Top 10 Adventure Vacations
Imagine swimming in the Atlantic Ocean and watching magnificent humpback whales that are 40-50 feet long and weigh in at 35-40 tons. One of the few places in the world where you can have this experience is at the Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals of the Dominican Republic. From January to the end of March, thousands of Atlantic humpback whales migrate to the Silver Bank, located between the DR and Turks and Caicos, where you can observe them mating, breaching and rearing their calves. This weeklong whale encounter offered by Row Adventures is for true wildlife enthusiasts and those passionate about whales. Because of strict biodiversity guidelines, there can be only about 60 visitors per week during the season, which makes for an intimate, non-touristy experience. Book at least 3-4 months out. For half- or full-day whale-watching excursions, book with animal advocate and conservationist Kim Beddall of Whale Samana.