The Cotubanamá Park, also known as the Eastern National Park, has been admitted in the SPAW protocol, raising the international importance of this protected park, where the islands of Saona, Catalina and Catalinita are located.

It is not surprising that due to climate change and the progressive increase in concern for the environment, measures are being taken and further protecting our increasingly scarce natural spaces. These places full of life and natural beauty also attract more and more people who choose to visit these small paradises to breathe fresh air, bathe in crystal clear waters, be in contact with nature and enjoy mass-free tourism.

To get to the island of Saona, Catalina or Catalinita, you usually sail by private yacht, sailing catamaran, motorized catamaran or motorboat departing from Bayahibe or from Casa de Campo in La Romana. The best thing for an experience without overcrowding and personalized is to book a private boat where you can establish your own schedules and plan, previously agreed with the person in charge of the boat. The actual navigation from the point of origin to the destination is quite an adventure! Be careful not to see dolphins, a manta ray or who knows if something bigger! You may be lucky and see an endangered turtle or manatee … Then you can relax and take some photos in Palmilla Beach, where the transparent water will reach your waist and you will be bathing in a movie set. Later you can walk for miles of fine sand beach and eat under a palm tree. Why not go visit the town of Mano Juan or go to the wild Catalinita. If you book a private boat with flexible itineraries, the limits are only up to you.


The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources announced the entry of the Cotubanamá National Park to the protocol regarding Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife in the Greater Caribbean Region (SPAW), which seeks the protection and development of the marine environment of the member countries.

With the entrance of the Cotubanamá Park to SPAW, the international importance of conservation of this protected area located in the eastern part of the country, which includes Saona Island and other relevant points of high interest for its protection, such as its flora and fauna, rises.

Likewise, there are five protected areas in the country in this protocol with a view to conserving their natural resources and promoting the ecologically sound use and sustainable management of their coastal-marine biodiversity. In addition to the Cotubanamá National Park, this protocol includes the Jaragua National Park, Sierra de Bahoruco National Park, La Caleta Submarine National Park and Los Haitises National Park.

About the Cotubanamá National Park

The Cotubanamá National Park is an area of special splendor and beauty that covers a territory of 791.9 square kilometers, including Saona Island with its 110 square kilometers and maritime zone.

It covers the provinces of La Altagracia and La Romana. Its declaration as a protected area dates from 1975 in the Law on Protected Areas in category II belonging to National Parks. According to inventories carried out in this area, the presence of 539 plant species has been detected, 50 of which are endemic to Hispaniola.

It has 112 species of birds, 8 of which are endemic, among which are: the seagull, the pelican or gannet, the crowned pigeon, the parrot, the buzzard, the earwig and the owl.

Source of the news: Listín Diario