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About Samana Peninsula

The Samana Peninsula (Península de Samaná) is located on the northeast coast of the Dominican Republic and is popular among divers of all levels. There is a variety of dive sites with depth ranges of 16-177ft/5-54m that are full of marine life, colors and shapes. The greatest attraction of Samaná Peninsula remains the humpback whales that mate and give birth in this region. Some of the most exciting spots include The Tower, with cascading coral full of lobsters and crabs, Cabo Cabrón, Punta Balandra and Cayo Levantado. This part of the Dominican Republic is also known for its national parks and marine sanctuaries, which protect the varied flora and fauna.

When to go to Samana Peninsula

Due to the favorable weather and warm water, it is possible to dive near Samaná Peninsula any time of the year. The average air temperature range is 79-84F/26-29C, the best season for diving being from June to September. The water temperature is usually around 79-82F/26-28C, which allows for comfortable diving at greater depths as well. Water visibility can reach 98ft/30m around this area. Humpback whale season is from January through March.  

 

What to see

Abundant rock and coral formations combined with walls and wrecks are home to large species like leatherjackets, jacks, barracudas, dorados (mahi-mahi) and swordfish