Humpback whale watching season in Samaná Bay attracts visitors from around the world from mid-January through March, when the giant mammals come to mate and give birth in Dominican waters. You can actually swim and snorkel with these majestic creatures, but only in the Silver Bank Sanctuary–or Santuario de Mamíferos Marinos Banco de la Plata, located north of Puerto Plata’s coast–and only from three boats approved by the Dominican government.

Other attractions in Puerto Plata

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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

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