With one of the longest coastlines and coral reefs in the Caribbean and in the Dominican Republic, fishing in the Punta Cana region is a popular activity. This area ranks among the top-five for deep-sea fishing, with prize-winning-sized wahoo, mahi mahi, and billfish. Multiple fishing options include deep-sea fishing, fly fishing, and lagoon fishing. Whether beginner or avid angler, finding tail doesn’t take long off Punta Cana’s azure waters, and that’s what makes it so unique. Inshore, opportunities abound to find grouper, barracuda, and tarpon. Catch-and-release is popular in the Cabeza de Toro and Cap Cana areas. Expect up to seven annual tournaments on this eastern coastline, held at various times throughout the year.

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Diving in Punta Cana

This is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea. The shoreline is lined with soft white sand beaches and the corals offshore form an underwater barrier reef configuration running parallel to the coast. A well-tended coral garden, offshore wrecks and cave diving are the highlights. The Puntacana Resort and their Ecological Foundation maintain an underwater coral garden off their beach that can be visited. Ask about ongoing work on the most outstanding wreck in the area, the Punta Cana Pewter Wreck, a Spanish ship lost in the 1540s nearing the end of its outward voyage from Seville to the colonies in the New World. Salvage crews have recovered around 1,200 pieces of pewter tableware. Up the coast to the north, the modern Astron and Monica shipwrecks are now covered in marine plant life and tropical fish and are a swimmable distance from the coastline. The underwater cave, Cueva Taina Macao, a short drive from the Bávaro resort area is easily accessible. With a depth of no more than 26 feet (8 meters) this cave is around 54 yards (50 meters) long with an impressive variety of stalagmites and stalactites in crystal clear waters.

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El Astron

Submerged at 12 meters (39 feet) off the coast of Bávaro, the Astron continues to be a popular site for advanced divers. The sheer magnitude of the ship, including its giant propeller–said to be weighing over 20,000 tons–are worth a look.

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