Samana Bay
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This bay is best known for the frequency with which humpback whales and dolphins are seen here.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Mhairi G
87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Although we were squashed into a boat with heaps of other people I felt extremely privileged to watch humpback whales breaching in the bay. It was a mum with 2 young, super close to us. What an amazing experience. Feb 2023
Written 8 March 2023
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Glyndwr_10
Gresford, UK148 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Visited here from Cruise ship Azamara recently, although nearly everywhere was closed the only good thing about the place was the little church.
We landed by tender to be greeted by a swarm of noisy taxi drivers, we managed a short walk near the landing area of around 30 minutes.
The streets were covered in litter, glass and plastic bottles which spilled into the sea.
I appreciate the area and people are deprived but there was no excuse for the amount of litter around.
It is a shame as this has clouded our judgement about visiting the country again.
Written 9 January 2023
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rubio13
Jacksonville, Florida, USA14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
Beautiful town of Samana and great place to see migrating whales. Many choices of hotels and vendors that will take you to see the whales.
Written 1 August 2022
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moggey
toronto60 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Took a ships tour out to see the whales.and did we see them,hudreds all around the boat,mothers and babies spouting,and flapping their tales.Amazing.
Then walked into town,a pleasant walk along the sea front,which is really being improved with well shaped trees and flowering bushes.Still ways to go,but I’m sure it will be done soon.Stopped near the town,and bought a drink...juice....and sat under an umbrella and watched the world go by....very relaxing.
Went into a “jewelry “ shop on the way back to the ship.Delightful gentleman helped us,not pushy at all.Id go back there and tour next time.
Written 26 February 2020
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David K
Pittsburgh, PA5 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This was a nice stop over for the day. I wouldn't spend much more time than that here. The Bay itself is nice, with a few attractions you can take out on the Bay. Took the catamaran out of the Bay for the day. The first stop had some fish but the water wasn't very clear. The second stop didn't have many fish at all but the there was a beach you could swim toward.
Written 11 February 2020
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guest524
Calgary, Canada11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018
You are taken to the sea in a boat which is pretty speedy. A nice chance to watch birds, mangroves, caves, etc. Served booze and music make it even more enjoyable. Reasonable prices for a day trip. We visited before 2018 but in the drop down menu there were no previous years. I don't think much has canged since in terms of nature and sevices. Absolutely enjoyed the trip and our stay in Samana. The town isn't that clean though, some good housekeeping job is needed around the place, in the streets and surrounding area. But people are friendly and speak English.
Written 6 November 2019
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Gabriela F
Guatemala City, Guatemala29 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Hard to find good restaurants, dirty beaches. Would say better stay close to Las Terrenas where you have great beaches and wonderful restaurants.
Written 30 April 2019
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521trentw
Malagash, Canada14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Family
Great spot and tremendous views from all around the resort.if booking look at were your room is if you don’t like a lot of walking ,and stairs.Friendly staff food was good after 5th day all blends togeather. We went on March break was surprised not really that crowded.Shuttle into town 3-4min .if shopping ask for prices up front then negotiate.Went on the zip line and waterfalls excursion if you have 10 or more should be around 90-100 us or better.Highly recommend this kids /teens loved it .
Written 14 April 2019
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EireDude
Limerick, Ireland93 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
We spend a few days in the Semana Bay area arriving from the south to reach the sleepy town of Sabana de la Mar on the south side of the bay. We'd read about the 'ferry' that went from there to Santa Barbara de Semana (often just called Semana) and even imagined bringing a rental car across. Well you can't. In fact bringing yourself and a small carry on bag is quite enough of a challenge, especially with the unusually rough seas we encountered. The 'ferry' is a small (33ft/10m) wooden boat, with some wooden benches inside and windows - or at least plastic 'curtains' - on most sides. It ploughed its way through heavy seas with waves frequently breaking over the front windscreen and the largest drops provoking screams and laughter from our local fellow travellers. Life jackets may have been in the large box in the centre of the boat but I wouldn't be sure of that. Getting on and off involved a well-timed (and generously assisted) step from boat to rickety plank to boardwalk. One woman's bag went in the drink. The fare was a reasonable $5 and the return crossing less rough but this is not the frail, disabled or those of nervous disposition. That said, it was some experience. The real attractions are: on the north side - whale watching - a world class experience with 'Whales Semana' ; beaches - especially La Playita ; Food - some great restaurants at reasonable prices - with a distinctly Italian flavour.
On the south side : Los Haitises National Park is wonderful - a large expanse of mangrove trees with some pre-historic cave drawings. Our boat was a small open one with an outboard and our 'captain' seemed in a bit of a hurry. There were many birds to see - some quite spectacular - but a more leisurely approach would have made them easier to spot. However we were just 2 with a guide - who also took us (both!) to and from the town on the back of his 100cc Suzuki. Another memorable experience. In summary - this is a great place if you are not too bothered about health & safety and have at least a little Spanish.
Written 1 March 2019
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AshergiZer
Ostrovtsy, Russia70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
This is a must see. From mid-January, there are whales, huge, not rushing and graceful. It will remain in your memory for a long time!
Written 13 February 2019
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