I have permits for early March 2024 – see this trip or my latest one here
March 2023 Sperm Whales at Dominica was full of close encounters with whales in clear water in calm seas and under clear skies.
In Dominica, island paradise and congregations of sperm whales combine to thrill underwater photographers. Not well known, this small Caribbean rainforest paradise is home to a population of sperm whales all year around.
The jungle covered volcanic peaks plunge thousands of meters down into the ocean making just the conditions sperm whales love. The rich nutrient run off from the island provides a food chain to support the whales and their stable diet of deep-water squid as well as good conditions for many other marine species. The beauty of this island alone is reason enough to visit. Island treasures greet the visitor in the form of bird life, hikes to hot pools and waterfalls, gorgeous views of sunsets over the ocean, while staying among friendly hosts.
In March of 2024 I have two back-to-back permits in place for in water encounters with sperm whales in Dominica. Guests will enjoy 5 full days on the water and accommodations on the water in Roseau. Our outfitters are among the most experienced in Dominica. The island values its terrestrial and marine wildlife. Rules of encounters, permit processes, and involvement of local communities are all informed by international standards and strictly enforced. Permits are written for a maximum of 6 guests per boat giving guests ample time in the water and space on the boat.
The resident sperm whales are mostly females in extended families of grandmothers, mothers and daughters all working together to protect and raise their young. We encounter them at the surface where they are resting and often napping between their deep dives to get squid meals.
When encountered, they are near the surface moving slowly and resting in groups. The water is warm so only light wetsuits are necessary and most use either close heel fins or longer freediving fins for the snorkel.
The weather in Dominica in early March is mild and this season is within the months with the highest recorded sperm whale populations. Visitors are encouraged to stay after the whale adventure to take in the beauty of the hiking trails and the trail up to the natural hot pools.