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Samaná Marine Mammal Sanctuary

Samaná Marine Mammal Sanctuary: Our most recommended tours and activities

Samana: Whale Watching and Cayo Levantado Full Day Tour

1. Samana: Whale Watching and Cayo Levantado Full Day Tour

Ride by catamaran to explore the Bay of Samana, which harbors thousands of humpback whales during their winter mating season. Next, enjoy the picturesque views of Cayo Levantado, also known as Bacardi Island. Swim in the serene waters and sunbathe on the white-sand beaches before heading back. Depart from Samana and head towards the Bay of Samana, scanning the waters for majestic Humpback Whales at the peak of mating season. Enjoy being out on the water and feel comfortable with snacks and drinks on board. Take photos of these large animals and learn important facts from your guide. Next, sail towards Bacardi Island or Cayo Levantado. Admire the turquoise waters and the white sand that surrounds the Island. Sit and relax on the warm beaches and bathe in the sun. Take the chance to dip into the serene waters and enjoy the rest of your day before heading back to the dock.

Samana: Guided Day Trip with Buffet Lunch and Whale Watching

2. Samana: Guided Day Trip with Buffet Lunch and Whale Watching

Enjoy a unique event in the Dominican Republic, the Humpback Whale Watching sanctuary who visit our shores in Samana Bay once a year, from January to the end of March and come to mate and give birth to their calves. The experience starts leaving from your Hotels and through the Eastern plain, towards Las Cañitas de Miches. Once at the Las Cañitas Dock, we embark to go to the Whale Sanctuary, where we will remain for approximately 2 and half hours. After the sighting, head to Cayo Levantado or Bacardi Island, where we will have lunch and beach time (approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes).  After lunch, we board the boat again to go to the Samana Pier where the Safari Truck awaits us to go to the Ranch, where we will take a ride for about 30 minutes through the virgin forestand along the banks of the river until we reach the El Limon Waterfall, with a height of more than 60 meters high, to enjoy a refreshing and rejuvenating dip.

Samana: Bay of Samana Whale Watching Experience

3. Samana: Bay of Samana Whale Watching Experience

Enjoy a whale-watching experience in the Bay of Samaná, where humpback whales visit every year and see these beautiful creatures up close on this unique whale-watching tour. Explore the Bay of Samaná, which plays host to thousands of humpback whales during winter’s mating season. Take in this amazing experience in the company of a specialized guide and enjoy snacks on board (water, soda, coconut). Meet at the tour office and gather with the rest of the tour members and specialized staff at the dock, and depart from the private dock in Samaná at 9:30 am. Travel through the Bay of Samaná in search of the Humpback whales, all the way to the Marine Mammal Sanctuary. Marvel at the aquatic wildlife and beautiful scenery in the Bay of Samaná, and experience a unique and exciting whale-watching tour before returning back to the dock around 1:30 pm.

Punta Cana: Whale Whatching Sanctuary Experience

4. Punta Cana: Whale Whatching Sanctuary Experience

After having been collected from your accommodation, you will begin your day out on the water to watch whales in their natural sanctuary.  You will visit a beautiful natural area aboard a certified boat out in the privileged waters of Samaná and Miches Bay. The whale watching sanctuary in Samana Bay is the winter home of a sea giant, an acrobat of the sea: the humpback whale. From January to March, these waters are their stage and refuge as they come here to give birth to their young or to find a partner to perpetuate their species through further generations. Expert guides will take you to enjoy this natural wonder aboard boats that are specially designed for this activity. As you observe these enormous and majestic beings (which can reach 53 feet in length and 40 tons in weight), you will learn more about their biology, ecology and behavior.

From Punta Canta: Whale Watching Cruise with Cayo Levantado

5. From Punta Canta: Whale Watching Cruise with Cayo Levantado

Departing from your Hotels through the Eastern Plain, between green landscapes with large pastures and small towns, between the Mountains and the Sea, to live this unforgettable Adventure. Our first stop is at Las Cañitas Dock to board the boat that will take us to the Humpback Whale Sanctuary, on a sea tour of around two and a half hours. Once the sighting is over, we will head to Cayo Levantado or Isla Bacardi to enjoy a delicious typical buffet-style lunch in front of the sea. After lunch, the afternoon is to enjoy a refreshing swim in the crystalline waters of white sand or simply lie down under the shade of the Coconut Trees, enjoying a good Cuba-Libre. At the end of the beach time in Cayo Levantado, we board the ship again, cross the Bay of Samana back to Las Cañitas Pier, and take the bus to return to the hotels in Bávaro and Bayahibe.

From Punta Cana: Whale Watching and Beaches Day Trip

6. From Punta Cana: Whale Watching and Beaches Day Trip

Departing from Your hotels towards the town of Las Cañitas, where we board the boat that will take us to the Humpback Whales Sanctuary, on a journey through the sea for about two and a half hours, and where we will be allowed to see them swim , play and sometimes even jump and see their young calves After the sighting, we will go to the Samaná pier, to take the transport and to Playa Rincón, which is considered the best beach in Samaná, located in the Rincón Bay, and surrounded by mountains and coconut trees. With time to enjoy its beach, there we will have the Restaurant to enjoy a delicious Typical Lunch with a spectacular beach front view. After lunch we will go back to the pier, where we’ll take the boat and go to Cayo Levantado, also known as Bacardi Island, to enjoy its white sands and crystalline waters or simply sunbathe under its coconut trees. There you can also take a souvenir of the typical crafts of the area. After enjoying the Island, we take the boat back to the Las Cañitas pier, where the bus to take you to your respective hotels await.

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What people are saying about Samaná Marine Mammal Sanctuary

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 4 reviews

Well-arranged trip, transfer from bus to boat to horse and back went very smoothly. The waterfall is really worth seeing, recommended to actually swim in it (albeit cold). A bit busy on the boat and therefore little space, but seeing the whales is very cool. Guide is fluent in 4 languages, hats off.

OMG !!! So many heartfelt feelings gathered in one day !!! Everything is excellent and developed with maximum professionalism. Nathanel, a 10 plus grade guide! MUST! MUST! MUST! DO! It's worth every penny.

Very well organized and they only go if you can actually see back whales. Professional guidance and well cared for and the price is reasonable so that people also book it faster.

Very good, the guide explained all the information about the whales, very interesting.

CAYO LEVANTADO is definitely the most beautiful place in the DR.