Saona Island is absolutely considered ‘the place to go’ in the Dominican Republic. It has dreamy beaches, it’s stacked with coconut palms and it featured on a Bounty advert. It’s quite literally paradise.
That said, it does have a few cons to go with its pros, which I’ll sum up later in the post.
For now, here’s everything you need to know about our trip to Saona Island!
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Who did we book with?
There are so many companies that offer this trip, you could lose a whole day of your holiday just deciding.
I’ve heard that if you go with recommended local companies you’ll get way more for your money, but personally I’d rather book with a reputable company who I’ve used before.
As we booked our holiday with TUI, we had access to their excursions, so for us it made sense to choose them.
What our trip cost
Generally trips start around £50 depending on who you go with. They can get really pricey though.
TUI’s Saona Supreme excursion is about £95 per person, and for this you get you own piece of beach and a slightly nicer lunch (apparently!).
We weren’t fussy about food, so we chose TUI’s Saona Simple package instead, which cost just under £60 each.
We definitely didn’t feel the day was lacking anything.
What our TUI trip included
- Early pick up at around 7am/8am depending on your hotel location
- Coach to Bayahibe Marina with a toilet stop
- Speedboat to the Caribbean’s largest natural pool (20-minute journey and 45-minute stop)
- Speedboat onto the Island (10 minute journey and 2.5 hour stop)
- Lunch and unlimited rum/beer/soda on the beach
- Catamaran back to Bayahibe Marina (2-hour journey)
- Coach back to your hotel with a toilet stop
Pros and cons of Saona and the trip
- Saona is seriously stunning location so make sure you explore
- There’s a good range of food on the beach plus unlimited drinks
- There are free sun loungers on the beach
- We had an excellent and knowledgeable guide
- There’s a really nice chilled party vibe on the catamaran and a good mix of transport to keep the day interesting
- It’s a long day, at least 12 hours
- We didn’t get to see the starfish that everyone raves about, although I believe this is because they’re trying to protect them which is of course a pro!
- The island’s beach is super busy
- The Insta-worthy pina coladas in pineapples are seriously overpriced at $10 each
- The toilets on the beach were quite horrible!
Things to note if you go to Saona
- Book the trip when you’re there so you can plan it around the weather
- Sneak some supplies out of the breakfast buffet for the coach journey
- Take some bottled water from your hotel room
- Take a book or music for the coach trips
- Take heavy duty sun cream because the UV rays are really strong out there
- Take your camera and a GoPro
- Take towels to use on the sun loungers
- Take a hat and sunglasses, you’ll need them!
Our trip to Saona Island with TUI was the perfect slice of paradise! I’d highly recommend it and would absolutely go back again.
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