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Whale Watching in Punta Cana

Each year around mid-January thousands of humpback whales from the North Atlantic migrate to the Dominican Republic to mate and give birth. Their most popular winter rendezvous is Silver Bank, a reef system about 70 miles northeast of Puerto Plata. From there, many humpbacks circulate to other desirable areas such as Samana Bay, where as many as 300 to 1500 whales may be found on a given day.

As a result of this natural phenomenon, The World Wildlife Fund considers Samana Bay one of the best places on the planet to watch whales.  If you’re lucky, you may even see some babies in the sheltered inner bay.  Samana Bay is about three hours away by bus from Punta Cana (each way), and if you are there between mid-January and the end of March, you should have no problem finding a tour to take you there.

Once you’ve arrived in Samana Bay, you can take your pick from the variety of boats available for whale watching. Some are larger and double-decker while others are a bit cozier, but all will strive to get you great views of these gentle giants. If you’re lucky enough to be in Punta Cana between January and March, take a trip over to Samana Bay and get up close and personal with the humpback whales—a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.

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