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From Punta Cana: Famous Whale Samana and Cayo Levantado Beach with Whale Biologist provided by Tour Samana with Terry

From Punta Cana: Famous Whale Samana and Cayo Levantado Beach with Whale Biologist

From Punta Cana: Famous Whale Samana and Cayo Levantado Beach with Whale Biologist
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Wild humpback whales visit the Dominican Republic’s Samana Bay every winter to bear young—a unique wildlife-watching opportunity. Seize the chance to see the whales on a tour from Punta Cana with marine biologist Kim Beddall, who’ll provide observations and insight you’d never hear otherwise. Admire the Dominican countryside on route to Samana, cruise to Cayo Levantado, and enjoy your whale-spotting boat trip before free time on the island’s beach.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Available languages
German, English, French, Spanish
Highlights
  • Whale-spotting cruise in Samana Bay from Punta Cana area
  • Grab the chance to view humpbacks, with commentary from a marine expert
  • See whales in the wild from a boat before relaxing on Cayo Levantado beach
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off, with entry fees to whale sanctuary extra
Know before you go
  • Duration: 12h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
Highlights
  • Whale-spotting cruise in Samana Bay from Punta Cana area
  • Grab the chance to view humpbacks, with commentary from a marine expert
  • See whales in the wild from a boat before relaxing on Cayo Levantado beach
  • Includes hotel pickup and drop-off, with entry fees to whale sanctuary extra
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 39870P9
Call +44 12 2492 8241
Important information
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • All activities
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Dominican Republic
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees Whale Sanctuary Fees $5 per person cash
  • Entry/Admission - Samana Bay
Duration
12h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from Resorts, Hotels, Apartments and Vacation Rentals and some points of interest.
  • La Altagracia Province, La Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Inclusions
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Beverages
  • Snacks
  • All activities
  • Live commentary on board
  • Professional guide
  • Entry/Admission - Dominican Republic
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Entrance fees Whale Sanctuary Fees $5 per person cash
  • Entry/Admission - Samana Bay
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from Resorts, Hotels, Apartments and Vacation Rentals and some points of interest.
  • La Altagracia Province, La Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic
Duration
12h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • Pass by
    Punta Cana
  • 1
    Samana Bay
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Cayo Levantado Beach
    Stop: 60 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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FranicaTravels
Chicago, IL25 contributions
Whales!
First off, the whale watching with Kim was amazing! We saw a number of whales and she and her crew did a great job of making sure you knew where to look. We saw some breach in the distance, but none up close. The one unfortunate thing abt taking the tour from Punta Cana is that you are last to board the boat, so if the top is full you are stuck on the bottom.

All if that being said, this tour is a commitment. You are picked up at 6am to drive 2 hrs to take a 30-45 mins bumpy boat ride. We weren’t soaked by the end like others have mentioned, but I think we had a good driver as it is a very small boat and I can see how you could easily get soaked. The lunch after the whale watching was nothing special, and the rest of our group wasn’t super interested in the beach, so we only got to spend abt 45mins there.

Overall, whale watching is amazing and something everyone should do if they have the chance, but maybe in a different location. If we were to do things over, we would go to Samana to stay for 1-2 nights, instead of spending 2/3s of our day driving.
Written 13 February 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

KMS
1 contribution
Do not take this tour if you're traveling from Puntacana
Mar 2019 • Family
Actual tour with Kim Beddall was great. Wouldn't want to go with any other guide but her. However, getting from Puntacana to Samana bay is a two hour ride by bus and then a 40 minute ride across the bay for 40 minutes in a small fishing boat. its 40 minutes of being bounced around and completely soaked. The bay is huge with large waves in a small boat. Absolutely destroyed the trip. Tripped was booked with Terry's Tours and they said only way to get to the whale boat as it was another 2 hours by car. I had my family (including 2 teens) and felt very unsafe (have spent whole life on boats so I'm used to being bounced around on boats). Cant imagine if had been traveling with small children. Tour should not have been offered with this option of transportation as its unsafe.
Written 27 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
TourSamanaWithTerry
We do ask in advance that you do not write reviews based on the rough sea conditions. We cannot control the sea and it is the only way to get you there. We have warned everyone in advance that it may get rough and you may get wet. We ask that people not take this tour if it will be a problem for them.
Written 19 January 2021
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Rachel G
Norwich, UK65 contributions
Great day
We were picked up last of 3 at 7am, the driver was friendly and welcoming. The Dominican countryside is beautiful.

We met our guide (Glennis) just before the crossing. She was also friendly and answered loads of random questions we hadabout life in the Dominican. We were fortunate to have smooth ish crossings both ways to Cayo Levantado where you meet Kim’s boat. We did take travel sickness tablets in preparation and they give you sickness bands on the tour boat.

The whale tour was amazing! We saw 3 calf’s with mummas and one with a big male escort. Kim was a great tour guide so knowledgeable, all of the rest of the crew were so good. There were plenty of places to sit with the best place on the bottom deck.

We had a good lunch with dietary requirements taken into consideration on Cayo Levantado.

Cayo Levantado itself you only need a few hours on, beach with a couple of snorkelling areas, touristy with hut shops and bars.

I did get wet on the way back! But all good fun.
Written 12 March 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jonathan A
1 contribution
Whale Watching and the Boat Ride from Hell
Feb 2019 • Couples
We took the Whale watching tour from Punta Cana. The bus ride from Punta Cana to the port was pleasant and the Dominican countryside was beautiful. Then we got on a boat and things turned bad.

I've been on a wide variety of boats before on rivers, lakes, and the ocean. I've been bumped around on white water rafting trips and would say I have decent sea legs.

This was the WORST boat ride I've ever been on in my life. The ride was in a 24 ft speedboat that would slap down extremely hard on the water every 20 seconds for the entire 30 minute boat ride. We were near the front where the impacts were the most severe, and I thought I was going to break a crown. Imagine skipping rocks across a rough patch of water, but in this case you are the rock.

We finally made it to the other side and once we got off the boat, we had to pay $5 USD for reasons unknown. We had already paid $200 per person. Why not include the $5 into the ticket price?

After paying, we waited for a bit for the whale tour boat to get there. Once it arrived, we went on the whale tour and that went off without a hitch. Saw a couple whales wave at us and a couple far-off breaches, so I'd say the whale tour portion was successful!

We got back to the island and met up with our tour guide who took us to lunch. The food was excellent and the conversation pleasant, but honestly, the only thing I was thinking about was enduring the boat ride back.

The boat ride back was just as rough if not worse than the ride in. We ended up sitting on extra life preservers to cushion the impacts, but it was still very rough.

Overall, I'd say if you are not in good shape and are not ready for 2 high-impact 30 minute boat rides, don't take this tour from Punta Cana.

I realize they have a disclaimer on the site about a rough boat ride, but I feel like the risk of injury/discomfort is not communicated adequately.
Written 21 February 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
We do ask in advance that you do not write reviews based on the rough sea conditions. We cannot control the sea and it is the only way to get you there. We have warned everyone in advance that it may get rough and you may get wet. We ask that people not take this tour if it will be a problem for them.
Written 18 March 2019
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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kremenat2014
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Great Tour!
The beaches are beautiful! The service provide also very good meeting all our desires. The tide can be a little b
Frosef709
Frosef709
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Cancellation due to Pandemic
Due to the situation with the Coronavirus, our cruise was suddenly cancelled. I contacted Terry and in less than 4
Passenger556387
Passenger556387
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Fantastic trip!
This was the Best Whale Watching trip ever! We booked in February and so glad we went with Whale Samana. The biolo
vkgb
vkgb
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This review is only of Terry's professionalism
I was scheduled to take a tour with Terry, which I needed to cancel due to the coronavirus. I notified him of my d
DMoore_6
DMoore_6
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Fun tour learning about humpback whales!
Great day out with Kim and the crew. It was a calm day so no one experienced sea sickness, but they gave us sea bra
ratnrol
ratnrol
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Wonderful Review of Samana Zipline, ATV, Beach & culture (Port of Call tour)
In any service related business, the soft product/experience is likely the differentiator. Hiring the right people
Soulsispris
Soulsispris
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Great tour to gorgeous beaches by speedboat
We’ve visited Samaná for two weeks a could mole of weeks ago and booked this speedboat your to various gorgeous bea
Michael F
Michael F
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Great tour! Professional and well done
We had arrived at Las Terrenas the night before. We had the private tour booked for the Los Haitises Park. Benjami
angie g
angie g
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Perfect as usual!!!
We used Tour Samana with Terry for our airport transfers again for our recent vacation. Awesome as always, our flig
sixerfl
sixerfl
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Excellent tour company, highly recommend
We took 2 tours through this company. The first one was the Cultural Tour from Samana. It was supposed to be a shar
luckytimer
luckytimer
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Impeccable, trustworthy service!
We just returned from a week at a resort in the Samana area. Since my husband has ALS, he uses an electric wheelch
MauriceC23
MauriceC23
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NICE EXCURSION!
We went on this excursion me and the wife . They pick you up at around 8:00-8:15 am from the resort and then you dr
cpryo
cpryo
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Outstanding Customer Service
Unfortunately, we were not able to go on our tour. However, Terry handled our cancelation with top notch service. W
Molly W
Molly W
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Incredible Whale Watch Experience!
We had an amazing and educational experience with Kim Beddall and her staff. We went out for 3 hours, Kim and her
Terry H
Terry H
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Great Guides and Playful Whales
We booked this before we left - it was cheaper than through the hotel and the description was in English! The water
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