Formed by coral sands, they offer a world of underwater exploration and wildlife. Around the cayes’ shores, you’ll spot cacti, iguanas, and crabs. Underwater, submerged forests, sandy bottoms, and large rocky walls make this area a one-stop site for snorkeling, day or night diving.
Boating Attractions, Islands + Cayes, National Parks + Protected Areas, Scuba Diving + Snorkeling, Wildlife Spotting
On the northwestern side of the country, Montecristi is for experienced divers. There are dozens of real shipwrecks from the time of the Spanish armada sunk due to weather and in battle with English and Dutch pirates. Snorkeling is wonderful at the Cayo Siete Hermanos islands. The infamous pirate Francis Drake used Montecristi as a […]
Scuba Diving + Snorkeling, Water Sports
Look out for manatees at the Marine Mammal Sanctuary, where a couple of hiking trails lead you towards a protected lagoon, home to the largest number of endangered herbivore West Indian Manatees in DR.
Family-Friendly, Hiking, National Parks + Protected Areas, Wildlife Spotting
The Montecristi Underwater National Park boasts a rich coral barrier. It is the most untouched and vibrant reef in the country, and yet the least visited. You’ll spot gorgeous hard and soft coral gardens at various depths, including large moose horn corals, and schools of small tropical fish.
National Parks + Protected Areas, Scuba Diving + Snorkeling, Wildlife Spotting
Playa Buen Hombre, located in a fishing village, is well known amid avid kitesurfers for its white sand stretch, and its on-site kite school teaching you how to ride the intense waves along this wild Atlantic shoreline.
Beaches, Family-Friendly, Surfing + Kitesurfing
A paradise for snorkeling fans, this area boasts some of the most abundant marine life in DR, with corals and sponges that surround the cay, including schools of surgeonfish, sergeant majors, damselfish, angelfish, and yellowtail snappers swimming around your feet.
Excursions, Scuba Diving + Snorkeling
The “crab trail” takes you on a route through dry forest and scrubland on the way to the towering El Morro. You’ll climb a partly rocky, challenging path to reach the mesa’s summit. Once there, the panoramic views sweep over the Atlantic.
The remains of over 15 sunken galleons from the 14th, 16th, and 17th centuries lie in shallow waters off the shores of Montecristi and are accessible to beginner snorkelers.
Scuba Diving + Snorkeling