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Address: | Back to El Timon Restaurant, Santa Barbara de Samana 32000, Dominican Republic
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+1 809-538-2494
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8:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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A unique opportunity to observe humpback whales in their natural calving...

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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we seen a couple of groups of whales. booked through the transat rep The guys on the boa tdid a great job to respect both us and the whales we were there to see good trip would... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

we seen a couple of groups of whales. booked through the transat rep The guys on the boa tdid a great job to respect both us and the whales we were there to see good trip would go again

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I can't believe I have lived in the Dominican Republic for over 12 years and this was my first trip to Samana to see the whales. We were so pleased that we booked to go on Kim's boat. The trip was fantastic and we saw 8 or 9 whales in total including following a mother and baby. Kim and her... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our whale viewing with Kim and her crew couldn't have been better. The knowledge of and passion for humpbacks was evident in everyone on her team. We were comfortable and well taken care of on her boat, with plenty of drinks and snacks, and the offer of rain gear. We were fortunate to spend quite a bit of time watching... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a group of 12 including 6 children ages 4-10. The staff is really knowledgeable and helpful. They share some background on humpback whales and why they come to Samana. Then as you are looking for whales the staff gets your soda/water, candy and crackers which are all included. They will also give you motion sickness medicine if you... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We booked this tour directly with Whale Samana through the internet. It was quick and easy, perhaps cheaper than going through one of the local travel agents. We took the tour on March 3 on the 9:00 AM tour. Kim Beddall indicated that it might be a bit rough, so we took the offered dramamine pills and the wrist bands,... More 

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Barrie, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

2nd time out in Samana Bay to see Humpbacks, last time wavy, this time dead calm, what a day, very lucky to see quite a few moms/babies close to boat , saw a few males breach , good staff on boat , drinks on return, excellent photo ops...well worth it,,,

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Would recommend this experience. Run by marine biologists, there is nothing that they dont know about the Hump Back Whale. Boat was in good condition, well run, and crew very professional. Found whales after 10 minutes and then was given a lovely display by a female and her male escort. If you are in the Samana region then thoroughly recommend... More 

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Haifa, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I chose The Whale Samana according to previous very positive reviews and I can say that they are very professional , Kim in English and two ad. naturalists in French and German, explaining and following the whales with great patience and care. The entire boat team is very efficient, suddenly it began to rain and they get out coats for... More 

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London, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our first whale watching excursion and this tour did not disappoint-lots of whales - recorded a male singing and we were also fortunate to have a pod of dolphins swim with us for a while :) Kim and her crew are a wealth of knowledge and each and every time they go out pictures are taken and documented as she... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a fabulous afternoon with Kim and her knowledgeable team, we had a lovely sunny afternoon on the boat which is the best one in the harbour, seeing the whales with their babies was amazing. I know of other couples who went 3 -4 times and saw whales every time although if you didn't they will take you again for... More 

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