Location and species

Santuario de Mamíferos Marinos Bancos de la Plata y de la Navidad is located at the north east coast of the Dominican Republic, including Silver and Navidad Banks and partially Samana Bay.

The area sees a variety of cetacean species: Humpback Whales, Sei Whale, Minke Whales, Bryde’s Whales, Sperm Whales, Orca, Gervais Beaked Whales, Cuvier’s Whales, Bottlenose dolphins, Spotted Dolphins, Pantropical Spotted Dolphin, Common Dolphin, Rough-Toothed Dolphin and Manatees.

Unique site

The Marine mammal Sanctuary of Silver and Navidad Banks is a unique site where 85% of the North Atlantic Humpback population congregate. Each winter season (December – April) they pass this area as they migrate from northern latitudes of the North Atlantic Ocean (USA, Canada, Greenland) to north of Europe.

Whale watching

Whale watching has been in existence for the last 30 years in this area. On Silver Bank you are able to Swim with Humpbacks and in Samana Bay there are daily excursions with 100 % guarantee of a sighting. This is one of the few places in the world where legally you can swim with whales. In other areas, there are visits to watch Manatees all year round and also dolphins and other species of whales. Also, it is a wonderful site for diving and observing corals.


Most of the more important scientific research such as Populations, Genetics, Satellite Telemetry had been conducted here to guarantee the survival of this species. Also, it has 10% of the remaining Manatee population of the Dominican Republic and various species of whales that are poorly studied such as Pilots and Gervais Beaked whales.

Lead Applicant:

Atemar Asesoría Ambiental y Tecnología Marina, Eirl