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The sheer immensity of these animals creates a palpitating heartbeat.   Their intriguing behavior patterns, the eerie sound of their singing, the outrageous photo ops   ...  & the fact that most of the trips are for divers & non-divers alike  ...  translated to aquatic opportunities not to be missed !

Sperm Whales in Dominica

Swim, snorkel, free dive
final March spaces ... SAVE $2000
with group leader Amanda Cotton

Nothing much more extraordinary than slipping into the ocean with the World's Largest Toothed Predator.  Grab your camera and bring it along because going home from this expedition without photos would be tantamount to sin ! Photographer Amanda Cotton will be leading these very special expeditions of 4 people maximum.


A bit about the animals


As background, you may want to know that the sperm whale male can reach up to 18 meters and weigh up to 60 metric tons, while the females are about a third shorter and half as heavy. Also, the sperm whale also has the largest brain and the longest intestine on the planet!

Sperm whales form strong lifelong relationships. They babysit for each other, have family traditions passed on by grandmothers, learn a communal dialect, and have different ways of life that resemble our various cultures. They live rich, complex and interesting lives.

Our past experience has observed Dominica’s west coast hosting approximately fivesperm whale families, each with five to nine cetaceans. Females and their calves comprise the majority of these groups, although we occasionally encounter males, who are 45 to 55 feet long; thirty percent larger than the females. Families frequently socialize by playing in the water. Other times, they may remain stationary in a vertical position.

Sometimes the pod swims slowly allowing us to fin with them, while other times their speed picks up. We always follow them at a safe distance until they abruptly stop, waiting for us to catch up. Each encounter offers a different opportunity, one more exciting than the next.

Dominica Sperm Whales Special Exp


About the Group Leader


Amanda Cotton received her Bachelor of Arts in Professional Photography while attending Brooks Institute of Photography, where she participated in the acclaimed Underseas Program established by Ernie Brooks. She currently works as a correspondent and field editor for Ocean Geographic magazine covering environmental and marine conservation issues and has received numerous awards for her photography including several from the International Photographers Awards (IPA), Celebrate The Sea, Underwater Photography Annual Awards, and many others.


Accommodation


Dominica has an assortment of hotels to choose from ... from budget to luxury.  Accommodation is not included in this package.  


Itinerary, rates, what's included, miscellaneous details


 

You will fly into Dominica and proceed to your accommodation of choice.  For daily itinerary, travel information, what's included & what's extra  ... continue reading

2020 Dates:
March 7 – 13
March 12 – 18

Duration: 7 Days

2020 Rate:  $8800  NOW $6800 for last-minute spaces

Location :  Dominica, Lesser Antilles, Portsmouth

Transportation : Boat

Activities :
snorkeling with sperm whales
freediving
photography
conditions

Temperature :
Water 80 – 82°F (26 – 28°C)
Land 76 – 84°F (24 – 29°C)

Visibility :
80 – 100 feet (25 – 30 meters)

What’s Included:

5 days of searching for and swimming with sperm whales

  • whale swimming permit
  • all taxes
  • lunch
  • expedition leader

What’s Excluded:

  • international and domestic flights
  • alcohol, soft drinks (soda), and meals except for lunch
  • hotel accommodations
  • rental gear
  • additional activiities
  • unused part of the itinerary
  • personal charges such as laundry, fishing, or telecommunication charges
  • gratuities

The program:

Day 1:
Leave Puerto Rico (if arrive from USA) and arrive in Dominica, Melville Hall Airport. Taxi to the hotel of your choice.

Day 2 – Day 6:
Five full days daily search and swim with sperm whale including all other cetaceans in Dominica’s waters. We will have plenty of water and lunch on board for you. Sea conditions are mostly calm to moderate, with rising wind in the afternoon.

Day 7:
Leave Dominica for home. We provide the return transfer to the airport according to your schedule

Arriving & departing

Dominica is serviced by two airports: Douglas-Charles (DOM), formerly known as Melville Hall, and Canefield (DCF) Airports.  You will want arrive through Douglas-Charles, as it is the larger of the two airports. Once at the airport, you can taxi to the hotel of your choice

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