With more than 25 percent of the country made up of protected lush land and pristine coastal areas, Dominican Republic has seen steady interest in its ecotourism offerings in recent years. The spring season becomes particularly popular with nature-minded travelers with the arrival of 3.000-5.000 humpback whales.
Dominican Republic’s natural beauty makes it a unique and special place to visit. Tourists will find that the list of things to do is plentiful. The world-renowned whale-watching opportunities are only one of many attractions that fulfill the desires of guests wanting to fully immerse themselves in environment, wildlife and culture.
Just like the thousands of guests that visit Dominican Republic every year, humpback whales migrate to Samaná Bay in search of warmer temperatures. Whales visit the bay annually because they can comfortably mate and nurse newborn calves.
The whale season lasts from mid-January until late March when the whales return back to their habitats – until then, there’s no better time or place to experience and watch the largest mammal on earth from just a few distance away.
Saona Island is part of the Cotubanamá National Park (formerly the National Park of the East). It is an island within another island, becoming protected areas since September 1975, because it contains exuberant masses of forests, mangroves, coastal areas and beaches. One of the biggest attractions of this island is the natural pool, which is not a meter deep and you can see fish and starfish.
On the island there are about 572 species of flora, sea turtles, parrots, gulls and in the marshes and lagoons predominate mangrove species of Neotropics. Some of these species are in danger of extinction and it is also a safe way area for whales, which are also endangered.