Samaná Bay, Humpback whales Sanctuary.
The natural beauty and warm waters of Samaná Bay located northwest of the country provides the opportunity to enjoy a show without equal. The sighting of humpback whales that surround us with their impressive acrobatics as well as their puffs of air and misty water.
Humpback whales are large cetaceans that measure approximately 52 feet long. Depending on its location it can weigh 50 tonnes those that live in cold areas and 30 the ones that live in tropical areas.
They owe their name because of the hump on the dorsal fin and unlike other species have a slow translation. They are usually found in the great Atlantic, Arctic, and Pacific oceans.
These beautiful cetaceans visit us every year in the mating season and give us a fantastic spectacle. You can see the sexual procession where the males flaunt their spectacular somersaults and sounds. To be worthy of the female, the male must face the other males in the herd. Its deployment of acrobatics usually lasts several hours until it establishes the dominant position between the males.
Humpback whales in Samaná
The Bay of Samana is the only place in the Caribbean where you can see these impressive cetaceans. The coasts of Samaná are a breeding shrine for humpback whales. Hundreds of them visit Samana’s coastline each year to mate and give birth to their offspring. The herds of whales flee from icy winter waters of the North Atlantic, specific to the coasts of North America, Greenland, Canada or Iceland to take refuge in the warm and calm waters of the Caribbean.
This is a great opportunity for Eco-tourism lovers to enjoy the whale watching in Samaná. From January to March, which is the official season, you can organize your excursion to contemplate the amazing natural spectacle of humpback whales. It is wonderful to observe every year these cetaceans that travel thousands of kilometers to reach the Bay of Samana to give birth to their calves which can measure 4.5 meters, and also look for a couple in the warm waters of these beautiful and warm waters.
Excursions to Samana are usually carried out on medium-sized boats and the observation time lasts approximately 45 minutes. There are regulations established and implemented by the Ministry of the Environment and the Directorate of National Parks so as not to disturb the peace of the whales during mating.
These excursions have expert guides as well as comfortable and safe boats. There are also terrestrial observatories to limit the number of ships entering the mating area of the whales.
Other activities in Samaná
From Samana, you can take excursions to Los Haitises National Park and to Cayo Levantado, a small and beautiful island with beaches of crystalline waters in the middle of the bay dedicated exclusively to the tourism of the group. From Samana, you can also visit one of the most important attractions of the area, the El Limón Waterfall