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From Punta Cana: Sanctuary Whale Watching Day Trip

4.2 / 5

37 reviews

From Punta Cana: Sanctuary Whale Watching Day Trip

Activity provider: Tours S y S

From US$ 189 per person

Visit a UNESCO-protected whale watching sanctuary in Samana on a day trip from Punta Cana, Bávaro and Uvero Alto. Stop by Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island) and El Limon waterfalls.

About this activity

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Duration 12 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English, French, German, Russian
Pickup included
Pickup is available from all hotels in Punta Cana, Cap Cana, Bayahibe, Bavaro, and Uvero Alt.


  • Experience the adventure of watching the Humpback whales in their natural habitat in a UNESCO-protected sanctuary
  • Marvel at the flora of the Caribbean in the beautiful Dominican countryside
  • Enjoy a typical Dominican buffet lunch with drinks included
Full description
Depart from the areas of Punta Cana, Bávaro and Uvero Alto and travel by bus through the wonderful countryside of the Dominican Republic along rural roads. Discover magical locations that perfectly capture the most exquisite flora of the Caribbean. Journey along a new road that connects the area with the Bavarian town of Miches in just 1 hour. Marvel at the colors as you pass the towns of La Colonia and El Cedro en route. Arrive at the ranch in time for a tasty light breakfast snack. Then, go to a private dock to board a speedboat and set sail to look for humpback whales in their natural environment. Visit Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island) to experience a tropical paradise surrounded by crystal-clear waters. Marvel at the magical setting of turquoise waters and white sand beaches. Then, continue by boat to the dock where you will board a comfortable air-conditioned bus to the village of El Limon. Stop for a hearty buffet or Dominican lunch at Rancho Los Cocos.
  • Authorized guide in your requested language
  • Ground transportation
  • Breakfast in Miches
  • Transportation by covered boat or speedboat
  • Buffet or Dominican-style lunch
  • Chaise lounge on the beach of Cayo Levantado
  • Visit to El Limon waterfall
  • National beverage
  • Tips
  • Souvenirs
  • Videos or pictures (available to purchase)
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Swimwear
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • This activity is not suitable for pregnant women or people with severe back problems
  • Groups of up to 15 participants can book onto this tour
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.2 /5

based on 37 reviews

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We didn't like the mass processing. In the times of Corona, we were on a speedboat with almost 100 people. We saw a whale family, but unfortunately those sitting in the middle of the boat couldn't see much because everyone sitting on the edge jumped up. That was a pity. Then we went on to Barcadi Island. There you had 1 hour stop for swimming. That was nice. Then it was on to lunch. Some rice with chicken and finally a small bottle of water! Finally came the El Limon waterfall. In the tour description there was nothing about a horse ride. We didn't think the horses were in good shape either, so we preferred to run. However, since the path is extremely muddy and you have to constantly avoid the horses, the walk there and back took over 1 hour. We only managed the small waterfall in time. But we had it to ourselves, which was very nice.

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February 13, 2022

We had booked an excursion with a German-speaking guide, our guide spoke very good Russian and Spanish, and a little German and normal English. We expected more from the whale conservation program. On the way back, the ship drove with a party atmosphere on board, very loud music and at high speed through the protection zone. What should be sustainable about it?

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March 18, 2021

Almost 3 hours drive from bayahibé and the brand new road + the magical landscapes were missing The driver drives very quickly on bumpy roads Breakfast comes down to a sandwich + a few pieces of fruit and a glass of juice in a very run down ranch Whale watching for 40 minutes, we saw 6, the day before they had seen 1 Bacardi Island is sublime, lunch is ok despite very poor organization No visit to El limon village, you leave Bacardi Island at 3 p.m. to resume the 3 hour drive I recommend for whales and the island but the organization really leaves something to be desired and the announcement is quite misleading

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January 23, 2021

Product ID: 84588