Top Ten Places to Encounter Whales

Western Hemisphere: Dominican Republic

Whales are all through the Caribbean, but for our money the Dominican Republic is the top spot. Humpbacks are the apple of the whale watcher's eye here. There is a humpback whale sanctuary at Silver Bank, Dominican Republic, where the humpbacks gather during late winter and early spring to mate and breed. Male humpbacks serenade females with the longest and most complex songs in the animal kingdom. You'll be whistling a happy tune too while you get a gander at these big fellas. And you'll probably be encountering a lively party of other whales and dolphins.

Just the Facts

What you might see there: Sperm whales, pygmy sperm whales, pilots, false killers, and a variety of dolphin species including bottlenose, Risso's, Fraser's, spotted, and spinner.

Viewing options: Boat, shoreline


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