Snorkel with Humpback Whales
In January of each year, the Turks & Caicos Explorer II follows the migrating humpback whales to the south, and spends the following 11 weeks on the Silver Bank, 80 miles to the north of Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. These special itineraries, run by world-renowned Tom Conlin of Aquatic Adventures, offer up to 18 lucky guests the opportunity to spend a week both topside and in the water (snorkel only), experiencing the majesty of these incredible creatures up close and personal.
For further information, availability and reservations, visit the Aquatic Adventures website or call 1.954.382.0024.
The Silver Bank
Approximately 80 miles north of the Dominican Republic, and 100 miles southeast of the Turks and Caicos Islands lie the shoals of the Silver Bank. Surrounding the shoals, the ocean depths go from the thousands of feet deep to just 70 feet deep as an average depth across the bank. The half-moon reef extends for miles at the eastern end of the bank, and at low tide shows exposed coral heads, and has caused many shipwrecks since the days of the early explorers. The most famous of which was the Nuestra Señora de la Concepción, which sank in 1641. The Concepción was so laden with silver, ultimately the Silver Bank, and Puerto Plata (in the Dominican Republic) were named for the remnants of this wreck.