On the Silver Bank, Dominican Rep.

Snorkel with Humpback Whales

March 28 - April 4, 2020
(Cancelled - Details In Overview)
Cost: $5,320 to $5,820
Leader: Ted Cheeseman
Group Size: 19
Days: 8

Safari Overview

Due to the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) we are cancelling all of our trips scheduled to depart before May 15, 2020. If you are booked on this trip we are offering 110% of your cancelled destination’s trip cost to be transferred to one of our trips that departs before May 15, 2022. If not, we will send you a full refund, but we hope that you’ll consider rebooking to help support local communities and Cheesemans’ during this challenging time.

Future trips to Snorkel with Humpback Whales on the Silver Bank, Dominican Rep. are as follows:

In the warm waters of the Dominican Republic, the world’s largest concentration of humpback whales converges to calve and mate on the Silver Bank. This time of year, is peak breeding season which will provide you with once-in-a-lifetime experiences of in-water encounters and whale watching. Witness males vying for the coveted “escort” role and hear them sing their famous songs. Slip into the water to see curious calves as they follow their mothers and drink their rich milk. Absorb Ted’s extensive knowledge of photographic techniques and of the behaviors, anatomy, and temperaments of the North Atlantic humpback whales. When the weather cooperates, and it normally does this time of year, you’ll get close-up photos of surface activity like breaching, flipper-slapping, and competitive interactions. You’ll also come eye-to-eye with whales during “soft-in-water” encounters. Nothing compares to sharing the water with a whale!

• Swim alongside humpback whales, including docile mother-and-calf pairs whose curiosity brings them eye-to-eye with you for an unforgettable experience.
• Take advantage of opportunities to photograph the intricacies of whale behavior and learn how to interpret these behaviors from our expert leader.
• Discover the Silver Bank, an important whale breeding and calving site within the Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals of the Dominican Republic, during five total days of in-water whale interaction (half a day longer than other tours).

Itinerary Updated: March 2020

Ship Info

Our Trip Leaders

Ted Cheeseman

Ted grew up traveling extensively and began studying and photographing wildlife as a child. After completing a Master's degree in Tropical Conservation Biology at Duke University, Ted returned to California to lead and organize expeditions full time with Cheesemans' Ecology Safaris. Ted currently leads expeditions to Antarctica, the Arctic, and the Caribbean and obsesses over humpback whales identified around the world through the citizen science project Happywhale.com. Ted is working on a Ph.D. on humpbacks at Southern Cross University, New South Wales, Australia.

Silver Bank

In the warm waters of the Dominican Republic, the world’s largest concentration of humpback whales.

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Ship Information

Turks & Caicos Explorer II

The Turks and Caicos Explorer II is the best platform for whale watching on the Silver Bank. It is 124ft long with a 22-ft beam. The vessel will be our hotel for the week on the bank, anchored in a sheltered spot on the reef while we venture out by tender to share our days with the whales.

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Ship Turks & Caicos Explorer II with Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris

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