From late December through April, the world’s largest congregation of North Atlantic humpback whales occurs on the Silver Bank. This 800 or so square mile area is part of the Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals of the Dominican Republic.
After their long migration from food-rich northern waters the whales do not feed for the duration of their tropical visit. Instead they devote all of their energy to birthing and nurturing a new generation of young. Or, courting and mating to create the next. With up to 5,000 whales visiting the Sanctuary every winter even experienced whale watchers are often surprised by the sheer number of whales. And, therefore, the variety of behaviors on display.
Our ultimate goal is to experience the humpbacks in the water, but the Silver Bank is truly a world-class whale watching destination in its own right. You will see the full array of humpback social behaviors. Often every day!