With the beginning of the year, the season for observing birds arrives in the Dominican Republic. Whales. This begins on January 15 and ends on March 31.

As is customary, every year the Whales Humpbacks flock to the warm waters of the Caribbean to give birth and teach their babies to swim and jump. This act that brings to the Sanctuary of Marine Mammals between 1,500 and 2,000 Whales per year, it becomes a spectacle of nature for visitors.

“This season you cannot stop living this exciting moment enjoying the wonderful spectacle provided by the largest mammals on the planet. Here they perform various pirouettes, jump, flap; It is an experience that attracts tourists from all over the world and that you cannot miss ”, says the influence travel Carlos Torres.

How to see them?

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(Marvin del Cid)

To enjoy the sighting of Whales There are two ways: from the Terrestrial Observatory of Whales or taking a boat from one of the ports of Samana.

Within the ports or beaches where boats leave to see these impressive mammals are: Puerto de Samana, which has a public and a private dock; Port of Cadenero; and Las Galeras beach, from where only boats leave.

Recommendations before boarding

The guide and tour operator Elwis Montero recommends taking a few things into account before starting the experience.

  • If you suffer from dizziness, take a pill approximately 30 minutes before boarding.

  • Eat a light breakfast: not eating or overeating can cause a bad feeling.

  • Find a travel agency or tour operator before the day of the experience. Most of the agencies start the tours very early in the morning, and if you do it with time you will enjoy the experience better.

Where to see the Whales from land?

In an article titled: “The terrestrial observatory of Whales in Samana”, Marvin del Cid share an ideal option for those who want to enjoy the natural spectacle performed by the Whales, but for some reason they dare not out of fear to the yola, the boat, being in the sea or any other reason.

Its about Terrestrial Observatory of Whales, This exists since 2011 and is a safe, cheap and effective option to see the Whales humpbacks in the Samaná bay during the season every year. To observe from this point you will need binoculars or a camera with good zoom. According to the article “the probabilities of observing these marine mammals are almost 100%”.

The Terrestrial Observatory is located on the south coast of the bay, located in Punta Balandra. When viewing the Whales from this point you also help reduce the number of boats and people in the bay and thereby avoid stressing the cetaceans.

How much?

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(Luis Go´mez)

According to traveler Keila Rodríguez from (@theadrenalinetraveler) the prices vary. And the tour usually includes other experiences such as lunch, visiting Cayo Levantado or Frontón beach. But in general the prices range from US $ 35 to US $ 50 per person. The variation of them will depend on the type of boat in which you choose to live the adventure.

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Tour operators and travel agencies

The boats are taken through a travel agency or a tour operator. We recommend these options:

  1. Elewis Tours (@elewistours)
  2. Moto Marina Tours (@motomarinatours)
  3. Marivanna Tours (@marivannatours)
  4. Whale Samana
  5. From Las Terrenas: Kite World and Peninsula Tours (@peninsulatourslasterrenas)

Where to stay next to Samaná bay?

How to see Whales without affecting the environment?

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(Luis Gomez )

The Ministry of the Environment grants a license to vessels that sail in the Samaná Bay and who participate in the sighting of the Whales humpbacks. Those who have this license must comply with a series of regulations that guarantee the welfare of mammals.

In the area (the National Marine Mammal Sanctuary of the Dominican Republic), only boats authorized by the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources can sail to go see Whales. Any vessel without a license, which is in the observation of Whales, will be reported to the Navy and fined by the legal department of the Environment.

The regulations that vessels must comply with

  1. It must have a white flag with the logo of the Ministry of the Environment and a license number. The license number must appear on the hull of the boat.

  2. You must have a license and contract issued by the Ministry of the Environment, which will include the name of the boat, the owner and its license number.

  3. Only three boats are allowed in the observation area at the same time.

  4. Waiting whale watching vessels should remain 100 meters behind the currently observing vessels.

  5. If there are boats in the holding area, observations will be limited to 30 minutes with a whale.

  6. The boats in the waiting area will enter the observation area, in the order of their arrival.

  7. Vessels will be able to get within 80 meters (270 feet) of a mother and her calf and 50 meters (165 feet) of all other groups of whales.

  8. Once the observation distance has been reached, the motor must be placed in neutral. It is forbidden to turn off the boat’s engine while watching the whales.

  9. Vessels sailing in the sighting area must not travel more than thirteen knots.

  10. No boat will allow passengers to enter the water with the whales.

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