The Environment Ministry has established the Dominican Republic’s first land whale observation point at the southeastern Punta Balandra where the Samana peninsula curves to the north.
The observatory, which is easily accessible from Samana city, opened to coincide with the start of the 2011 humpback whale watching season.
Every year hundreds of humpback whales come to Samana Bay from Iceland, Greenland, Canada and the north coast of the United States to mate and give birth in the protected area known as the Marine Mammals Sanctuary.
Samana’s whales are well known. Each year 3,000-5,000 humpback whales return to Bahia de Samana and adjacent waters to give birth and mate for the following year. Sky-rocketing, standing on their tails (and heads, too!), flippering, tailing; all sorts of antics may be observed under carefully controlled conditions aboard excursion boats. Excursions leave from Samana Harbor and several other points along the north shore of the bay. Samana’s whales are truly an international treasure and are fully protected by the Dominican government.
Humpbacks can be easily observed, either at their feeding or breeding grounds. Whale watching has become an increasingly popular worldwide activity, and the Dominican Republic is fortunate to have one of the largest and best humpback breeding sanctuaries in the world.
We hope you will visit from January through March to enjoy and watch the humpback whales in the Dominican Republic, and stop by our Coldwell Banker office while you are here.