Sperm Whales of Dominica

Join Big Animals Expedition leader, Amanda Cotton, snorkeling, swimming, free diving and photographing sperm whales! In past experiences, they have 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, although we occasionally encounter males, who are 45 to 55 feet long; thirty percent larger than the females. Families frequently socialize by playing in the water. Other times, they may remain stationary in a vertical position.

Sometimes the pod swims slowly allowing us to fin with them, while other times their speed picks up. We always follow them at a safe distance until they abruptly stop, waiting for us to catch up.

What’s Included:

5 days of searching for and swimming with sperm whales

Whale swimming permit

All taxes


Expedition leader

What’s Excluded:

International and domestic flights

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

Hotel accommodations - we recommend the Fort Young Hotel

Rental gear

Additional activities

Unused part of the itinerary

Personal charges such as laundry, fishing, or telecommunication charges




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.


Sperm whale encounters on a grand scale off Dominica. Come away with incredible photography and mind-blowing moments. Trip leader: the amazong Amanda Cotton


Oct 20-26, 2021
Oct 25-31, 2021
Dec 25-31, 2021
Dec 31-, 2021-Jan 6, 2022
Oct 17-23, 2022
Oct 22-28, 2022


$9600 (maximum group size 4!)