The warm waters of the Dominican Republic’s Silver Bank provide a wintering haven for thousands of North Atlantic humpback whales. It’s also one of only three places in the world where we humans can swim right among them! On this phenomenal adventure, we bring you into this sanctuary for incredible encounters with these magnificent creatures. Topside, we witness spectacular behaviors, including mother and calf interactions. When we slip into the sea and snorkel among them, we see them spin and play, hear their haunting songs resonating through the water, and sense the power and grace of some of the most intelligent mammals on earth. No other trip gives you as much time with these amazing animals—it’s a wildlife experience beyond compare!
Looking out and seeing nothing but sea and sky and being in the water with the whales makes you realize just how small you are in the grand scheme of things. What a privilege to see them in their environment, something few people get to do.
— Maggi G., Tupper Lake, NY
Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic / Silver Bank
From Puerto Plata we cruise to the Silver Bank and anchor our “mother ship” in the shallow waters. Our anchorage is the perfect base—just a quick ride in the tender and we are among the whales.
Whales of the Silver Bank
On twice-daily excursions aboard our spacious tenders, we see whale surface displays including pectoral fin slaps, breaches, spyhopping, and peduncle throws. Slipping into the sea with our snorkels, we witness incredible underwater behaviors such as mother and calf nurturing and elaborate courtship dances. We may hear their evocative songs—and feel them, too, as their vibrations echo through the water. At the end of each fantastic day, we return to our comfy ship for sundowners, a delicious meal, and fascinating talks on whales by our Trip Leader. Depart from Puerto Plata on Day 8.