As tourism continues to grow in Samana, so do the number of pastimes that are available to its visitors and snorkeling is fast becoming a top choice. There are some areas of the town's waters that snorkelers will want to avoid, however, so it is important to know where to go.
First, the water conditions in the Samana area are great. Temperatures remain above 75 degrees all year long, visibility can be up to 100 feet, and the waters are calm. When you snorkel, what you see will vary by site, but you can typically expect purple and yellow fan corals, sponges, sea plumes, sea urchins, anemones, ballyhoos parrotfish, yellowtail, snappers starfish, crab, and so much more.
If you're one who likes to grab some gear from a hotel and head out to the that fronts it for some snorkeling, the sector in front of Grand Bahia Principe Cayacoa is great, while the beach in front of Grand Bahia Principe El Portillo should be avoided since much of the coral is dead.
If you've never been snorkeling before or you want to make sure you get the most of your snorkeling time, it is recommended you hire a local tour operator to take you out to do some snorkeling. They are knowledgeable about the underwater landscape and aware of which conditions make for the best snorkeling. Some stick close to shore, but more will take you to some nearby islets for a more remote feel. You'll spend anywhere from $30 to $80(USD) for one of these tours.
Some people believe the most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.
If you're hoping to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you might want to check with Moto Marina Tours. Moto Marina Tours offers a variety of tours leading you to destinations such as the Haitises Park Caves, Cayo Levantado, and Cano Hando, among others. They also offer whale watching excursions in Samana Bay.
Another option worth investigating is Escape Tours Samana. Whether you choose the 22' Grady White, the 40' Sea Ray, or the 46' Catamaran, Escape Tours Samana will make your Dominican Republic vacation dreams come true. They're located in western Samana.
Some information about boat trips and day sails that provide snorkeling opportunities are displayed in the following table.
|Escape Tours Samana||(849) 206-9361||1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Samana|
|Moto Marina Tours||(809) 538-2302||Central Samana|
The following chart provides you with some information about a place that provides services related to snorkeling.
|Snorkeling Tour Operator||(809) 468-4055||4.5 mi. Southeast of Central Samana||Hispaniola|
For more information concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" read our detailed discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.
Without the huge crowds of some other beaches in the Dominican Republic, Samana is currently an ideal destination for snorkeling. The word is sure to get out soon, however, so make sure you make it out before big name resorts transform the area into something less secluded.
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