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Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included
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Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included

By Caribbean Route
An open bar and Dominican island buffet lunch are provided during this day trip to Saona Island, with round-trip transport from Punta Cana hotels. Travel to this popular destination by speedboat, including a swimming stop in a natural pool. Enjoy free time to relax on a tropical beach of sugar-white sand, swaying palms, and turquoise waters. This tour keeps itinerary planning out of your holiday.
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₹6,017.67
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₹6,017.67
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Ages 2-85, max of 50 per group
Duration: 9h
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German, Russian, Portuguese, English, French, Spanish

Highlights
  • Saona Island excursion from Punta Cana by speedboat
  • Leave your cares behind: simply relax on a tropical beach
  • Sip rum and dig into Dominican fare at a buffet BBQ
  • Don’t miss the most popular destination in the Dominican Republic

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Snacks
  • Buffet lunch (BBQ, salad and typical Dominican fare)
  • Beer, rum and soft drinks (open bar)
  • 30-minute stop at the biggest natural swimming pool
  • 3-hours at the Saona Island
What's not included
  • DVD (available to purchase)
  • Lobster (Available to purchase)


Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Pick up is at the hotel main lobby, or specified meeting point depending your location, if you are staying in an apartment we will specify the closest meeting point
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point

  • Not wheelchair accessible
If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17793P7

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Note that: this tour starts in The Est National Park, La Romana. It thakes one hour by bus from any of the Punta Cana Hotels.
  • Most travellers can participate
  • 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 tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

What you can expect during your visit
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

How much is Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included?
Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included price starts from ₹ 5,954.35. Discover and book Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included on Tripadvisor
What is the Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included cancellation policy?
Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included on Tripadvisor
Which company provides Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included?
Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included is hosted by Caribbean Route. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Caribbean Route on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included on Tripadvisor

If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 17793P7

About the operator

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diemibear
diemibear
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Fun day!
We had a great day! We first got to see Altos de Chavón aka “Little Italy”. Such a cute and pretty place. We saw th
741valentiner
741valentiner
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Fun and value for money
Well organised and fun day which, overall, was great value for money! Pros: Friendly and fun host (Danny) and team,
Legator954
Legator954
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Very good experience 👌
Loved the experience. Very beautiful water and positive vibes on the boat ride. The only suggestion that I have is
davidmG384DC
davidmG384DC
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Very bad customer service
The person im talking to on WhatsApp is very rude. They dont want to refund me even though I didnt go to the trip.
659chloew
659chloew
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Amazing day
Had the most amazing day, the staff were entertaining, polite and helpful. The buffet lunch was better than expecte
V6227AKjramos
V6227AKjramos
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Not serious - choose another company
If you have to book something, don't do it with them!! They're the worst in organisation and they dont respect th
Jennifer M
Jennifer M
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Excellent experience
We arrived in our car just to leave the hassle behind of being pick up and stop at every hotel. The place was not t
Melissa G
Melissa G
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Great place
Really organized. Beautiful place. Worth going. the island is really beautiful and clean. all people really polite.
OswaldoNoboa95
OswaldoNoboa95
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Ask rate of exchange
Great activities also tge service is great the only thing was that we made 3 stop two of them were on the high way
MarielleMosq12
MarielleMosq12
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Will definitely book again with Caribbean Route!
5 stars! I booked a combo for a day of buggy tour and a day on Saona island from their website. Only paid $99/perso
367sayanm
367sayanm
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Horrible Customer Service! No one answered the phone. No one spoke English. Wrongfully advertised as English speaking
The driver did not wait for my family and got my teenage son off the bus. I requested the operator to share the pic
Domingo B
Domingo B
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TRIP ADVISOR FRAUD. NO WAY TO CONTACT YOU TO GET MY MONEY BACK FOR A CANCELLED TRIP
this trip never took place, they cancelled the same morning ten minutes before pick up. i need my two tickets refu
Sightsee697540
Sightsee697540
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Great!
The island is very beautiful! When we got there and i didn’t get chance drive the buggy because they said it’s diff
132prachip
132prachip
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Horrible experience
This company had very horrible communication. They picked me up at 10 am and they took us straight for parasailing
Navigate770854
Navigate770854
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Must see!!!
Amazing trip with great guides and photographers and catamaran crew. I couldn’t be happier. We went to Altos de Cha
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rachel
United Kingdom6 contributions
Ignore the bad reviews!!!

Castro was our host for this trip and from
when we got onto the coach to Bayahibe he was explaining every part of the trip in amazing detail, he directed us every step of the way and answered any questions.

When we got onto the boot to Saona Island we had about half an hour to do some snorkelling then we carried onto Saona Island, we had food, water, alcohol and dancing. The guys who worked on the boat was getting everyone involved with dancing and always topping up our drinks, they deserve more credit for what they do and being so friendly with everyone.

When we got off the catamaran we was able to explore Saona Island and shortly have our buffet dinner which was local cuisine (i’m funny with food abroad) but this food was lovely and the bbq grill was amazing, I don’t know how the workers do it in the heat conditions!

We then had 2.5 hours to explore Saona Island (would recommend taking a snorkel) the time went so quick, we had the choice to get a pineapple colada and guys come round with coconuts if you also wanted one of these.

We then had a speed boat back, they alternate between catamaran and speed boat. On the way we stopped at natural pool we’re we saw all the star fish!!

Would 100% recommend to do this trip if you are coming to Dominican. Everyone worked so hard and people should be more greatful there is trips like this available around the island, everyone was so friendly.
Written 9 June 2022
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thad tebs
Round Rock, TX25 contributions
Feb 2022 • Family
For the price, I think the whole trip is good IF you avoid this mistake we made that we are sharing. Pick up time is prompt and we are transfered from a small van to a bus. The bus music is loud and can't understand the music at all. Unlike Cancun or some other places where you can communicate thru english, most locals here esp. in the hotel don't even try to speak english. Anyway bus music is annoying then at the gift shop, prices are a little high but to be expected. Lunch was about ok but not great. Then at the beach is where we got messed up, vendors are there and vey aggressive. Got a massage for both me and my daughter for a supposed to be discounted price, but later found out, some paid less than us...its ok, they are trying to make a living. When i paid, our guide saw it and walk right away and not five minutes later, a photographer showed up. Once again, very aggressive and started shooting and directed us to do this and that. On our trip with the catamaran back to the island, the pictures are ready and of course it looks great but with outrageous price. Since we are short in cash he said that a cashier in the island can charge our credit card. We got into the island and need to use the rest room and was told to get the money first, bwala, its an ATM machine and who knows how much they charge. Very pushy and want us to hurry when we finally got our turn , we decided not to do it since now it feels fishy. Then bwala again, since we refused, he can call a friend that has a card reader to charge us, mean while we ask to use the rest room but was refused, the bus is about to leave. The guy with the card reader showed up but there was an extra charge. When completed we were told to get to our bus since it was about to leave. Bathroom please, no time. Got up the bus and couple mins later, we saw folks from our group was being led to the same ATM machine.......
In short, the tour it self for the price is good, just stay with the group and use your own camera. Do not get into any traps.
Lastly, when we got back to our hotel " Bahia Principe Grand Punta Cana" the van wasnt allowed to enter, apparently because of complaints from guests like us.
Written 24 February 2022
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appeltjes
454 contributions
Feb 2020
Via the TUI-app we booked the speedboat/catamaran day trip to Saona Island. Very early rise ending up waiting in the bus at a parking lot near Punta Cana for at least half an hour to switch busses. Heavy rain on the way to the boats (be prepared, weather conditions can change rapidly). With the packed speedboat loaded with around 30 tourists (feeling like walking wallets), we were instructed to do some snorkelling just outside the harbour ("best place in DR"). Nothing to see here off course, if you have anchors of several boats smash the coral daily. Unfriendly boat staff serving coca cola with rum and beer at 09:00 hours in the morning. Some small snacks were served (cheese, undefined meat, crackers, pineapple and a piece of bread). Halfway we stopped at the "natural swimming pool". Being just a shallow area in the middle of the sea where you can stand up. Okay, the colour of the water is truly beautiful, but why stop in the middle of the sea and share yet another round of rum and cola (which we refused)? The good thing of this particular is that TUI apparently may use a private part of the Island, so the 2,5 hours we had on the Island including "free" lunch and drinks were very nice and relaxing, No vendors or bees here. Postcard pictures taken. Return by catamaran, hoisting the sails for no particular reason. In fact you are "sailing" back by motor. Disappointing. People who started their day with rum and coca cola paid there price here. Others did some dancing on deck with meringue music. Very good atmosphere (new crew!). After refusing buying a rum bottle with our picture glued to it for $$ (taken earlier), we returned to our resorts by bus (including switch). The trip made me feel ambivalent. Saona Island should not be missed (the quiet part that is), but the trip itself with its ridiculous snorkelling and natural swimming pool element, could be left out. For $$$ a person one may expect more quality. A private tour is advised.
Written 20 February 2020
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anisha22
4 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
The island is indeed beautiful; however, the tour guide and other crew on the catamaran were super irritating. They were trying to sell unnecessary things, forcing you to get the pictures clicked which were for $10 USD per picture. Who the hell charges this much for a normal pic?? On the island itself there too many ladies pitching for a massage. Danny boy, tour guide was trying to fool the customers by asking them to buy from a random cigar shop. He honestly wasted our 25 mins on that stop. Food was good. Plus you only get 1.5 hour on the island.

The driver who was dropping us at the hotel was high and was driving rash. Super mismanaged. Would not recommend this tour.
Written 23 December 2022
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fm
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Couples
If you book this trip, expect the following: 2 to 3 hour bus ride with an unnecessary stop at a souvenir shop, just "to change cloths and go to the toilet".. and that's of course the only reason, since 5 to 6 other busses do exactly the same. Next up, you'll have either a speed boat, or catamaran ride (more on that later) to Saona Island, stopping at a "nature pool", which in fact is only just the sea with large a sand bank. There'll be around 20 other boats, each one trying to play louder music than the other. You're not gonna see any sealife there, because - so I hope - it evaded this area. Once you reach Saona Island, you're going to have lunch at an overcrowded beach. The lunch is going to be served cold, but according to the tour guide it's the best one could get. In all honesty, the snacks from the minibar at your resort are gourmet food compared to what you'll get there. You'll then have around 1 hour left before you leave that place. You can spend that time letting the 3(!) photographers taking expensive pictures of you (120$ for around 30 pictures), or getting an (even according to the tour guide) overpriced massage. On your way back, you'll probably find yourself aboard the party catamaran, where they blow every last little remaining bit of carribean flair away with loud music, silly dancers, and cheap, but urgently needed alcohol.
Long story short: We were never as happy to be back at the resort then after this trip!

P.S. Did you read anything about snorkeling in this review? No, because it's not happening, even if you were told that this trip includes it.
Written 5 April 2022
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Nate
Eatontown, NJ5 contributions
Sep 2021
The day started by poor communication and requiring a 6:30 pickup time. They clarified at 6:45 that it was actually a 7:00 pickup time so we waited in the lobby of the hotel for 45 minutes. We were the first ones on the bus at Macao beach. The bus proceeded to pickup passengers from ~10 different resorts. Keep in mind that we were picked up so early that we were not able to eat anything at our resort. There was a quick stop at a location where they force everyone off the bus to sell overpriced souvenirs and food. We had to purchase food since we were exceedingly hungry at this point. We arrived in the boat port location at 10:00 and then waited another 30 to 45 minutes before getting on a speed boat at ~10:45. When we finally reach the natural pool, you find out that the open bar is a warm bottle of coke and warm rum being passed around. Once you get to the island, there is more waiting and then you finally have lunch and the food is completely unacceptable. There is a decent variety but the quality is extremely bad / not edible. We stayed on the island for ~2.5 hours not the advertised 3 hour duration and half the time was devoted to organizing / moving the groups of people around. The return route was on the catamaran which was very enjoyable, but the open bar is also just a warm bottle of coke and warm rum. Our boat actually ran out of water for people to drink about halfway through the route. We got back to the boat port at 4:30 and it took 30 minutes to get all the people back on the bus and then we were the last stop and arrived at 7:00 to our hotel. I want to say that the people associated with the tour, the driver, the boat personnel were all very good and I have no complaints about them. However, the experience as a whole is falsely advertised and very poorly executed and communicated. I will never use this touring organization again and a simple refund doesn’t even come close to apologizing or gaining our favor again. I feel like they took 6-8 hours out of each of our vacation (12-16 hours total) which is priceless.
Written 5 September 2021
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Debbie A
1 contribution
Sep 2021 • Friends
Disaster tour, wouldn't recommend this to anyone. I will give you just the facts of our day. We were picked up from our hotel at 7:30 in the morning the bus kept leaking disgusting dirty water on us in our seats. We finally got to the catamaran boat and they crammed us all in with no covid regulation being adhered to or enforced. We got to the island at 1, there was seaweed everywhere after we were told there would not be. (One of the reasons for going was, our hotel on Atlantic side was covered in more seaweed than I could imagine). Immediately put our stuff down had to get on a long line for food. Had an hour and 15 minutes after that to relax and enjoy the water before we left and they ran out of beer. So not 3 hours, 2 hours. The natural swimming hole is just another part of the Caribbean where you can stand shoulder height in the water and there MIGHT be large starfish. It's not a swimming hole or a Cenote, it's the same Beach. And then lucky us after being crammed in what is supposed to be a speed boat ride home, again covid safety not being enforced, one of our engines breaks down. They did not ask passing boats for help, they did not call for a boat back and they did not give us any information as to what was happening but that we would be 30 minutes late. Try 2 hours. We did not get back to our hotel till 8. worst trip ever. no apologies,constantly hounded to have pictures taken so they could charge you a ridiculous amount to get your digital photos. I would not recommend this to anyone. There are definitely better tours out there, don't put yourself in this situation if you don't have to. This is our sixth trip to the Dominican Republic and the reason why we never leave the resort
Written 8 September 2021
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Marmalade1973
Devon, UK14 contributions
Worst excursion we have ever been on and we have travelled to many countries.
To summarise we were picked up by a mini bus at 7.45am transported to a gas station to wait for half an hour to pick up another bus with other tourists, multiple buses then travelled in convoy for about 45 minutes to another gas station where we were advised to use the toilets as the ones on island are very dirty. We then got back on bus again for another half an hour to travel to the bay to get speed boats to the island. Once there it was chaos and we were herded from the bus to wait on a road for about another 45 minutes for our turn to get on a speed boat. During this wait we were harassed constantly by local sellers of overpriced souvenirs etc…after this wait we were then herded to the speed boat where we were pushed and shoved by other tourists to get on it (about 33 people on our speedboat). We then travelled to the lagoon (which is basically just the sea off a beach on the quiet side of Saona) where you could swim and drink rum and coke, (don’t bother with snorkelling gear as there’s nothing there except sand) it was lovely clear sea but much the same as the resorts. After about 40 minutes it was back on the boat again to go to the other side of the island where you you were greeted to a view of hundreds of tourists and once on the beach yet again a non stop array of local sellers trying to get you to buy souvenirs, hair braiding and massages ($45 for 10 minutes) we arrived at the island at 12.50 (5 hours after our pick up) and was told lunch was at 1pm, as all the sun beds were already taken by the hundreds of tourists already there we bagged a table for lunch and waited. Food was okay what you would expect and edible, the drinks readily available if you like Rum and coke or sprite. After just 2 hours after arriving at the island (tbh we were grateful of this as we only had a plastic chair to sit on) we were herded back on to speed boats to take us out to catamarans where you had to jump from one to the other, no good if you have any mobility issues. Music was blared out at such a high volume it was impossible to hold a conversation. Once we got back to the bay where the buses were waiting we were left on the catamaran for over an hour waiting for yet another speed boat to take us back to the shore!! All the while seeing other tourists on catamarans that arrived after ours being transported first!!! In all we did around 10 hours waiting around and travelling for 2 hours on a beach that was nice but severely overcrowded so it would have been nicer and more relaxing to stay on our resort beach for the day. Very poorly organised and oversold.
Written 22 August 2022
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Chadbarnes
Beloit, WI40 contributions
Mar 2022
Im surprised that this company is allowed to even be on trip advisor. This is not the trip we booked, We were confirmed for the chateau trip. We were picked up in a small van, waited along the highway to be transferred to a big bus. Once you arrive at the nasty little( Marina) were were put on a motorboat with 50 other people.

The trip we booked was supposed to be 16 people max, this is when I figured out that something was wrong. From the time you get on the boat the music is cranked up so loud that you cannot carry on a conversation.

The (Natural Pool) swim is a sandy flat in the ocean, there were probably 25 other boats there with probably a thousand people in the water. You are in the ocean not a natural pool. you get to swim for 30 minutes then you are herded back on the boat to go to Saona. Its all chaos after this.

When You arrive to Saona you walk a maybe a1/4 mile to a whole bunch of pavilion's. you are then assigned an specific area for your group to sit. You eat cold food from a steam table, Its is not a barbecue. after that you have about 1 1/2 hours to be on the beach. You have a specific area with beach chairs to fight for and then endure extremely loud music the entire time. Again there are probably a thousand people on this beach. it is not relaxing at all.

We loaded up back on the motor boat and transferred to the catamaran. The boat was under motor power the entire way, the boat is not even equipped with a sail. The music once again was so loud that you cannot even enjoy the ride. The music being played was vulgar, there were families with children on this boat. There was a female employee twerking and dancing most of the trip, I saw most of the staff on the boat drinking.

Arrived back at the got on the bus to head back to Punta Cana, transferred to a smaller bus and finally back to our hotel. Most of this day is spent driving.

The tour company has not responded to my emails.

I would avoid this trip to Saona at all costs.
Written 25 March 2022
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Jeff M
Imperial, MO2 contributions
It was advertised as an open bar excursion. After you book it then they tell you that they cannot serve alcohol. However when we arrived on the island they were more than happy to sell us $10 piña colada’s. Also The on way the bus stopped at a little market so we could buy alcohol. You could buy a Styrofoam cooler with a 12 pack in it for 50 bucks.
On the catamaran on the way back, The deck hands were begging for five dollar tips for each person in our party, they did it to all the guests on the boat. We tipped a lot less than we normally would have just because of the fact did they put us on the spot this was very uncomfortable.
Written 19 July 2021
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2023 Saona Island Day Trip From Punta Cana with Lunch and Open Bar Included