Welcome to Samaná


The first expedition to see North Atlantic humpback whales passing through the waters off the town was in 1985, and every year since then, from mid-January to mid-March, otherwise somnolent Samaná springs to life as an influx of tourists comes to catch glimpses of these magnificent aquatic mammals. Because North Atlantic humpbacks find the bay water particularly suitable for their annual version of speed dating, the commercialization of this natural spectacle has single-handedly catapulted the town’s tourism status – for a few months each year, at least – to world-renowned.


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$169 Day Trips & Excursions

Samana Beach, Waterfall Tour and Cruise from Punta Cana

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Samana Bay, Samana Province, Dominican RepublicRio los CocosDuration: 1 hourStop At: Samana Bay, Samana Province, Dominican RepublicCascada Rio Los CocosDuration: 1 hour

$13.20 Transfers & Ground Transport

Puerto Plata Airport (POP) Arrival to Hotel by Shared Transfer

After arriving at Puerto Plata International Airport, meet your driver outside the arrivals hall. Board your air-conditioned minivan, which seats up to 15 people, and relax on the journey to your hotel in Puerto Plata, Playa Dorada, Sosua, Cabarete, Rio San Juan, Luperon, Santiago or Samana.  This convenient airport transfer service lets you avoid the hassle of taxis, public transport and rental cars, saving you time to enjoy more of your Dominican Republic vacation.  When making a booking for this shared arrival transfer from Puerto Plata International Airport to your hotel, you will need to make a note of your flight and hotel details. Your transfer will be confirmed within 24 hours of booking, and you will be provided with a travel voucher to present to the driver. It's that easy!

$169 Day Trips & Excursions

Samana Day Trip Through Miches

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Restaurant michesAfter your hotel pick up we stop at a ranch and at a restaurant where you will have a light morning snack before boarding the boat that will take you to samana.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Samana Bay, Samana Province, Dominican RepublicBoat ride to SamanaDuration: 50 minutesStop At: El Salto del Limon, Samana Province, Dominican RepublicHorseback ride to El Salto del Limon WaterfallsDuration: 2 hours

$299 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Punta Cana to Samana Peninsula All-Inclusive Day Trip by Air

Start your day with early morning hotel pickup in Punta Cana and head to a nearby airport, where you’ll be greeted with drinks and music before you climb aboard a turboprop aircraft. Take a short flight north over the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic and admire the aerial views of white sand beaches and the sparkling Samaná Bay. Upon arrival in Samaná, hop into a safari truck and rumble up into the Sierra de Samaná mountains. Enjoy lush landscapes during the drive and disembark at a local plantation. Your guide escorts you about the grounds, pointing out the native fruits and plants, in addition to agricultural products made in the region like coffee and cacao. Taste the freshness of these products, as well as honey and casabe, or cassava bread.After about an hour at the plantation, move on to a horseback-riding ranch in El Limón. After a safety briefing, clop off and follow your guide into a dense tropical forest along the Arroyo Chico River. Arrive at El Limón Waterfall, sheeting 165 feet (50 meters) of water into a turquoise-colored swimming hole at the base. Spend about 35 minutes here, splashing around in the hole and taking pictures. Return to the stables and then head to Samaná’s pier for a brief tour of the port town, formally called Santa Bárbara de Samaná. Stop for lunch at a local restaurant with panoramic views of the bay, and tuck into delicious Dominican gourmet fare, washing it down with beer, wine and select cocktails (included). Refueled, climb aboard your catamaran at the pier and speed on to Cayo Levantado, also known as Bacardi Island. Step off the boat and dig your toes into the velvety white sand, swim or snorkel in the warm green-blue waters, or seek shade under coconut palms and sip a cool drink (provided).After a laid-back hour on the island, return to Samaná and take transport to your turboprop aircraft. Fly back to Punta Cana and arrive at your hotel in the early evening.

$75 Outdoor Activities

El Limon Zipline Adventure from Samana

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Samana..Duration: 3 hours

$139.99 Cultural & Theme Tours

Puerto Plata to Samana Peninsula Full-Day Trip with Lunch

After pickup at your hotel in Puerto Plata, learn the details about the day ahead from your informative guide. Start with a light continental breakfast aboard the comfortable coach, and relax on the approx. 3-hour drive to Samaná.On arrival, transfer to a safari-style truck and journey to Rancho Aventuras, where you'll hop on a horse. After a safety briefing, traverse through the tropical setting of El Limón National Park to hidden waterfalls, including El Limón, which spits out water from 165 feet (50 meters) above. Feel free to jump in the lagoon where the water splashes down!Returning by safari truck to Santa Bárbara de Samaná, the main town, see landmarks and learn from your guide about the fascinating history of the area. Following your city tour, head to lunch at El Timon restaurant and feast on a Dominican buffet as well as the panoramic view of Samaná Bay.Then hop on a boat for Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island) and keep your eyes open for whales (especially January to March) because this is one of the best whale-watching spots on the planet. Located just 4 miles (7 km) from the main town on the Samaná Peninsula,Cayo Levantado is a tropical paradise and a must-see locale. Sip an included beer and soft drinks at the beach bar (tropical cocktails such as piña coladas, banana mamas and coco locos are available for purchase), enjoy leisurely time on the sugar-white sands of Bacardi Beach, or go swimming in the sea. Returning to the Samaná pier at the end of the day, you're provided a light snack and transported back to your hotel having just experienced a slice of paradise.