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Saona Island

With an area of 42 sq miles (110 sq km) Saona is the largest Dominican offshore island and forms part of the National Park of the East (Parque Nacional del Este). The park"s  ecosystem is a fine example of the biodiversity of the Antilles.
Saona Island and its waters are the habitat of endangered species such as the manatee, various species of turtle an marine mamamals dolphins.

The easiest ways to visit the island are by boat fron Bayahibe or La Romana in the southeast of the country Saona has two beaches, Playa Catuano and Playa Bonita that are real tropical paradises.

The island can only be reached by lauch from: La Romana (1 hour) and Bayahibe (40 minutes). The cost depends on the type of lauch and the number of passengers. Tours normally include a visit to the waters of the National Park of the East (Parque Nacional del Este) and a stop at the natural swimming pool (piscine natural) in route to the island.

Both have fine white sand and are washed by clear waters whose colors vary through turquoise to deep crystal green. They are very inviting.

Saona also has extensive coral reefs at depths from 6 to 100 ft making them ideal for snorkelling and diving. The water is very clear. While Coconut Palms ring Saona"s coast, it has much more on offer with caves and lagoons (used by pirates) woods, waterbirds and other wildlife. All these attractions combine to make Saona Island a unique place to visit.

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