What a life experience: to see 2 adult and baby humpbacks come right up to - and then under the boat. They are such gentle giants - I can't believe anyone would hunt whales (damn Japan and Greenland). The PhD biologist on board was so excited about the whales going under the boat.
We've been whale watching several times in Atlantic Canada. This trip was better than anything we've experienced. Kim is so knowledgeable and we learned a ton about whales. She's been doing this for 30 years and encourages a respectful whale watching industry in the area. It was a beautiful day and see saw 2 groups of whales: female and her calf, and then up close, a female, calf, and male adult.
You're on a good sized boat with 2 levels so there was lots of space the day we went. The narration was in English and French. And you get a booklet that explains alot about the humpback whales.
Be cautious about using the locals from the dock - you're in a tiny boat and I don't know how ethical they are in terms of chasing and hassling whales.
I had to contact them several times about getting a reservation, but I'm glad I persisted. I will remember this for many, many years. If you're going whale watching in Samana, be sure to go with Kim. Take your camera! These are magnificent creatures to see and observe.