Not all tours to Saona Island are sanctioned by the Dominican Ministry of Tourism. It is important to choose a tour operator licensed by the Ministry as there are many non-licensed, independent operators in the Dominican Republic selling substandard excursions. Saona Island is one of the main excursions sold at resort beaches. Purchasing from these individuals is not recommended as there is normally no recourse if something goes wrong and you really have no idea what you're getting. Always choose a reputable operator and do your homework. Cross referencing the tour operator on Tripadvisor is a good idea to see what type of reviews they are receiving from their clients. Isla Saona is an amazing excursion and can be a memorable experience for years to come when you book with a reputable, licensed operator.
Saona Island is the most popular excursion in the Dominican Republic. The Island is famous for its natural beauty and kilometers of palm-tree-lined, idealistic Caribbean beaches. You'll also enjoy a swim in a natural swimming pool renowned for its abundance of starfish on the way out to this 42 square kilometer, tropical oasis. At the beach, you can enjoy unlimited drinks at the Tiki Bar, play some volleyball, rest in a lazy hammock between two palm trees, bath in the island's beautiful turquoise colored waters or just stroll the shore. A hearty lunch is served in this postcard perfect setting. For many, the ride back to the mainland is the best part. A slow moving catamaran cruises the Caribbean Sea with music, animation and more open bar! A vacation to Punta Cana is not complete without a trip to Isla Saona.
All trips to Saona Island are enjoyable but some choose to travel there in style. Privatizing your entire experience to Saona on a luxury yacht is not as out of reach as you think. The pricing for this unique experience is rather attainable and well worth the extra investment. The private yacht experience completely separates you and your group from the crowds, and there's nothing like a complete intimate experience to one of the Caribbean's most stunning islands. The private yacht experience usually includes breakfast, unlimited hors d'oeuvre, premium open bar, snorkeling, private bus transport to/from your hotel and a private tour guide. Compare this to the normal Saona excursion that only includes open bar and lunch with nothing private. For some, a luxury yacht is the way to go.