Navidad Bank

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Navidad Bank is an area 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. It 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. At low tide, a few small locations appear awash at the water's surface. General depths are less than 36.6 m. There is a least known depth of 12.8 m 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.

The Navidad Bank has a wealth of corals and is a safe haven for marine mammals, including the humpback whale. The humpback whales have long used the Bank as a breeding and calving ground.

As such, tourism focuses on tours to view the whales and other sea life. The Bank is visited by scuba divers.

Just to the northwest is the Silver Bank, also under the jurisdiction of the Dominican Republic.

Navidad Bank, Silver Bank, as well as Mouchoir Bank further northwest, are geographically considered a continuation of The Bahamas.


Coordinates: 20°01′00″N 68°51′00″W / 20.01667°N 68.85000°W / 20.01667; -68.85000