Dominica: The whale watching capital of the Caribbean

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One of the trickiest parts of setting up a whale watching trip is making sure you’re in the right place at the right time. Dominica is great because it’s the only country in the world around which sperm whales can be spotted all year.

One of the trickiest parts of setting up a whale watching trip is making sure you’re in the right place at the right time.

While they are fantastic whale watching spots, places like Hermanus (South Africa) and Santa Catarina (Brazil) only witness the giant ocean-bound beasts for a small part of the year.

Dominica is great because you don’t need to time a trip to coincide with any migratory season – it’s the only country in the world around which sperm whales can be spotted all year. It’s said there’s a 90 percent success rate for excursions around the Caribbean island.

Roseau, Dominica
Roseau, Dominica | Image: Shayan (USA)

Even more impressive is that two-thirds of all 33 known cetacean species – that is, whales, dolphins, and porpoises – are found in Dominican waters.

Spotters have a good chance of seeing pilot whales, pygmy whales, Atlantic spinner dolphins and spotted dolphins, while the truly lucky may also catch a glimpse of the elusive little pygmy sperm, false killer and Atlantic Bottlenose whales.

Whales and dolphins are drawn to this part of the ocean because the deep sheltered bays along Dominica’s western coastline are the perfect havens for breeding and calving.

The region’s pristine reefs, dramatic walls, underwater springs and abundant marine life also make Dominica a great diving spot.

Visitors are advised to book with eco-conscious operators who strive to minimize the disturbance of whales.

Responsible Travel, a tour operator that aims to live up to its name, has more information about holidays in Dominica and whale watching on its website.

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Dominica: The whale watching capital of the Caribbean was last modified: January 14th, 2015 by Brett Ackroyd
Author: Brett Ackroyd (1167 posts)

Brett hopes to one day reach the shores of far-flung Tristan da Cunha, the most remote of all the inhabited archipelagos on Earth…as to what he’ll do when he gets there, he hasn’t a clue. Over the last 10 years, London, New York, Cape Town and Pondicherry have all proudly been referred to as home. Now it’s Copenhagen’s turn, where he lends his travel expertise to momondo.com.