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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This dramatic landscape can be found at Playa El Valle, a secluded beach surrounded by a lush valley and flanked by towering bluffs. 🌊🌴  Samaná is nothing short of extraordinary. Its landscape changes drastically in a short distance and will never cease to amaze you. Take a stroll, enjoy a fresh seafood lunch, or take long hikes amid this rugged landscape. Due to rip currents, stick close to shore while swimming.🐚  📸: @carloshorton.a
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #Samana #PlayaElValle
Salto del Gallo: completely astounding! Located in the Santiago province near San José de las Matas, it’s hidden in the mountains of the Cordillera Central, crossing valleys and meadows.🌊  After a 2-hour trek in rugged terrain, you’ll be rewarded by the view of this magnificent 164 feet high waterfall and by taking a dip in its crystalline chilly waters.  Are you up for the adventure to reach this natural wonder?🏞
📸: @killvaz @saltodelgallo
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Paulie the parrot is waiting for you in the lush mountains of Constanza. 🦜🌿  The Hispaniolan parrot, locally known as cotorra, is a species of Amazon parrot endemic to the island of Hispaniola.  It inhabits a variety of wooded habitats, from arid palm-savannah to pine and montane humid forest. It is becoming increasingly frequent in urban refuges, such as Santo Domingo.   Have you seen our lovely cotorras flying around? 🌞🦜
📸: @carloshorton.a
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Who’s up for an adventure to explore this marvelous waterfall hidden in the Samaná mountains?🏞  Whether you decide to reach El Limón waterfall by a strenuous hike or a by a horseback ride up the Sierra de Samaná, it’ll be worth it. You’ll be rewarded by this magnificent view and its refreshing water will revitalize you. 🌿🌞  📸: @sland_natalie @nonexistentjay
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Dominican Republic’s natural attractions are seemingly endless. 🌞🌴  In addition to the mainland’s sparkling beaches, the DR boasts multiple offshore cayes with an even more stunning sea and sand environment. Off the coast of Samaná, Cayo Levantado is perfect for swimming, sunbathing, kayaking and more.  What kind of adventure are you looking forward to in your next vacation?🐚🌊
📸: @claudiu.pep
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #CayoLevantado
Samaná: the IT place of inexhaustible surprises. 🐚  No matter where you go throughout the peninsula, you only have to walk or drive a short distance and the landcape will change completely, providing different experiences.  Playa Rincón is a perfect example: on one side mountains, mangroves, river and calm waves for snorkeling; on the oposite side bigger waves for bodyboarding, plus beautiful palm trees all along the bay. 🌴🌞  Who would you go to Samaná with?👯‍♀️🌊
📸: @domingobello
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #PlayaRincón #Samana
The sublime beauty of Barahona makes time stand still. The color of the sea matches its unique Larimar and its staggering mountains harbors the most crystaline rivers. 🌊🌞  Come discover the hidden natural gems of the “Pearl of the South”, one of the most astounding places of the Dominican Republic.  Will you be adding Barahona to your bucket list?📝🐚
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #Barahona
Merengue is our national music and dance💃  Merengue and Bachata music and dancing were 
declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO in 2016 and 2019, respectively. Both musical genres are famous worldwide.  We salute Johnny Ventura, who has proudly represented the Dominican Republic internationally for over 60 years, playing merengue. May he rest in peace. He will never be forgotten❤️🙏🏽
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Magical moments like this await you in Playa Salinas, Baní. You will feel as free as these American flamingos as you ride the waves in a kitesurf or in a pleasant boat ride along the stunning coastline. 🌊🌞 
Get ready to explore its magnificent surroundings, which are full of surprises. You will find the perfect socially distant getaway in Baní.🌿  📸: @antonioberges
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #Baní
Raise your hand if you would like to be here now!🙋‍♀️  
 
Playa Preciosa is a stunning beach located right next to Playa Grande in the María Trinidad Sánchez province. Take a dip in its warm turquoise water or a boat tour to the natural pool, the Cueva de las Golondrinas or the Gri-Grí lagoon. Top it off with an exquisite fresh seafood lunch on the beach. 🌴🌊  📸: @todo.dominicana @dronepics_rd 
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #RíoSanJuan  #MariaTrinidadSanchez

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