (especially if you were picked up first, but the trip passed quickly because the guide asks everyone where we just made jokes etc so not unpleasant) and before the fast boat. Otherwise the program is correct. Speed boat, beach with deckchair, unlimited lunch and drinks, return by catamaran. Lots of time on the island! Friendly guide! A lot of time also on the catamaran. We saw a starfish.

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May 24, 2022

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