Swim with whales in the Dominican Republic

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2021: 27 Feb, 6 Mar
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
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It is our goal to show you the beauty of the world of whales and why it is worth protecting this unique ecosystem with all its inhabitants.

Therefore we also focus on minimizing our impact on the environment. From a company point of view we run our whole business online, so we do not have to occupy office space or send physical documents throughout the world.

With all our partners we emphasize below mentioned points to make sure we have a similar mindset and understanding of responsible tourism.

Finally, through your participation you also support the Whaleman Foundation, which engages for the oceans and especially whales on a political level.

Wildlife
On our tours in the Silver Bank the safety of animals and our guests is our highest priority. Therefore we follow a passive approach when swimming with whales. Before entering the water we observe the whales to make sure they behave calmly and are not disturbed by our presence. Once we have slipped into the ocean, we stop at a safe distance to observe the whales below the surface. Any further interaction is down to the animals. If they choose to swim closer to us we will enjoy this breathtaking encounter. If they decide to swim off, we will not hurry after them. Every encounter happens at the pleasure of the whales and dolphins.

Waste
Plastic pollution and the use of single-use plastics are major problems for our oceans. Therefore we try to minimize the use of these materials wherever we can. On our tours we provide reusable cups and water from big refillable tanks to avoid causing more plastic waste. Also snacks cam in reusable containers.

Water
Water is a very precious resource and should be used responsibly everywhere on the planet, especially also on a vessel. We therefore brief you on the situation in regard to water supply on the Sea Hunter at the beginning of our time together. We suggest to take short showers only.
Also, we inform about brands of environmental friendly shower gels, shampoos and sun screens, that do not have a negative impact on the environment, for example through avoiding brands using microplastics in their products.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

During our week in the Dominican Republic we interact with a whole range of partners. Many of our partners are local companies, since it is important for us to support local businesses and local people.

Upon arrival we check into local hotels and resorts around Puerto Plata. Many people in the area are employed in these accommodations.
Also for all transports on land we use local people. They pick us up at the airport and also make sure we get to the port in time. After we come back from the Silver Bank, we also use these local companies to get to our dinner and back, as well as back to a hotel or the airport after disembarking the vessel.

We also strongly recommend to buy souvenirs and other products from local stores to support the local community. We are happy to adivse where to find great products, which help the Dominican people.

On our last night on land we visit a wonderful restaurant close to Puerto Plata, where we get in touch with more people from the Dominican Republic and support the local economy.

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