On our second trip to Samana, we were there at a time of year for whale watching. Our tour was arranged by the ship
Our boat was a big catamaran. We went out to the whale watching area but we had to wait because only 3 boats are allowed at a time. Taking pictures was difficult because the action was so quick and it was not helped at all by the boat rising and falling with the waves which made it difficult to get the whales into the picture.
When it was our turn we saw a mother and baby - the baby leaped out a couple of times and the mother lifted her tail up out of the water. They allowed some people with big cameras up onto the top with the captain where it was easier to see.
We were out there about half an hour in the close in area. Some people said that they did not see any whales on the ship's tours, but I think they must have been on a later boat. Also this is fairly early in the whale watching season.
Then we went back to the ship.
The first time we were in Samana, the guide took us around the peninsula and we ended up at the Whale Museum and Nature Center ( Centro de la Naturaleza ) Most of the signs are in Spanish, but he gave us the tour in English. Information in English is available at the entrance. The C.E.B.S.E. (Center for Conservation and Ecodevelopment of Samaná Bay and Its Environment) manages this facility, which features a 40-foot female humpback skeleton.
Hours: Mid-Jan.--mid-Mar., daily 8--5; mid-Mar.--mid-Jan., weekdays 8--3
For anyone who wants to discover the wonderful region of Samana, Dominican Republic.
You can find more information at the new website of the town of Samana.
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Enjoy our beautiful Samana !
The beach the hotel had access to has fine sand but it's mixed with shell pieces and small rocks, which is why it's not that good to walk barefoot. However, it's quite fine for laying on, on top of a towel or on a chaise long. It's also here where some of the animation stuff happens, like a game of croquet and Spanish lessons.
One of the most incredible experiences for me is to see the whales in Samaná. They're here between mid January and mid March to mate and give birth to young whales. When I was there the whales were a little shy and we only could see a little less than "half" the one (just the back and tail fins) due to someone else on my tour got too scared to continue but all in all, it's a powerful experience seeing this mighty creatures when they come to mate and give birth to their young.
Whale watching tours are arranged all around Samaná and even from Puerto Plata, Santo Domingo and Punta Cana. Always book your tour with a reputable tour company like the one at your hotel (see a separate tip about tour companies).
Cayo Levantado is an island off the Samaná peninsula. It takes about 20 mins by boat and it has beaches with blue turquoise water and fine white sand. See my Cayo Levantado page for more tips.
A short boat ride off the north coast will take you to the island of Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island), with its beautiful white sand beaches.
You can't just miss the trip to Cayo Levantado, you'll find the best beaches in Dominican Republic. Try not to go there on a weekend or high season because it will be crowded. Take the boat trip there and enjoy. The last boat back departs at 6pm so be warned and don't loose it!
Samaná has some small islands, a few connected by a bridge, and those constitute the Samaná keys. We only walked from the hotel to the first one.
A malecón is what we call the oceanfront view avenue by the sea. This one is particularly beautiful because of the view of the Samaná keys.
I liked the way the building of this hotel contrasts and at the same time blends with the surrounding architecture. What caught my attention was the different colors they used on it.