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Whale Adventure

Whale Adventure

03 - 10 February 2018

About Whale Adventure

The giant of the Ocean - The feeling of snorkelling beside an enormous whale is almost indescribable. When you get eye contact with one, your heart will beat faster than you imagined and euphoria will spread through your body. There are few places in the world where you can experience this unique encounter with one of the ocean’s most incredible giants.

Snorkelling with humpbacks - At sunrise our livebaoard will arrive to our destination, Silver Bank, and with a bit of luck we will be able to see humpbacks breaching the waters in the distance, landing with a great splash. The clear blue, warm water is perfect for snorkelling. The calves come up to the surface to breath every 3-5 minutes.  As they are curious and often swim right up to us, it is crucial that you know where the gigantic mother is as she could show up at any time. 

Silver Bank is Approximately 700 km from the shores of the Dominican Republic’s northern coast. The reef was first protected in 1986 and the size of the reserve was increased in 1996. Scientists believe that humpbacks come here to birth their young as the water is warm and shallow, and as there are no fish, predators are not drawn to the area. It is the perfect nursery before the mother and calf begin their journey north. Only 60 persons per week, totalling 500 persons per year, get the opportunity to have this fantastic experience. You can be one of the lucky ones. 

Our liveaboard Aggressor ll with crew maintains a very high standard of service and is considered the best for this type of expedition. It is known for its excellent service, clean and comfortable cabins and good food. The crew has several years of experience and is very knowledgeable. 

Magnus Lundgren has 20 years of experience guiding expeditions around the world, as well as an educator in underwater photography, giving his expeditions an extra flair. Participants on the exclusive Azores expedition are bound to develop their skills just by listening to him. “My goal has always been to coach participants at their ambition level so that advice and tips can lead to results there and then.”

UW-photo workshop

Presentation 1 - Get ready for Silver Bank
Learn about snorkelling with large animals and how to prepare your camera and other equipment, as well as yourself, before the adventure gets started.

Presentation 2 - Humpbacks and the basics of photographing whales 
Learn about humpbacks and how to dive and photograph them (wide angle technique) out in the blue.

Presentation 3 - Photo techniques 
How to process your pictures of large whales that are taken while out in the blue. Magnus will walk you through the important steps so that your pictures will reach a new level.

Your photo pro Magnus Lundgren will give briefings during the trip, as well as give photography feedback to those that would like to have it. In plenty of time prior to the trips departure, you will be sent an email giving tips about what is good to have with you on this adventure. At that time you will also have time to ask specific questions to Magnus regarding photography in preparation of the trip: magnus@fourthelement.com.

Features

DESTINATIONSILVER BANK, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC

TRIPS DURATION7 NIGHTS

TRIPS FORMATLIVEABOARD

LIVEABOARDAGGRESSOR II INCL FULL BOARD

TARGET GROUPSNORKELLERS & PHOTO INTEREST

PHOTO WORKSHOP3 EVENING PRESENTATIONS

YOUR PHOTO PROCOACHNING & FEEDBACK

FREE DIVE WITH HUMPBACKS6 DAYS OF ADVENTURE

EXPEDITION LEADARMAGNUS LUNDGREN

MAXIMUM TRAVELLERS18 PERSONS

PRICE PER PERSON$4320 USD

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ABOUT Silver Bank - Dominican Republic - The Atlantic

“I have photographed marine mammals such as sperm whales, humpbacks, fin whales, dolphins and orcas in various places around the world. When asked where I have been, the Silver Banks always comes up as one of the best places to spend time with these ocean giants. Humpbacks are charismatic creatures, and outstanding photographic objects with their beautiful long pectoral fins. They are often very unique individuals, something that is quite exciting for the observer. And to meet a mother and her calf together under the surface is a dream for everyone, including myself.” says expedition leadar Magnus Lundgren.

From Wikipedia

Silver Bank is an area in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Dominican Republic and southeast of the Territory of Turks & Caicos. It covers an area of 1680 km². It is separated from Mouchoir Bank in the west by Silver Bank Passage, and from Navidad Bank in the east by Navidad Bank Passage. It is a shallow underwater area that almost reaches the ocean's surface in most areas (60 feet deep in the shallow parts), but is mostly submerged. In its northern reaches many coral heads reach the ocean surface, especially at low tide. Also, amongst the coral heads is the wrecked freighter Polyxeni, most of which is above the surface. Persons can board the Polyxeni only with governmental permission.

This area is considered a part of the Dominican Republic, as is Navidad Bank east of it. On Oct. 14, 1986, the Dominican Republic established the Silver Bank Sanctuary to protect this area as a safe haven for sea mammals. On July 5, 1996, a Dominican presidential decree enlarged the area and declared it the Sanctuary for Marine Mammals. The Silver Bank has long been a breeding and calving area for humpback whales.

Silver Bank Expedition day by day

Wednesday, January 31

We will fly from Scandinavia towards Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. Depending on the flights, we may fly out on February 1 and, or have a hotel night before reaching Puerto Plata. 

Thursday February 1

We arrive in Puerto Plata and check into the hotel for 1-2 nights, as this allows for extra time should your baggage, or yourself, not arrive on the planned arrival day. The cost for the hotels nights will be added to the trip price at the time that the flight booking is made. 

Friday February 2

Free day in Puerto Plata.

Saturday February 3

Check out from the hotel and depart with a group transfer to the liveaboard. Upon arrival to the boat, you will check in and have a thorough safety briefing, as well as receive other interesting information about your week to come.  With everyone safely onboard, the boat will depart from harbour.

Sunday February 4 - Friday February 9

Free diving days! We spend the next six day focusing on the whales. Magnus Lundgren will hold inspiring and informative presentations during a few of the evenings. 

Saturday February 10 - Sunday February 11

Time to check out from the live aboard and transfer back to the hotel in Puerto Plata to sleep for one night. This night is required should there be any unforeseen delays with the boat. The cost for this hotel will be added to the trip price at the time that the flight booking is made. The day after you will depart for the airport for your return trip home.

Please note!

Please note that the itinerary is only a preliminary plan.  Activities can change, or may need to be exchanged, in the case of adverse weather conditions or other unexpected incidents. Your expedition leader is there to make sure that you get the most out for your holiday.

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