Whale Watching in Samana Bay
Duration: Full Day
If you happen to plan your Dominican Republic holidays around the months of January to mid March then you could be in for a unique treat to treasure forever. Don’t miss the rare opportunity of watching one of nature’ s most endangered species thriving in the warm waters of the Tropic and watch these beautiful creatures swimming leisurely in groups.
These tours are specially organised for the enjoyment of all whilst also being carefully supervised to comply with the regulations of whale watching established in 1996. In the interest of the safety and comfort of these animals the boats shouldn’t get too close or go over a speed higher than 5 knots.
Samana Bay is one of the rare places in the world where whale watching becomes more than an art…it’s a unique and precious feature that sets this place as one of the world’s best spots internationally for observing these marvellous creatures.
The presence of the whales in the Dominican Republic has long been established and dates back to primitive times as pictographs left by indigenous people have been found on cave walls and written records of their visits appear in Columbus’ ship logs of the year 1493.
The whales come each winter to complete their mating ritual in Caribbean waters as they migrate from their distant north feeding grounds located in the east coast of Canada, Iceland and Greenland. Like daters on a singles bar circuit, male whales look for their female counterparts and vice versa in a ritual where they compete for the opportunity to mate. And this precisely is a show you can’t afford to miss, certainly one of nature’s most entertaining and joyful acrobatics!
The humpback whale are an observer’s delight, they are coastal and often swim close to shore, being considered one of the most active of whale species with an amazing repertoire of movements and peculiar behaviour, unique to the reproductive stage that marks the end of their migration period.
We are proud to announce the fact that The Dominican Republic has historically been a non whaling nation, and further to the development of our whale watching programme in 1990, the country continues the ethical promoting of whale watching as a sustainable economic alternative to whaling on an international level.
We must warn you that although this is a breathtaking experience you must be patient and familiarise yourself with the whale watching regulations. Bear in mind that these are wild animals that react very dependently on whale-whale interaction and thus it is in our best interest to provide a safe courting and nursing environment so that future generations of the humpback whale continue returning every year to our Dominican shores.
You’ll be embarking on a gigantic boat with a team of 4 wardens that work for the Sub secretary for Protected Areas and Biodiversity and soon you’ll be listening to the humpback's solitary courting song while witnessing incredible displays of flipping, tail lobbing and breaching…all of which will be explained by a Marine Mammal specialist that will be narrating and answering questions onboard.
Be dazzled by the beautiful and mystifying dance of the humpback whales and let this tour become the experience of a lifetime!
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