The whale watching season runs from around mid-January until mid-March; giving you a very limited window of opportunity to witness one of the most beautiful and majestic animals in their natural habitat - the humpback whale.
This year, the whale watching excursions start on January 22, 2020.
The Bay of Samaná on the north east coast of the Dominican Republic is considered one of the best places in the world for whale watching. The shallow, warm waters in the bay provide a temporary home for thousands of humpback whales who travel from the cold waters of North America, Greenland and Iceland to the Caribbean to court, mate and give birth.
Like humans, whales are mammals. They nurture their young, breathe air and are warm blooded. The adult whales can reach up to 12-15 meters in length and weigh as much as 30-40 ton. Humpback whales are one of the most active whale species in the world and are known for their amazing repertoire of behaviors such as slapping the water with their fins or tail, showing the tail when they are ready to dive deep and jumping out of the water. All of these behavioral activities make the humpback whales extremely interesting and fascinating to watch.
Your whale watching adventure begins in the early morning. We depart the hotels between 6-7:00 am by bus and take a scenic ride through the countryside to the fishermen town of Las Cañitas, Miches where you will arrive around 8:00 am. Here we board the boat and sail out to sea to watch the magnificent humpback whales (if you get sea sick, it is recommended to take e.g. Dramamine beforehand).
After our exciting whale watching journey (approx. 2 hours) and (hopefully) watching these beautiful animals play and swim in the ocean (actual sighting of the humpback whales is in no way certain nor guaranteed!), we head to the famous Cayo Levantado island, which some also call Bacardi Island, for a typical Dominican buffet lunch. We'll have lunch around 1 pm and afterwards you'll have about an hour and 30 minutes to enjoy the beach, go for a swim in the ocean, et and time for relaxation on the beach (approx. 2 hours 30 min).
We depart again around 2:30 pm to make our way back to Punta Cana. Return to your hotel will be around 5:30 pm. Please note that the itinerary may change, depending on the operation of the day, weather, etc.
WHAT'S INCLUDED: Pickup in hotels in Punta Cana, Cap Cana and Bavaro (transportation may not be available or may be subject to an additional fee from some hotels) and transportation in an air-conditioned bus, tour guide, guided whale watching onboard a motor catamaran / motor boat, beverages on the catamaran/boat (water, soft drinks and rum), buffet lunch with 1 beverage per person (additional beverages are available for purchase).
DURATION: Full day approx. 10 hours.
WHAT TO WEAR AND/OR BRING: Wear comfortable clothes and shoes, bathing suit and eco-friendly sun lotion (without oxybenzone) that does not damage the corals and ocean life. Bring a beach towel, a bottle of water for drinking along the way, camera and cash money (US$) for photos, souvenirs and gratuities.
CHILDREN: This excursion may not be suitable for small children and/or infants. There is no minimum age for children to participate in this excursion. All children must be accompanied by an adult (18+ years old). Children must be 18 years old to consume alcohol.
PRICES: All prices are per person (US$). The price for children is valid only from ages 3-12 years old.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW:
The exact description of this excursion, what's included and prices are subject to change without prior notice!
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