Whale Samana
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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
Santa Barbara de Samana, Dominican Republic
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2024

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Sean S
San Francisco, CA56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The total cost of US$59 (March 2020) is very reasonable when considering the professionalism, multiple-language live translations, and care taken for both customers and the whales. I would highly recommend Whale Samana for whale watching in the DR.

I brought both my own travel camera (Canon G7X) and my iPhone 11. Feel free to do so also, but I strongly recommend spending the US$15 for the photos taken by the company on the boat. Their 50 photos were an easy download via secure site upon arriving back home - and 100x better than anything I captured. The only exception was a few videos I took, which provided "like you're there" feeling.

My experience was nearly flawless - but take care to follow all the instruction provided. They were very good about giving these directions (mine were all in English) including advice to check in 24 hours ahead, when to arrive, recommendations on where to sit, etc. The seas were relatively calm (morning trip) but, despite everyone being given seasickness wristbands, a couple people struggled with sickness for most of the 3 hour trip. The crew was *extremely supportive* of those with challenges of any kind, and made it nearly invisible to the rest.

Strongly recommend. Some of the best money I spent on the whole trip!
Written May 2, 2020
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mississaugabob
Grey County, Canada22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Whale excursion on Jan 22, 2020. We booked online from home and picked Kim Bedall from the reviews and it was a great choice. The excursion was a great day, picked us up from Cayo Leventado within a few minutes of the appointed time, the vessel was in excellent repair, very clean and well maintained, all ship shape, unlike some of the other sketchy vessels that were picking up people for some of the other excursions. Kim's was the largest vessel out with the whales. Some boats were just fishing skiffs with an outboard!! With the size of Kims boat you could wander from the main deck to the upper deck or onto the bow for the wind in your face and you weren't forced to wear a life jacket but they were all perfectly stowed.
I will get to Kim later, her crew was terrific, they clearly function well together and everyone was super friendly.
What I didn't expect was every guest was provided complimentary homeopathic sea sickness bracelets, soft drinks, water, biscuits and candies. The vessel also had washrooms, it all shows Kim has her stuff together and organized.
We were able to get whales right beside the boat and got some great pics, everyone was really excited.
Now about Kim, her love of what she does and scientific knowledge of the whales really shows. She gave a great humpback whale presentation as we sailed out to find the whales and what really impressed me was her wireless microphone tied into the boats sound system. As she ventured around the boat she would repeat passenger questions and answer in English through the sound system so you could clearly hear from anywhere on the boat. She has multi language crew who would repeat in other languages. She is a storehouse of knowledge on humpbacks.
It was a calm day when we went but a word of caution. Calm is a relative term when you move from Samana Bay toward the Atlantic, there were still considerable ocean swells. The kids were sick but the adults seemed to be OK but if it were rough be prepared, this isn't like a rowboat on a pond.
Summary, terrific day highly recommend Kim.
Written January 23, 2020
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Dianna N
Wilton5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We enjoyed the trip even though we left over 30 minutes late because they were waiting for a few more people. Unfortunately that meant we lost our position to see the best whale sighting of the morning and only saw it from quite a distance because Kim said there were too many other boats. At least two whales were breaching, flapping their tails, showing their fins and did this for a long time. We were at least 300 meters away then moved even further away even though this action was still going on!! And, I wish they could have brought us a little closer just so we could see that action better. Maybe then some of the other boats would have left due to the regulation, but at least we would have been a bit closer without violating the rules.

Instead, we followed two whales that on occasion came slightly to the surface and then spent a lot of time around a baby whale (still a bit hard to see), its mother who was underneath the baby and the male companion who showed himself maybe twice, but only partially. It was really nice, but not nearly as dramatic and exciting as those two whales who were really putting on a show. So for me, this being our first ever whale watch, and not something we can do often, it was a bit disappointing.

That said, Kim is very knowledgeable and her staff is very friendly, so I would recommend them.
Written February 1, 2020
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Sharon Mcilhenny
Hood River, OR17 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Please don’t waste your time trying to even deal with these people. They are Tricksters! They give you one price and then claim it was an error and they want more money. The trip we went on was Nothing like what was disproved. We were told it was on a 10 person maximum catamaran. It was on. Huge boat that held over 60 people. There was No host to greet us at all. They sold the name of the boat was Sylvia, but it was Sophie. We were lucky to get on any tour at all as no one seemed to even know who the host was. I contacted the host, he said “ He’d be along in just a bit” He Never came, we never met him. Later he said that it was a typo! What typo? The whole sentence was a typo? I specifically told the Host we did Not want to go to the Island and be stuck there for hours. The tour said we would just see the whales and come back for a lunch at a 4 star restaurant. When we finally managed to get on the boat, not Sylvia, but Sophie. We were informed after the boat left the harbor that we would be going to the island!!! When I contacted the host his response was “get off the boat”. Since we didn’t know we would be stuck on the Island for 4 hours we didn’t bring towels, swim gear, snorkeling equipment, we had nothing. We thought we were just going to see whales and come back! Our taxi was waiting at the port for us, expecting us back by 1 at the latest. We were supposed to leave at 9, but didn’t leave till 9:45. We didn’t return from the island till nearly 4 pm. The taxi which had brought us 3 hours to the port was Not happy. ( we arranged that ourselves, luckily) The taxi did wait and took us home 3 hours to Cabarete. The lunch was Not at a 4 star restaurant, it was some bbq in the beach. Now we are all sick to our stomach! I met some Dominicans on the same boat tour as us, they told me they just bought their tickets at the dock for 1/2 the price we paid! DO NOT TRUST THIS HOST! When I said, this isn’t the price you quoted me; his response was “Have a nice life!” He acted like I was just a miserable person. Sorry, I just wanted to pay what was asked and receive the product as advertised!!! Not so much to ask I don’t think!
Written March 2, 2020
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Paul E
Cambridge, UK21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Had a really great Whale watching trip in early February. We saw many humpbacks & the commentary was really educating. I would recommend WS as they care about the whales & stay within the Marine Park minimum distances & number of boats, so as not to cause stress to the whales. I would be concerned about using some of the other boats who seemed to disregard this. The $5 add-on to stop for a couple of hours on Cayo Levantado was great too. Would recommend this to any nature-lover.
Written February 21, 2020
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Crista P
Toronto, Canada166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Took an afternoon trip out with Canadian marine biologist, Kim Beddall, into the Samana Bay breeding grounds for humpback whales. We saw so many whales, and even heard a male whale “singing” in order to attract a mate... such a cool and haunting sound. The crew was super professional and knowledgeable, the boat clean and comfortable, and soft drinks/water supplied. They even had souvenirs for purchase afterwards. We were out almost four hours, cause the whales just kept coming. Awesome experience!
Written February 16, 2020
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Mauricio Freitas
London, UK37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Couples
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.
Written May 5, 2021
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Seaside617796
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
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.
Written March 13, 2021
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ChrisC54_13
Parker, CO4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Bring your Dramamine, your camera and your listening skills! This outing with Kim and crew was a highlight of our Girls’ Trip, 2020. We are four friends since childhood in our 60’s. We booked the trip on our own and met A representative from Trips by Terry at the dock. The entire experience was great, except for the lethargic and slightly rude “Receptionist” at Whale Samana’s office. Kim displayed her passion for whales at every turn, and ensured that her guests were well taken care of. The best part was that we saw whales! Highly recommend!
Written January 30, 2020
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Ash
Knoxville, TN7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
We learned so much on this trip! First we were greated with 'Sea Bands' and offered Dramamine as well as served soft drinks, water, little candies and crackers so we were well taken care of! 4 Languages are spoken by the crew so everyone can learn and enjoy! Then we were taught all about Humpback Whales, their anatomy as well as their migratory, mating, birthing and daily habits. Ultimately we got very close looks at two very playful young whales full views of rolling flapping of fins and tails as well as countless views of spouting and sightings of other whales! Kim and her crew were very knowledgeable and approach whale watching in a very scientific and respectful way. I whole heartedly recommend Kim and her crew!
Written February 14, 2020
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