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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Barahona is known for dramatic landscapes like this.  🌊🌴
 
You’ll never stop getting surprised the more you explore this outstanding destination filled with majestic mountains, some of the most beautiful rivers in the country, thermal waters, pristine beaches, and even a magic road with an optical illusion.  
 
Are you ready to find out what Barahona has in store for you? 🌞🐚
📸: @jmpprd 
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Punta Cana’s miles of stunning beaches have all kinds of accommodations for every type of traveler. From large resorts to small boutique hotels and everything in between, one thing’s for sure: you will have an unforgettable vacation.  🌞🌴
  
Make sure to venture outside the hotel to try some of the various fun activities, like snorkeling, catamaran sailing, zip lining, countryside excursions, caving and nighttime shows, just to name a few. 
  
Will you join us? 🐚
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Endless adventures await you at Arco Divino Waterfall in Río Blanco, Bonao. It’s the perfect 
combination of excitement and relaxation. 🌊🧘‍♀️  This stunning waterfall is set amidst trees and rocks. You will cross the confluence of four rivers, some of which are among the coldest in the region. The hike is strenuous, but once you reach Arco Divino it’ll all be worth it.🪨🌞  Who’s up for the adventure?🙋‍♂️  📸: @alele2285 @wanderlustdomrep
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If you’re looking for unparalleled Zen on your next visit to the Dominican Republic, be sure to set your alarm for sunrise.  🌞🌊
 
Breathe in the fresh air and feel the gentle ocean breeze to find complete tranquility. We promise Dominican beaches will never disappoint. After you feel completely relaxed in your morning yoga session, you’ll be ready for many adventures in our diverse destinations and for lots of fun. 🧘‍♂️🕊
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Rainy days and Mondays won’t get you down in Santo Domingo. The right company and the stunning backdrop are the perfect combination for a blissful mood. ☔️👫 
  
The Colonial City of Santo Domingo has many picturesque monuments that date back to the 16th century and are very well preserved, making it an excellent choice for a memorable photo shoot.   ⛪️🌿
📸: @fotochera 
#GoDomRep #OpenDR  #CiudadColonial #ConventodelosDominicos #Turizoneando
This 18th century wooden church is a cultural heritage site. Its beautiful Gothic design is a structure shipped directly from England in the early 20th century to replace its prior version.  
 
“La Churcha” name is a Dominican twist on the English word “church”. It practices the African Methodist Episcopal faith, and its attendees are descendants of African Americans. To this day, the eldest citizens still speak English, and their influence is present in the gastronomy of Samaná. ⛪️🌷🌿
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Catalina Island: a piece of heaven that’s waiting for you! Popular for diving and snorkeling, its pristine beach amazes with its powder-fine white sand and calm waters. 🐚🌞
  
Coral reefs are abundant, including a “Living Museum of the Sea” following the discovery—after three centuries—of Captain Kidd’s shipwreck at 70 feet, right off the island. Popular dive sites include the over 100 ft. Catalina Wall, and the Aquarium. 🐠🌴  📸: @domcaklimova 
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