Saona Island, Dominican Republic
Saona Island is the largest adjacent island of the Dominican Republic located off the coast of La Altagracia province. It is part of the Cotubanamá National Park (Old National Park of the East).
The island is also of great tourist attraction for its beautiful beaches and natural beauties. Its beaches have been selected among the best by international magazines such as Caribbean Travel & Life.
The island has two permanent human settlements, the towns of Mano Juan and Catuano. Mano Juan is a fishing village with wooden houses and Catuano is a beach, which has a detachment of the navy.
The surface of the island is 110 km². It has beautiful coral reefs, coastal lagoons, a great diversity of birds and reptile species, and also has interesting archaeological sites and caves that were used by the Tainos.
The island contains a high percentage of endemic species and floral richness. Of the 539 species reported in the Cotubanamá National Park, most are in this place.
In the area there are several associations of plant species, which integrate different ecosystems, among which we can distinguish the semi-humid forests, bushes, and mangroves or salty forests, which are composed of four Neotropical species: black mangrove, red, white and button.
In Saona have also been identified species of sea turtles including loggerhead, hawksbill, green turtle and tinglar.
Among the birds you can see seagull t-shirts, waders, the pigeon coronita, and the green parrot, which is in danger of extinction.
Other fascinating animals such as the rhinoceros iguana, the manatee, the dolphin and the fisherman bat are also part of the inhabitants of the island.
40 species of fish, 10 of corals and 124 of molluscs have been reported, qualifying the area as one of the most important ecological reserves in the country.
This has a natural pool in which the water does not pass the navel, we also find starfish of various types and with Caribbean colors, besides enjoying this natural beauty we must say that we are only a few steps from the coast and the water is even more crystalline.
Out of the excursions in Punta Cana, the Saona Island excursion is the most known internationally and this is the excursión in the Dominican Republic that most visitors atracts from throughout the world.
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