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The humpback whales, which have made their way to Samana Bay for untold years to mate and to give birth, are back for the season. They are perhaps the most emotionally charged tourist attraction in the Dominican Republic, and an unforgettable experience. The humpbacks come down from their feeding grounds in the cold waters of the North Atlantic and enjoy the safety of the bay. The Samana peninsula and the eastern portion of the island of Hispaniola protect these magnificent creatures.

Visiting the bay during this time is strictly regulated and supervised. And, there is even a place on the shoreline called the Whale Observation Post, where persons who get very seasick or are pregnant can observe the whales.

Whale Samana takes reservations at 829 470 3671. The cost is around US$70/pp.

Whale-watching season begins 15 January and ends the last week in March every year.


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