Ocean Adventures at Amanera

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From adrenaline thrills to exploring the wonder of life below the waves, the Caribbean is there to enjoy. West along the coast from Amanera, Cabarete Bay is one of the world’s most celebrated kitesurfing spots. The Amanera team can arrange private lessons with leading kiting professionals, as well as surfing and SUP sessions.

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Eco tours by kayak and SUP

Set off from Rio San Juan and take a kayak or stand-up-paddleboard east along the coast to Laguna Gri Gri, where the mangroves provide an important ecosystem for many species of birds, fish and reptile. Along the way, look out for sheltered coves, where schools of fish leap out of the water, and sea urchins and oysters dot the seabed. After exploring the mangroves, pause at a natural pool and snorkel the still, warm waters of the lagoon.

Humpback whale watching

Between January and March each year, humpback whales gather to breed in the waters around Samana Bay, a short journey along the coast from Amanera. Private whale-watching trips can be arranged, bringing guests up close and personal with the friendly ocean giants.

Big-game fishing

Ocean giants such as marlin, tuna, wahoo and sailfish are frequent visitors to the seas around the Dominican coast. Amanera can arrange expert-led full- or half-day fishing expeditions from Laguna Gri Gri, 10 minutes from the resort.


Reliable swells and rideable reef breaks make the Dominican Republic one of the Caribbean’s top surf destinations. Consistency is key to the island’s reputation, with good year-round waves and warm, wetsuit-free conditions. Amanera’s surrounding north coast is where Atlantic waters wash up against the boarder-loved beach town of Encuentro and other surf coves west of Cabarete, 90 minutes away. Closer to home, the often-empty reef break La Preciosa sits right next to Playa Grande, where surf is enjoyed all year long. Additionally, the right-handed El Barco break features a sunken ship, adding intrigue to the surf experience. Furthermore, the point break of Río San Juan is beloved by locals, offering diverse options for surf enthusiasts. Notably, surf lessons at Amanera are guided by a Dominican surf champion, ensuring top-notch instruction and an unforgettable experience on the waves.