Samana Bay is a breeding sanctuary for humpback whales. Thousands of humpback whales visit each year during the season from January to March, the coast of Santa Barbara de Samana, especially the area called Banco de Plata, to mate and give birth to their young.
Herds of whales fleeing the frozen waters of the North Atlantic, especially the coasts of North America, Greenland, Canada and Iceland to seek refuge in the warm, calm waters of the Caribbean.
The spectacle offered every year by the humpback whales in the bay of Samana is a major tourist attraction and each year attracts thousands of tourists from all over the Dominican Republic. The spectacle is mainly due to the mating rituals that are carried out in the area. The 40-ton, 15-meter-long males make impressive jumps out of the water to breathe and attract females. While diving, it is also possible to hear the songs sung to them and whose echo extends within a radius of 30 kms. Mid season you can watch the females leading their hatchlings which is an exciting sight.
Humpback whale sightings are usually done on medium sized boats with a trip from the shore of approximately 45 minutes. Samana Bay a protected area, excursions to the mating area is regulated and is done with authorized personnel. Tours depart daily and many include lunch and guide in multiple languages in comfortable and safe boats.
In recent years there have been two terrestrial observatories installed to limit the amount of vessels that venture into the whale mating area while increasing the number of observers. They are located in Punta Balandra, where between 70 and 80% of the humpback whales that visit the Dominican Republic concentrate. Several tourist agencies organize this extraordinary excursion.
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The bay of Samana is located in the northeast of the Dominican Republic. The Samana peninsula to the north and the provinces of Hato Mayor and El Seibo to the south.
Tourist attraction not to be missed during a stay in Las Terrenas, Las Galeras, Santa Barbara de Samana.
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