We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Book On TripAdvisor Bonus Book your hotel on TripAdvisor — then save 20% on things to do for your trip. Use code BOOKTOSAVE.

“A Short Walk in and to Beauty in Samana Bay” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Samana Bay

Samana Bay
Dominican Republic
809 538 2042
Website
Improve this listing
Book In Advance
$189*
and up
Whale Watching Day Trip From Punta Cana
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: This bay is best known for the frequency with which humpback whales and dolphins are seen here.
Whidbey Island, WA
Level Contributor
127 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
“A Short Walk in and to Beauty in Samana Bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2013

While you are in the town of Samana, do try to walk out to Cayo Vigía. My husband and I did, and we were happy we did. We think you'll be glad you did also.

The walk provides numerous photo opportunities with views of Samana City, the port, the bay, Cayacoa Beach (public swim beach shared with hotel), and lush forests. You might also be able to take a swim here, though we did not. And oh yes, there is a geo-cache out there as well. There is no restrooms out on the island nor obviously on the bridge walk. The closest restroom is at the public beach.

The walk is not for the mobility impaired, nor stroller friendly. There are steep stone steps both on what I will call the hotel end, and on the cay itself.

How to get there: from then tender pier in town, you could walk about a mile or so along the waterfront to the start of the bridge (Brug Samana van Leona) Cayacoa Beach in front of the Hotel Bahia Principe Cayacoa. From the beach, it is about a half-mile walk.

If you are pressed for time, you could take a local taxi to the base. That is another adventure we did, on paved road and dirt road. The taxi was an open--sided cart seating four, pulled by a motorcycle. A more conventional taxi could take you to the hotel, then you could make your way to the bridge.

You actually cross two bridges, with one span being longer. Some of the path is through a small but beautiful forest, part is on stone steps. The bridge is very sturdy with fine sturdy railings on both sides.

I am sure most people see the island, and the bridge from a distance, but do not make the small effort needed to get there.

Visited February 2013
Helpful?
5 Thank NahanniRafter
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

233 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    126
    61
    30
    10
    6
Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Stratford, Canada
Level Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Whales with Kim”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Whale watching with Kim Bedall was fantastic. I highly recommend this tour. Kim is Canadian and has a very safe and large boat for whale watching. Her company is dedicated to protecting the whales in Samana and around the world. Awesome staff

Visited February 2013
Helpful?
3 Thank Cathy D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Lima, Peru
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Cute place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Great place to be with friends and love ones, just to hang out and chill while having a Presidente beer and enjoying the view

Visited May 2012
Helpful?
1 Thank Locobenetton
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Edmonton, Canada
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Whale Watching arranged by Happy Harry the GO TO Guy!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

Happy Harry arranged a trip on a whale watching ship to this wonderful part of the Dominican. It was still a bit early in the season we were told. Only 4 or 5 whales in the bay but they definitely were coming in.. Now in beginning of February there will be closer to hundred for calving season, Our captain took us to where the other boats were and sure nuff we saw a mom and baby swiming It was a gorgeous sight. After about and hour the Captain pulled away from the other boats. Finally he slowed down again no other boats in sight and we waited again. Then all of a sudden not more than 50 ft from the boat we saw 2 of them JUMPING right out of the water. Incredible! What an experience! 5 times within 50 - 150 ft INCREDIBLE! Thank you Happy Harry for arranging this trip.

Visited January 2013
Helpful?
1 Thank J K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Halesowen, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
61 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“cayo cayacoa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

great aqua club staff very helpful and friendly the beach is small but you have a lovely view of the bridge to nowhere the town is very friendly everybody has something you want? but great views

Visited July 2012
Helpful?
Thank Mark S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Samana Bay also viewed

Samana Province, Dominican Republic
Samana Province, Dominican Republic
 
Samana Province, Dominican Republic
Las Terrenas, Samana Province
 

Been to Samana Bay? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing