I Saw Whales
One of the biggest dreams of mine was to get to see a whale in the Dominican Republic. I not only saw one but three whales!
Every year more than 1500 humpback whales visit Samaná bay in the months January, February and March. Whale watching is a huge attraction for tourists from all over the world.
I booked a boat excursion from http://www.whalesamana.com that ended up costing 59 US dollars plus extra 5 dollars for a stay on a beach. The date was the 18th of February and departure at 9 am.
We woke up at 5:30 to eat breakfast and drive to Samaná (It takes around 2 hours to drive to Samaná from Moca). We went to an office and got my ticket and before I knew it I was on my way to see humpback whales! The tour guides were amazing and kept us informed the whole time in three different languages (Spanish, English and German).
All in all, we saw five whales. Two whales at the beginning that swam beside the boat for about ten minutes. I managed to get a semi-okay picture of one the two but it was difficult to capture them. They had the same colour as the water, only showed there backs for about two seconds and we were on a moving boat.
After that, it began to rain a lot and I completely gave up on the photo-taking. Later we saw one more whale swimming beside the boat that I had a clear view of. Even though it was raining I decided to stand in the front of the boat to be able to see everything.
We also saw the famous tip of the tail and also one whale “waving” with its flippers. I was extremely lucky to see a whale breach in the distance that created a huge splash (breaching is when the whales jump out of the water).
After three hours at sea, we sailed to an island I had paid to stay at for three and a half hours more. The beach was absolutely stunning and I spent the time bathing in the water and sun. I had brought my own food because I didn’t want to pay for the tourist food.
On the way back I got on the wrong boat and ended up in a boat for Russian people. Nobody asked questions but I was extremely confused when they only spoke Russian to me. I just nodded because we were already on our way and I couldn’t do anything else. Luckily I ended up in the right place and my host mom came and picked me up.
This was one of my favourite experiences so far this year and for sure a once in a lifetime experience!