Samana is a beautiful town which is the capital of the Samana Peninsula, located in the northeast of the Dominican Republic. Enjoy many great private tours of the town and its surrounding attractions.
This town is regarded as a natural treasure and has spectacular coves, secluded bays, impressive waterfalls and mountains with great views of the surrounding landscape.
From January to March, Samana is a very popular place due to the number of humpback whales that can be seen as they frolic in the Samana Bay during mating season. There are lots of boat tours that bring you up close to the whales, but there are also areas on the mainland with great viewing points to see the whales in the Bay.
The town itself has history and culture to be explored by guided tours and excellent beaches from which to do water sports activities such as snorkeling, bodyboarding and wading. The cosmopolitan vibe that this town has is even more evident at night in the wonderful restaurants, cafes, bars and nightclubs. Read More...
Fall in Love With the Waterfalls of El Limon on Amazing Sightseeing Tours
The water adventures in Samana are not all located on the shores of Samana but also in the outskirts of the town with such places as the Cascada El Limon. This stunning waterfall is a 'must see' on a sightseeing tour. It can be reached by hiking or on horseback which in themselves are great tours due to the picturesque landscape you travel through.
Another naturally beautiful place to visit via a short boat tour from the Port of Samana is the Los Haitises National Park. This park has a protected virgin forest, hills which range from 90 feet to 130 feet in height, caves to explore and much flora and fauna to see.
Top 10 Things to Do in Samana
Cascada El Limon
When visiting Samana, go on a trekking tour to see the Cascada El Limon, Salto El Limon or El Limon Waterfalls. The waterfall is are only accessible by trekking or on horseback as you have to travel through the dense forest. Arriving at the waterfall you are met with a majestic sight and the water is very refreshing after the trek. The waterfall is around 40 meters tall with lots of lush greenery surrounding it.
Los Hiatises National Park
One a boat tour visit the Los Hiatises National Park and explore the excellent attractions found here. There are caves which have painted pictograms from the times of the Taino Indians, a sanctuary of birds, natural wildlife, a mangrove forest and beautiful hills offering great views. The movie Jurassic Park had scenes filmed here and it is regarded among the crown jewels of national parks in the country.
Whale Museum Samana
Take a guided tour to the Whale Museum or the Museo de las Ballenas in Samana. This museum was set up to encourage, develop and promote the knowledge of the Whale and other cetaceans in the Dominican Republic. There are many exhibits on whale and dolphin but the most impressive is the Humpback Whale skeleton exhibition. This is a fascinating tour and afterward, you can purchase handcrafted souvenirs.
Las Terrenas is an old fishing town located in the Samana Peninsula and an interesting place to see on a sightseeing tour. This town was difficult to access for many years and therefore has managed to preserve its old town charm although it is developing gradually into a popular resort. It has lovely beaches and beautiful waters with many water activities such as sailing and diving to the underwater caverns.
Cayo Levantado Cay
Visit the island of Cayo Levantado while on a leisurely boat tour from Samana. It is located in the Samana Bay and is also known as Island Bacardi due to the palm trees here being the inspiration for the logo for Bacardi. This island is small and it is possible to walk from one side to the other in 15 minutes. The beaches are stunning lined with fabulous palm trees. The waters offer great watersports which you can do.
Las Galeras is another charming town found not far from Samana on the Samana Peninsula and well worth taking a sightseeing tour to visit. This town is more traditional Dominican style than others with coconut trees surrounding the small houses and restaurants serving mainly traditional cuisine. Again, there are stunning beaches and crystal clear waters with beautiful coral reefs to explore when diving here.
Whale Watching Tours
During the months of January, February and March, it is mating season for the humpback whales and the Samana Bay is where many of these whales come. There are brilliant Whale Watching tours whereby you go out on a boat to get close to the whales and where you can watch them play and frolic. It is advisable to be prepared to get splashed from their spray. These are fascinating creatures to watch.
Diving and Snorkeling Tours Samana
Within the crystal multi colored blue waters of Samana, there are numerous incredible diving and snorkeling areas where you can explore the fascinating world underwater. On diving and snorkeling tours, explore the many beautiful coral reefs, underwater caverns and see the tropical fish and plantlike. All tours are with professional and qualified diving instructors and you are guaranteed a great time.
Zip line Adventure Tours
The zip line adventure tours are for those who seek thrills and adrenaline and these can be done from Samana. A good place to is in the dense forests of Juana Vicenta not far from Samana pier. The zip lines are situated high above the forest and the views are spectacular as you scream your way over them. There are expert professionals to explain everything you need to know.
Beaches of the Samana Province
To see all the best beaches that are found in the Samana Peninsula, you will need to do a sightseeing tour for beaches only. There are many wonderful beaches and each one offering excellent watersports such as water skiing, paragliding, kite surfing, surfing, windsurfing, paddle boarding, bodyboarding and wadeboarding. Find your favorite beach on this tour.
Travel Tips for Samana
Best Time To Visit
For travelers interested in the spectacular sight of whales then the best time to visit the town of Samana is during January to March. These months also have good weather suitable for sightseeing tours. The warmest months to visit are mid- April, May, June, July, August, September, October and November, perfect vacation time for those looking to laze on the beach and enjoy the refreshing water sports tours.
The prices in Samana are on average reasonable for tourists. The best value for money is to book all inclusive deals with the resorts. There are casual hotels and lodges for travelers passing through and only staying a few nights that can cost from US$25 upwards. The restaurants are good value with a full evening meal costing from US$10 per person. All types of private tours vary in price throughout the year.
Know Before Visiting
Like most popular destinations, wherever possible, trips should be booked well in advance and this also is the same for any popular sightseeing tours especially if traveling to see the whales. When on guided tours or sightseeing tours to such places as the forests and waterfalls, never stray away from the group. At nighttime, you should not walk alone on dark streets or beaches.
The weather in Samana is fairly warm all year with good temperatures and lots of sunshine. February, March and April have nice sunny weather with temperatures of 28-29 degrees Celsius. June and July have temperatures averaging 31 degrees Celsius during the day, but in July there can be a good few days where it will rain at some stage. The wettest month is May and the driest month is March.