The fishing village of Punta Rucia offers a dreamy white sand beach, and surrounding mangroves, northwest of Puerto Plata. From its shores and from the neighboring bay of La Isabela, boats depart to the offshore Cayo Arena–also known as Cayo Paraíso– offering exceptional diving for beginner levels, starting at five meters (16 feet). Schools of tropical fish can also easily be seen in shallow turquoise waters, making this spot a paradise for snorkeling fans. This area boasts some of the most abundant marine life in the DR, with corals and sponges that surround the cay, where octopuses, crabs, schools of surgeonfish, sergeant majors, damselfish, angelfish, and yellowtail snappers all swim around your feet.

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Airport Wall

A favorite of the area, the Airport Wall is considered one of the best and most beautiful dive sites in the DR. Beginning at about 10 meters (33 feet) and dropping to almost 30 meters (98 feet), it is one of the richest sites in coral and marine life, with pinnacles and tunnels.

Puerto Plata, Sosúa

Canyon

This is a suitable dive for all levels, starting in the shallower area of the reef at 12 meters (40 feet), and traversing a tear in the reef formed by the walls of the canyon. Yellowtail snappers, spider crabs, anemones, nudibranchs, toadfish, and beautiful flamingo tongue snails can be spotted here.

Puerto Plata, Sosúa

Five Rocks

Five large coral rocks spread out over a large area of about 100 meters (328 feet), for an ideal beginner dive site. The reef starts at about five meters (16 feet), and its deepest point falls to nearly 24 meters (79 feet).

Puerto Plata, Sosúa

Kiteboarding in Puerto Plata

This is a world-class kiteboarding, windsurfing and laser sailing destination due to its warm waters and perfect wind conditions. Cabarete is very popular among the young and adventurous because of the aquatic sports offered on its beach, its famous annual jazz festival each fall and its eclectic bars, cafes, restaurants and shops.

Puerto Plata, Surfing + Kitesurfing, Water Sports

Larimar I & Larimar II

Advanced divers explore a small wall covered with soft corals starting at 16 meters (52 feet) and descending to 32 meters (105 feet). Numerous critters reside here, including moray eels, trumpet fish, lionfish, crabs, and octopuses.

Puerto Plata, Sosúa

Little Point

“La Puntilla” consists of four boulders that collapsed and created a formation of passages, including caves, where beginner divers can swim through alongside barracudas and seahorses. Ideal beginner depths of 12 meters (39 feet).

Puerto Plata, Sosúa

Mini Wall

Also known as “Calle Sin Salida,” coral pinnacles lie in a labyrinth between patches of sand, where you’ll see barracudas, moray eels, and squid. The slight slope descends to 30 meters (98 feet) with an average depth of 15 meters (49 feet).

Puerto Plata, Sosúa

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