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The Samana Peninsula is a perfect place for tourists who love nature. You can find here mountains with green jungles, white sandy and turquoise beaches. Salto del Limón, the country’s highest waterfall and Cayo Levantado (known as Bacardi island) can be found here.

Samana Air Tour: El Limon waterfalls and Cayo Levantado island program

This tour is available to guests of Hotel Punta Cana, Bavaro, and Bayahibe

 

The Samana Peninsula:

The Samana Peninsula just northeast of the country into the Atlantic Ocean is surrounded by white sandy beaches. It is one of the key places to see whales at sea. This region has long been very independent from the rest of the island, mainly because of its difficult access. Many of the inhabitants of this region are descendants of slaves brought from the United States. The most important attraction of the peninsula is the whales escaping from northern cold towards south in the winter months. We can get insight into their mating habits and their new-born calves. They can be seen swimming near the coast. The capital of the province is called Santa Bárbara de Samaná. It was discovered by Columbus during his first trip and it was named after one of the Catholic Monarchs. Samana Peninsula is the destination for the biggest Caribbean cruisers. From Malecon the biggest cruisers can be seen during winter months. Cayo Levantado or Bacardi island as it is more often called is a 10-minute boat trip from the harbour of the city. We can experience fast development in tourism which has taken place recently. Besides places mentioned above Las Galeras and Las Terrenas are real shelters and places to relax. Its most popular beaches are Rincon, Playa Playita, Colorado and Madame or the Playa Front, which is not really well-known because it is difficult to access.

 

Trip description:

The tour begins with a visit to Bacardi Island (better known as Cayo Levantado), it is only 1 square kilometre. Its beautiful beach and crystal turquoise waters and white sand are also ideal for swimming or snorkelling. It is known as ‘Bacardi Island’ because of the palm trees that appear in advertisements for the famous brand Bacardi rum. Leaving Bacardi Island, we head to the city where we explore the Victorian part, Puerto Principe. Before crossing the city we will visit the local market. Saltos de Limon, the highest waterfall of the country can be found 30 minutes from here. It is a real adventure trip, you have to do your way in the tropical forest, often with the help of some horses. 40 m high waterfall, ferns, tropical fruits, cocoa and high humidity make it a very special place. The peninsula is well-known for its flora, some very special trees and plants can be found here, that cannot be found anywhere else. Of course, its 7500 mm annual rainfall contributes to this as well, as it makes possible this specific vegetation to grow here. Majority of inhabitants earn their living from tourism and fishing, they are very religious.

 

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

 

Samana Air Tour: El Limon waterfalls, Playa Rincon and Las Galeras program

This tour is available to guests of Hotel Punta Cana, Bavaro and Bayahibe.

Samana peninsula:

It is in the north-east part of the country, surrounded by the Atlantic ocean. White sandy beaches, waterfalls and whales are its main attractions. It has been difficult to access this region for a long time because of its geographical features. Many of the inhabitants of this region are descendants of slaves brought from the United States. The most important attraction of the peninsula is the whales escaping from northern cold towards south in the winter months. We can get insight into their mating habits and their new-born calves. They can be seen swimming near the coast. The capital of the province is called Santa Bárbara de Samaná. It was discovered by Columbus during his first trip and it was named after one of the Catholic Monarchs. Samana Peninsula is the destination for the biggest Caribbean cruisers. From Malecon the biggest cruisers can be seen during winter months. Cayo Levantado or Bacardi island, as it is more often called is a 10-minute boat trip from the harbour of the city. We can experience fast development in tourism recently. Besides places mentioned above Las Galeras and Las Terrenas are real shelters and places to relax. Its most popular beaches are Rincon, Playa Playita, Colorado and Madame or the Playa Front, which is not really well-known because it is difficult to access.

 

Trip description:

Our tour begins with a 30-minute-long flight. We fly over the hotels in Punta Cana and the wonderful white coastline, then over the lagoons of Nissibon. Leaving the beaches of Miches we will fly over Samana Bay. After that we get on a comfortable bus and get to the most eastern part of Samana peninsula, Las Galeras, where we board a speedboat to Playa Rincon. After a wonderful snorkelling experience we board a boat again and we leave for Playita, where we prepare lunch on a completely deserted beach. Saltos de Limon, the highest waterfall of the country can be found 30 minutes from here. It is a real adventure trip, you have to do your way in the tropical forest, often with the help of some horses. 40 m high waterfall, ferns, tropical fruits, cocoa and high humidity make it a very special place. The peninsula is well-known for its flora, some very special trees and plants can be found here, that cannot be found anywhere else. Of course, its 7500 mm annual rainfall contributes to this as well, as it makes possible this specific vegetation to grow here. Majority of inhabitants earn their living from tourism and fishing, they are very religious.

 

    

    

    

    

    

Samana Air Tour: Las Galeras, Playa Rincon, Playa Madame, Playa Fronton and La Playita

 This tour is available to guests of Hotel Punta Cana, Bavaro and Bayahibe.

 

Samana peninsula:

It is in the north-east part of the country, surrounded by the Atlantic ocean. White sandy beaches, waterfalls and whales are its main attractions. It has been difficult to access this region for a long time because of its geographical features. Many of the inhabitants of this region are descendants of slaves brought from the United States. The most important attraction of the peninsula is the whales escaping from northern cold towards south in the winter months. We can get insight into their mating habits and their new-born calves. They can be seen swimming near the coast. The capital of the province is called Santa Bárbara de Samaná. It was discovered by Columbus during his first trip and it was named after one of the Catholic Monarchs. Samana Peninsula is the destination for the biggest Caribbean cruisers. From Malecon the biggest cruisers can be seen during winter months. Cayo Levantado or Bacardi island, as it is more often called is a 10-minute boat trip from the harbour of the city. We can experience fast development in tourism recently. Besides places mentioned above Las Galeras and Las Terrenas are real shelters and places to relax. Its most popular beaches are Rincon, Playa Playita, Colorado and Madame or the Playa Front, which is not really well-known because it is difficult to access.

 

Travel details:

Our tour begins with a 30-minute-long flight. We fly over the hotels in Punta Cana and the wonderful white coastline, then over the lagoons of Nissibon. Leaving the beaches of Miches we will fly over Samana Bay. After that we get on a comfortable bus and get to the most eastern part of Samana peninsula, Las Galeras, where we board a speedboat to Playa Fronton. After a wonderful snorkelling experience we board a boat again and we leave for Playa Madame, where we prepare lunch on a completely deserted beach. After a lunch we board a speedboat to  La Playita and Rincon, then we return to Las Galeras where we depart to Las Galeras airport and land at 6:00 pm on Cana.

 

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

Samana peninsula Air Tour: Humpback Whales and Playa Rincon (Dec.-March)

This tour is available to guests of Hotel Bavaro, Punta Cana and Bayahibe

 

The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 metres (39–52 ft) and weigh approximately 36,000 kilograms (79,000 lb). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with unusually long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. An acrobatic animal known for breaching and slapping the water with its tail and pectorals, it is popular with whale watchers off Australia, New Zealand, South America, Canada, and the United States.

Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. Its purpose is not clear, though it may have a role in mating.

Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 kilometres (16,000 mi) each year. Humpbacks feed only in summer, in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth in the winter. During the winter, humpbacks fast and live off their fat reserves. Their diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net feeding technique.

Like other large whales, the humpback was and is a target for the whaling industry. Once hunted to the brink of extinction, its population fell by an estimated 90% before a moratorium was introduced in 1966. While stocks have since partially recovered, entanglement in fishing gear, collisions with ships, and noise pollution continue to impact the 80,000 humpbacks worldwide.

Humpbacks feed primarily in summer and live off fat reserves during winter. They feed only rarely and opportunistically in their wintering waters. The humpback is an energetic hunter, taking krill and small schooling fish such as Atlantic herringAtlantic salmoncapelin, and American sand lance, as well as Atlantic mackerelpollock, and haddock in the North Atlantic. Krill and copepods have been recorded as prey species in Australian and Antarctic waters. Humpbacks hunt by direct attack or by stunning prey by hitting the water with pectoral fins or flukes.

The humpback has the most diverse feeding repertoire of all baleen whales. Its most inventive technique is known as bubble net feeding; a group of whales swims in a shrinking circle blowing bubbles below a school of prey. The shrinking ring of bubbles encircles the school and confines it in an ever-smaller cylinder. This ring can begin at up to 30 metres (98 ft) in diameter and involve the cooperation of a dozen animals. Using a crittercam attached to a whale’s back, some whales were found to blow the bubbles, some dive deeper to drive fish toward the surface, and others herd prey into the net by vocalizing. The whales then suddenly swim upward through the “net”, mouths agape, swallowing thousands of fish in one gulp. Plated grooves in the whale’s mouth allow the creature to easily drain all the water initially taken in.

Given scarring records, killer whales are thought to prey upon juvenile humpbacks, though this has never been witnessed. The result of these attacks is generally nothing more serious than some scarring of the skin, but young calves likely are sometimes killed.

Courtship rituals take place during the winter months, following migration toward the equator from summer feeding grounds closer to the poles. Competition is usually fierce, and unrelated males, dubbed escorts by researcher Louis Herman, frequently trail females, as well as mother-calf dyads. Male gather into “competitive groups” and fight for females. Group size ebbs and flows as unsuccessful males retreat and others arrive to try their luck. Behaviours include breaching, spyhoppinglob-tailingtail-slapping, fin-slapping, peduncle throws, charging and parrying. Whale songs are assumed to have an important role in mate selection; however, they may also be used between males to establish dominance. Females typically breed every two or three years. The gestation period is 11.5 months, yet some individuals have been known to breed in two consecutive years. The peak months for birth are January, February, July, and August, with usually a one- to two–year period between humpback births. They can live up to 48 years.

Playa Fronton:

Playa Fronton is located on Samana Peninsula near Las Galeras and it is one of the most spectacular beaches for snorkelling. Its sea water is the clearest in the Dominican Republic, it sparkles in beautiful turquoise colour, it is surrounded by a coral reef in the water and in the background there is a 125m cliff with Indian caves. The sand on the beach shines in wonderful white colour, we can see plenty of corals, colourful fish, sea urchins, etc. The temperature of the water is 30 °C all year round. Its access requires professional staff, it is known only by 0,1% of the tourists.

 

Travel details:

Our tour begins with a 30-minute-long flight. We fly over the hotels in Punta Cana and the wonderful white coastline, then over the lagoons of Nissibon. Leaving the beaches of Miches we will fly over Samana Bay. After that we get on a comfortable bus and get to the most eastern part of Samana peninsula, Las Galeras, where we board a speedboat to Playa Fronton. After a wonderful snorkelling experience we board a boat again and we leave for an exciting whale watching. After whale watching we return to Playa Fronton, where we have lunch and reaching  Playa Madame we return to Las Galeras where we depart to Las Galeras airport and land at 6:00 pm on Cana.

  

    

    

    

    

    

HOURS FROM PUNTA CANA AND BAVARIAN:

We pick up our passengers between 6:30 and 7:00 am at the hotel reception, in Bayahibe between 5:00 and 5:30.

 

Price includes: bus, airfare, jungle trip, speedboat, admission fees and meals.

 

WHAT TO BRING: swimsuit, flip flops, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat / cap, towel, insect repellent, camera, some clothes to change into.

 

Price: 215 USD – Samana by plane El Limon waterfall and Cayo Levantado island (groups of 6-18 people)

 

250 USD VIP group 4+5 people 

 

Price: 230 USD – El Limon waterfall and Playa Rincon- Las Galeras (groups of 6-18 people)

 

275 USD VIP group 4+5 people 

 

Price: 230 USD –Las Galeras – Playa Rincon – Playa Madame- Playa Fronton and La Playita ( 6-18 people)

 

275 USD VIP group 4+5 people 

 

Price: 250 USD –Whale watching – Playa Rincon (from Dec to March)

 

Aircraft:

– Cherokee Piper PA-28

– Jetstream 31B-LET-410

– Piper Navajo Chiftaine

 

NOTE:

– Our tour is available on each day of the week

–  English tour guide

– Not suitable for children under 5 years old

– No applicable discount

– The cost includes snorkel equipment for free

–  You can buy new snorkel equipment for 15 USD (goggles and snorkel)

Samana Peninsula on the mainland – 2-day program

This tour is available to the guests of Hotel Punta Cana, Bavaro and Bayahibe

 

Samana Peninsula

It is in the north-east part of the country, surrounded by the Atlantic ocean, white sandy beaches, waterfalls and whales are the main attractions. It has been difficult to access this region for a long time because of its geographical features. Many of the inhabitants of this region are descendants of slaves brought from the United States. The most important attraction of the peninsula is the whales escaping from northern cold towards south in the winter months. We can get insight into their mating habits and their new-born calves. They can be seen swimming near the coast. The capital of the province is called Santa Bárbara de Samaná. It was discovered by Columbus on uring his first trip and it was named after one of the Catholic Monarchs. Samana Peninsula is the destination for the biggest Caribbean cruisers. From Malecon the biggest cruisers can be seen during winter months. Cayo Levantado or Bacardi island, as it is more often called is a 10-minute boat trip from the harbour of the city. We can experience fast development in tourism recently. Besides places mentioned above Las Galeras and Las Terrenas are real shelters and places to relax. Its most popular beaches are Rincon, Playa Playita, Colorado and Madame or the Playa Front, which is not really well-known because it is difficult to access.

 

Travel details (Day 1)

The tour begins with a visit to Bacardi Island (better known as Cayo Levantado), located at the entrance of the Samana Bay, Bacardi Island only has 1 square kilometre of tropical Caribbean foilage, with its beautiful beach and crystal turquoise waters and white sand, is also ideal for swimming or snorkelling. It is known as ‘Bacardi Island’ because of the palm trees that appear in advertisements for the famous brand Bacardi rum. Leaving the Bacardi Island, we return to the city where we can explore the city of the Victorian era, Puerto Principe. Before walking through the city, we can see the local market. We can find Salto de Limon, the highest waterfall of the country 30 minutes from here. It is a real adventure trip as we often have to go trough real tropical rainforests, sometimes on horseback. 40 m high waterfall, ferns, tropical fruits, cocoa and high humidity makes it a very special place. The peninsula is well-known for its flora, some very special trees and plants can be found here, that cannot be found anywhere else. Of course, its 7500 mm annual rainfall contributes to this as well, as it makes to emerge this specific vegetation possible here. Majority of inhabitants earn their living from tourism and fishing, they are very religious.

 

Travel details (Day 2)

Early in the morning we get on the Dominican ferry and sail to Sabana de la mar passing the hilly part of the Samana bay. With an adventurous trip we can get to Cano Hondo, which is a little river port. We can pass through the oldest mangroeves and get to San Lorenzo from where we can have a look at the whole Haitises National Park. Continuing our tour we reach the Indian caves, La Linea. We can see unbelievable formations, rock carvings and pyctographs created by the natives. Finishing our tour we return to Sabana de la Mar where we can eat special fish dishes for lunch. It is a special type of fish called Minuta and it can be found only here. Then we leave for Samana and from that point we can go on to Punta Cana.

    

    

    

    

 

    

  

HOURS FROM Punta Cana and Bavaro:

Collection of participants between 3:30 and 4:00 am at the hotel reception

Return to the hotels: around 11:00 pm next day

 

HOURS FROM Bayahibe:

Collection of participants between 5:00 and 5:30 am at the hotel reception

Return to the hotels: around 10:30 pm next day

 

Price: 250 USD

 

 35 USD – optional whale watching (from Dec to March)

 

Price includes: bus, meals, admission fees, boat fares and hotel room.

 

WHAT TO BRING: swimsuit, flip flops, sunglasses, sunscreen, hat / cap, towel, insect repellent, camera, suitable clothes for two days.

 

NOTE:

 

– Our tour is available on each day of the week

– English tour guide

– This tour requires minimum 6 people

– For children 0-3 free, 3-10 get 50% discount

– The cost includes snorkel equipment for free

–  You can buy new snorkel equipment for 15 USD (goggles and snorkel)