Resources & Links

This page contains a selection of links to external sites that may be useful to travelers preparing to visit the Silver Bank. There are Traveler’s Resources which has information about the Dominican Republic and how to get there; Services including insurance; a listing of environmental organizations that deal with marine mammal conservation issues; and a list of Friends of Conscious Breath Adventures


Travelers’ Resources

Useful Sources of Information for the Traveler

Embassy of the Dominican Republic in the U.S. Embassy of the Dominican Republic in the U.S.
Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism
Kayak Kayak
Conscious Breath Adventure’s favorite travel search engine
Google Maps Maps
Map of Dominican Republic Map of Dominican Republic
Map and information about the Dominican Republic
World Clock World Clock
Day, Night and Time around the world
Weather Weather
Currency Converter Currency Converter
International Monetary Exchange Rate
International Electricity Standards International Electricity Standards


Services that may be of Direct Interest to the Traveler

Divers Alert Network The Diver’s Alert Network
Diving, snorkeling, travel & gear insurance
Dive Assure Dive Assure
Diving & Travel Insurance
CSA Travel Insurance CSA Travel Protection
Travel Insurance
Austin's Diving Center Austin’s Diving Center
CBA’s professional dive outfitters. Contact Doug Austin for CBA discounts, personal service, professional advice, and worldwide shipping.
Essential Travel Essential Travel
“Your Trip, Our Expertise”

Environmental Links

Groups and Organizations involved with Marine Mammal Conservation, Education, Research & Regulation

Whaleman Foundation The Whaleman Foundation
Bringing Whales & Mankind Together to Preserve and Protect Our World
Save the Whales Again Save the Whales Again
An International Conservation Campaign
Blue Voice Blue Voice
Saving Dolphins and Whales, Protecting the Oceans
Sea Shepherd Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Surfers for cetaceans Surfers for Cetaceans
The global surfer tribe’s call to action
Global Whale Alliance The Global Whale Alliance
National Resources Defense Council The National Resources Defense Council
International Fund for Animal Welfare The International Fund for Animal Welfare
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute
Department of Marine Mammal Research & Conservation
Center for Conservation & Eco-Development of Samana and its Environs
International Whaling Commission International Whaling Commission

Planet Whale and the Partnership

Planet Whale logoPlanet Whale is the global community that will change the way we view whales and dolphins forever. By harnessing the passion and ideas of individuals, we will achieve more to protect and defend our oceans than ever before.

Together we will:

· Inspire change through a new global partnership.

· Make whale watching more sustainable – and successful – than ever before!

· Reach out to the world with colossal festivals for whales and dolphins.

· Create innovative campaigns that harness the power of the web’s global community.

Find out more about Planet Whale here.

As part of Planet Whale’s initiative to raise the standards of whale watching worldwide, 12 whale and dolphin watching companies from around the world have committed to work in partnership to assist with developing a more responsible and sustainable whale and dolphin watching industry in the lead up to the first global Whale and Dolphin Watch Operators Conference on 15th and 16th October in Brighton, Uk.

Find out more about the partnership here

Planet Whale Partners

If you happen to find yourself near where one of these companies operate, then we certainly recommend that you take a tour with them. The partners offer a great variety of whale, dolphin and wildlife watch experiences, some similar to ours and some very different. However, we know for certain that what we all have in common is a commitment to and love of the animals we are watching, and huge enthusiasm for making our respective businesses as ethical as we can.

Arctic Whale Tours

Unforgettable whale watching tours – combined with bird and seal safari! – With us you will experience more of the incredible wildlife of Vesterålen. From the small, but lively fishing village of Stø, we set out to the sea on a combined whale, bird and seal watching adventure. Meet the largest of the toothed whales, the sperm whale, thousands of puffins and other seabirds, plus one of the largest seal colonies in the Vesterålen!

Cape Anne Whale Watch

Cape Anne Whale Watch Massachusets – Cape Ann Whale Watch is the area leader in educational whale watching tours, having conducted whale watching trips from Gloucester, Massachusetts for over 34 years. Cape Ann Whale Watch, through with the Ocean Alliance CETA program (Cetacean Education Through Awareness), is the only whale watch company in the Northeast to feature a comprehensive educational program completely integrated into the whale watch.

Dolphin Adventure Gibralter

Dolphin Adventure Gibralter – Take a cruise into the magical world of the Gibraltar dolphins with Dolphin Adventure. Cruise the bay of Gibraltar and watch in amazement as the dolphin’s escort the boat, playing and swimming at your feet! Let us take you on an safari into the world of these enchanting animals. Gibraltar is famous, the world over, for its ever present dolphin population, with transient dolphins visiting the bay for food, shelter and to breed.

Dolphin Encounters

Dolphin Encounters Ponta Do Ouro, Mozambique – Welcome to Our Beautiful World of Swimming with Wild Dolphin. Dolphin Encountours was born in the December of 1994 and is the longest, most experienced wild dolphin swim operator along the African eastern sea-board. Our program is used as a data collection and educational platform that gives guests a special insight into the realm of the wild dolphin through a program that resonates with them as non-human persons; individuals that have their own unique personalities, are self-aware, conscious, cultural and social.

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Elding Whale Watch Iceland – “Elding is far and away the best Whale-Watch operator in Reykjavík. Outstanding naturalist guides, very friendly and professional staff, comfortable and stable boats and Marine Biologists working on board… Brilliant!” says  Mark Carwardine , one of the world’s most celebrated whale and dolphin experts.

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Firmm Whale and Dolphin Research and trips –The organization Firmm (foundation for information and research on marine mammals)is dedicated to the research and protection of whales and dolphins. Our locations serve as research stations for marine biologists and do also provide opportunities for everyone to learn about these fascinating marine mammals. We run whale watch trips and whale and dolphin observation courses between April and October.

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Hebridean Whale Cruises Gairloch – Welcome to Hebridean Whale Cruises. We operate whale watching and wildlife cruises from Gairloch, on Scotland ‘s spectacular north west coast. We look out over the fringes of the Atlantic Ocean . On the horizon are the misty shapes of the Outer Hebrides . To the south we see the majestic peaks of the Isle of Skye . These glittering Hebridean waters are favoured with an abundance of marine wildlife.

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Marine Discovery Penzance – The coast of the very far west of Cornwall is not only stunningly beautiful, it is home to a fascinating and diverse range of marine wildlife. Joining us on Shearwater II will give you an experience not to be found anywhere else in this country – searching for wildlife aboard a unique catamaran powered by nature. Join us on an unforgettable ocean adventure.

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Turmares Whale Watching Tarrifa Spain – Turmares Tarifa is a company with 10 years experience in the maritime tourism and especially the “Whale Watching” in the Strait of Gibraltar. We have 3 boats of different sizes, 150, 60 and 10 passengers prepared to meet the specific demands of each group. We are a team of professionals of the sea, knowing the Strait, between those who are biologists who give technical explanations about the different species of cetaceans. Scientific research is a complementary businesses, taking the opportunity to sail in the Strait regularly to collect data of interest which are then studied and ultimately produce scientific papers presented at major conferences related to cetaceans.

Whale Watching Panama

Whale Watching Panama – Whale Watching Panama is the only dedicated Whale Watching Tour company in all of Panama with expert biologist guides. We have a 99% success rate in the Pearl islands with Humpback whales and 90% success rate with dolphins. Our Professional guides will help you to Connect, Communicate and Interpret the Behavior of the Whales and Dolphins you will encounter on your Whale Watching or Dolphin tour.

Whale Watch West Cork

Whale Watch West Cork – Whale watching in Ireland and whale watching in West Cork in particular has now reached a high point for whale and dolphin watching enthusiasts the world over. The Irish government declared the coastal waters of Ireland a whale and dolphin sanctuary during the early 1990’s. The first of its kind in Europe, this paved the way for whale watching in Ireland to become a prime activity for the many visitors to this country. Coastal waters off the southwest of Ireland are a summer feeding ground for a number of whale species and a year round home for several resident dolphin species including the Harbour Porpoise. Baleen Whales commonly seen off the south coast include Fin Whales and Minke Whales.


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