The morning Filippo and Mariella left, we continued our journey toward Northwest. The next destination was the Dominican Republic where we originally planned to make a technical stop on our way to the Turks and Caicos islands. We decided to head to Puerto Bahia, a marina a few miles inside the Samana Bay. While sailing the 280 miles passage from Tortola to Samana, close to Portorico, we spotted a humpback whale (megattera). She was at about 300 meters from us, jumping several times out of the water and falling on her back. We did not even try to grab the camera as we were conscious that this show would have not lasted long and we did not want to miss even few seconds of it. We will keep vivid images in our memory.
In the period between January and March these giant creatures come to this area for reproduction, and can be especially spotted in the north east end of the Samana Bay from where they move north. In fact, we had another chance to see one while entering the bay. This time we had our cameras ready but unfortunately we could only spot her back.
A couple of miles before our destination, we were contacted by VHF by a nearby boat that was leaving the bay. The lady on the radio spotted us on the AIS and welcomed us to Samana. They were a French couple who were heading to the US and were eager to exchange info on the passage.
We arrived at Puerto Bahia at around 11:00am on March 15th.