Get ready for one of the all-around best plans you can have in the Dominican Republic: a day trip to Saona Island. Almost 68 square kilometers of unspoiled white sand beaches, crystal-clear water and postcard-perfect landscapes framed by coconut trees are waiting on what many consider one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands. In fact, 95% of tourists who visit the Dominican Republic make it to Saona Island. It makes sense: the place is fantastic (and under consideration as a World Heritage Site) and is the perfect destination for a day trip.
While there are dozens of competing tour operators who vie to offer tourists the best deal for getting to Saona Island, all planned trips are quite similar. At the end of day the only thing that matters is having a good time topped off with plenty of “Vitamin R”, which is what locals call rum and the rhythm of merengue. Buses depart from a number of locations to take tourists to different ports to board a catamaran to Saona Island. These boats can hold anywhere from 40 to 50 people, so it’s easy to imagine how fun the trip can be with music, good drinks and snacks to whet the appetite. Settle in for a good time as the trip takes at least an hour and a half.
The stops on this special day cruise are quite similar as far as the options that
visitors can choose from. A stop in Mano Juan, Saona Island’s main town, is a must: this is a good place to enjoy the beach, a delicious lunch of the island’s traditional grilled lobster, a tour of the mangroves or sandbars and one of the most anticipated stops: the world’s largest pool.
The pool is an expanse of water less than a meter deep located almost half a kilometer from the coast. No trip to Saona Island would be complete without getting off the catamaran to make a toast and take pictures with the starfish found at the bottom of this huge natural pool. With a little luck, visitors can see dolphins or whales swimming alongside the boat. An opportunity to dance some merengue always comes up as the day winds down and the catamaran heads to Bayahibe. An experience impossible to forget.
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