Join Amos Nachoum's Costa Rica Dome Expedition to snorkel and free dive with blue whales! Utilizing MV Argo, the trip will span 13 days and travel roughly 500 miles west of Costa Rica. It is in this spot, nicknamed the "blue whale café", that blue whales (earth’s SuperGiants, measuring an impressive 70 to 90ft) congregate to eat, play, mate, and most importantly birth and nurse their calves. Don't miss this amazing opportunity!
Pioneers Meet at the Blue Whale Café January 14 - 27, 2014
Biodiverse and rich in plankton blooms, the Costa Rica Dome is the winter home of the blue whale, the earth’s SuperGiant, measuring an impressive 70 to 90 feet long. Between the months of January and March, whales gather at the dome to eat, play, mate, and most importantly birth and nurse their calves. This makes the Dome the only place in the ocean where blue whales can be observed in all stages of their lives. For this reason we call the Costa Rica Dome the “Blue Whale Cafe,” the ultimate gathering place for the sea’s SuperGiants.
Located 500 miles west of Costa Rica, the Costa Rica Dome’s nourishing habitat has been a place of scientific interest since the 1950s. However, there have been very few onsite studies of the area. No professional scientist, diver or photojournalist has ever explored the Costa Rica Dome before with the exception of the BBC and National Geographic 5 years ago.
Big Animals Expeditions, the world leader in blue whale expeditions in California and Sri Lanka, is excited to be the first to offer an exclusive and first of it’s kind journey to the Costa Rica Dome. In partnership with dive operators Undersea Hunter Group on the dive vessel ARGO, and world leading blue whale researcher Richard Sears, 14 adventurers will travel to the dome to experience and record the most complete picture of the blue whale’s life.
At Home at the Costa Rica Dome
According to scientific studies, the Costa Rica Dome may be critical to the future of the endangered blue whale. The Dome serves as a feeding ground for the blue whale through winter months and all year round. Additionally, blue whales found at the Dome are the healthiest of the species.
Photography with Amos Nachoum
Professional photography will be done with Amos Nachoum, the BBC wildlife photographer of the year in 2007 and 2008, and who was awarded the prestigious Best of Show Award 2012 in the American Photographic Artists (APA) competition. Amos has 14 years of experience free diving with blue whales. His explorations have been featured on NatGeo, BBC and the Discovery Channel. Big Animals Expeditions re-creates the same TV documentaries adventures for your first hand experience and photography.
Onboard Education with Richard Sears
Blue whale education will be provided by Richard Sears, founder, researcher, and head of the Mingan Island Cetacean Study (MICS), one of the first organizations in the world to conduct long-term studies on whales. After studying biology at the university, Sears joined the Woods Hole Oceanographic institute where he shared privileged moments with the whales of baie de Moisie.
Date: January 14 - 27, 2014
Duration: 13 days
Cost: $9800 per person - prices exclude airfare and are based on double occupancy
Max No. of Guests: 14 guests
Availability: 8 spaces
Registration Deposit: $3300