Scuba Diving + Snorkeling

In addition to discovering exceptional beaches along the DR’s thousand-mile long coastline, you’ll soon realize that the DR’s underwater world—a handful of which is protected as a national park—is equally fascinating, revealing features such as coral reefs, caves, remains of galleons, shipwrecks, and a world of multicolored marine life. Explore 40-meter (131-foot) wall dives off the islands of Catalina and Saona, spot turtles and eagle rays off the remote Playa Frontón in Las Galeras, or snorkel amid colorful fish at Cayo Arena. Whether south, east, or north, PADI-certified dive and snorkel shops know the best underwater adventures.

While you can dip in our waters year round, the best time to dive is between June and September, when the waters are calm and offer good visibility—optimal conditions for immersion. Year-round sea temperatures range between 24°C to 29°C (75°F and 84°F), allowing diving even in the middle of the North American “winter,” when temperatures hover around 25°C (77°F).

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SCUBA DIVING + SNORKELING IN
Dominican Republic 

Explore our underwater treasures along one thousand miles of coastline, from colorful reefs and critters to shipwrecks.

 
 
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
A small tugboat, the Alto Velo sunk off the waters of Playa Caribe on the southeastern coast. Resting at eight meters (26 feet), an ideal depth for beginners, it quickly turned into an artificial reef surrounded with abundant marine life.
Juan Dolio
Beginner divers will appreciate the Atlantic Princess’s colorful sea life at shallow depths.
Bayahíbe, Dominicus, La Romana
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
The 33-meter (108-foot) tugboat is a beautiful marine habitat of coral gardens and large schools of small tropical fish, making it a great spot for advanced divers to explore.
Boca Chica, Santo Domingo
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.
Puerto Plata
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.
Montecristi
Reached from Las Terrenas’ shores, Creole Reef is a kilometer-long (0.6 miles) coralline chain covered with a variety of gorgonian sea fans, and frequently visited by large Atlantic stingrays.
Las Terrenas, Samaná
Forty minutes east of Santo Domingo, Boca Chica’s large bay is home to the majority of marine life thriving on the island of Hispaniola: corals, sponges, octopuses, reef fish, crustaceans, starfish, seahorses, and sole fish.
Boca Chica, Santo Domingo
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 […]
Montecristi

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Humpback whales are getting ready for their winter vacation to Samaná, so make sure you join the fun! Watch 2,000 whales that migrate to the waters of the Samaná Bay on a guided boat tour or from the observatory in Punta Balandra.  🐳🌊🌞
  
The official whale-watching season runs from mid-January to March, but tours are available as long as whales are in the bay.   How did you feel watching this? 🐚  📸: @irusik_dominicana
#GoDomRep #MyDR #Samaná  #HumpbackWhale
Breakfast, pool side. Is there any better way to start the day? Kick back and relax, your DR dream trip is ready when you are. 👒🌞
  
Punta Cana is your picture-perfect getaway. Whether soaring above via parasail, zip lining through the forest, lounging with your toes in the sand or relaxing by the pool, there is an itinerary for every traveler.  
  
Do you have a trip to Punta Cana on the horizon?  🌊🌴  📸: @lasrutasdegi 
#GoDomRep #MyDR #dreamsmacaobeachpuntacana
Happy National Merengue day! 🎶👯‍♀️
UNESCO declared traditional Dominican merengue music and dance an Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016.    This cultural expression has influences in Spanish, African and indigenous cultures. It was composed by the “cuatro”, guitar, Güira, and the tambourine originally. In 1870, the “cuatro” was replaced by the accordion and years later the saxophone, bass and piano were added.     
What’s your favorite merengue song?  💃🏻🕺  📸: @juanluisguerra 
#GoDomRep #MyDR #LamparaPaMisPies
Santiago de los Caballeros is the Dominican Republic’s second largest city in the heart of the Cibao Valley. It’s a modern and cosmopolitan center thriving in commerce, finance, education, services, and pulsating with culture. 🌼
  
Popular attractions include Gran Teatro Cibao, Centro Cultural León Jimenes, Centro de la Cultura, Estadio Cibao, art galleries, several cigar factories, and a wide variety of gourmet restaurants.  
  
Does Santiago seem like your kind of place?🏙👯‍♀️
📸: @carloshorton.a  
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #MyDR Santiago #CiudadCorazón
Dominican gastronomy is the result of a rich cultural heritage, which has resulted in a wide variety of sweet and savory dishes that will delight your palate. 🍽
  
The delicious dessert known as Maíz Caquiao (cracked corn pudding) in the northern region and "Chacá" in the south of the country, is prepared with dried corn, milk and spices. Sweet potato bread is a type of dense and spicy pudding made with sweet potato with a spicy flavor and aroma of cinnamon, cloves, and ginger. 🥰🥧🌽  📸: @isvvisual  @victorheredia_ 
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #MyDR #DominicanGastronomy
Our kind of Monday. Wander through the lushest surroundings in a treehouse resort nestled within the tropical forest of El Valle. 🌿🌦  Tucked away in the verdant hills of Samaná, a visit to Dominican Tree House Village is sure to delight all travelers alike. This is a great place to reconnect with nature and your loved ones.  Tag who you’d like to share this unique place with.  📷: @dominicantreehousevillage  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #dominicanrepublic #dominicantreehousevillage #samana #elvallesamana
Looking for an awesome kitesurfing vacation? Las Terrenas has what you’re looking for and plenty more. 🏄‍♀️🏖  It has constant trade and thermal wind from February to August. Its calm water is perfect for beginners or to practice new tricks. Get ready to have a blast exploring Samaná’s natural surroundings and to enjoy its chilled vibe.  Would you like to kitesurf in this stunning place?  📷: @kiteworlddr  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #mydr ##samaná #lasterrenas #elportillosamaná
Let yourself be enticed by Laguna Dudú’s magical underwater world. Its underwater cave system is filled with tunnels that give way to hidden wonders to be discovered. 🌊🤿  Turquoise, freshwater lagoons surrounded by steep cliffs with caves and lush forest will keep you swimming all day long. Located in Cabrera, in the María Trinidad Sánchez province, the park offers outdoor entertainment and unforgettable experiences.  Would you swim in this spectacular place?  📷: @chinamitas @dudulagoon @sun.sand.spirit.dr  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #mydr #lagunadudu #mariatrinidadsanchez
The José del Carmen Ramírez National Park has one of the most beautiful hiking trails in the DR: the Blanco River Canyon and the Mirador de la Cordillera Central, in the province of San Juan de la Maguana. ⛰🌊  The two-day adventure begins at the Palomino hydroelectric dam, where the Yaque del Sur and Blanco rivers converge. From the top of the Gajo del Toro hill, the Pico Duarte and La Pelona can be seen at close range.  Tag your friends who would be up to adventure!  📷: @hector_ceballos @andoaventurando @vanespinal @_kendrii @viajonas @aventurascondaniel @jl.montero  #godomrep #godominicanrepublic #mydr #sanjuandelamaguana #presadepalomino

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