Each year, hundreds of humpback whales come from the Northern Atlantic to the warm waters of the Dominican Republic to mate, birth and nurse their calves. They can be watched on guided whale watching tours in Samaná between January 15 and the end of March.
Humpback whales are the most active species of whale in the Atlantic. It is a unique opportunity to observe them in their natural habitat; an impressive nature experience to witness them flippering, tail lobbing and breaching or to listen to the male humpbacks singing.
We take our students on the expeditions of Canadian marine mammal specialist and nature conservationist Kim Beddall – great fun and very informative! Kim has been leading whale watching tours in Samaná since 1983. Her consistent thrive for protecting the whales and their natural habitat in Samaná has led to the development of a sustainable, meaningful and responsible nature tourism in this area.
Read here what others say about their experiences with Kim Beddall and her team from Whale Samana.
Also the drive to get to the peninsula of Samaná ist just gorgeous, and we do lots of photo stops! It’s about a 3-hour, very scenic drive along the coastline of the Dominican Republic’s north coast, passing the cities of Gaspar Hernandez and Rio San Juan with the beautiful beaches Playa Caleton, Playa Diamante or Playa Grande to stop for a quick swim or have a tasty Dominican lunch on the beach. Then passing the extended coconut plantations and rice fields in the area of Nagua, from where you can then see already on your left hand side the peninsula of Samana.
The whole trip can be done within one day, but honestly: you should take your time and spent the weekend on this beautiful peninsula, in the laid-back villages of Las Galeras or Las Terrenas or visiting the largest city of Samana, Santa Barbara. It’s well worth it!
For more information about our social programs and other interesting, fun things to do in the Dominican Republic, read here.