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Silver Bank

Snorkelling with humpback whales of the Dominican Republic

Located north of the Dominican Republic, Silver Bank is an expansive, shallow underwater shelf where every year between the months of January and April as many as 3000 whales migrate south each winter from their summer feeding grounds to mate and give birth in the warm and comparatively calm waters of this marine mammal protected area.

This is the largest concentration of humpbacks found anywhere in the North Atlantic Ocean and the abundance of whales allows for many opportunities to observe their spectacular behaviours from pectoral fin slaps to full body breaches. There are also opportunities to safely join the whales in the water for unforgettable underwater encounters in their natural environment. New-born calves are extremely curious animals that love to interact with swimmers while under the watchful eye of their mothers. Some mothers are cautious around humans but others actively encourage their young to play with snorkellers.

Growing to a length of 35 to 45ft and weighing approximately one ton per foot, the humpback is the planet’s seventh largest whale, and witnessing these awe-inspiring and inquisitive marine mammals at close-range is truly a life-changing and emotional experience.

During humpback whale season, liveaboards from the nearby Turks & Caicos Islands relocate to the Dominican Republic to offer 7nt cruises to the Silver Bank Marine Sanctuary to snorkel with these beautiful creatures.

How to get there
British Airways offer flights from London Heathrow to the Dominican Republic, which takes approximately 10 hours. Snorkel with Humpback Whales itineraries operate from Saturday to Saturday, departing from Puerto Plata.

Stay a bit a longer
If you are looking to extend your trip, the Dominican Republic has amazing beaches, rainforests, waterfalls, lagoons and colonial architecture, making it a perfect destination to extend your stay and explore the island.

Quick Guide: Silver Bank

  • Location: Caribbean – Approximately 80 miles north of the Dominican Republic, and 100 miles southeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands
  • When to go: January and through to April
  • Average air temp: Tropical – between 27°C-29°C  
  • Average water temp: 78 – 80F / 26 – 27°C (3mm wetsuit are recommended)
  • Recommended diver level: Snorkelling only

Silver Bank Liveaboards


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Great Escapes Diving Holidays Ltd

Combs Tannery
Tannery Road
IP14 2EN
United Kingdom

Office hours: Mondays to Fridays, 9am - 5pm
Tel: 01449 535010

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