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We hopped on a gua gua to Santiago where we met up with our friend Kelly. Kelly is also a Peace Corps volunteer, and she lives relatively close to Rachele. After an inspirational four hour bus ride through the countryside we finally arrived at the Samana peninsula. Kelly had come to meet up with some friends and to hike to a waterfall the following day. Since we had just hopped on the bus this morning without a clue to what our actual plans were, we decided to tag along with Kelly.
We met up with her friends and after some deliberating, we decided to go see the whales with Kelly, while her friends hung out at the beach.
Every year from late January to early march, more than twelve thousand humpback whales use the Samana bay as a breeding ground and nursery
If you would like to recreate our whale watching experience at home, here is what to do.First fill your bathtub to the rim with overly salted water. Now get a dozen friends and cram yourselves into the tub. Comfortable? Turn on the shower. Now have everyone rock back and forth, it will help if one person can vomit over the side. Its important to have one person standing in the back directing people to change positions the whole time in something that sounds like Spanish
I wouldn’t have changed a thing. Although the rough seas and all the water made it impossible to keep the camera out and so of the half dozen of whales that we did get to see went unphotographed.
Afterwards we were taken to Cayo Levantado, a little tropical island in the bay, where we were told to wait on a ferry to take us back to the mainland. The island was stunning. Apparently it is a very popular day trip destination for Dominicans. There is a resort on the island, but the beaches are free and very beautiful. Later we would find out that this island was used in Bacardi’s ad campaign in the 70’s and early 80’s. We were only there for about 30 minutes or so, then off on the ferry for the slow ride back.