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Whale-watching season ushers in thousands of nature lovers to plan Domnican Republic holidays

Travellers on Dominican Republic holidays between January and March will experience the magic of whale watching. The spectacular event lasts till mid-March each year and ushers in approximately 30,000 local and foreign visitors to Samana and Hato Mayor.

Whale-watching season ushers in thousands of nature lovers to plan Domnican Republic holidays

Travellers planning holidays in the Dominican Republic any time between January and March will have the unique opportunity to witness one of nature’s most captivating sea creatures in action as the hump back whale heads to Dominican shores.

During these winter months up to 5000 whales make the journey from Iceland, Greenland and Canada to the warm waters of the Dominican Republic’s Samaná Bay to mate and calve. Samaná is the perfect spot for anyone craving an eco-adventure while on their Dominican Republic holidays.

 Samana Bay in Dominican Republic
Image by: Go Dominican Republic, on Flickr

The Dominican Republic, with its pristine beaches and tropical climate, has earned itself a reputation as one of the top Caribbean destinations. However, the island is not only about sun, sea and sand as its eco-tourism offerings are equally appealing to holidaymakers from around the globe with nine distinct ecological zones including Samaná. In addition to whale watching, visitors on their Dominican Republic holidays to Samana can experience jeep safaris, deep diving and even take a romantic horse ride to the gorgeous Salto Limon waterfall.

 El Salto Del Limon Waterfall in Dominican Republic
Image by: phaedrucide, on Flickr

The island is home to a diverse range of exotic flora and fauna, along with the humpback whale, the Dominican Republic boasts of 60 species of mammals and amphibians, 254 different bird species, of which 22 are listed as endangered, as well as 1 411 different species of reptile including the endangered hutia and sloenodon.

The Environment minister for the Dominican Republic, Ernesto Reyna highlighted the importance of the whale-watching season to the island’s tourism industry with approximately 30 000 local and foreign visitors making their way to the north-eastern province of Samaná to witness the majestic creatures in action. The large influx of visitors to the region will no doubt be welcomed by any one of the many Dominican Republic resorts, whether on a budget or hoping to splurge on something more luxurious visitors will have a range of hotels and resorts to choose from when staying at Samana.

 Baby grey whale in Samana Bay
Image by: Sallyrango, on Flickr

The Center for Conservation and Eco Development for Samana and its Environs have listed some helpful guidelines for holidaymakers to bear in mind before heading to Samana for whale watching season:

  • Ensure that your chosen vessel has a permit to enter the whale watch area.
  • Be aware that some vessels have naturalists on board and some do not.
  • Whale watching requires a certain degree of patience. These are wild animals and their behaviour is based on whale - whale interactions.
  • Humpback whales are an endangered species and Samaná Bay is an important breeding and nursery area.
  • Familiarise yourself with the whale watching regulations.
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