An Amazing Day Whale Watching in Samana Bay

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We had an amazing day whale watching in Samana Bay.  We left our place today at 7 am to meet with Elena, at the French bakery, Boulangerie Francaise in Las Terrenas. We met up with a Russian couple and a Slovenian lady to take the small bus to Santa Barbara Samana. The “bus” is a small truck with bench seats and cover over the bed of the truck.

He took us for a tour around Santa Barbara Samana to see the Baja Caribe Hotel, the bridge, marina, and by all the cute shops. Then we took a small shuttle boat to the island of Cayo Levantado, which is a private island belonging to Samana Province where we waited for our whale watching catamaran to arrive.

We did this tour the more economical way, going on a bus with the locals. The trip included the boat which held approximately 60 people, packed in tightly. Our way of travel is to meet the locals and really get a feel for their culture. This was our choice, as Elena has many different options available. At first, it was a little discouraging after our whale watching experience a couple of days ago, because at that time it was a small boat with six of us. We were worried that we weren’t going to see much because it was difficult to see around people’s heads.

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Whales Jumping

Once we got out into the open water, after about 10 minutes people started yelling, because someone spotted a whale. Within about an hour, we saw 25 to 30 whales! We saw a Mom and her baby swimming side by side and many whales breaking the surface, even flipping their tails in the air. We were lucky enough to see two male whales swimming together, and showing off by jumping out of the water. It was an exhilarating, once-in-a-lifetime experience that you can’t put a price on.

After spending about two hours, looking for whales, we made our way back to the island. At the island, there is a large area where there are picnic tables set out and many different food stations where you can purchase food or drinks from the various booths. It reminds me of an American food court in the mall, yet it’s outside next to the beach. Elena our guide had a deal already worked out for us to have a Dominican buffet lunch for $7 each. It consisted of grilled fish, chicken with their Dominican seasoning, rice, salad, warm potato salad, and bread. It was probably twice as much food as we could finish, and it was very delicious.

She worked out a deal with one of the guys to get us a pina colada in a pineapple for a couple of dollars. We got to watch him make the Pina Colada and then we enjoyed it while talking to Elena about all of the things that she’s done since she’s been living in the Dominican Republic. We then spent some time on the white sandy beach looking at the ocean and swimming.

Whale watching in Samana Bay

What an AMAZING experience watching the whales breach and jump! If you are here Jan-Feb please check them out

Our Day in Samana Bay

The drive home was a fun experience; our group packed in a van with four rows of seats, open side door (even while driving), with 18 people in the van total. This is the way the locals get from town-to-town. It was a cool experience. At one point, the driver just stopped the bus so our tour guide could buy our group coca bread from a lady she knew in a stand on the side of the road. The whole bus just sat and waited. This would never happen in America; most people would be irritated. She told us about one experience on the bus when a guy asked the driver to stop the bus on the road at cousins house because he needed to tell him something. The bus sat for 10 minutes waiting for him to finish talking with his cousin.  

More 2 Traveling Lovers Article & Video links from the Dominican Republic:

We spent a month traveling throughout the Dominican Republic.  If you’re interested in visiting the area, we hope you will find our articles and videos helpful.  All of our posts have a video included and we have additional videos on our YouTube channel. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel too so you won’t miss a video.

Below are a few articles and videos from our stay in the Dominican Republic:

Transportation in the Dominican Republic

A Night Out in Las Terrenas

10 Things You Need to Know Before Visiting the Samana Peninsula

Best Beaches in Las Terrenas

Secluded Beaches in Las Terrenas

El Salto El Limón Waterfall in The Dominican Republic      

Cost Of Living For a Couple Living in The Dominican Republic

11 Top Restaurants on the Samana Peninsula

Great Places to Eat in Jaracoboa DR

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Going From Santo Domingo to Las Terrenas

Top Beach in the Dominican Republic – Playa Bonita

Night Out In Las Galeras – Samana peninsula

Playa Fronton Beach in Las Galeras- We found whales!!

Scooter Trip from Las Galeras back to Las Terrenas

Things To Do In Jarabacoa


These are areas in the Dominican Republic we have traveled to and we recommend staying in these areas based upon our personal experience.  Click on the town to be referred to the link to each city.

Las Terrenas      

Samana Peninsula  


Las Galeras

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Closing Words

We had an Amazing Day Whale Watching in Samana Bay. The Dominican people are so laid back, its refreshing. We had a great time seeing the whales, meeting new people, and learning more about the Dominican culture. We highly recommend Elena as a guide and translator when you visit the Dominican Republic.

If you are interested in seeing our video it’s on this blog post above. I hope you found our tips to be useful and you are excited to visit the Santa Barbara Samana to see the whales.  If you are looking for an experienced guide who speaks five languages you can contact Elena at (809) 967-7113 & email: She set up a few tours for us and, we were very happy.

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