Dominican Humpback Whale Watching
I would have had better luck earlier in the season instead of at the tail end--literally.
After looking for humpback whales for more than 90 minutes, we sight several
spouts of exhaled breath and water and the race is on to reach one of the
whales before it sounds.
Several times we are almost eye to eye with a humpback, which is classified as only medium-sized whales. Still, they grow to an impressive 54 feet, which is longer than our 45-foot boat, and weigh as much as 29 tons.
When the Victoria II drifts within 20 to 30 yards of a large adult,
it's hard to imagine ever wanting to see a bigger whale.
We are with whales for less than an hour of our 3-hour trip but I am well satisfied. I've seen more humpbacks here and gotten closer to them than I ever did on several Alaskan whale-watching trips.
And in Samana I do it on a bright sunny day where the wintertime temperature always hovers somewhere in the 80s.
I can't ask for more; well, maybe a breach or two.