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.