A close encounter with the majestic Humpback Whales in the bay of Samana. Eco-Tour with trained guide. Available from January until the end of March.
The humpback whales are regular visitors in the Bay of Samana. Every year, these huge mammals leave the Arctic to mate and give birth in the protected bay along the Dominican Republic’s east coast. The first of the “snowbirds” traveling seasonally to the Dominican Republic, the whales have been wintering in this region for centuries. This is evidenced by old Taino cave paintings in the nearby “Los Haitises” National Park which depict blowing whales.
The humpback whale is a water mammal known for their liveliness and their singing. They can attain a length of 15 metres and weight of up to 30 tons. Their huge front flippers (pectoral fins) can reach one-third of their body length for an impressive display. Before diving, humpback whales bend their backs in the form of a hump and lift their tails high out of the water, hence their name.
There are few things as exciting as watching free-range whales. You can join us on an expedition to trace and observe these animals from close range, however to ensure the whales’ survival, we adhere to strict guidelines and directives. Our staff participates yearly in the training programs given by CEBSE (the Center for Conservation and Eco-Development Samana and its Environs). It is due to maintaining these guidelines each year that the whales—especially the juveniles—become more bold and accustomed to the boats and their joyful behavior can be seen from our excellent vantage point. We have adopted strict minimum distances to ensure the safety of both the whales and the boat passenger.