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Saona Island Excursion by Catamaran and Speedboat provided by Sol Cana Tours

Saona Island Excursion by Catamaran and Speedboat

Saona Island Excursion by Catamaran and Speedboat
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Travel safe during COVID-19
Last updated: 7 Jul 2020
A note from Saona Island Excursion by Catamaran and Speedboat
All our vehicles are previously sanitized bafore and after each service. We provide hand sanitizer for all our passengers.
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Regular temperature checks for staff
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Face masks required for travellers in public areas
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
About
Visit the can't-miss Saona Island via two different modes of nautical transportation—catamaran and speedboat—on this full-day tour from Punta Cana. Relax on the deck of a catamaran during the outgoing journey, then spend hours at your leisure and dig into a barbecue buffet. Make the most of your time on your return journey by speedboat with a stop at the natural pool on the way back to shore.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
Know before you go
  • Duration: 10h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Portuguese, English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
Hotel pickup and drop-off make for a seamless experience
Buffet lunch, snacks, and open bar to meet all food and drink needs
Free time on the island to relax or participate in optional activities
Live entertainment on the beach
What to expect
Morning pickup in Punta Cana or Bavaro means you begin the day stress-free. Enjoy the scenery on the way to Bayahibe, where you board either a catamaran for the ride to Saona Island. Upon arrival, you can decide how to spend your time, making this tour a great choice for independent travelers. Options for 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. At the end of the day, board a speedboat for the return trip to the mainland, stopping at the area's famous natural pool to take a swim and see the resident starfish. Back on the main island, enjoy convenient drop-off back at your hotel.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 17571P1
Call 800-130-2207
Important information
Inclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Transport by catamaran or speedboat • Air-conditioned vehicle • Buffet lunch with BBQ; vegetarian option available • Drinks (local rum, beer, soft drinks, water) • Entry/Admission - Saona Island
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase) • DVD (available to purchase) • Gratuities
Duration
10h
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Between 7:00 am and 7:30 am; Pickup time varies based on hotel location.
Isabella Steak & Bistro, BlueMall Puntacana, 23000, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic if you dont need to be picked up from any especific location, and you want to get to our meeting point, you can go directly to Blue Mall Plaza, in ftront ou Punta Cana Airport
Ports:
Bavaro Punta Cana, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Inclusions
Hotel pickup and drop-off • Transport by catamaran or speedboat • Air-conditioned vehicle • Buffet lunch with BBQ; vegetarian option available • Drinks (local rum, beer, soft drinks, water) • Entry/Admission - Saona Island
Exclusions
Souvenir photos (available to purchase) • DVD (available to purchase) • Gratuities
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Between 7:00 am and 7:30 am; Pickup time varies based on hotel location.
Isabella Steak & Bistro, BlueMall Puntacana, 23000, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic if you dont need to be picked up from any especific location, and you want to get to our meeting point, you can go directly to Blue Mall Plaza, in ftront ou Punta Cana Airport
Ports:
Bavaro Punta Cana, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
10h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not recommended for pregnant travellers
May be operated by a multilingual guide
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 150 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Isabella Steak & Bistro
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Bayahibe
    Stop: 3 hours
    See details
  • 2
    Saona Island
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll end at
    Isabella Steak & Bistro
    BlueMall Puntacana, 23000, Punta Cana 23000, Dominican Republic
    if you dont need to be picked up from any especific location, and you want to get to our meeting point, you can go directly to Blue Mall Plaza, in ftront ou Punta Cana Airport
    See address & details
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3.5
118 reviews
Excellent
50
Very good
25
Average
18
Poor
4
Terrible
21

Shennel T
Uniontown, PA9 contributions
Best Excursion EVER!!!!!!
From the beginning to the very end was nothing short of amazing. Our tour guide was very informative and interacted amazingly. He also served as our personal photographer and he was GREAT. Once we got to the Island he set up a spot for our group (7 persons) with beach chairs in the shade. Made sure we were first in line for lunch as there were other groups there. We were basically treated as VIP the entire trip that we appreciated very much. I can't wait to visit again.

It was worth every penny I spent!!!!!
Written 3 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Lori B
Suwanee, GA17 contributions
Beautiful location terrible food and drinks.
The natural pool was beautiful and Saona Island is stunning. Bring water shoes as there is a ton of coral in the water. The only disappointment was the food and drinks. The food was terrible-cheap and poor variety. The drinks were terrible too. All they had was rum and Coke, beer, and water.
Written 13 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Chandra S
6 contributions
A must do adventure
Nov 2020
I recently visited the Dominican (Punta Cana) and booked this all day excursion to Saona Island not only once but twice. This entire excursion was breathtaking. The amazing tour guides, views, and clear blue water was even better than expected. Our tour guide for both days was Danny, made the day so much fun. The captain and crew on both boats were always friendly and helpful. This adventure alone made our vacation worth the trip especially during this difficult time with COVID. I would recommend this excursion to anyone wanting to see this beautiful island and experience the speedboat and catamaran.
Written 5 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jenna D
Cleveland, OH12 contributions
Saona Island with Papa Grena
Aug 2020
Saona Island was the first excursion that my husband and I went on during our Honeymoon and we had a great time. The best part of this day was our tour guide, El Grena - he provided all of the needed instructions on the bus ride to the marina, ensured we all stuck together as one 'family', and provided plenty of entertainment and insights of the area during the day trip.
Written 14 August 2020
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Del D
Peterborough, UK35 contributions
Drunk and sunburnt
Aug 2019
Me and the wife went on this trip whilst on our honeymoon in Punta Cana. It was the best part of the holiday by far, was amazing!

We were offered it by a rep in the hotel we were staying in. We payed around £100 for the both of us.

We were picked up by a coach early in the morning and taken to an old town with a port and were given flippers and snorkels. We then got onto a small boat and sailed towards the island. On the way we stopped for some snorkling around some ship wrecks which was really cool. On the way there the travel reps opened bottles of whisky and were generously handing it out mixed with Pepsi. It's safe to say that a few hours into this trip we were pretty drunk! We hit a massive storm on the way to the island which was a good experience and we had a laugh with the others on the boat! When we arrived to Saona island we sat down for a local buffet which was pretty decent. Some of the food was a little unconventional but its all part of the experience in my eyes!

We were then left to our own devices on the island so we just went to the local bar and got as much whisky as we could. We bathed in the water all afternoon drinking and chatting to another young couple that we met. We then got back onto the boat and went to an area of the sea where it was very shallow, very clear and there was starfishes everywhere. We were able to hold the starfish and get pictures with them.

We then departed and I can't really remember much about the journey home (due to the whisky) but all in all it was an amazing day. We were severely sun burnt (self inflicted).

For this trip you'll need a strong sense of humour, a strong liver and some factor 50!
Written 28 July 2020
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lisa
North Andover, MA3 contributions
Dissap
Disappointing , long day .
I did this tour 2 years ago and really enjoyed it .
Food was just alright , they ran out of everything .
Written 19 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

BenP
8 contributions
SAONA ISLAND CATAMARAN TOUR
Feb 2020 • Family
We visited punta Cana in February 2020 had an amazing time stayed at grand memories splash hotel. We also booked a catamaran tour to Saona island with taxi boat company. Efrin Mercedes is the person we booked the tour with on the beach. Great guy we hit it off right away. We were a group of 37 people my friends and my family he made us a great price so we booked. We took a speed boat to the island and then on the way home the catamaran. There was drinks and lots of dancing and music on catamaran also. On the island We had lunch and drinks all included in the price. It was an amazing day. EFRIN Mercedes did not come on the tour with us because it was his day off that day. But even though it was his day off he came to our hotel to make sure we all got on the right bus and then kept in contact with me via my cell though WhatsApp during the day to make sure everything was going good.He really cares and loves his job. Also as one person mentioned in the other reviews yes there is a photographer that comes on the tour with you and will try to sell u pictures at end of tour. He starts at 50$ U.S BUT....... everything is negotiable!!!!!!! I got my pictures at a very crazy price which I won’t mention not to get anyone in trouble. Also once you agree on the price he will download the pictures directly to your phone. So I don’t understand why the other reviewer said they never got their pictures. Also yes the bus ride is a little long 1h/20 mins but we felt very safe and in good hands the whole day. I would definitely recommend this company TAXI BOAT. And make sure it’s EFRIN Mercedes you book with. He’s a great guy.
Written 10 March 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

June905
Hamilton, Canada7 contributions
Very long day trip
Feb 2020
The tour person Pedro and the driver (can't remember his name) were excellent. I think that there was communication problems (not sure) there was a lot of waiting around for other people in a parking lot going there and also coming home. This added to the length of the trip. The toilet facilities on the island were poor. We were told not to flush. They were disgusting on the catamaran, The door would not close and the toilet bowl could not be emptied it just filled to the brim. I have been on numberous day trips in the islands and never experienced this.
Written 17 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Anne
1 contribution
Saona Island Tour
Feb 2020
We took the full-day tour from our hotel in Uvero Alto. It was a lengthy commute, and we picked up two other families, but it was well-worth the time. We took a speed boat to the island to save time and stopped at a natural pool for a swim. There was a photographer there who was a bit intrusive, but I guess it was to be expected that we would be approached fairly frequently as that is the norm in the Dominican Republic. When we got to the island, I felt that we got plenty of time to enjoy our surroundings. It was absolutely breathtaking. The meal that the provided was authentic and very good. The catamaran ride and music on the way back was enjoyable, the salsa dancers were amazing to watch! Participation was encouraged but not mandatory. Although inititally we did not have an opportunity to swim or snorkel on the trip home as promised, after a complaint by a fellow traveler, we were taken back out to snorkel.
The only negative comment that I had was that we were grouped together with a Russian tour group and the guide spoke only Russian. I was concerned that the instructions given to us were important to comprehend and follow, and this was a huge source of frustration.
Fortunately we had "Captain Juan". He was an additional guide and we were so grateful to him for watching over us, and was able to speak English. He was absolutely terrific. He was like having a personal tour guide and was with us from start to finish.
We had a great time, and I hope this review is helpful.
Written 16 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Michelle E
2 contributions
I would not recommend
Jan 2020 • Couples
This trip was extremely unprofessional. I had full trust in trip advisor and I’m very disappointed. There was a camera man taking pictures. We paid the man 50 USD and he did not even send us the pictures. I’m now nervous to use this website again. Also on the way back they made many stops for the other guests on the bus. For example, they stopped at a mall in the heart of DR. My boyfriend and I felt unsafe. We didn’t get back to the resort until 8:30pm and we had a hard time communicating with the bus driver to tell him what resort we were at. Very disappointed in this trip and paid way to much money for an experience like that.
Written 13 January 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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By: Sol Cana Tours
DallasGlobeTrotter1
DallasGlobeTrotter1
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Professional and reasonably priced airport transportation
We used Sol Cana for private transportation from our resort to the airport. Victor was our driver and he was great!
Brent D
Brent D
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Did not pick us up, beware of Sol Cana Tours
I arranged a round-trip transfer from the Punta Cana airport to the Barcelo Bavaro Palace resort. First, after pay
irfanss
irfanss
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On time and professional
The van was clean and the driver professional. We were promptly picked up from the airport and our hotel. No compla
glla20
glla20
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Great experience, always on time.
This was our second time using Sol Cana for our roundtrip transfer to the hotel and back. I've always been more tha
geraldj462
geraldj462
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Very professional
Pickup waiting for me, even though my flight came in a little early, and customs for some reason was a breeze throu
Varadarajan K
Varadarajan K
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Good place to visit but .....
A really good place to visit. Important city to visit when in the Dominican Repbulic. The disappointment was that
Patty H
Patty H
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Right on time
The company greeted us upon arrival and took us to our waiting van. The driver did a great job getting us to our d
kimoC9042EW
kimoC9042EW
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Great service, very new van and great communication throughout the process (texts)!
Highly recommend for ground transportation in Punta Cana. Great service from both drivers and the office coordinat
aliisv2020
aliisv2020
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Super
Very interesting day and well spent time and money. Trip there went smoothly, guide was fantastic and we got lots o
L8732CYlisac
L8732CYlisac
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Long Day, but so Worthwhile
Took a shuttle from Punta Canta to Santo Domingo to enjoy the historic zone. Fascinating and well worth the time.
lethei
lethei
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Great day trip
You'll be exhausted from about 12 hours worth of traveling, but it is very worth it. My husband and I did not know
Stephan T
Stephan T
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Too much time spent in souvenir shops
Looking back on this day-trip, I see it simply as an easy way to get to/from Santo Domingo and some of the key attr
kaanro
kaanro
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Great history
It was a long day but very interesting with all the historical sights visited. We thought less time could have been
wandae678
wandae678
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Blue shirts excursions guys
Me and 2 other booked a trip here with blue the guy Francis tried to rip us off he wanted $80 a person which we pai
cdgram
cdgram
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Very friendly, well organized.
We had a private van from the airport. The process was super easy in both directions. They texted the day before we