If you’re planning a holiday in the Dominican Republic then make sure a visit to Saona Island is top of your list of things to do.

Lying off the south-east coast of the Dominican Republic, this is one of the country’s largest islands, forming a long expanse of land that stretches out for 110 square kilometres. It is situated in the province of La Romana and is part of the National Park of the East.

The excursion to Saona Island includes the crossing on a large catamaran, during which a wide range of snacks and drinks are available. First stop after reaching the shore of Saona Island is a visit to a delightful fishing village called Mano Juan.

The island boasts seemingly endless unspoilt beaches of fine white sand, lined by thousands of coconut trees.  The island is home to countless species of fauna, including birds and marine life (hawksbill sea turtles, manatees, green parakeets, etc.). Saona Island enjoys official protection and therefore there are no buildings lining the coast.

One of the island’s tourist attractions is the world’s largest natural pool, situated in the sea some 400 metres from the shore in an area where the water is hardly a metre deep, making it ideal for bathing. It is also the perfect spot from which to admire and even touch all types of exotic marine species to be found under the pool, such as starfish, corals, tropical fish, shells and winkles.

There’s no doubt about it; Saona Island is one of the Dominican Republic’s most outstanding attractions.


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