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DR Wellness December 2017 release - APPROVED

Kick Off 2018 With a Wellness Getaway in Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic starts in Your Concierge

Dominican Republic starts in Your Concierge

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DR Luxury November 2017 - FINAL-2

Dominican Republic Redefines Luxury Vacations

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Dominican Republic: A Vacation Destination Fit for the Whole Family

Dominican Republic: A Vacation Destination Fit for the Whole Family

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DR SDQ Culinary November 2017 release - APPROVED-1

Dominican Republic’s Capital Offers Abundance of Culinary Delights

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Minister Francisco Javier García refers on Sustainable Tourism In the UNESCO

Minister Francisco Javier García refers on Sustainable Tourism In the UNESCO

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Dominican Republic participated in the International Tourism and Travel Show in Montreal

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Dominican Republic Golf Travel Exchange Promotes Unparalleled International Golf Experience

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DR Adventure October 2017 release - FINAL Spanish2

Dominican Republic Dares Adventure Seekers to Plan an Active Getaway

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Dominican Republic launches Dominican Republic LIVE, a new promotional campaign

Dominican Republic launches Dominican Republic LIVE, a new promotional campaign

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No Filter Needed Release - APPROVED

No Filter Needed: Dominican Republic’s Most Picturesque Sites

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Civil aviation board approves 318 flights from Canada to the Dominican Republic to cater to new markets

Civil aviation board approves 318 flights from Canada to the Dominican Republic to cater to new markets

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Dominican Republic’s tourist destinations operating normally and without damages after Hurricane Maria

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Dominican Republic promotes tourism in the of Air Transat’s product launch

Dominican Republic promotes tourism in the of Air Transat’s product launch

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Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, official sponsor  of the “OTDYKH 2017″ fair

Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic, official sponsor of the “OTDYKH 2017″ fair

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The Touristic Destinations of Dominican Republic Operating Normally

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Meet in The Dominican Republic

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DR Romance August 2017 release - Approved2

Swoon-Worthy Destinations to Spark Romance in Dominican Republic

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Diving Into Dominican Republic’s Hidden Scuba Gems

Diving Into Dominican Republic’s Hidden Scuba Gems

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Dominican Republic Promotes Tourism With Dominican Night In The Mall Of San Juan

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Your Ideal Guys’ Getaway Awaits in Dominican Republic

Your Ideal Guys’ Getaway Awaits in Dominican Republic

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RD World Education Congress 2

RD promotes MICE offer under the World Education Congress

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Dominican Republic Promotes Tourism In Puerto Rico In The Dominican Festival

Dominican Republic Promotes Tourism In Puerto Rico In The Dominican Festival

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Dominican Republic Consolidates MICE Offer In  “IMEX Frankfurt 2017″

Dominican Republic Consolidates MICE Offer In “IMEX Frankfurt 2017″

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New Hotels Cater to Business Travelers, Tourists in Santo Domingo’s Colonial City

New Hotels Cater to Business Travelers, Tourists in Santo Domingo’s Colonial City

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Dominican Republic Announced as Top Caribbean Destination for Delta Vacations

Dominican Republic Announced as Top Caribbean Destination for Delta Vacations

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Punta Cana Luxury Hotels to Complete Expansions, Major Renovations

Punta Cana Luxury Hotels to Complete Expansions, Major Renovations

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Dominican Republic Tourism Officials Announce Santo Domingo Updates and Developments

Dominican Republic Tourism Officials Announce Santo Domingo Updates and Developments

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Dominican Republic Announces 2017 Developments and Boasts Strong Tourism Statistics

Dominican Republic Announces 2017 Developments and Boasts Strong Tourism Statistics

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Nota  GOLF PGA 2017 ENGLISH

The Dominican Republic Selected to Host next PGA Golf Tour

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“Puerto Plata is Alegría” inaugurates the Amphitheater of Puerto Plata

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The Dominican Republic Partners With Montreal’s Annual Baseball Match at the Iconic Olympic Stadium

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The German Tour Operator TUI Will Celebrate Its Event “TUI Erleben Tour 2018” In Dominican Republic

The German Tour Operator TUI Will Celebrate Its Event “TUI Erleben Tour 2018” In Dominican Republic

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New European Tour Operators Open Seasonal Winter Flights To The Dominican Market

New European Tour Operators Open Seasonal Winter Flights To The Dominican Market

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Dominican Republic closes with great acknowledgments and achievements the ITB Berlin

Dominican Republic closes with great acknowledgments and achievements the ITB Berlin

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10 New Flights From Germany To Dominican Republic Guarantees Tourism Growth

10 New Flights From Germany To Dominican Republic Guarantees Tourism Growth

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Nota Aeropuerto POP Marzo 2017 Ingles

Puerto Plata Airport Declared Best Airport in Latin America and the Caribbean

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Nota LES CANADIENS Ingles FINAL

Dominican Republic, the Montreal Canadiens, Air Canada Vacations Offer Post-Game Beach Escape in Punta Cana

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Dominican Republic Is Declared Culinary Capital Of the Caribbean

Dominican Republic Is Declared Culinary Capital Of the Caribbean

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Dominican tourist offer will be exhibited at Holiday World

Dominican tourist offer will be exhibited at Holiday World

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MITUR brings Dominican golf offer to the PGA Merchandise Show

MITUR brings Dominican golf offer to the PGA Merchandise Show

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Minister of Tourism of the Dominican Republic obtains another recognition at FITUR 2017

Minister of Tourism of the Dominican Republic obtains another recognition at FITUR 2017

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Iberia renews promotion agreement for Dominican Republic

Iberia renews promotion agreement for Dominican Republic

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Minister of Tourism receives Medal of Merit in Spain For His Contribution To The Tourism Sector in Latin America

Minister of Tourism receives Medal of Merit in Spain For His Contribution To The Tourism Sector in Latin America

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Minister of Tourism heads delegation to participate in FITUR 2017

Minister of Tourism heads delegation to participate in FITUR 2017

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Dominican Republic is turning up the heat Downtown Toronto to beat the winter blues on Blue Monday

Dominican Republic is turning up the heat Downtown Toronto to beat the winter blues on Blue Monday

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Fitness Getaway Release_12.29

Kickstart your Healthy New Year’s Resolutions on a Dominican Republic Fitness Getaway

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DR Romantic Travel_PR NEWSWIRE

Romance Travel Continues to Trend in Dominican Republic

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UNESCO Declares Dominican Republic Merengue an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

UNESCO Declares Dominican Republic Merengue an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

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Merengue and More: Dominican Republic’s Music Scene Attracts Best of National, International Talent

Merengue and More: Dominican Republic’s Music Scene Attracts Best of National, International Talent

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Montreal To Get An Authentic Taste Of The Dominican Republic At Oneofakind Culinary And Crafts Festival

Montreal To Get An Authentic Taste Of The Dominican Republic At Oneofakind Culinary And Crafts Festival

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Forecasts for a Harsh Winter Drive Increased Interest in Dominican Republic Travel

Forecasts for a Harsh Winter Drive Increased Interest in Dominican Republic Travel

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For the Love of the Game: Experience the Passion of Baseball in Dominican Republic

For the Love of the Game: Experience the Passion of Baseball in Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic Continues to Grow Reputation as International Golfing Destination

Dominican Republic Continues to Grow Reputation as International Golfing Destination

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Tourists Flock to Dominican Republic to Explore Natural Wonders

Tourists Flock to Dominican Republic to Explore Natural Wonders

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Dominican Republic Offers Contrasting Natural Beauty

Dominican Republic Offers Contrasting Natural Beauty

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Puerto Plata Celebrates Opening of Landscape Park of La Puntilla and Amphitheater

Puerto Plata Celebrates Opening of Landscape Park of La Puntilla and Amphitheater

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Treat Yourself to Spa Luxury in Dominican Republic

Treat Yourself to Spa Luxury in Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic: The Exclusive Destination of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin

Dominican Republic: The Exclusive Destination of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin

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Dominican Republic Home to Golf Courses Worthy of the Pros

Dominican Republic Home to Golf Courses Worthy of the Pros

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Dominican Republic Invites Adventure Seekers To Explore Its Adrenaline-Pumping Terrains

Dominican Republic Invites Adventure Seekers To Explore Its Adrenaline-Pumping Terrains

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Multigenerational Travelers Find Their Bliss in Dominican Republic

Multigenerational Travelers Find Their Bliss in Dominican Republic

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Dominican Republic Tourism Officials Announce Samaná Updates and Developments

Dominican Republic Tourism Officials Announce Samaná Updates and Developments

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Puerto Plata Announces Increase in Tourism Numbers and Active Travel Initiatives

Puerto Plata Announces Increase in Tourism Numbers and Active Travel Initiatives

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Dominican Republic Announces 2016 Developments and Boasts Strong Tourism Statistics

Dominican Republic Announces 2016 Developments and Boasts Strong Tourism Statistics

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Juan Dolio Announced As Dominican Republic’s Up-and-Coming Destination

Juan Dolio Announced As Dominican Republic’s Up-and-Coming Destination

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jetBlue Plans Updates to Offer Best In-Flight Experience for U.S. to Dominican Republic Flights

jetBlue Plans Updates to Offer Best In-Flight Experience for U.S. to Dominican Republic Flights

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Expedia Reports Steady Growth In Travel and Room Bookings in Dominican Republic

Expedia Reports Steady Growth In Travel and Room Bookings in Dominican Republic

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Delta Vacations Announces Expanded Offerings for Dominican Republic Based on Growing Demand

Delta Vacations Announces Expanded Offerings for Dominican Republic Based on Growing Demand

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TripAdvisor Award 2016 ENG

Punta Cana Named #1 Destination in the Caribbean in 2016 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards

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Dominican Republic’s World-Class Gastronomy Encourages Visitors to Explore Beyond the Buffet

Dominican Republic’s World-Class Gastronomy Encourages Visitors to Explore Beyond the Buffet

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Humpback Whales

Spring Whale Watching Tops List of Dominican Republic’s Diverse Nature Activities

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Nice ‘N’ Easy Does It: Great Golf Now Feels Closer Than Ever In The Dominican Republic

Nice ‘N’ Easy Does It: Great Golf Now Feels Closer Than Ever In The Dominican Republic

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Adventure Hotspot Puerto Plata Shows Off Prime Watersport Conditions This Week

Adventure Hotspot Puerto Plata Shows Off Prime Watersport Conditions This Week

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Dominican Republic’s Sizzling Beaches Beckon Sun Seekers

Dominican Republic’s Sizzling Beaches Beckon Sun Seekers

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As The Temperature Falls In Montreal, Dominicans Will Still Be Dancing In The Streets!

As The Temperature Falls In Montreal, Dominicans Will Still Be Dancing In The Streets!

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Playa Grande Golf Course

Golf’s Caribbean Queen, Dominican Republic Wows Golfers With 86 Ocean View Holes

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Diving Into Dominican Republic’s Hidden Scuba Gems

Published on August 15, 2017

Tourists flock to DR year-round for a vast diver’s playground along the coasts

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Aug. 15, 2017 – Beneath Dominican Republic’s picturesque azure waters lies a diver’s oasis filled with colorful coral reefs, mysterious underwater caves and shipwrecks, and some of the region’s most unique sea creatures. With comfortable water temperatures between 75-82°F and high underwater visibility, scuba divers, snorkelers and underwater photographers will fall in love with the country’s subaquatic playground.

“From divers-to-be to serious aficionados, Dominican Republic offers one-of-a-kind dive sites for every level of experience,” said Magaly Toribio, Marketing Advisor for the Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism. “Our country has it all with developed tourist areas boasting world-class hotels, including off-the-beaten-path options for the adventurous, independent travelers looking to experience unique diving.”

Dominican Republic’s north coast, stretching from Montecristi to the west to Samaná in the east, is a Caribbean mecca for adventure and water sports. The town of Sosúa in the province of Puerto Plata is a convenient northern hub for divers. Only a few minutes by boat from the coast of Sosúa, Three Rocks is a favorite dive site among novice divers. These three coral rock pinnacles surrounded by white sand are home to the rare yellowtail snapper and the sergeant major fish. More experienced divers can go down to Jardines de Coral to a depth of 24 meters (79 feet) and observe groups of gorgonians, sea fans and sea whips.

Advanced divers may also choose to explore Larimar I and Larimar II near Sosúa. Starting at Larimar I, divers can visit this small wall covered with soft corals and then swim to the deeper Larimar II. This wall is 16 meters (52 feet) under the water and reaches a maximum depth of about 32 meters (105 feet). It is home to an array of marine life including moray eels, trumpet fish, lionfish, crabs and octopuses. Another ideal spot for the more experienced divers, the Zingara is a 40-meter (131 ft) long cargo ship that was intentionally sunk in 1992. It is home to a healthy variety of corals, sponges and fish, including giant barracudas and 2-meter (7-ft) long green moray eels.

Frequented by regular visitors to the Sosúa area and suitable for all levels of certification, the Airport Wall is considered by many to be one of the best—and most beautiful—dive sites in the country. This is one of the richest dive sites in terms of coral life, thanks to the wall covered with soft and hard corals and sea whips. Marine life abounds, from large and small fish that find shelter in cracks and protrusions, to cleaner shrimps and crabs.

Heading east from Sosúa to Las Galeras in the Samaná province, Piedra Bonita offers one of the most spectacular dive sites in the region. Advanced divers can dive 60 meters (197 feet) down to “The Tower” while taking in a front-seat view of sea turtles, wrasse fish, porcupine fish and boxfish. Due to the strong currents, only advanced divers should venture down to Piedra Bonita.

On the west side of the north coast in Montecristi Bay, underwater nature lovers will find the perfect setting for a fascinating adventure in the beautiful Caribbean waters. Los Siete Hermanos Keys boast rich underwater landscapes, from submerged forests and sand bottoms to large rocky walls. The keys are located about 10 km northwest of the nearest coastal border, so you can easily reach them in a short 30- minute boat ride.

Visitors staying in or near the capital city of Santo Domingo are a short drive away from La Caleta Underwater National Park—a delight for beginners and experienced divers alike. With fascinating reef and wreck diving, La Caleta is known for attracting multicolor fish and for being home to an underwater museum of submerged mud and clay statues of different Taino Gods. In nearby Juan Dolio, the Tanya V shipwreck attracts advanced divers eager to catch a glimpse of gorgeous corals and sponges.

A short day trip from the capital in La Romana, the Atlantic Princess Shipwreck offers a scenic site for divers of all levels to explore the marine life that flourishes in the remains of the Atlantic Princess cruise ship. The small ship was to be deliberately sunk, but sank of its own accord ahead of schedule in 2009 during Tropical Storm Fay. On Saona Island off the coast of Bayahibe, divers ranging from novices to experts can visit La Paguera—the most popular dive site in the country—with depths ranging from 9 to 33 meters (30 to 100 feet) and home to snappers, rays, turtles and various schools of colorful fish.

For family-friendly diving fun near Punta Cana, the Igneri Caribe Taino Underwater Museum offers beginners an opportunity to dive to depths between 3 meters (10 feet) and 7 meters (23 feet), exploring more than 20 sculptures celebrating the country’s indigenous culture. For an advanced level dive near Punta Cana, the Enriquillo RM-22 shipwreck is a can’t-miss. At 44 meters (143 feet) long and 10 meters (33 feet) wide, the ship was donated to the DR Navy by the United States in 1980 and sunk for tourist exploration in 2006. Despite strong currents, visibility around the shipwreck is good, offering the opportunity to observe large schools of Atlantic horse mackerel, sea breams and yellowtail snappers, as well as hawksbill, leatherback turtles and green sea turtles that come to the coast to spawn.

To learn more about Dominican Republic’s top destinations for divers and start planning your underwater itinerary, visit www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

 

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About Dominican Republic

Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the north and the Caribbean Sea on the south, our lush tropical and paradisiacal country boasts nearly 1,000 miles (1,609 km) of coastline, 250 miles (402 km) of the world’s top beaches, magnificent resorts and hotels, and a variety of sports, recreation and entertainment options. Here you can dance to the pulse pounding thrill of the merengue, renew in our luxurious and diverse accommodations, explore ancient relics of centuries past, delight in delicious Dominican gastronomy or enjoy ecotourism adventures in our magnificent national parks, mountain ranges, rivers and beaches.

Known for our warm and hospitable people, Dominican Republic is a destination like no other, featuring astounding nature, intriguing history and rich cultural experiences like music, art and festivals, plus uniquely Dominican specialties such as cigars, rum, chocolate, coffee, merengue, amber and larimar.

Dominican Republic features the best beaches, fascinating history and culture, and is a chosen escape for celebrities, couples and families alike.  Visit Dominican Republic Ministry of Tourism’s official website at: www.GoDominicanRepublic.com.

 

CONTACT:

BVK Public Relations for DR Ministry of Tourism
Annie Holschuh, US PR Director
(414) 247-2140/annie.holschuh@bvk.com

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