Samana Humpback Whale Watching
Between 3,000 to 5,000 humpback whales migrate to the warm protected waters of the Bay of Samana every winter to mate or give birth. The prime whale watching period in Samana Bay is from mid-January to the end of March. However, it's best to wait until mid-February when the numbers are at their peak to make a special visit here for whale watching.
Named a Marine Mammal Sanctuary by the Dominican Republic in 1966, Samana Bay is the final destination of the humpback whales which journey here all the way from the arctic to mate or give birth. Whale watching excursions depart Samana City for as long as whales remain in the Bay.
Since these waters are within a protected Marine Mammal Sanctuary, regulations require boats stay a certain distance from the whales, an elevated viewpoint guarantees the best views, and the best photos.
Unless you have an assigned seat, choose one on the second or third deck as close to the bow as you can in order to view the approach to the whale and begin photographing as soon as possible.
Generally the tour boat will swing around so that both sides receive the same view but the view is never always the “same.” The whale may suddenly raise its tail and disappear (the photo everyone wants) as the boat turns around. This is an active situation, not a static landscape.
Kim Beddall is a former scuba diver who pioneered Samana whale watching. Internationally recognized as a leading conservationist, Kim sometimes is the naturalist speaker on her whale watching vessel, Victoria II, which can carry up to 80 passengers Even if she is not present, there always is a whale expert to announce to passengers what is going on. Tours last 3-4 hours. Located at the Samana Marina. Her company web site is Whale Samana; 809/538-2494.
Motomarina conducts both whale watching tours and trips to Los Haitises National Park trips. Motomarina, too, is located at the Samana Marina.
Marivanna Tours also in Samana City offers whale watching tours for both cruise passengers and independent travelers.
In season, you will probably find other whale watching boat tours available at the Samana Marina at the Malecon.
Make your decision carefully. You may never have another Samana whale watching trip.
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