The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of the Environment officially opened the whale-watching season, one of the country’s most important attractions. The marine sanctuaries, situated off the coast of the northern cities of Samaná and Puerto Plata, annually attract hundreds of humpback whales who travel thousands of miles to reach the warm waters off the country’s north coast. In is in these waters where they mate and give birth to their calves. The Bay of Samaná is the Caribbean’s most important whale-watching site.
Visitors have the option of getting up close and personal with these giant mammals by going on safe and comfortable whale-watching boats, or from excellent observation decks operated by the Ministry of the Environment in the town of Samaná.
Samaná Bay is the only place in the Caribbean where the humpback whales can be easily observed. The region offers the international visitor an excellent airport facility and excellent roads. Samaná Province is known for its excellent beaches and lush mountains.
Whale-watching tours are organized by hotels and private tour operators. Whale-watching boats leave from the Samaná Pier between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m.