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Samana: Whale Watching and Cayo Levantado Full Day Tour

1. Samana: Whale Watching and Cayo Levantado Full Day Tour

Ride by catamaran to explore the Bay of Samana, which harbors thousands of humpback whales during their winter mating season. Next, enjoy the picturesque views of Cayo Levantado, also known as Bacardi Island. Swim in the serene waters and sunbathe on the white-sand beaches before heading back. Depart from Samana and head towards the Bay of Samana, scanning the waters for majestic Humpback Whales at the peak of mating season. Enjoy being out on the water and feel comfortable with snacks and drinks on board. Take photos of these large animals and learn important facts from your guide. Next, sail towards Bacardi Island or Cayo Levantado. Admire the turquoise waters and the white sand that surrounds the Island. Sit and relax on the warm beaches and bathe in the sun. Take the chance to dip into the serene waters and enjoy the rest of your day before heading back to the dock.

Samaná: Los Haitises National Park & Cayo Levantado Island

2. Samaná: Los Haitises National Park & Cayo Levantado Island

Travel across stunning tropical waters and enjoy delicious Dominican delicacies on this beautiful tour. Contemplate the historic artworks of the Indigenous Taíno people found in caves located in the beautiful Los Haitises National Park. Begin at Samana port where you will then take a catamaran or boat to pass Samana Bay. Arrive at the Los Haitises National Park, and visit the gorgeous rock islands and learn about about interpretations of Indigenous Taíno paintings at Linea Cave. After departing the ancient cave, take a boat across the beautiful waters to visit a charming beach and the Cueva de la Larena Cave. Finish the tour of the cave with a toast and take the boat back to Cayo Levantado. Once you have returned, enjoy a traditional Dominican buffet and relax at Cayo Levantado Beach.

Samana: Half Day Whale Watching Humpback Whale Watching

3. Samana: Half Day Whale Watching Humpback Whale Watching

Enjoy a whale-watching experience in the Bay of Samaná, where humpback whales visit every year and see these beautiful creatures up close on this unique whale-watching tour. Explore the Bay of Samaná, which plays host to thousands of humpback whales during winter’s mating season. Take in this amazing experience with local and specialized guides, and enjoy snacks on board such as coconut, soda, and water. Meet first at the tour office and gather with the rest of the tour members and specialized staff at the dock, then depart from the private dock in Samaná at 9:00 am. Travel through the beautiful Bay of Samaná in search of the Humpback whales all the way to the Marine Mammal Sanctuary. Marvel at the aquatic wildlife and beautiful scenery in the Bay of Samaná, and experience a unique and exciting whale-watching tour before returning back to the dock around 12:30 pm.

From Samaná: Whale Watching and Cayo Levantado Boat Tour

4. From Samaná: Whale Watching and Cayo Levantado Boat Tour

We will meet you at Malecon in Samana at 8:30 AM (the exact meeting point and other details are provided in the confirmation message). First we go to observe the whales in their own habitat. After observation, we will go for a typical dominican lunch to Cayo Levantado Island. After lunch you will have free time to enjoy the beach, walk around the island, playing volleyball or just relaxing in the shadow. Around 4:30 PM we will return back to Samana community where the experience finish. Other things to note This is an experience to see close the whales. No swimming or touching them. In case you would like to make a private trip and not be joining a group, please contact us and we will send you prices and other details. We have also options of whale watching from Punta Cana, Sabana de la Mar/Miches and other places with extra Cost.

Samana: Bay of Samana Whale Watching Experience

5. Samana: Bay of Samana Whale Watching Experience

Enjoy a whale-watching experience in the Bay of Samaná, where humpback whales visit every year and see these beautiful creatures up close on this unique whale-watching tour. Explore the Bay of Samaná, which plays host to thousands of humpback whales during winter’s mating season. Take in this amazing experience in the company of a specialized guide and enjoy snacks on board (water, soda, coconut). Meet at the tour office and gather with the rest of the tour members and specialized staff at the dock, and depart from the private dock in Samaná at 9:30 am. Travel through the Bay of Samaná in search of the Humpback whales, all the way to the Marine Mammal Sanctuary. Marvel at the aquatic wildlife and beautiful scenery in the Bay of Samaná, and experience a unique and exciting whale-watching tour before returning back to the dock around 1:30 pm.

From Punta Cana: Sanctuary Whale Watching Day Trip

6. From Punta Cana: Sanctuary Whale Watching Day Trip

Depart from the areas of Punta Cana, Bávaro and Uvero Alto and travel by bus through the wonderful countryside of the Dominican Republic along rural roads. Discover magical locations that perfectly capture the most exquisite flora of the Caribbean. Journey along a new road that connects the area with the Bavarian town of Miches in just 1 hour. Marvel at the colors as you pass the towns of La Colonia and El Cedro en route. Arrive at the ranch in time for a tasty light breakfast snack. Then, go to a private dock to board a speedboat and set sail to look for humpback whales in their natural environment. Visit Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island) to experience a tropical paradise surrounded by crystal-clear waters. Marvel at the magical setting of turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Then, continue by boat to the dock where you will board a comfortable air-conditioned bus to the village of El Limon. Stop for a hearty buffet or Dominican lunch at Rancho Los Cocos.

From Punta Cana: Samana Day Tour by Airplane

7. From Punta Cana: Samana Day Tour by Airplane

Depart from Punta Cana Airport in the morning to Arroyo Barril Airport in Samana. Have transportation waiting for you when you arrive. Travel through thick vegetation to reach a small village, where you will visit a typical house to enjoy Dominican coffee and cacao. Continue your journey to a ranch in the town of El Limon, where you will get ready to meet the horses. Ride the horses to El Salto del Limon, which is a 170 foot (52m) waterfall. Enjoy a refreshing swim. After a delicious buffet lunch back at the ranch, continue your discovery of Samana as you visit Samana Bay, one of the most beautiful places in the Dominican Republic.  Board your boat and head towards Cayo Levantado, a spectacular island with white sand and clear water in the middle of the peninsula. After your visit to the island, head back to the airport and board your flight back to Punta Cana.

Samaná: Catamaran Boat Tour with Snorkeling and Lunch

8. Samaná: Catamaran Boat Tour with Snorkeling and Lunch

On this excursion we go through the bay of Samaná, Departure from our private dock, sail to snorkel point 1 on the sunken ferry (1 hour), navigate to snorkel point 2 Cayo La Farola (1 hour), then let's have lunch at our private restaurant in Cayo Levantado, enjoy free time on the beach, Sail across the bay to return to the dock. On board we have: Snorkel equipment, life vests, open bar of rum, soft drinks, water, coconut, pineapple and Creole coconut bread.

Samaná: Cayo Levantado Island Boat Trip with Buffet Lunch

9. Samaná: Cayo Levantado Island Boat Trip with Buffet Lunch

Our day passes are for anyone who wants to spend a day at one of the most beautiful beaches in the Dominican Republic. You are free to walk around, swimming, relaxing, chilling, playing volleyball, taking photos, snorkeling, enjoying the beach or just lying in shadow and taking a refreshing beverage (Piña Colada, Coco Loco, Cuba Libre etc.) Bacardi Island Beach Day Trip (Cayo Levantado)! Get your tickets and have lunch on the beach. Daily boat or catamaran transfer to Bacardi Island. Visit Samaná Bay and book this offer today.

From Punta Cana: Samana Day Trip

10. From Punta Cana: Samana Day Trip

Samaná is a peninsula located on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic. Full of incredible landscapes and pure nature, it is a member of the World's Most Beautiful Bays Club of UNESCO as well as having been classified as a World Eco-Tourism Paradise. Each year between the months of February and March over 3,500 humpback whales mate in the warm coastal waters just off of the coast of the peninsula. Your tour begins with a boat trip from Miches to the Bay of Samaná, accompanied by a beautiful view. After arriving to your location, you will embark on a horseback trek to the majestic 50-meter high Lemon waterfall, which contains a beautiful natural pool below and is surrounded by lush tropical forest. Following your waterfall tour, you will head on a city tour atop a safari truck through the city of Samaná. Discovered by the navigator Christopher Columbus in 1493, this was the point in which the first hostile meeting between Europeans and natives occurred. Following your city tour, you will sit down for a Dominican buffet lunch in a field restaurant, where you can indulge in a tasting of tropical fruits harvested in the area. After lunch, you will be taken in the safari truck back to the dock, after which you will head to Cayo Levantado or "Bacardi Island". After arriving at this 1-kilometer long island, you can enjoy some refreshing free time on its beautiful beaches complete with clear turquoise water. After this free time, you will be ferried back to the mainland before being dropped off back at your accommodation.

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What people are saying about Samaná

Overall rating

4.1 / 5

based on 167 reviews

Everything as described, an experience to be redone for sure, the most interesting and stimulating part is certainly the first, the visit to the caves with the park. Perfect staff and organization, the guide spoke three languages, Spanish, English and French, super nice as well as the captain and his assistant ☺️ Plus point for the bottle of Brugal rum on board. Many thanks for the experience

We loved the experience. Two things we all agreed on: it would have been better to stay longer at the Caída Limón and skip the beach. Also, we would have appreciated to have a ballpark figure of how much tips to bring. And guides most be paid by the ranch in addition to tips

Very well organized tour, the guides were very attentive and friendly. The food was delicious and everything was spotlessly clean.

nice trip, good organization, Alejandro our guide was great and knows his tour well! can totally recommend it!

Perfect tour. The crew was really kind and helpful. Totally worth the money