Nov 30 - Dec 06,  2024

+++Sperm Whales of Dominica+++

Up Close with Ocean Giants

If you like the following, this trip might be for you:

Whale Delirium

The "Group of Seven", the best-studied pod of sperm whales in the world. They have roamed the coast of Dominica since 2005 and are one of the most famous pods, in particular for their tolerance to divers when being approached in a calm and considerate way. Dives take places after the whales are located by underwater listening devices!

Small Group Travel

A group of only 6 divers goes out to venture for whales. This is such a small group that it is basically the smallest group of any dive trip we have to offer to any destination! A unique chance to get that one epic eye to eye shot with a whale, undisturbed by other dive groups! Important to note that this trip is a snorkelling and free diving trip only!

Stellar Accomodation

The Fort Young Hotel is a wonderful location in downtown Roseau, overlooking the Caribbean Sea while bathing in comfort and luxury. It is the perfect place to wind down by the pool after a day of ocean and whale adventures!

Cetacean Activity

Laying embedded in the Caribbean, Dominica is surrounded by sheltered bays and deep underwater canyons.  This environment provides shelter for a range of cetacean species in addition to sperm whales, such as common and bottlenose dolphins and humpback whales! Anything can happen here, you just need to be there!

Green Fertility

Formed from volcanic activity, the island's soil is incredibly fertile. Flowers and plants flourish around the island, making it a wondrous place not only for ocean lovers, but also for on land nature enthusiasts. We had a blast hiking and discovering the jungles here!

Authentic Travel

As of yet, Dominica does not have the huge touristic influx that heavily impacted other places in the Caribbean. This means that big parts of the island still have their local atmosphere. We love this authenticity and we are sure you will too!

This trip is open for everybody

Viewpoints from cultures all over the globe inspire us, that’s why we love bringing people from different backgrounds together. The more diverse, the better we feel.

What Marcel thinks

"Dominica is an absolute peach of an island: green, relaxed and full of marine life. The whale encounters are fairly spectacular: nowhere you can get up this close in such small dive groups. Regulations are also fiercely enforced animal disturbance is minimal. The local crew is also a true joy to hang out with. I would go back in a heartbeat."
- Marcel

The Unique Caribbean

The magical Caribbean in the Central America, is a truly magical place. The region is home to more than 700 islands, reefs and cays that are as spectacular as they are dreamy. White beaches, palm trees and a stunning amount of flora and fauna are found here. Added plus: doesn't need a pirate anymore to get here!

Meet your BTM Trip leader

Adrian Bader

Trip leader & Freediving Instructor

Dominica Sperm Whales

November 30 - December 06, 2024

Trip price:

€ 4.995
  • per person (see details below for what is included in this price)


  • 6 nights at Ft. Young Hotel, Mountain view room
  • 5 days boat charter with Guide, private boat for 6 guests
  • Spermwhale permit
  • Tour leader Behind the Mask

Not included:

  • airfare
  • meals at your own expense
  • alcoholic beverages
  • scuba diving & other activities

Our terms & conditions apply! Images © Caspar Sparholt

We highly recommend DiveAssure insurance, which covers force majeure cases and single missed days of diving due to sickness. 

Get in touch about this trip!


6 nights and 5 days on the water.

Diving with whales is heavily limited and regulated through permits. This price includes a spermwhale permit for Dec 1 – 5.


There is one nonstop flight per day from Miami Int. Airport (MIA) to Dominica (DOM) for the days of arrival and departure. Furthermore there is  connection from Europe through London Heathrow and Barbados without any Stopover nights. We will be happy to assist with your travel to and from Dominica!

Welcome to Fort Young Hotel in Dominica, where tranquility meets comfort. Our hotel is situated in the heart of Roseau, Dominica’s capital city, offering a serene and convenient location.

Immerse yourself in the relaxing ambiance of our well-appointed rooms. Designed with your comfort in mind, each room features modern amenities and a private balcony, allowing you to unwind while enjoying views of the sea or the surrounding mountains.

Standard Rooms: Spacious and cozy rooms with modern amenities, comfortable bedding, and a private balcony offering views of the sea or mountains.

Suites: Elegant and expansive suites with separate living areas, luxurious furnishings, and upgraded amenities. Suites may also feature panoramic windows or additional balconies for enhanced views.

Although around 20 different whale families have been identified in Dominica, 10 families are regularly spotted since 1984. Sperm whales live up to 70 years and is believed that they encounter and interact with other whales on a regular basis, which means that they can remember each other over long periods of time.

According to scientists, these interactions are possible through a complex set of dialects of clicking sounds, often called ‘codas’. Although each unit has its own set of clicks, there does seem to be overlaps between these codas of different units. Fascinatingly, units who share similarities in sound repertoires tend to spend time together, while those with different repertoires never seem to do so.

One of the coda types frequently recognised amongst the Caribbean units is the ‘1 + 1 + 3’, which comprises of two short clicks separated by a pause, followed by three clicks in a row. For over three decades this sequence has been documented in the area.

The whale pods are located by underwater listening devices. When located, we gently approach and three people can slide into the water with the whales without disturbing their activities. Interactions can last 30 seconds or 15 minutes: that is up to the whales and how they behave. If an interaction lasts over a certain amount of minutes, the three people in the water will make way for three other guests on the boat. After that we rotate to ensure that all guests get a similar amount of time in the water with these ocean giants. In case of a short encounter, the next approach will be done by the three following guests in line.

Although there is no guarantee on the interaction time, days without any whale sightings are extremely rare. We often encounter other cetaceans in search of sperm whales and there will be lots of other marine life around to admire. As the action evolves several miles out to sea, and always in different spots, guests should be aware that this trip involves plenty of boat time searching and waiting for the right rewarding encounter. Looking out for action on the water, and swimming in order to approach the animals, will form part of this adventure.

Packed lunches, water, tea and coffee are provided on the boat. The water temperatures are around the low 20s C., so most guests are comfortable in a 3mm wetsuit.

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