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Excursion Samana Dominican Republic

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Tour of Samana in Dominican Republic

Your trip to Punta Cana should always include a visit to the incredible city of Santa Barbara de Samaná. The town of Samaná is located in the north of the Dominican Republic, in the bay of Samaná, and stands out for the turquoise and crystalline water of its beaches next to palm trees and jungle, which almost invade the beach to the shore, being the perfect place for a day of adventure.

Perhaps the most important event in Samaná is that it is the perfect place for humpback whale watching, since this species comes to the bay during the mating season, which usually coincides with winter on the island. In this natural festival, visitors can get within a few meters of the whales to photograph them.

Samaná is one of the 32 provinces that make up the Dominican Republic, and one that most impresses travelers with its landscapes. Being a peninsula, it is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea, limiting to the west with the provinces of Monte Plata, María Trinidad Sánchez and Duarte.

Its wild nature, its beaches and a very authentic culture have made it a place with a great tourist infrastructure, so the offer for the traveler is very wide depending on what you want. The main tourist towns in the area are Samaná, Las Terrenas and Las Galeras.

245 kilometers from the capital, Santo Domingo, Samaná is a region rich in marble, the main industry apart from tourism. Samaná was an old fishing village that grew by leaps and bounds with the arrival of tourism. It has a large port for cruise ships, as well as an international airport opened in 2007. The tourist complexes, although few, are of high quality, and many of them offer an all-inclusive service to tourists. 5-star hotels such as the Bahía Príncipe Samaná, the Bahía del Principe Cayaoca or the Bahía del Príncipe Cayo Levantado are the best to enjoy an experience full of luxury.

Duration of excursion: 11 hours

Departure time: 06:30 am

Hotel pick up

Tuesday and Thursday

Maximum capacity: 15 people

Activity itinerary

06:30 - We will pick you up at your hotel. Remember that the departure time can always vary depending on the hotel where you are staying.

07:30 - We will arrive at the meeting point so that we can assign you a guide depending on the language you speak.

09:00 - At this time we will arrive at Cañitas Miches to go see the whales by boat. Remember that the mating season for humpback whales is from January 15 to April 15, so you will only be able to see this natural spectacle on these dates. Of course, during this time the tours to Samaná depart daily.

12:30 - Lunch with the best of Dominican cuisine. After lunch we will depart by truck to a ranch, where we will ride horses to visit Limón waterfall. If you have any problem going on horseback, you can also do it on foot. Then we will return to the ranch and from there we will go to Cañitas Miches.

16:30 - We will return to Punta Cana.

* The times indicated above are approximate.

What to see on the Samana excursion?

Samaná cuenta con muchos atractivos turísticos. Uno de ellos es Cayo Levantado, una pequeña isla en el nordeste de la Bahía de Samaná que cuenta con unas playas espectaculares de arena blanca. Cascada Limón, enclavada en un bosque natural, es el lugar perfecto para relajarse con el sonido del agua.

Otros lugares que podrás ver son: Parque Nacional Los Haitises, Playa Las Terrenas, Las Galeras, El Portillo, Playa Bonita, Playa Coson, Playa Frontón, Rincón de Las Galeras,...

The Humpback Whale Sanctuary

Every year, during the mating season, Samaná the Yubartas whales arrive in the bay of Samaná, providing a beautiful spectacle to the visitors. The whale sanctuary is on the way to Cayo Levantado, also known as Bacardi Island, so when you see the whales you will also visit it. Cayo Levantado is perfect to taste one of the most famous rums in the world, as well as an excellent fishing spot.

Los Haitises National Park

Los Haitises is one of the main natural environments in the region. Formed by limestone rock karst, it is a very characteristic and unique area in the entire Dominican Republic. Its morphology is full of valleys, caves, hills, corridors and even coastline.

In its dense humid forest we can admire all kinds of fauna and flora of the Caribbean. Caves also predominate, in which you can see Taino pictographs. In addition, they are the perfect place to find different species of birds. But the biggest attraction in the area are the mogotes, mounds up to 40 meters high that cover a large area of the park. This phenomenon occurs due to the karst geography of the region and the trade winds that, when hitting the mogotes, rise and produce rains almost every day of the year, filling the area with vegetation.

Limon Waterfall

For waterfall lovers, nothing better than visiting Limón waterfall, a 40-meter high waterfall that falls into a natural pool where you can bathe. The waterfall is located between the municipalities of El Limón and Las Terrenas.

Las Terrenas

In the 70s, Las Terrenas was a small town of fishermen, farmers and beekeepers who lived in their small houses without water, without electricity and totally isolated. In 1975 a French businessman arrived at this place who decided to open the hotel, the Tropic Banana. As of this event, Las Terrenas ended up reaching the ears of the whole world, beginning to develop a tourist infrastructure that is sold to this day.

Located in the north of the Sierra de Samaná. Its cream-colored sand beaches are its main tourist attraction, where with a mojito and local music you can spend an incredible day. Its crystal clear waters are perfect for diving, taking photos, water sports or simply for bathing and sunbathing.

La Churcha

La Churcha is a 19th century wooden church, built by freed African-American slaves who emigrated to Samaná after they were offered free land to farm. Its name is a derivation of the English word "church".


Although the main thing is to bring an adventurous attitude to this tour, it is best that you follow these tips:

  • Sunscreen to protect the skin from the sun's rays.
  • A beach towel.
  • Sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun's rays.
  • Dominican money or pesos in cash in case you want to buy a souvenir.
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