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Whale Samana

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Address: | Back to El Timon Restaurant, Santa Barbara de Samana 32000, Dominican Republic
Phone Number:
+1 809-538-2494
08:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Highlight of our holiday!

We were on the last trip of the season and lucky enough to observe a mother , calf and male escort- an amazing experience! Kim and her team are extremely knowledgeable and... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were on the last trip of the season and lucky enough to observe a mother , calf and male escort- an amazing experience! Kim and her team are extremely knowledgeable and professional and put the welfare of the whales first- following strict whale watching regulations and contributing to marine conservation. The company provided sickness bands and ensured everyone was... More 

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Bern, Switzerland
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went with Whale Samana on a whale watching trip end of march 2017. Whale Samana is a very professional operator which takes safety, protection of whales and environment and regulation very serious. We were accompanied by two marine biologists. They were more than willing to share their vast knowledge about whales. An absolute must do!

Thank Pascal D
New York City, New York
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my 4th time in Samana. I love Samana and its people. There were 5 of us spending the day in Samana. We tour all day long. Great place to visit.

Thank luzsjavier
London, Canada
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Reviewed 19 March 2017

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

Thank emerson c
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

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 

Thank Keith W
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

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 

Thank Teresa S
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed 11 March 2017 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 

Thank jfun4
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 10 March 2017

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 

Thank John B
Barrie, Canada
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

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,,,

Thank Bruce G
Wokingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 9 March 2017

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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