Silver Banks Dominican Republic | Snorkel with Humpback Whales | Scuba Center
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Silver Banks: Feb 26-Mar 5, 2022*

Dominican Republic Humpback Whale Snorkel Adventures
*These are the dates we are on board the Turks & Caicos Aggressor II. An optional 3-4 night extension will be arranged at a resort in Puerto Plata at a later date.

Dominican Republic Humpback Whale Snorkel Adventures | Scuba Center Group TripsDesignated 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 world where humans can swim and snorkel among the whales.

The beautiful TURKS & 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. During the week, guests of our Dominican Republic Humpback Whale Watching itinerary 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.

 

Turks & Caicos Aggressor II | Dominican Republic Humpback Whale Snorkel AdventuresTurks & Caicos Aggressor II is a 120-foot yacht, designed and powered for comfort, safety and stability. She is diesel-powered, cruises at 10 knots and has 110-volt power on board. She sleeps up to 18 guests in privacy and comfort. Accommodations include 1 master stateroom for couples with a queen bed, 6 deluxe staterooms with a double and single berth and 2 twin staterooms with 2 single beds with a shared bathroom. All staterooms have a TV, media player, full bathroom and central climate control air conditioning.

Common areas include a roomy, air conditioned salon and dining area, sun deck complete with a hot tub, lounge and deck chairs, shaded wet bar and grill, a complete photo center with a digital video and still photo editing computer with a scanner and email capabilities. The back deck includes individual equipment lockers, camera table and two hot, fresh water showers. The Turks & Caicos Aggressor II has a safe onboard to store valuables such as passports, cash, credit cards or anything else you would like to store.

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 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.

 
SAMPLE ITINERARY:
SATURDAY: Boarding is at 4 p.m. with a 9:30pm departure to Silver Bank.

SUNDAY: Arrival in Silver Bank is around 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Sunday, weather permitting. Brunch/late breakfast while crew prepares mooring and assembly of the tenders. The first tender runs begins at 2:00 p.m. (2 tenders running). Afternoon tenders return to the yacht at approximately 5:00 p.m.

MONDAY -THURSDAY: First tender runs will commence after breakfast at 8:30 am. Whale runs are throughout the day. “Sundowner” cocktail parties are hosted on the sun deck every afternoon following whale runs. Nightly presentations and videos will be after dinner.

FRIDAY: The yacht returns to the Ocean World Marina in Puerto Plata late Friday afternoon. Friday night, dinner is not served onboard; however, the crew will recommend a restaurant in the marina.

SATURDAY: Check out is between 7 –8 am.

Includes: Silver Banks Dominican Republic Humpback Whale Snorkeling Trip | Scuba Center 
  • 7 nights Turks & Caicos Aggressor II including all meals (except Friday night) and all beverages including alcoholic.

  • Humpback whale snorkeling.

Not included in the package:
  • $350 Marine Park Fee to be paid on board in cash.
  • Roundtrip air from Minneapolis.**
  • Optional 3-4 night extension at a resort in Puerto Plata.
Incidental charges: Individual group members will be responsible for their own charges including but not limited to beverages and bar bill, telephone, internet usage, sightseeing, equipment rental of any sort, gratuities and any other items of a personal nature.
 
Please note the following:  
  • We recommend DAN Insurance

  • The purchase of travel insurance is highly recommended to cover any unforeseen circumstances

  • A passport is required for travel.

Dates: Feb 26-Mar 5, 2022
These are the dates we are on board the Turks & Caicos Aggressor II. An optional 3-4 night extension will be arranged at a resort in Puerto Plata at a later date.
Trip Cost: (double occupancy)
Master Suite: $4,750 Deluxe Cabin: $4,495 Twin Share: $4,295
     
**Airfare to be announced.

All rates quoted by Scuba Center include a 2% discount for cash/check payments.

Registration: An application for this trip must be completed by each traveler at the time of registration. You may pick up a trip application at either store or print out our Scuba Center Trip Application. Complete the application and fax, mail or drop off in person with a $500 non-refundable deposit per person.
For more information, contact: Tom Pederson
(651) 283-7983, or Tom Benson at Scuba Center.

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