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From Punta Cana: Sanctuary Whale Watching Day Trip

4.3 / 5

38 reviews

Activity provider: Tours S y S

From Punta Cana: Sanctuary Whale Watching Day Trip

Activity provider: Tours S y S

From US$ 189 per person

Visit a UNESCO-protected whale watching sanctuary in Samana on a day trip from Punta Cana, Bávaro and Uvero Alto. Stop by Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island) and El Limon waterfalls.

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Russian
Pickup included
Pickup is available from all hotels in Punta Cana, Cap Cana, Bayahibe, Bavaro, and Uvero Alt.


  • Experience the adventure of watching the Humpback whales in their natural habitat in a UNESCO-protected sanctuary
  • Marvel at the flora of the Caribbean in the beautiful Dominican countryside
  • Enjoy a typical Dominican buffet lunch with drinks included
Full description

Depart from the areas of Punta Cana, Bávaro and Uvero Alto and travel by bus through the wonderful countryside of the Dominican Republic along rural roads. Discover magical locations that perfectly capture the most exquisite flora of the Caribbean. Journey along a new road that connects the area with the Bavarian town of Miches in just 1 hour. Marvel at the colors as you pass the towns of La Colonia and El Cedro en route.

Arrive at the ranch in time for a tasty light breakfast snack. Then, go to a private dock to board a speedboat and set sail to look for humpback whales in their natural environment. Visit Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island) to experience a tropical paradise surrounded by crystal-clear waters. Marvel at the magical setting of turquoise waters and white sand beaches.

Then, continue by boat to the dock where you will board a comfortable air-conditioned bus to the village of El Limon. Stop for a hearty buffet or Dominican lunch at Rancho Los Cocos.

  • Authorized guide in your requested language
  • Ground transportation
  • Breakfast in Miches
  • Transportation by covered boat or speedboat
  • Buffet or Dominican-style lunch
  • Chaise lounge on the beach of Cayo Levantado
  • Visit to El Limon waterfall
  • National beverage
  • Tips
  • Souvenirs
  • Videos or pictures (available to purchase)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • This activity is not suitable for pregnant women or people with severe back problems
  • Groups of up to 15 participants can book onto this tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 38 reviews

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The excursion was well organized, our guide was very friendly and attentive. Once taken care of (when we got used to the idea that the pick-up time is quite random) everything goes without problems. The stops planned to operate local businesses are part of the business, normal when you know that there are 7 million tourists a year for a Dominican population of 11 to 12 million inhabitants. Sellers do not push for consumption: a single "no" is enough. Dominicans are a friendly and outgoing people. The whales show themselves or not ‍♀️ At the end of the season, we were able to see one or two, and saw a jump in the distance. The horseback excursion was fantastic, the horses very talented and the guides chosen perfectly. The meal was normal.

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March 12, 2022

We didn't like the mass processing. In the times of Corona, we were on a speedboat with almost 100 people. We saw a whale family, but unfortunately those sitting in the middle of the boat couldn't see much because everyone sitting on the edge jumped up. That was a pity. Then we went on to Barcadi Island. There you had 1 hour stop for swimming. That was nice. Then it was on to lunch. Some rice with chicken and finally a small bottle of water! Finally came the El Limon waterfall. In the tour description there was nothing about a horse ride. We didn't think the horses were in good shape either, so we preferred to run. However, since the path is extremely muddy and you have to constantly avoid the horses, the walk there and back took over 1 hour. We only managed the small waterfall in time. But we had it to ourselves, which was very nice.

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February 13, 2022

We had booked an excursion with a German-speaking guide, our guide spoke very good Russian and Spanish, and a little German and normal English. We expected more from the whale conservation program. On the way back, the ship drove with a party atmosphere on board, very loud music and at high speed through the protection zone. What should be sustainable about it?

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March 18, 2021

Product ID: 84588