Banco de la Navidad
|• Total||650 km2 (250 sq mi)|
|Time zone||Eastern Caribbean Time Zone (UTC−04:00)|
Navidad Bank (Spanish: Banco de la Navidad) is a submerged bank in the Atlantic Ocean north of the Dominican Republic and southeast of the Territory of Turks & Caicos. It is separated from Silver Bank by the wide Navidad Bank Passage.
The bank is a shallow underwater area composed of coral and sand that almost reaches the ocean's surface, but is wholly submerged. It covers an area of 650 km2 (251 sq mi). At low tide, a few small locations appear awash at the water's surface. General depths are less than 36.6 metres (120.1 feet). There is a least known depth of 12.8 metres (42.0 feet) located on the east side of the north end of the bank. It is not suitable for boating navigation of any kind, except by small craft, whose operators must be extremely careful. From the earliest colonial times, the Navidad Bank has been the scene of various shipwrecks.
This area is considered part of the Dominican Republic. A Dominican presidential decree on July 5, 1996, included the area as part of the Sanctuary for the Marine Mammals of the Dominican Republic.
As such, tourism focuses on tours to view the whales and other sea life. The Bank is visited by scuba divers.
- Aquatic Adventures website
- WhaleRoute.com website
- Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies website
- Sailing Directions, Caribbean Sea Vol. I
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