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    PRIVATE CHARTER LIVE ABOARD YACHT
    Trip escorted by Naturalist Guide - humpback Whale specialist



    MV Turks & Caicos Explorer ll is a 124ft.
    vessel that comfortably sleeps 20 guests
                                                   
                                                Review deck plan and cabins click here


      
           TRIP COST:
  Based on cabin type / double occupancy / cost includes $350.00 Silver Bank Marine Mammal Sanctuary entry permit

    2- VIP staterooms top deck feature;
    individually controlled air-conditioning systems, a queen-sized bed, desk, chair,  private bathroom and shower.    
    Cost PP: $4,345.00

    5 -  Main Deck cabins
    which have either twin beds or queen size bed and have all of the same amenities as stated above except no
    TV/DVD player in the room. There is TV/DVD player in the Salon for everyone's use.     
    Cost PP: $4,145.00

    3 - Lower deck cabins
    have upper and lower beds, all the same amenities except the TV/DVD player and the desk.     
    Cost PP: $3,945.00

    ADDITIONAL COSTS:
    A $300.00 fuel surcharge and port fee to be "paid in cash" on the boat.
    Single supplement is an additional cost if you would like your own cabin, meaning you pay for "2 spaces".
    Gratuity to crew - suggested 15 - 20% of trip cost.

    WHATS INCLUDED:
Delicious gourmet meals, snacks throughout the day/evening, all coffee, tea, juices, all alcoholic (limited to well spirits,
beer and wine) and non-alcoholic beverages (limited selection) all linens, towels, hot showers, air conditioned staterooms
and amenities, video library, CD library, and 5 days of whale encounters and activities in the Silver Bank.
Discussions and
presentations by your Naturalist guide on humpback whales.


    NOT INCLUDED:
Airfare to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, tourist card purchased upon arrival, transfers to and from the vessel or
hotels, land tours, excess baggage charges, departure taxes at airport, port fee and fuel surcharge
($300.00 PP) paid in
cash on the boat, vacation videos, sundries, gratuities (
suggested 15%-20%) for boat crews

    YACHT CAPACITY LIMITED TO 20 GUESTS:
      This trip sells out a year in advance - Register now to guarantee your space
     A $1,000.00 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space
    Final payment is due 90 days before your trip departure date


    DAILY ITINERARY

Day 1, Saturday.  
Arrive Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.  Transfer by taxi to the marina where you will board the vessel.  Boarding is late
afternoon around 5 pm.  Dinner will be served on board and you will have the opportunity to meet the crew.

Day 2-6, Sunday – Thursday.  
Among the whales in the Silver Bank. The vessel will leave port in the wee hours and arrive in the Silver Bank mid to late
Sunday morning. We will have an orientation by our naturalist captain about the whales and their habitat. In the summer
the whales make their home in New England and Eastern Canada where they feed in the rich, dark waters. But winter
brings them to the warm, calm waters of the Caribbean to give birth and mate. Our captain will outline very specific
protocol that we must follow during our whale encounters. Before we enjoy a delicious lunch, Mary will facilitate a guided
meditation to open us up to connect with the whales for our first encounter. After lunch we venture out for our first
intimate encounters with humpback whales.

Our ship is anchored in an area where many humpbacks tend to congregate. The larger boat serves as the mother ship.
We board tenders (smaller boats) and venture out among the whales several times a day. They are extremely active at
this time of year as groups of males, called rowdy groups, aggressively compete for receptive females. This lends itself to
fabulous sightings with a great deal of action including constant breaching, ramming, slamming, lob-tailing and fin
slapping. Our small boats allow us to get extremely close to the whales so the photographic opportunities are incredible
and this amazing spectacle will leave you breathless.

The true highlight of this trip is the incredible opportunity for multiple soft-in-water encounters with the whales. This
happens when the whales are more sedate, and most often occurs when a mother and calf approach us and indicate
their interest in having us join them in the water. A male escort usually accompanies them. When we join them in the
water they often are very inquisitive and will swim around us, under us, roll over to get a better look at us funny humans
or hang motionless in the water so we can get a better look at them. This will give you the extremely rare opportunity for
underwater photograph’s of humpback whales that you will treasure for a lifetime. This once in a lifetime opportunity to
snorkel with these gentle giants in their own environment will be one of the most moving and transformational
experiences you might ever have. Special permit from the Dominican Republic government allows us the privilege of being
in the whale sanctuary waters. We are extremely sensitive to the whales and make sure we do nothing to upset or
affect their normal behavior.

When not engaged in whale activities you may want to snorkel and explore the surrounding spotty reefs or enjoy marine
and wildlife videos and a wide selection of books available on board. Our captain is always eager to share his knowledge
and educate us regarding whale behavior. Scuba diving is strictly prohibited with the whales.  Relaxing on deck and
nighttime star gazing make for a relaxing end to an amazing day.

Day 7, Friday morning.  
After breakfast we depart the Silver Bank and head back to Puerto Plata arriving mid afternoon.  The afternoon is yours
to explore Puerto Plata, shop, or take a land tour. Dinner will be served on board or you may eat in town at a local
restaurant.

Day 8, Saturday.   After breakfast transfer to the airport. Taking with you close connections with new friends and
memories of intimate encounters with humpback whales few people in the world will ever have.

    GENERAL TRIP INFORMATION

SWIMMING ABILITY: You do not need to be an expert swimmer to participate in this program. Observing and
photographing the whales from our ship and small launches will give you more than you ever dreamed. Some guests
choose not to snorkel with the whales. Should you choose to, confidence in your swimming ability may enhance your
experience.        
Might be a good time for some practice at your local YMCA before the trip.

SNORKEL GEAR: This trip is geared toward snorkeling and exploration. Other wildlife might include spotted dolphins,
corals, seabirds, tropical and flying fish. The boat does not supply any snorkel gear; you must supply and bring your own.
Buy good equipment that fits properly.

CLIMATE: Expect warm sunny, beautiful days with temperatures in the high 70's to 80's. Bring plenty of sunscreen,
brimmed hat and sunglasses. Water temperature range from 75-78, a wet suit is recommended for long periods in the
water with the whales.

PHOTOGRAPHY: The photo opportunities will be abundant and dramatic! Bring your telephoto lenses and plenty of film.
We will be very close to the whales so expect sea spray, bring some protective covering for your camera and a towel.
The disposable underwater Kodaks work pretty well but investing in a better quality underwater camera might be worth
considering.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE: You will need to make your own travel arrangements to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic.
Please plan to arrive by Day 1 by afternoon or early evening. You can take a taxi from the airport to the Ocean World
Marina where the boat is docked. On day 8 you will need to be off the vessel by 8:30 AM Saturday morning. Schedule
departure flights accordingly.

TRAVEL INSURANCE: If you are interested in purchasing travel insurance there are several reputable companies. You
can check quotes for various companies by going to www.insuremytrip.com website.

WHALE ENCOUNTERS: Please keep in mind our encounters with the whales in the Silver Bank vary from trip to trip and
are solely determined by the whales. These are wild animals so we cannot absolutely guarantee in-water encounters.  

But from past experiences the whales have never disappointed us and in the end have given us more than we could
have ever dreamed possible!  This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime, transformational experience and you will be among only a
few people in the world who have ever had the privilege of floating eye-to-eye, side by side with humpback whales!


    TESTIMONIALS

I am so thankful to Gayle for introducing me to such an amazing, stress-free vacation. I don't think I'll ever forget what it
was like to FLOAT WITH THE WHALES. When you go whale watching, you only get to see 10% of their world when you
slip into the water, and peer beneath the waterline, you actually get to see and feel what it is like to be in their world! It is
amazing how they seem to accept our presence and allow us to see their babies. It was truly magical and it has changed
my life forever... I am extremely lucky to have had this opportunity.
Leslie Rapp, I/T Consultant California - 3 humpback whale trips with Gayle!

The experience of being surrounded for 5 days by the energy of the whales, seeing them swim, dive, leap into the air and
then having the opportunity of an in water encounter was so deeply satisfying. In their being they communicated the
freedom and joy of life. Gayle's love for these creatures and her dedication to personal growth and discovery provided
the perfect setting for this incredible adventure.
Judy Voruz, Psychotherapist, Oregon

I had been receiving Gayle's Journeys of Discovery newsletters for over 14 years and wanted desperately to go on the
whale swim. Finally I decided to treat myself to this trip in 2014 to celebrate my 50th birthday. I knew I would regret it if I
didn’t go. The weather was ideal, the service and the crew on the boat were AMAZING! Every single day there were
opportunities to be in the water with the whales and each time was its own thrill. For anyone considering this trip, I have
one word for you, "Go!"     
Brenda Green, Florida

Gayle really knows how to put a trip together! The week with the whales in the Silver Banks was incredible. It was a week
full of wonderful encounters with whales, good food, comfortable accommodations, great people. In short, one never
to be forgotten, and maybe even repeated.    
Mary Ann and Howard Watrou, Ohio  

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HUMPBACK WHALES
of the Silver Bank
soft in-water encounters with whales    
Dominican Republic
What's it like to swim with whales?
Beyond words...a journey for your soul
Booking Now for 2018 whale season

This trip books full a year in advance

Spaces open on certain weeks from late
Jan to early April 2018.

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