Snorkeling Around Samana

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. 

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the best snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're ready to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you should consider Escape Tours Samana. Escape Tours Samana offers private boat rentals, Beach BBQs, snorkeling trips, and whale watching tours, to name a few. Day Escapes, sunset tours, and waterfall horseback riding in Cascada El Limon are additional activities to enjoy.

Another option to consider is Moto Marina Tours. With a diverse fleet featuring 13 vessels, Moto Marina Tours is regarded as the number 1 sea tour operator in Samana. They were the first tour operator in the area, and they opened their doors in 1986. They're located within the heart of Samana.

Review the following chart for a list of boat trips and day sails that offer snorkeling.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Samana
Name Phone Location
Escape Tours Samana (849) 206-9361 1.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Samana
Moto Marina Tours (809) 538-2302 Central Samana

Snorkeling Services

The following table lists information concerning a company that offers services related to snorkeling.

Snorkeling Services Near Samana
Name Type Phone Location Island
Scubaquatic Samana Snorkeling Tour Operator (809) 468-4055 4.5 mi. Southeast of Central Samana Hispaniola

To learn more about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" check out this extensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

Without the huge crowds of some other beaches in the 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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