Don't you ever want to experience the best whale sightings in a remote Caribbean country? The Dominican Republic is your choice then. Famed for its close encounters with humpback whales, this is the best way to get up close and personal with these magnificent animals! Best time is from Jan to April each year.
Liveaboards in Dominican Republic (Non-Diving)
From January to April each year, during the Humpback mating and breeding season in Silver Bank, liveaboard companies like Aggressor and Explorer Ventures Fleets will offer guests "Snorkel with Humpback Whales at the Silver Bank" liveaboard program.
Silver Bank - twenty square miles in size, is located north of the Dominican Republic and approximately the same distance from the Turks & Caicos Islands. Designated as a Marine Sanctuary, the Silver Bank provides a safe wintering haven for the entire North Atlantic Humpback Whale population who gather here from January through April by the thousands to court, mate, calve, and rear their young.
Humpback whales find the area ideal for mating and giving birth. The banks offer safety and protection to females and their calves until the young are strong enough to make the trip back to the North Eastern U.S. coast. This sanctuary, also known as the “Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals of the Dominican Republic” is one of three places in the worldwhere humans can swim and snorkel among the whales.
During a regular liveaboard week, guests will observe the whales at close range which includes above the water and soft in water encounters. You'll 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 - it’s a life-changing experience!
Getting There, Passport & Visa Documentation
Guests have to fly to Gregorio Luperón International Airport (also: Puerto Plata Airport) (IATA: POP). There are daily flights to/from most North American cities,
Citizens of most countries can purchase a tourist card on arrival or a visa, a valid passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. Entry will be refused to citizens of Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, Senegal and Sierra Leone, as well as anyone who recently visited those countries due to the current ebola virus outbreak.
It is the travelers’ responsibility to ensure they have the proper visa to travel into each country on his or her itinerary as well as for re-entry and return to their country. Since regulations vary by country, contact your consulate or embassy of your country for the requirement.