Join Underwater Connection aboard the Turks & Caicos Explorer II Liveaboard in the Humpback Whales Breeding and Calving zone at the Silver Banks in January 2020. Enjoy snorkeling with these amazing creatures in a Sanctuary!
snorkeling with humpback whales!
January 25 - February 1st 2020
Located about 90 km north of the Dominican Republic, the Silver Bank is one of the few breeding and calving zones of the North Atlantic Humpback Whale. Declared a whale sanctuary in 1986, the Silver Bank and surrounds yearly play host to 5 to 7 thousand migrating North Atlantic Humpback Whales. Aboard the M/V Turks & Caicos Explorer II you will have a week of unforgettable encounters with these majestic creatures, followed by brief evening informational videos or naturalist narrated slide shows to help you understand the various behaviors witnessed during the day.
Following the Sanctuary rules, this tour will allow you to join the Whales in “Soft-in-water Encounters”, a passive, non-aggressive floating at the surface, wearing snorkeling equipment way, that allows the whale to develop an interest in humans. We are not allowed to scuba dive with the whales and calves.
Cost: varies with choice of cabin (+ Airfare package, Fuel Surcharge, and Sanctuary fee)
$4,195 (d/o Master)
$3,995 (d/o Main Deck)
$3,795 (d/o Lower Deck)
7 nights aboard the Turks & Caicos Explorer II in an A/C room with private bath/shower
Naturalist guided soft-in-water N.Atlantic Humpback Whale encounters (snorkeling only)
6-8 hours of whale watching opportunity per day with educational sessions in the evenings
Meals and drinks
Airfare (fly into/out Puerto Plata DR; POP) - ask for a quote
Arrive 25 Jan; take a taxi from the airport to Ocean World Marina (~$55). Boar the boat at 7pm.
Depart 1 Feb from boat at 8:30am.
Friday evening dinner in town - 31 January
Rental equipment - snorkeling equipment and 3mm wetsuit recommended.
Cruising & Sanctuary fee ($400 paid to UWC at final balance due date).
Visitor Visa (~$10 paid at the airport)
Departure Tax (~$10 paid at the airport)
Port fees / Fuel surcharge ($400 paid onboard in cash)
Travel insurance - ask for a quote
Deposit: $500 - Due at sign up
2nd Payment: $1000 - Due Jan 2nd 2019
3rd Payment: $1000- Due Apr 1st 2019
4th Payment: $1000 - Due July 1st 2019
Final Payment: TBD - Due Oct 1st 2019
*Final Payment amount is dependent on what rooming arrangement you signed up for.
No Refunds after 91 days prior to departure
If you must cancel, all attempts will be made to refund as much of your deposit as possible.
If you do not sign up with a roommate, UWC will try to find you one; if we cannot find one, the single person will need to pay the Single Supplement price. Changes to package and cancellation penalties do exist.
Travel and D.A.N. Insurance are always recommended
Passport is Required
CONTACT US today to reserve your spot, get a travel insurance quote or find out more information!