Whale Watching Tours in Samaná

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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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Samana Whale Watching Tour with Biologist Guide

Explore the Samana Bay and search for humpback whales with a marine biologist on this half-day boat tour. Learn about the biology and behavior of the humpback whales, who arrive in Samana Bay every winter to birth their calves. Enjoy the scenery of the surrounding mountains and Cayo Levantado along the way. Snacks, beverages, and round-trip transportation from Samana hotels included.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$95.00 USD
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  • Duration: 5 hours
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$95.00 USD

Whale Watching Day Trip From Punta Cana

Go whale watching in Samaná Bay and visit Cayo Levantado during this full-day excursion from Punta Cana. Travel to Samaná aboard a comfortable, air-conditioned coach, then transfer to a boat at La Ceyba Park. Cruise out into the open waters to look for the pods of humpback whales who visit to breed and have their calves in the area. Learn about the behavior and biology of these marine mammals from your expert naturalist guide. Continue to Cayo Levantado, or Bacardi Island, for lunch on the beach and a dip in the azure waters before returning to Punta Cana.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$189.00 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Samaná by Bus Whale-Watching and Cayo Levantado Tour from Punta Cana

Fly to Samaná from Punta Cana to observe the migration of humpback whales off the coast during this 12-hour eco-adventure. After touching down at the airport in Samanà, meet your local guide and transfer to a boat bound for Cayo Levantado. Arrive at the island oasis, a perfect speck of white sand fringed by palm trees, to enjoy the sun and sand. Dig in to a buffet-style lunch beachside. Board the whale-watching boats and spend the afternoon viewing as many as 1,500 of these spectacular marine mammals in their native habitat, many with newborn calves.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$199.00 USD
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Samana Whale Watching from Punta Cana

Catch a glimpse of one of the underwater world's most magical creatures on this day trip to Samana from Punta Cana. Travel by bus to the coastal town of Samana and spend the day whale watching. Take a dip in crystal blue waters or relax on sandy shores and enjoy an included buffet lunch as part of this all-inclusive day outside.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$234.00 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Samana Day Trip: Whale Watching and Bacardi Island

Enjoy the lifestyles of the rich and famous aboard a power catamaran with a maximum of eight passengers on this half-day excursion from Puerto Bahia Marina. This Samana Bay tour takes you to humpback whale spotting sites offshore during whale-watching season. You'll then have time to swim and snorkel at anchor off Bacardi Island (Cayo Levantado). Lunch, soda, and one cocktail are also included.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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$130.00 USD
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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