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A Day at Saona Island: Planning Your Perfect Excursion from Punta Cana

Clear, sunny day on Saona Island in Punta Cana

Planning a vacation with white sand is reachable for all who plan on time. Visiting an island by the east coast of The Dominican Republic is sure to lift up your spirits and pamper your senses. Near Punta Cana, a rather famous holiday resort, stands Saona Island – a peaceful yet remarkable place.

Why Visit Saona Island?

Profound beauty from every angle, would be a short description of this place. To comprehend why that is, you are welcome to take a Saona Island Excursion from Punta Cana with one of the many tours available. 

The island is a paradise, having the cleanest beaches you’ll ever see. Water is crystal and azure-blue, rendering the perfect view of sealife. Palm trees frame the coast, giving shade when the sun is intense. 

Go snorkel and see the underwater Caribbean, or take a walk through the greenery in the area. Rich history and tradition dwell in the stories of local fisherman and their families, who are eager to share. 

Planning The Trip to Saona Island

Although it may seem like a challenging task, organizing this excursion can be fun and enjoyable. You’ll just have to make a checklist of the important stuff.

When to Plan the Visit

Even though this is the tropics – you ought to visit in the dry season. This is typically from December to April, perfect to adjust for a winter getaway.

Note that this is the peak of the season in Punta Cana, so a crowd is to be expected for sure. You can adjust a bit though, deciding for November or May.

How to Get There

The journey to the island is a unique experience in itself. Usually by boat, the Saona Island Excursion will take around two hours in each direction. With a whole day planned out, on the way you can expect a visit to the natural pool, swimming or snorkeling in the water. There is also a sandbar located in the middle of the sea, offering cocktails and relaxation.

To fully indulge in the Saona trip, we advise you to take a catamaran cruise. Offering a cozy ride with plenty of deck space, music, and even snacks, it will provide a chance to sightsee the Caribbean on the way.

There is another option. A more thrilling and more expensive ride with a helicopter. On the way, you are presented with a rare view from the sky onto the majestic landscapes.

What to Do

The beaches are what Saona Island is most known for, and proud of too. White sand and azure water are waiting. Snorkeling is even better here, with wild marine life everywhere. The fish and coral diversity is best to be seen underwater.

Visit Mano Juan, the only inhabited village and learn about the history. Visit the sanctuary for turtles, and get handmade souvenirs.

What to Pack

Because you will be traveling to a sunshine resort, light packing is key. Things you expect to do matter as well, so let’s not forget anything.

Clothing and Footwear

Just bring comfy clothes that naturally breathe – linen and cotton are perfect. Two swimsuits at least – mostly you’ll be around, in, or underwater. Sneakers for hiking and light sandals or slippers for the beach. Done.

Sun Protection

Bring everything you can to get the proper protection from the sun, like hats, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Final Thoughts

This is going to be your favorite holiday yet! Booking on time will ensure you get the perfect date, excellent service, and a secure seat on that boat to Saona Island. Salty wind in your hair and sparkling water around your feet. Just a cocktail in your hand, and the world can be put on hold till you return to reality.

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