Updated: Jun 16, 2019
No vacation stay on Dominica is complete until you have spent at least one afternoon whale watching. Some of the Earth’s largest Mammals make Dominica home, sheer underwater drop-offs create deep sheltered bays along its western coastline, the perfect haven for the Sperm Whale to breed and calve. These deep coastal waters are the feeding grounds for at least six different species of cetaceans seen on a regular basis and an additional 16 on an occasional basis. All in all, 22 of the 33 species known in the Caribbean have been seen in Dominican waters. The most commonly sighted cetaceans include: short-fin pilot whales, false killer whales, melon head whales, pygmy sperm whales, and humpback whales. But our most impressive ocean giant is the Sperm Whale. Dominica is the only country in the world where the sperm whale reside all year long. It has become a popular activity native to Dominica though sightings are most common between November & March. A short journey out to sea while in Dominica could bring you in contact which the world’s largest toothed animal in the Caribbean Sea.
Many tour organizers in the nature island have made whale watching a resident experience in their tour packages over the years. Boaters and fishermen have reported seeing the sperm whale at Scotts Head, Roseau, Layou, and Point Round. Whale watching operators follow strict codes of conduct, minimizing any disturbance, and never “luring” the whales.
On the rare occasion we go out and whales or some species are not sighted, you’re sure to be treated to the antics of huge pods of dolphins leaping out of the water and swimming alongside the boat. Spinner Dolphin, Spotted Dolphin, Fraser Dolphin and Bottlenose Dolphin are all regular residents of our waters.
Visiting Dominica soon? Let us take you on a tour. To Prepare, if you are prone to seasickness, please take the necessary precautions.