Isla Saona Besides the popular attraction of the “pool”, a pool of water on a sandbank where rum is served, the island of Saona, in the protected national park of Este, is also worth a visit “for other reasons”. Nicknamed the “pearl of the Caribbean coast”, protected from the winds, its lagoon welcomes migratory birds among a protected fauna and flora.
With an area of 130 km2, it is still surrounded by large virgin beaches of white sand dotted with palm trees. As long as you don’t stop at the beaches in front of the coast of Bayahibe, where catamarans, boats and “lanchas” (small tourist boats) disembark tourists from far away (and numerous). The trip to the island takes about two hours.
After the return of the boats, at 03:00 PM , the small Saona finds its landscapes of postcard. Two small fishing villages, Adamanay and Mano Juan, which are only accessible by boat, do not have any hotel infrastructure, but it is possible to negotiate a bed with private individuals.
Isla Saona is rocky and has quite a few caves and caves in the northwest of its geography, and it is a very interesting area due to the large number of indigenous relics that have been found there. The coast has low rocky edges with sandy inlets, and it is where the only place on the island that has a slight elevation above sea level is found, which they call Punta Roca.
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If you have time, you can rent the services of a day fisherman in Bayahibe for 1,500 pesos. A solution that leaves you free to choose the picnic sites, departure and return times.