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Whale Samana

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Santa Barbara de Samana, Dominican Republic
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About Whale Samana
A unique opportunity to observe humpback whales in their natural calving and mating grounds here in Samana Bay, Dominican Republic. Listen to the male humpback's solitary courting song and witness incredible displays of flippering, tail lobbing and breaching by the most active species of whale in the Atlantic. On board, a Marine Mammal Specialist narrating and answering questions. An experience of a lifetime, not to be missed! Dates January 15th to March 25th Departure Samana: From January 15th to January 31st; depart daily at 10:00AM from the main town dock and picks up passengers on Cayo Levantado 30 minutes later on the public dock, by reservation only. February 01st to February 06th departure; 9:00AM with pick up Cayo Levantado at 9:30AM 07th of February to the 07th of March; two trips daily at 9:00AM and 1:30 PM with pick ups on Cayo Levantado 30 minutes later. 08th of March until the 14th of March; departure 9:00AM Cayo Levantado 9:30AM 15th of March until the 25th of March; one departure daily at 10:00AM with pick up on Cayo Levantado at 10:30 each morning, On board Pura Mia, 55' Custom Whale Watch vessel VHF Radio, approved life jackets and rain gear Capacity 65 persons, with lots of space to move around We comply with the Samana Bay whale watch regulations Services Sound system with underwater hydrophone Two modern bathrooms with running water Souvenirs/snack bar /educational material Marine Mammal specialist Scientific data collection on every trip Narration in two languages and interpreters available on board. Includes Soft drinks, water, crackers, and mints Booklet "Whales of Samana" (spanish, english, german or french) Dramamine tablets
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Combine two of the Dominican Republic's top attractions—migrating humpback whales and the idyllic Cayo Levantado (also known as Bacardi Island) on a single tour. Take a boat cruise through the Samana Bay to see the whales jumping and slapping their fins, then retire to Cayo Levantado for a buffet lunch and open bar. Booking these two experiences in one tour will save you valuable time puzzling out logistics and timetables.
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garth_algar31 wrote a review Feb 2022
Nottingham, United Kingdom20 contributions7 helpful votes
We had a great trip, well worth the money. Rain on the morning of the trip but plenty of waterproof jackets on the boat. Plenty of sightings of whales and a very informative morning. Would highly recommend.
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Date of experience: February 2022
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Mauricio Freitas wrote a review May 2021
London, United Kingdom31 contributions6 helpful votes
It was a great experience thanks to Judy, a bery dedicated member of the team that made it very memorable for us. Our first attempt to see whales was not so great as the sea was very rough and I ended up feeling seasick. After reporting it to Judy, she immediately offered us two courtesy tickets to whale watching again. Initially we said no ‘cause I was a bit scared of been seasick again but Judy kept us informed about the sea conditions until we decided to accept her kind offer. Our second attempt was perfect, the weather was good and the sea was very calm, we had a chance to see a few whales and calf very close to the boat. In both days our temperatures was checked before boarding, everyone onboard had masks on including the Captain. We’d been offered small bottles of water, soft drinks, crackers and a crew member sprayed alcohol in gel in our hands a few times during the tour. John, our guide, a boy from Croydon UK provided us with an impeccable service giving us lots of information during the tour. At one point the Captain spotted a whale with injuries caused probably by a collision with a Ship and the Captain immediately radio all other boats to leave the area not to stress out that whale. Everyone onboard appreciated his attitude. The price we paid was reasonable considering the number of professionals that this tour envolves. The boat was super clean, equipped with life vests and rain coats. Highly recommended.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Diego wrote a review Apr 2021
Dominican Republic1 contribution
First time on a whales watching excursion: very exciting for me an for all my family! The crew is nice and professional, the information provided very interesting. The waves were a little rough and some suffered seasickness: I would recomend chosing a calm day if you are not used to waves. On the boat everybody used protective masks and social distancing was OK so I felt safe for me and my family: I read a review saying social distancing was not enforced, well I guess it depends a lot by who is on board, in my case all the people on the boat respected the rules.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Izabela N wrote a review Mar 2021
Gdansk, Poland11 contributions4 helpful votes
I came to the Dominican Republic to participate in that tour. I have tried to not have a huge expectation about it, to avoid disappointment, but I have to admit that I had a big expectation. The best part is that the whale watching tour exceeded my expectations! We saw a lot of whales, very close to the boat. A lot of detailed information was given. The company follows regulations about whale-watching tours which is very important as I don't want to be a part of an activity that can hurt these beautiful mammals.
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Seaside617796 wrote a review Mar 2021
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We chose to go on the whale watching excursion because they said on their website and in all of their literature that they required masks and social distancing. What a crock. Shortly after leaving the dock, the guide announced that everyone could take off their masks unless walking around the boat. Other passengers are sitting directly across from you and next to you. They may be bringing fewer passengers now, but they are not 6' away. The vast majority of people took off their masks and I didn't see a single one put on a mask to walk around. Maybe, 1/4 of people wore masks. When whales were sited, everyone rushed to that area, standing close on top of one another, maskless. Had they been truthful about the fact that they were not taking any precautions, I would never have signed up.
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Date of experience: March 2021
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