Snorkel with one of the most stunning mammals on earth – A life-changing experience!
Space is limited and based on availability:
January 23 – April 2, 2016
January 21 – April 1, 2017
January 20 – March 31, 2018
January 19 – March 30, 2019
The Silver Bank, also known as the “Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals of the Dominican Republic”, provides a safe and protected wintering shelter for the entire North Atlantic Humpback Whale population, where they gather in thousands to court, mate, calve, and rear their young until they are strong enough to return to the North Eastern U.S. coast, between January-April.
During the 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! All whale charters depart from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
The Turks & Caicos Aggressor II is one of the few yachts permitted access to the Silver Bank during the Humpback mating and breeding season.
Once here, why not extend your stay in the Dominican Republic to explore its natural beauty, stunning dive sites in front of Bayahibe, Saona & Catalina islands, and take some time to relax at one of the finest white sandy beaches in the Caribbean!
The beautiful Turks and Caicos Aggressor II offers an exciting itinerary from January – April to the Dominican Republic to snorkel with Humpback Whales at the Silver Bank. This area, twenty square miles in size, is located north of the Dominican Republic and approximately the same distance from the Turks & Caicos Islands.
> All snorkeling activity is from the chase boats. Most guests make 2 whale runs each day which last 1 1/2 – 3 hours each depending on the proximity of whale activity and time of day.
> Water temperature: 78 – 80F.
>3mm wetsuit and full foot fins for free diving are recommended.
Getting There, Passport & Visa Documentation:
The major airlines that service Puerto Plata (POP) International Airport are: American, Delta, Jet Blue, Westjet and United. There are direct flights from several USA gateways.
Visitors must have a current passport, adequate funds to support themselves, and a return airline ticket. US citizens require a passport that must be valid for 6 months from date of entry. 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.
The Turks & Caicos Aggressor II docks at the Ocean World Marina in Puerto Plata. Guests may board Saturday at 4:00 pm with a 9:30 pm departure for the Silver Bank.
The yacht returns to Ocean World Marina Friday at 5 pm. Friday evening the yacht hosts a sunset cocktail party then dinner ashore. Check-out is Saturday morning from 7 am – 8 am. Transportation is not included in the price of your trip.
The Chase Boats:
The Turks & Caicos Aggressor II has two 17 ft. long by 7 ft. wide, aluminum V-hull boats with 18 “ pontoons that hold 11 people in each one. They are fitted with a dive ladder for easy exiting, a full-length bimini top for sun protection, 2 50 hp 4-stroke Yamaha engines for extra safety and a VHF radio. Inflatable’s (with bimini tops) are launched several times daily and are solely used to bring you closer to the whales. Inflatable runs last one and a half to three hours depending on the proximity of whale activity and time of day.
USD $150 Whale Sanctuary fee paid onboard. Professional photographers and videographers must pay an additional fee to the Whale Sanctuary.