North America's Best Whale-Watching Spots
Just 80 miles north of the Dominican Republic, in the Silver Bank marine park, Atlantic humpbacks arrive each winter to breed. The water is incredibly clear, making it possible to see whales swimming below your boat while they sing. The humpbacks are protected, but snorkelers are allowed to swim alongside, say, a 45-foot, 40-ton humpback and stare into eyes as big as dinner plates.
Season: December to April.
Go Whale Watching: Run by a marine biologist, Victoria Marine/Whale Samaná is one of the most highly regarded whale tours in the Bahia Samaná.