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Swim with the Whales Yacht Charter on Richard Branson’s Necker Belle

Wednesday Jul 27, 2011

Another “once in a lifetime” luxury yacht charter experience

Swim with Whales Yacht CharterThe Silver Bank, about 100 nautical miles off of the Dominican Republic, attracts more humpback whales during their migration season than anywhere else in the world. A protected sanctuary, this area hosts from 5,000 to 7,000 whales each season.

You can watch their courtship rituals, witnessing a group of males strut their stuff as they try to impress the ladies. They ram, they dance, they flop, they breach… all while you’re in the front row seat of your own private charter yacht, the 110′ Necker Belle, a luxury catamaran owned by Richard Branson.

You’ll have the rare opportunity to experience a soft in-the-water encounter. The “encounter” is passive floating in snorkelling gear allowing the whales to develop an interest and approach as they feel comfortable.   With a 20+ year track record with whales in the Silver Bank, expert Tom Conlin of Aquatic Adventures will be your guide on board and in the water.

How do you get to the Silver Bank? The closest port to the Silver Bank is Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic; from here it is a 6-7 hour sail on Necker Belle to the bank.  Providenciales,  in the Turks and Caicos Islands, is about 250 km away.  You’ll spend 2.5 days on the Silver Bank, and we’ll design the remainder of the itinerary to suit your dreams.

How much does it cost? $130,000 per week plus expenses which typically average another 25%.

When can we go? Weekly departures beginning on February 16, 2012 and ending on March 16, 2012.

More about the luxury charter catamaran, Necker Belle: Richard Branson’s group re-designed this yacht so that the interior and exterior spaces blend together with zen-like flow.  The decor beckons you to relax and get comfortable with  overstuffed pillows, sun pads and cushions… even an outside sleeping area.  Each of its four stylish cabins has an en-suite bathroom, flat screen TV and iPod docking station – master king, 2 VIP queens which convert to twins, and one double.  Four additional guests can be accommodated in common areas.  Game fishing equipment, scuba dive equipment, snorkelling gear, kite surfing equipment, waterskis, wakeboards and towed toys add to the fun quotient.

Availability Other Times of the Year: Necker Belle is available for a luxury catamaran yacht charter in the Eastern Caribbean –  from the BVI to the Grenadines- in other months with a charter rate of $100,000/week plus expenses (holidays excluded).

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