Day Trip To Saona Island And Altos De Chavon - Punta Cana

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  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Lowest Price Guaranteed
  • Duration: 10 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    6:30 AM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick starts at hotel main lobby, or specified meeting point if your are staying at an apartment or AirBnb, look for caribbean route at the pick up place.
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Your adventure will start at your Punta cana hotel where you will be picked up by your friendly and professional tour guide that will offer information about Dominican culture and history. The first stop will be at Altos de Chavon, a captivating, man-made village that is a marvel of epic proportions. The second stop will be at Saona Island where you can enjoy the sparsely populated island with white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. After three hours, head to the natural swimming pool for a relaxing end to the day.


  • Buffet lunch included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Seasonal Offer
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Excellent value for money

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Start your day of discovery at your Punta cana hotel where you will be picked up by your friendly and professional guide. The first stop will be at Altos de Chavon. This captivating, man-made marvel is an architectural wonder. The town is a 16th century replica of a Mediterranean village perched high above the Chavn River. The village was designed by Dominican architect Jose Antonio Caro, and created by Italian master designer and cinematographer Roberto Coppa. Dominican artisans handcrafted the stone pathways, decorative ironwork, furniture and enchanting buildings, reviving almost forgotten crafts of metal work and stone carving. Under Coppas direction, each stone was hand cut, each wooden door frame was handcrafted and each wrought-iron detail was hand-forged. Construction of the village began in 1976 and the village was inaugurated in 1982 with the concert of Frank Sinatra at the amphitheater.

Next, there will be a catamaran cruise to the beautiful Saona Island, a tropical island located a short distance from the mainland on the south-east tip of the Dominican Republic, near the La Romana Province. It is a government protected nature reserve and a popular destination for tourists from all over the Dominican Republic, thousands of people arrive in fleets of catamarans and small motorboats every day. The Island is famous for the natural beauty of its beaches, and has been used on many occasions by filmmakers and advertisers looking for a stereotypical desert island setting for their film or product. On Saona Island you can relax on the beach, enjoy the crystalline waters or explore the tropical surrounds. Here you will find a one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean full of white sand, coconut palms and crystal clear turquoise waters.

After a bit of relaxation, enjoy a BBQ buffet lunch of typical Dominican fare. There will also be an open bar with local drinks. After the delicious lunch you will be returned to your Punta cana hotel.


Hotel pickup and drop-off

Buffet lunch (BBQ, salad and typical Dominican fare) Also vegetarian options

Unlimited beer and soft drinks (open bar)

30-40 minute stop at the biggest natural swimming pool

3-hours at Saona Island

Animation during the trip

Professional guide



DVD, Photos, and Souvenir ( Note that we are not responsible for any inconvenience with photos and souvenirs that you buy during the tour)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

No heart problems or other serious medical conditions

Not recommended for pregnant travelers

Not wheelchair accessible

Minimum drinking age is 18 years

Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

This experience requires good weather. If its canceled due to poor weather, youll be offered a different date or a full refund

Traveler Reviews

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  • 09-Mar-2020

    Nice trip but mass produced and consumed. Numerous bus transfers with some confusion. Service people (guides bartenders marineros dancers) were all attentive. Lunch was ok quality. Our buses brakes caught fire on the way back but the driver recovered quickly and impressed transportation for us back to our stop.

  • 17-Feb-2020

    Well organized, funny tour guides and fully worth it...Altos De Chavon is a must see! Wish I had more time there...

  • 20-Jan-2020

    See my review on trip advisor (FRIOG)

    Don’t go it absolutely spoilt a true destruction of paradise

    Please see my extensive review on trip advisor

  • 16-Sep-2019

    My gf and i had a really good time. staffs are really nice and the party on boat with drinks was perfect. also Papi Benjamin was a really good tour guide! :D “cinco minutos”

  • 16-Aug-2019

    I waited since 6:30 AM to be picked up they did not show up till almost 8 to collect me. Lied and said they came and I was not there. When we arrived at the bus I was traveling with my 8 year old son. All the seats were taking as they tend to double book and there were no two sits together. I said if I am not sitted with my son I can’t go. “Big papi” told me I needed to call a cab and money will not be refunded to me. Thank god someone gave up their seat and my 9 year old and I were able to seat together. The trip was overbooked, badly advertise they do not take you to Altos de Chavon first as advertise is done at the end of the tour. The side in isla saona that they rent is the ugly side, the left over from more reputable tours.i should have known something was wrong since they lied about picking me up and the concierge in my hotel also advised against them. DO NOT BOOK WITH THESE PEOPLE.

  • 13-May-2019

    This is an amazing trip. We enjoyed it very much. I wanted to expend more time on the Island but we had a great time. Everyone very helpful.

  • 25-Jul-2018

    just beautiful. Would go again

  • 08-Jun-2018

    Great time! Must do activity.

  • 30-May-2018

    The boat ride there on the catamaran was pretty long but Saona Island was beautiful. We had plenty of time to explore and relax. Lunch was okay, probably not was I expected given the description and being told how good the food was. The downside was having to go pick up other people -- one family was over 15 minutes late to the bus. We were in the Bavarro area and so already had a long drive to the marina.

  • 06-Apr-2018

    Truth be told this would probably be a 4-star review if not for one bad experience and we'll get that out of the way first. There was a photographer that is part of the crew that takes pictures lots of pictures. It was for this reason that we did not take very many as we had planned to purchase his photographs. The price of almost 90 is high but we wanted to have these pictures as we had a great time and help out the locals. When we got home we received a CD of music and NO PICTURES!!! We tried to resolve this through Viator only to be told that they were forwarding our concerns to their local rep and they have not responded. Originally we thought was just an honest mistake, but now we're not so sure.
    On most excursions have the entire crew with you at pick up or when you embark, this one we picked up several individuals along the way that made it difficult to know who to tip.
    Now for the excursion itself it was wonderful. Altos de Chavon is very interesting and beautiful, you definitely get a taste of culture on this part of the excursion. After spending time there it's off to Saona Island. We went speedboat out and catamaran back. On the way is gorgeous scenery and the stop at the sand bar was a blast. They have a crew member dive down and bring up starfish for you to see/photograph. They do a very good job of making sure that everyone has a good time. After about 45 minutes there we loaded the speedboat again and off to the island it was. Once we arrived they had a very nice lunch buffet prepared for us and a little hut where you can get your beer, water, rum and sprite or coke. Its a very relaxing time and a beautiful scenery although there are vendors there trying to sell you everything, but they are mostly respectful when you say no. We hung out with a few of our fellow patrons on the beach and playing in the water and it was fantastic. After about three hours it was time to head back via catamaran and this was a really good time. Daddy Benjamin WEPA!!! and J-Lo made sure that all danced and had a good time and of course the music was playing the rum and cervezas were flowing. The staff was engaging and a lot of fun and did and exceptional job. They offer you a bottle of rum with your picture on it for about 20 nice touch! Im not sure about the rums quality but it is something that we will definitely treasure for years. The party doesnt stop until you dock and then you head back to your hotel in reverse order of pickup. Once again since they do this with staff as well its difficult to tell who and when to tip if you are so inclined. All-n-all it was a great day and the only thing that ruined it was the picture incident and the lack of response after we inquired.

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