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Samaná Bay is one of the best spots for whale watching in the Dominican Republic. Located on the Atlantic coast, the bay’s idyllic beaches, lush rainforest, and tranquil coves provide a magnificent backdrop for a boat cruise. Here are your options for Samaná whale watching tours.
When to Go
Visit between January and March, when more than 4,000 humpback whales descend upon the cool turquoise waters of Samaná Bay in search of protection during their annual breeding season.
What You'll See
Samaná Bay is located on the global “Humpback Highway” migration route, so humpback whales are most commonly seen here. Weighing in at more than 30 tons (27,216 kilograms), these massive mammals often breach the water's surface, and it’s possible to hear the male humpback’s haunting courting song. At the end of breeding season, you might also spot whale calves swimming alongside the whale pods.
How to Go
Set sail from Puerto Bahia Marina in Samaná aboard a small boat or catamaran specially equipped with an underwater hydrophone. Cruise the waters of Samaná Bay with a marine biologist guide such as Kim Beddall, one of the most renowned whale experts in the Dominican Republic. Alternatively, visit on a full-day tour from Punta Cana or combine your whale-watching excursion with activities such as snorkeling, horseback riding on Bacardi Island (Cayo Levantado), or hiking and kayaking in Los Haitises National Park.
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Visit Los Haitises National Park, a rugged marine landscape of rainforest, caves, rock formations, and mangrove forests. The park is home to many species of birds including pelicans, frigate birds, herons, woodpeckers, and the endangered Ridgway’s Hawk. After the park tour, enjoy lunch at Playa Rincón and free time to swim or sunbathe.
Once you meet your guide you’ll have debriefed of the tour and everything related to your day. When everyone is ready we’ll head to Los Haitises National Park port where you’ll start boating at Cano Hondo river which ends in San Lorenzo Bay, this is a small bay of only 10 Km2 and for two hours you’ll emerge yourself in the different ecosystems of Los Haitises. During this part of your trip you will navigate around the mangrove forest which is the second largest on the island with more than 90 Km2 and when you get to San Lorenzo Bay you’ll see Samana Peninsula and Bay. While you are on there is the possibility of seeing some dolphins, birds like the Blue Heron, Grey Heron, Crows, Brown Pelican, Royal Tern, Magnificent Frigatebird and the unique views of Los Haitises National Park. After 4 hours and half hours of activities in Los Haitises National Park and Sabana de la Mar, this excursion ends in the same place as it started.
Get your tickets for visiting Los Haitises National Park with Caves, Mangroves and San Lorenzo Bay after a hiking two hours by the humid forest of Los Haitises National Park. Los Haitises National Park from Sabana de la Mar or Caño Hondo Hotels with Locals. The Trip starts in the Main Port of The Haitises National Park. This trip starts at 10:00 am with a Local Tour Guide that knows the original History about the gorgeous National Park.
Ride into the jungle on horseback to reach the El Limon Waterfall, one of the area's must-see attractions, on this outdoor adventure. Take in the scenery and the local flora and fauna, learning about the environment through guided commentary. Visit a local family to witness typical Dominican country life and see how rubber is made.
The tour, organized by “Booking Adventures” starts at the meeting point set with the local Tour Guide. The traveler will get a meeting point after the Reservation Process. Tours start and Finished in our meeting points.
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