Available from mid January till mid March
This excursion is available for guests of the Punta Cana, Bayahibe,
Dominicus and La Romana resorts and hotels.
The humpback whales are regular visitors in the Bay of Samana. Every year from mid-January until mid-March these huge mammals leave the Arctic to mate and give birth in the protected bay along the Dominican Republic's east coast. The first of the "snowbirds" traveling seasonally to the Dominican Republic, the whales have been wintering in this region for centuries. This is evidenced by old Taino cave paintings in the nearby "Los Haitises" National Park which depict blowing whales.
The humpback whale is a water mammal known for their liveliness and their singing. They can attain a length of 15 meters and weight of up to 30 tons. Their huge front flippers (pectoral fins) can reach one-third of their body length for an impressive display. Before diving, humpback whales bend their backs in the form of a hump and lift their tails high out of the water, hence their name.
There are few things as exciting as watching free-range whales. You can join us on an expedition to trace and observe these animals from close range, however to ensure the whales' survival, we adhere to strict guidelines and directives. Our staff participates yearly in the training programs given by CEBSE (the Center for Conservation and Eco-Development Samana and its Environs).
It is due to maintaining these guidelines each year that the whales -especially the juveniles- become more bold and accustomed to the boats and their joyful behavior can be seen from our excellent vantage point. We have adopted strict minimum distances to ensure the safety of both the whales and the boat passenger.
The buses leave early from the hotels to take you safely to Miches. The buses from Punta Cana are guided by the national tour guide and go straight to Miches over the new highway. From Bayahibe it goes for +- 1h45 through the countryside and we pass the Seibo mountain range. During the road trip the guide will give information about the life and local customs of the Dominicans.
On arrival in Miches you will meet Rob and Kristien and you'll get coffee, a breakfast and a short briefing before we board the motor catamaran and the adventure begins.
Through close contact with the captains of other boats in the area, a reporting system is developed. During the season, an average of 300 whales enter the bay of Samana each day. It is very rare that no sighting is recorded on any one day.
Between 12:30 and 14:00 (02:00pm) (depending on the whales) we are back in Miches where you are invited to lunch and can spend some time on the seaside ranch. On the way back we will visit some landmarks and you can do some shopping in local colmados for inland prices. The guide will explain some of the typical local product. We will be back in the hotel again between 17:00 (05:00pm) and 19:00 (07:00pm).
Please bring your swim wear, a towel, dry clothes and a wind jacket. By times we have some wind and splash water in the boat.
For more information or reservations use our secure form, send us an email: or phone us: +(1) 829 714 4947.
Tour agency offering excursions and tours for guests of all Punta Cana and Bayahibe resorts and for passengers of cruise ships docking in La Romana.
Phone: +(1) 829 714 4947
We will need a minimum of 12 persons to run the tour.
Duration: 8 hours
Wed:Eng./ German / Dutch
Sun:Eng./ German / Dutch
06:40:Pick up Punta Cana
07:00:Pick up Bayahibe
10:00:Whale Expedition *
18:30:back in hotel
* sea sick pill obligatory, supplied by us
What to bring:
- sun screen
- beach slippers
- extra set dry clothes*
- wind / rain jacket
- small change
- camera in ziplock bag
* we sometimes have splash water
Not Available for:
- pregnant women
- people with back disorders
- children < 4 years
- deposits might be applicable
- full payment on arrival in Bayahibe
- US$, Euro, Pesos
- no credit cards!!
- no problems :)
The itinerary of the tour and the services offered may differ from those described on this page due to current weather conditions and availability of goods.
Tip: You stay in Punta Cana, but you want to dive or make several excursions in Bayahibe?
Check Villa Iguana in Bayahibe, the perfect accommodation in Bayahibe for a short stay.
You will save the transfer costs, the hotel is then basically for free!
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