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Things to do in Samaná Province

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Samana: Whale Watching and Cayo Levantado Full Day Tour

1. Samana: Whale Watching and Cayo Levantado Full Day Tour

Ride by catamaran to explore the Bay of Samana, which harbors thousands of humpback whales during their winter mating season. Next, enjoy the picturesque views of Cayo Levantado, also known as Bacardi Island. Swim in the serene waters and sunbathe on the white-sand beaches before heading back. Depart from Samana and head towards the Bay of Samana, scanning the waters for majestic Humpback Whales at the peak of mating season. Enjoy being out on the water and feel comfortable with snacks and drinks on board. Take photos of these large animals and learn important facts from your guide. Next, sail towards Bacardi Island or Cayo Levantado. Admire the turquoise waters and the white sand that surrounds the Island. Sit and relax on the warm beaches and bathe in the sun. Take the chance to dip into the serene waters and enjoy the rest of your day before heading back to the dock.

Samaná: Los Haitises National Park & Cayo Levantado Island

2. Samaná: Los Haitises National Park & Cayo Levantado Island

Travel across stunning tropical waters and enjoy delicious Dominican delicacies on this beautiful tour. Contemplate the historic artworks of the Indigenous Taíno people found in caves located in the beautiful Los Haitises National Park. Begin at Samana port where you will then take a catamaran or boat to pass Samana Bay. Arrive at the Los Haitises National Park, and visit the gorgeous rock islands and learn about about interpretations of Indigenous Taíno paintings at Linea Cave. After departing the ancient cave, take a boat across the beautiful waters to visit a charming beach and the Cueva de la Larena Cave. Finish the tour of the cave with a toast and take the boat back to Cayo Levantado. Once you have returned, enjoy a traditional Dominican buffet and relax at Cayo Levantado Beach.

Los Haitises National Park: Boat and Walking Tour with Lunch

3. Los Haitises National Park: Boat and Walking Tour with Lunch

Embark on a full-day trip from Samaná to Los Haitises National park, and explore the park's natural beauty. See the park's beautiful scenery, and look for a variety of species while you explore. Enjoy a typical Dominican lunch buffet on Cayo Levantado. Slalom by the many islets that form this amazing National Park. See the park's natural attractions, like the mangroves, and some of the park's various bird species like pelicans, herons, and the Ridgway's hawk. Take the time to see historic caves and spectacular scenery. Marvel at the caves, which have some of the highest numbers of indigenous petroglyphs and pictographs in the country. Travel to Cayo Levantado, also known as Bacardi Island, and enjoy the picturesque destination's warm beaches, and a buffet lunch of typical Dominican food.

Samana: Bay of Samana Whale Watching Experience

4. Samana: Bay of Samana Whale Watching Experience

Enjoy a whale-watching experience in the Bay of Samaná, where humpback whales visit every year and see these beautiful creatures up close on this unique whale-watching tour. Explore the Bay of Samaná, which plays host to thousands of humpback whales during winter’s mating season. Take in this amazing experience in the company of a specialized guide and enjoy snacks on board (water, soda, coconut). Meet at the tour office and gather with the rest of the tour members and specialized staff at the dock, and depart from the private dock in Samaná at 9:30 am. Travel through the Bay of Samaná in search of the Humpback whales, all the way to the Marine Mammal Sanctuary. Marvel at the aquatic wildlife and beautiful scenery in the Bay of Samaná, and experience a unique and exciting whale-watching tour before returning back to the dock around 1:30 pm.

Punta Cana: Samana Bay Full-Day Experience

5. Punta Cana: Samana Bay Full-Day Experience

Live the experience by sailing the bays of Miches and Samana by boat to reach a tourist destination full of splendor, nature and great tourist attractions which are unique to the region. Get to know Samana on one of the most complete tours offered in the Punta Cana area. Relax to the rhythm of the Dominican Republic on the island of Cayo Levantado or Bacardi, where its white sand will wind you down while you overlook a virgin beach on your approximately 2 hours stopover. Visit the Island of Cayo Levantado for the next 2 hours and enjoy a unique lunch with touches of local Samana cuisine. Visit the horse ranch in the middle of the jungle and ride a horse accompanied by a local guide. Continuing on to connect with the natural museum of the Limon Waterfall for the next hour and soak up the environment in the afternoon. Take in the panoramic view of the new tourist destination of Miches and the Bay of Samana. Cruise with a small group through the bay on a comfortable motorized catamaran with some tropical music in the background.

From Samaná: Whale Watching and Cayo Levantado Boat Tour

6. From Samaná: Whale Watching and Cayo Levantado Boat Tour

We will meet you at Malecon in Samana at 8:30 AM (the exact meeting point and other details are provided in the confirmation message). First we go to observe the whales in their own habitat. After observation, we will go for a typical dominican lunch to Cayo Levantado Island. After lunch you will have free time to enjoy the beach, walk around the island, playing volleyball or just relaxing in the shadow. Around 4:30 PM we will return back to Samana community where the experience finish. Other things to note This is an experience to see close the whales. No swimming or touching them. In case you would like to make a private trip and not be joining a group, please contact us and we will send you prices and other details. We have also options of whale watching from Punta Cana, Sabana de la Mar/Miches and other places with extra Cost.

Sabana de la Mar: Los Haitises Guided Hike and Kayaking

7. Sabana de la Mar: Los Haitises Guided Hike and Kayaking

This Hiking Trail + Kayaking Tour start from Caño Hondo/Sabana de La Mar port. We will hike around 3 hours along the Humid Forest in the Los Haitises National Park. You will learn about the medicinal plants of this area, see the broadleaf rain forest primary and secondary Los Haitises National Park mountains and at the same time reach the spring of the Jivales River from which the waters of the natural pools of Eco-lodge Caño Hondo. (We have also an option of only hiking in the Rain forest for Trekking lovers) Then we take the equipment required for your safety (Lifejackets, etc), kayaks and going through mangrove swamps. You will see some bird-filled mangroves, rolling hills of lush vegetation. Through the mangroves and Land at the open San Lorenzo Bay, from where you can photograph the rugged forest landscape. The national park’s name comes from its original inhabitants, the Taino Indians. In their language “Haitises” translates to highlands or Hills, a reference to the coastline’s steep geological formations with Limestones. Kayaking it is 2 hours. In case you will like this trip short we have a second option: Only Kayaking in Los Haitises 4 or 2 hours. The Tour finishes at the starting point in Los Haitises National Park. We Recommend this trip early in the morning to see Manatees, crustaceans, and dolphins.

Samaná: Catamaran Boat Tour with Snorkeling and Lunch

8. Samaná: Catamaran Boat Tour with Snorkeling and Lunch

On this excursion we go through the bay of Samaná, Departure from our private dock, sail to snorkel point 1 on the sunken ferry (1 hour), navigate to snorkel point 2 Cayo La Farola (1 hour), then let's have lunch at our private restaurant in Cayo Levantado, enjoy free time on the beach, Sail across the bay to return to the dock. On board we have: Snorkel equipment, life vests, open bar of rum, soft drinks, water, coconut, pineapple and Creole coconut bread.

From Punta Cana: Los Haitises Trip with Montaña Redonda Tour

9. From Punta Cana: Los Haitises Trip with Montaña Redonda Tour

Los Haitises Day Trip We'll pick you up at your hotel in Punta Cana from 6:30 am onwards and set off for Los Haitises National Park, a unique karst landscape bathed by the waters of Samaná Bay. Upon arrival, we'll board a boat and sail along the Caño Hondo River towards San Lorenzo Bay, while looking out for tangles of red mangroves on the shore. In open water, we'll be able to spot rocky mogotes teeming with pelicans and fork-tailed flycatchers. The expedition continues to the Arena and Linea caves, which were once used by the Taíno indigenous people. Inside, we'll see these caves decorated with indigenous pictograms and petroglyphs. Our next stop will be the Caño Hondo Paradise Hotel, where we'll hop off the boat and see beautiful natural pools inside the hotel's grounds. You'll be able to have a refreshing dip in the Jivales River before having a traditional Dominican lunch, which we'll eat in this idyllic spot. With our energy back, we'll get into a jeep and head to the summit of Redonda mountain, which is nestled between two lagoons: Limón and Redonda. From the top, the views of the jungle will look like something out of a fairy tale. Finally, we'll return to the mainland and head back to Punta Cana, where we'll arrive at your hotel between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm.

Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

10. Cayo Arena: Paradise Island and Mangroves Tour

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Puerto Plata, Sosua, or Cabarete, and then make your way by bus to the brilliant white sands of Punta Rucia, 67 kilometers east of Montechristi. Get amazing views of the countryside before you board a speedboat to cross to Cayo Arena.  Be welcomed by the turquoise waters and white sands of the paradise island. Go ashore to sink your toes in the sand and top up your tan. Marvel at the colorful marine life and coral gardens on an optional guided snorkeling tour, and enjoy a selection of fresh fruits and drinks.  Navigate the thick mangrove forest of Monte Cristi National Park by speedboat, and look for the abundant wildlife in the lagoons and channels. Get a feel for island life at a local market before taking the speedboat back to the mainland.

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What people are saying about Samaná Province

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 361 reviews

We had a lovely, well organized crew with multilingual guides. Roberto and Joaquin spoke German, English, French and Spanish and were very knowledgeable about nature, history and everything. They seemed to be eco-conscious as they had glas bottles only as plastic is no good for the ocean if lost. Plastic cups were used though for the Softdrinks, water and rum which is included in the tour. The visit to cayo levantado was ok-ish; good food but very crowded. Samaná has much more beautiful beaches to offer without the crowds. I‘d prefer a half day trip without the beach in the future.

We loved the experience. Two things we all agreed on: it would have been better to stay longer at the Caída Limón and skip the beach. Also, we would have appreciated to have a ballpark figure of how much tips to bring. And guides most be paid by the ranch in addition to tips

It was excellent… the highlight of my trip. My father love it and the added Photografer Isael was an amazing choice,

nice trip, good organization, Alejandro our guide was great and knows his tour well! can totally recommend it!

Awesome trip! Tour provider was fantastic! A must do!