Despite its natural beauty and wealth of untouched tropical forests, alcove beaches, waterfalls, coconut groves and protected national parks this region still remains virginal and unexploited by tourism, this precisely being its major appeal. But beyond all pristine beaches and natural beauties there's something that Samana is really famous for and that is the opportunity of spotting humpback whales during Dominican Republic holidays as these fascinating sea creatures do their migration route from Canada and swim along Samana's coastal shores.

The Samana Peninsula is only just starting to be noticed by tourists and this means it's the perfect retreat for those who want to experience the best of the Dominican Republic without hoards of people. The Dominican beaches here are just as good (locals might say better!) than those in other areas of the island and what's more; they're much quieter.

The azure Caribbean Sea, the bleach white sands and the mesmerisingpalm trees are all present, and there are some great and unique activities to be enjoyed here like a night's camping at the tip of Cape Samana or shopping trips to local farmer's markets. But the most unique and highly esteemed attraction of Samana is the humpback whale watching.

This is why most tourists come here during their Dominican Republic holiday, and it's something you definitely have to do during your stay in the Dominican Republic if you plan to visit Samana (and even if you don't it might be worth altering your itinerary a bit so that it includes a bit of whale watching if you happen to go there during the whale spotting season).

Whale Watching:

Each year three to five thousand whales make the journey all the way from the North Atlantic down to the warm Caribbean sea of Samana to breed. This season lasts from January to March and a lot of people book Dominican Republic holidays around these dates to take up the whale watching opportunity. There are a variety of different whale watching tours out there but all will include an expert guide who can give you in-depth information about the whales, their behaviourand their history.

Since the Dominican Republic government is 100% committed to the preservation of the whales you're actually very likely to see one on your tour. Strict laws and guidelines ensure the conservation of the species and the natural habitat and safety of the whales comes before sightseeing opportunities. This means you can go whale watching knowing you are in no way threatening or damaging the species and enjoy these magnificent giants for yourself.

Stay in Samana:

Some whale watching tours start from other areas of the island and will fly you or take you by bus to Samana. In reality however, there's no need to stay anywhere further afield, as Samana offers everything the rest of the Dominican Republic does, with the added bonus of having whales right on its doorstep.

Susan Crown:

Having worked in the tourism industry for over five years, before and after graduating from university in London, Susan Crown brings a refreshing approach to the latest goings-on in the worldwide travel sector. Originally born in Cuba, from an early age due to her father's job as a representative of Cuba's national flag carrier, Susan travelled extensively and lived in various parts of the world, thus being able to draw from her own experiences and take inspiration from the exotic destinations she has visited over the years. At present she is a travel news editor at The Holiday Place a London-based UK tour operator specialising in Cuba holidays and other exotic destinations in the Caribbean, Africa and the Indian Ocean.

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