Snorkeling with Sperm Whales

Big Animals Expeditions past of 10 years experience has observed Dominica’s west coast hosting approximately five sperm whale families, each with five to nine cetaceans. Females and their calves comprise the majority of these groups. occasionally we will encounter a male, 45 to 55 feet long, easily recognizable being thirty percent larger than the females. Frequently a family will socialize playing in the water, while other times they may remain stationary, totally vertical in the water. Sometimes the pod will swim slowly allowing us to fin with them, while other times their speed picks up as we follow them until they abruptly stop, apparently waiting for us. Each encounter offers a different opportunity, one more exciting than the next.

Upon sighting the whales we begin with two guests in the water, led by expedition leader Amanda Cotton or Amos Nachoum. Once the leader has decided that it’s a good encounter — one when the whales remain calm and are slow moving — the other two guests follow into the water. Then, frequently, the sperm whale or sometimes a whole family of whales moves slowly by you, inspection you and you can also scan his giant head till you find the small eye measuring you up, and then the two of you are connected.


Day 1:

Leave Puerto Rico (if arrive from USA) and arrive in Dominica, Melville Hall Airport. Taxi to the hotel of your choice.

Day 2 – Day 6:

Five full days daily search and swim with sperm whale including all other cetaceans in Dominica’s waters. We will have plenty of water and lunch on board for you. Sea conditions are mostly calm to moderate, with rising wind in the afternoon.

Day 7:

Leave Dominica for home. We provide the return transfer to the airport according to your schedule.


5 days of searching for and swimming with sperm whales

Whale swimming permit

All taxes


Expedition leader


International and domestic flights

Alcohol,  soft drinks (soda), and meals except for lunch

Hotel accommodations (we recommend the Ft Young Hotel and would be happy to make those arrangements for you)

Rental gear

Unused part of the itinerary

Personal charges such as laundry, fishing, or telecommunication charges



Sperm whale Encounters – This snorkeling activity with the native whale of Dominica is only made possible by a special permit from the fishery department. During our week we are the only vessel to interact what the whales and with only four guests on our trip, you will have plenty on time in the water with the large sperm whale.

Dec 15-21, 2020 (Amos leading)

Feb 28-Mar 6, 2021 (Amanda leading

$9600 per person