• Swimming with whales in the Dominican Republic

    2010-11-10

    The Caribbean is known to offer pristine beaches and all-inclusive resorts, but even an adventure traveler will find something to satisfy his need for an adrenaline rush in the Dominican Republic, where he can have the experience of swimming and snorkeling with whales.

    Companies like the Aggressor Fleet offer such services, according to the New York Times. Between January and March, whales reportedly come to warm Caribbean waters to mate and calve. Visitors are taken on a boat from Puerto Plata to waters in which whales can be found, then leave the main boat on inflatable ones, led by guides, to get even closer to the whales. Visitors are taught how to approach the baby whales, which measure about 10 feet long.

    In certain circumstances, snorkeling with the babies is not possible, due to larger whales competing for territory or males trying to impress females. However, according to the owner of a company that takes visitors to swim with whales, it's a risk worth taking.

    "Being in the water and seeing a whale is a life-changing experience - you’ll never forget it," she said.


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