Extraordinary In-the-Water Whale Encounters


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!

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1, Mar 16, 2019
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.

Days 2-8, Mar 17-23, 2019
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.



Swim and snorkel with humpback whales—one of nature’s most amazing experiences!
Enjoy the comforts and amenities of our “mother ship,” with specialized tenders for whale encounters
Learn firsthand about whales and their behaviors in an extraordinary setting


Length: 8 days
Cost From: $5295  
Arrive: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Depart: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
Lodging: 7 nights aboard ship in air-conditioned cabins with private bath and ocean views
Meals: All meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Small Boat & Yacht Cruising, Snorkeling, Wildlife & Natural History, Whale Watching
Trip Level:

Swimming and snorkeling in open waters, whale watching excursions aboard tenders