Santa Bárbara de Samaná
21.01.2011 - 11.01.2011
Our third trip to the Dominican Republic was, like the second trip, to Santa Bárbara de Samaná in 2011
This morning our tour was whale watching. After breakfast we went up to the theatre. Bob stopped on the way and put in another complaint/suggestion - he wanted to know if they were putting ice cubes in the Jacuzzi because it is 10 degrees Celsius cooler than the regular pool.
We got stickers and they took me down on the crew elevator so I wouldn't have to do the stairs, The elevator was the one used only for garbage.
(Bob did the stairs) to deck 1 to board the boat. Our boat was a big catamaran which picked us up right at the ship.
We went out to the whale watching area but we had to wait because only 3 boats are allowed at a time.
Taking pictures was difficult because the action was so quick and it was not helped at all by the boat rising and falling with the waves which made it difficult to get the whales into the picture.
When it was our turn we saw a mother and baby - the baby leaped out a couple of times and the mother lifted her tail up out of the water. They allowed some people with big cameras up onto the top with the captain where it was easier to see.
We were out there about half an hour in the close in area. Some people said that they did not see any whales on the ship's tours, but I think they must have been on a later boat. Also this is fairly early in the whale watching season.
Then we went back to the ship. Some people had a beach excursion part after the whale watching but we did not.
As we got off that boat, I saw that there was a tender there so we got onto that and went in to the port.
I wanted to take a picture of La Churcha which was sent over from England. We bargained with the guy at the dock - I got him down from $50 each for a 1 hour tour to $20 for two of us to go to see that specific place.
But I should have looked at the information booth because the price for going into town was $2.00 each.
Anyway I got my photos of La Churcha
and also some of the Catholic church
and the area by the waterfront.
We came back and ate in the Windjammer right at the bow of the boat, and saw there talking for a good bit. Then we went back to the cabin and it had a nap before dinner.