The Samana Peninsula is only just starting to be noticed by tourists and this means it’s the perfect retreat for those who want to experience the best of the Dominican Republic without hoards of people. The Dominican beaches here are just as good (locals might say better!) than those in other areas of the island and what’s more; they’re much quieter.
The azure Caribbean Sea, the bleach white sands and the mesmerisingpalm trees are all present, and there are some great and unique activities to be enjoyed here like a night’s camping at the tip of Cape Samana or shopping trips to local farmer’s markets. But the most unique and highly esteemed attraction of Samana is the humpback whale watching.
This is why most tourists come here during their Dominican Republic holiday, and it’s something you definitely have to do during your stay in the Dominican Republic if you plan to visit Samana (and even if you don’t it might be worth altering your itinerary a bit so that it includes a bit of whale watching if you happen to go there during the whale spotting season).
Whale watching is a spellbinding, entertaining, and thought-provoking adventure trip. It’s a show with the largest mammals on earth as the star performers. Whales are majestic and graceful giants, who’s every move seems effortless, choreographed, and yet playful. In this article discover how to get the most out of your trip.
Imagine a lazy summer’s afternoon on a boat in a gentle rolling ocean. A good breeze softly massages your face where you sit, and you begin to close your eyes and drift away… the sound of the boat’s engine begins to fade and finally stops. The boat, like you, is drifting over the waves and following the breeze. It’s very peaceful and calm and after a stressful week you feel in harmony with the world.
Then something explodes… out of the water… and only a few feet from your nose! A 30-ton humpback… the length of a large house… it breaches… and in another second is gone. And you’re left in disbelief and wonder.
And it’s just the start of your whale watching!Each year three to five thousand whales make the journey all the way from the North Atlantic down to the warm Caribbean sea of Samana to breed. This season lasts from January to March and a lot of people book Dominican Republic holidays around these dates to take up the whale watching opportunity. There are a variety of different whale watching tours out there but all will include an expert guide who can give you in-depth information about the whales, their behaviourand their history.
Since the Dominican Republic government is 100% committed to the preservation of the whales you’re actually very likely to see one on your tour. Strict laws and guidelines ensure the conservation of the species and the natural habitat and safety of the whales comes before sightseeing opportunities. This means you can go whale watching knowing you are in no way threatening or damaging the species and enjoy these magnificent giants for yourself.
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Samana Bay has always been the major winter breeding ground for humpback whales since time immemorial. In fact, you will find aboriginal Indian drawings on the walls of caves at the Los Haitises National Park that illustrates this event. When you go here during the whale’s mating season, you will not only be amazed and fascinated at how whales look for partners and breed their young, you will also learn a great deal about these wondrous creatures.
Whale watching is not the only activity popular in Samana Bay. The area also promotes other outdoor activities such as horseback riding, scuba diving, hiking, snorkeling, windsurfing, boating, fishing, and so many more. There are also lots of excellent dining options sprawled all over the vicinity. After you’re done with the whale watching adventure, you can eat like a whale in one of the topnotch restaurants in the area.
Aside from Samana Bay, another worthy stop would be at the Silver Bank, which is a staggering 3,000 square kilometer reef system that is also a great breeding ground for humpback whales. Guided whale watching tours are available in both Samana Bay and Silver Bank.
Some whale watching tours start from other areas of the island and will fly you or take you by bus to Samana. In reality however, there’s no need to stay anywhere further afield, as Samana offers everything the rest of the Dominican Republic does, with the added bonus of having whales right on its doorstep.
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