The month of January officially opens the whale watching season in the Dominican Republic, which runs until the end of March.
The Bay of Samana, on the country’s northeast Atlantic coastline, has become the Caribbean region’s most important place to observe these impressive marine mammals.
This important ecotourism activity takes place in the “Banco de la Plata” , the country’s key marine mammal sanctuary.
The country’s Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources issued a list of tour operators and individuals authorized to organize excursions to the Bay of Samana and the “Banco de la Plata.”
Whale watching is one of the country’s most important ecotourism activities.
Excursions are carried out on safe and comfortable boats to watch these impressive creatures in the waters off the north coast of the Dominican Republic, where they come to mate and deliver their young from as far away as Greenland, Canada and Iceland.
Some 30 years ago the “Banco de la Plata” was declared as the first sanctuary in the Caribbean for the humpback whales that every year migrate to the warm waters of the Atlantic.
Ten years ago the Dominican Republic signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, located at the mouth of Massachusetts Bay in the U.S.
All recognized tour operators in the Dominican Republic organize tours to visit the whales.