Spending a week in the Dominican Republic was the rest I needed away from a cold summer in Denmark. Staying at Dreams La Romana Resort & Spa meant that we were incredible close to Saona Island.
Even before I left I have heard great things about this day trip. I knew I did not want to venture a lot away from the resort as the point for this trip was to relax doing nothing but I couldn’t lose the opportunity to visit such a beautiful and unspoiled island of the Dominican Republic.
WHY VISIT SAONA ISLAND?
Located on the south east part of the Dominican Republic on a short distance from the mainland, Saona Island is a government protected nature reserve, part of the Eastern National Park.
Saona Island is the largest of the Dominican Republic’s islands and very popular along visitors who visit on a day trip.
It’s what I would have dreamed of a desert island with white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters with colourful fish swimming in it and lots of coconuts lying around.
When walking away from the main part where people gather around for lunch and swimming activities, a tropical paradise of palm trees and untouched beaches can be seen. A lush for the eyes!
HOW TO GET THERE?
The easiest way is to travel by boat as part of an organized excursion from the mainland. Catamarans and speedboats are the usual way of transportation to and from the island.
THE DAY TRIP TO SAONA ISLAND
I booked my trip in the resort as soon as I arrived but there are several companies with all kinds of offers.
From the beach of La Romana we took the catamaran with our guide and the rest of the group early in the morning. It was super sunny already and we went straight to the nets, feeling the breeze and the sun on the way to the island.
All kinds of drinks and snacks were available on board and tropical juices were a treat for the heat.
Our first stop was ‘La Piscina Natural’, a natural pool in a sandbar that forms a pool in the middle of the ocean just of the shore.
We had the opportunity to snorkel there and see all the starfish around, so colorful and beautiful. There also lots of fish and it’s easy to get lost snorkeling after them.
We got to Saona Island by lunch time and went straight to the covered restaurant they had set, just as you arrive.
Lots of palm trees and white sand everywhere – couldn’t think of a better place to have a delicious lobster. A mixed buffet of pasta, rice, vegetables and fruits was served with the lobster and also beef, pork and chicken. We got to talk with other people from the group and the time went quick!
After lunch was time to relax and enjoy the island. Lots of swimming, snorkeling and an hour exploring the palm trees paradise!
Later we left the island, this time on a speedboat which made the way back much shorter but we were back in time for cocktails by the pool.
I totally recommend this day trip if you’re visiting Dominican Republic, it’s a fun and relaxing day that you will cherish on your holiday memories forever.