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THE NEED FOR EXCITEMENT: discover Saona, an island within a national park

A small island, a great deal of emotion. This is how we could summarize Saona, jewel of the Dominican Republic.

Until 1494 it belonged to the Taino population and its name was Adamanay. Then the Spaniards and privateers took it over; it was repopulated around 1940 and today a Dominican community lives in the two towns of Mano Juan, with its blue wooden houses, and Catuano.

More than a hundred species of birds surround the island that occupies a quarter of the Cotubanamá Park, regulated by the Ministry of the Environment.

It can be reached by sailing from Bayahibe, stopping at El Peñón and at the Natural Pools in whose shallow waters you can admire huge starfish.

One of the most spectacular sections of the island is the Canto de la Playa: where you can walk along a fine sand beach, and swim among the thousand shades of blue. A simply incredible environment, you feel away from everything and close to yourself.

How do you get to this little paradise?

The closest international airports are Punta Cana and La Romana. Viva Wyndham Dominicus Beach has a private dock on the property, from which you can set sail on motorboats or catamarans.

The excursion is doable almost every day. Another advantage is that Viva Wyndham Resorts has a beach concession on the island, where it has built a small settlement for the exclusive use of its guests. This privilege reflects the philosophy of Viva Life: respect the environment and take care of it. The settlement is non-invasive and only accessible during the day; the island’s ecosystem is always preserved and protected.

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