Saona Island or Isla
Saona is a tropical island located a short distance from
the mainland on the south-east tip of the Dominican
Republic, near La Romana Province. It is a government
protected nature reserve and a popular destination for
tourists from all over the Dominican Republic, thousands of
people arrive in fleets of catamarans and small motorboats
every day. The Island is famous for the natural beauty of
its beaches, and has been used on many occasions by
film-makers and advertisers looking for a stereotypical
'desert island' setting for their film or product. It is
promoted amongst European visitors as the setting for the
famous Bounty chocolate bar adverts.
The seas around the Island are rich in wildlife, with many
species of birds and tropical marine fish, and there are
large areas where natural sandbars offshore bring the depth
to just a few feet. These are once again popular with the
tourist trade, with small boats stopping hundreds of meters
off the beach and disgorging tourists into the waist-deep
shallows where they snorkel, drink and check out the fields
of starfish indigenous to the region.
The Island Saona was baptized "Saona" by Christopher
Columbus, who discovered it in may 1494 on his way
to the Americas. The name was meant to honor the
commune of Savona, where Columbus lived at the time.
Columbus named Michele da Cuneo, his friend and a
savonese himself, first governor of the island.
Saona Island and the modern city Savona, in Italy,
still have twinning relationships; the small
power plant in Saona Island is a gift of Savona.
Our tour to Saona Island on Catamaran :
Colonial Tour and Travel is always
thinking to entertain you...this is a excursion you have
to do when staying in Punta Cana, La Romana, Bayahibe, Boca Chica, Juan
Dolio or Santo Domingo. While the journey to the island can be an adventure
that is part of the fun.
Colonial Tour and Travel offer you this beautiful excursion. This is the chance of a lifetime.
Picking you up form the hotels in Drive to the charming
fishing village of Bayahibe, where we will board an Incredible Catamaran to the Saona Island. Spend the
morning taking in the natural beauty is of this national park with its pristine white
beaches and the marvelous clear Caribbean waters. Volleyball, meringue and
salsa dancing, an open
bar, will be followed by a fine barbecue/buffet lunch.
After lunch well head back to
the mainland, with a stop for a swim in a natural swimming pool. Our Catamaran will bring you back to Bayahibe,
where well disembark and board our bus for Altos de Chavon, a perfect recreation of
a 15th century Mediterranean village. Enjoy a relaxing to visit the impressive
amphitheater, small church, art galleries, boutiques and a great view of Rio de Chavon.
Our bus will pick you up at your resort, and grouped us by
language. The tour will run from 7 am - 5 pm, and
the trip to the island is about an hour and a half via the scenic route. The island
itself offers plenty of lounge chairs on the beach, lots of souvenir shacks, and the
most beautiful scenery. Lunch is served !, we will have a delicious buffet ;
spaghetti lobster, Potatoes
salad, white rice
and vegetables, BBQ chicken, fish vapor, tropical
fruit, french bread, coffee and
local drinks. A bar
will be available for drinks and all typical music.
On the way back, we will stop at the incredible "Natural Pool".
This is an amazing breath-taking of the sea of a beauty so bright that you won't
believe that exist. This stop allow
us to swim, and take pictures of the star fish, there's a lot of them around.
It was a very nice tour,
especially prepared for you!!!