After meeting your guide at the pier, you will make your way to your waiting power boat which is approximately a 5-8 minute walk from the cruise pier. The boat is a motorized catamaran with plastic forward facing benches and cover over most of the seats. Seating area is not enclosed and as the boat turns, most guests will be in direct sun at some point.
Setting out into the blue waters around Samana, you are in search of the magnificent humpback whales. Each winter they journey from the North Atlantic to the Samana Bay to give birth to their calves. From your waterside seat, look for these gentle giants with the spectacular views of the mountains that surround the Samana Bay in the background. Beer and soda will be available for purchase on the boat. Depending on the whales, time on the boat may be up to two hours.
During your time on the boat, you will also pass by the famous Cayo Levantado island (sometimes called Bacardi Island). From here, you will be taken back to the small boat pier where you began. It is a five minute walk back to the cruise pier via the open air market.
Please note: Guests prone to motion sickness should take into consideration that you will be in a boat for the majority of the tour. Total tour time will depend on whale sightings. All times are approximate.
I went to Samana last year, and heard about the whales, so I knew I wanted to take my grandsons whalewatching on this trip. I was a little leary about booking an excursion off the ship, but i couldn't have been more pleased. The staff was ecpecially wonderful with the kids,my younger grandson, and a couple of other guests got ""sick"", and they stayed with each one of them untill they felt better. The staff to guest ratio was wonderful. We drove around untill we saw whales, one was under our boat! Some crew members took our cameras, and help capture beautiful shots! I knew the trip included the beach, but how did I not know it also included lunch in this beautiful outdoor resturant! Beer, and soft drinks were included, my grandsons loved the different sodas'! We had a great day, and a once in a lifetime experience, it was wonderful!