Comfortable water temperatures of 75-82°F (25-29°C) allow for year-round snorkeling and scuba diving in the Dominican Republic. Visibility is generally an underwater photographer’s dream.
The ultimate experience for a privileged few will be to dive with the humpback whales in the Silver Banks area off the North Coast. But for the less adventurous there are dives to coral heads, reefs, canyons, walls, caves, natural and artificial shipwrecks, some dating back to the 16th century.
Experts recommend the dive spots in Puerto Plata, Espaillat and María Trinidad Sánchez provinces, in Samaná on the north coast, and off Boca Chica, Juan Dolio and La Romana on the south coast.
Catch the diving bug in the Dominican Republic by signing up for a scuba diving certificate at one of the many dive shops located at resorts or in beach towns. There are courses for the diver-to-be and for serious aficionados, including night and cave diving. If you are already a diver, use your advanced skills to explore the deeper wrecks and walls.
Many excursions are open to visitors who will go snorkeling and scuba diving on the same trip. These trips will often take tourists to explore paradise-like beaches that are not easily accessible by land.
Take note that all-inclusive hotels are perfect for the diver who has other non-diver responsibilities such as children, spouse or significant other who does not dive. Even if both parents dive, the children will be in a totally controlled and entertained environment while you are diving making the Dominican Republic great place for a vacation with diving.
This guide covers information for diving throughout the Dominican Republic, highlighting cave diving, walls, reefs, shipwrecks and even artificial reefs and whales. Includes a list of the Dive Centers and other things to do in this diver’s paradise – Available in English.View Download guide