Boating and Sailing Near Samana

From whale watching to yachting, sailing around Samana takes many forms

Photo credit: © Jose Hungria

Thanks to its generally good conditions, Samana is considered one of the top destinations in the Dominican Republic for pleasure sailors. If you don't want to sail yourself from international waters, there are other ways to get out to sea that you should be aware of as well.

Boat Trips and Day Sailing

Humpback whale watching is a popular pastime in Samana, especially during the early part of the year. Companies like Whale Samana offer sailing trips out to where the most sightings are common, and allow passengers the opportunity to search for the majestic creature for about four hours.

If you're just wanting to enjoy a few hours on the open water, without the cost and complications associated with renting a boat you can join an excursion. Take a look at the chart that follows to get information on area day sailing companies.

Boat Excursions
Name Phone Location
Escape Tours Samana (849) 206-9361 The Bannister Hotel - 4.5 mi. (7.2 km) West of Samana
Moto Marina Tours (809) 538-2302 3 Calle Avenida Malecon - Samana
Whale Samana (809) 538-2494 Avenida La Marina - Samana

Entry Requirements

To clear your boat in Samana, you'll arrive in local waters flying your yellow "Q" flag. Upon arrival at the dock, you'll be required to meet with several government officials from departments such as the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Drug Enforcement, and the Coast Guard. Each has the right to inspect your boat, review your paperwork, and question you. In the end, you'll pay $10(USD) per person for a 30 day visa and $43(USD) to clear your boat.


As Samana works on the development of a more modern marina at the west end of the bay, those who are looking forward to getting out on the open sea can still make plans to dock here. Puerto Bahia, which is located on the north side of the bay is a full service marina featuring slips of up to 150 feet LOA. Amenities of the facility include 24-hour a day security, a fueling pier, a mini-market, bathroom and shower facilities, bars and restaurants, a hotel, a spa, and a pool. You'll also have access to the Internet, water, electricity, garbage pick-up, a water taxi, and personal concierge service. You can contact Puerto Bahia at 809-503-6363 for further details.

Planning to reach Samana using your own boat, or a boat you charter elsewhere? This next table contains a list of potential docking spots.

Name Phone Location
Marina de Samana -- Samana
Puerto Bahia (809) 732-2010 1.5 mi. (2.4 km) South West of Samana

If you're thinking of sailing to the Dominican Republic, consider Samana as your port. It is clean, easy to manage, and the town is a great place to visit indeed.


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