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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Trying to decide between mountains and beach? Problem solved: In Playa Ermitaño you’ll get both!  🏞🌊
  
The Samaná peninsula has a myriad of idyllic beaches like this one. This beach has been hiding among mountains and a lush foliage for a long time waiting to be explored. Have some fun climbing the crooked palm trees that point to its turquoise water, which beckons you for a pleasant swim. 🌞🌴  📸: @tripmoz
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Thanks to the effort that each Dominican makes  every day to provide an unforgettable experience while maintaining high health and quality standards, the Dominican Republic has been awarded as the #1 country in the world in tourism recovery by The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)!🇩🇴🙌  #GoDomRep #MyDR #OrgulloPais
Looking to unwind? 🌴  Start planning your trip to Bayahíbe today! It packs its own punch in white sand beaches and diverse accommodations. ☀️🏝  This scenic fishing town boasts multiple beaches on its coastline, including Dominicus Beach and 
several more pristine, diamond-white stretches offshore on Catalina and Saona islands. Its nearby Taíno caves are filled with mystery, and freshwater springs inside Cotubanamá National Park🌊🏝  📸: @tainodrone @tracaderobeachresort
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The low-lying Cave of the Swallows or Cueva de las Golondrinas is tucked along the scraggly Atlantic coastline of Río San Juan, just a five-minute boat ride from town. An optional stop on tours of Laguna Gri Gri, your captain will steer the boat inside the small cavern–watch your head–to view its rock composition from ceiling to floor while you float on crystal clear turquoise waters. Once the boat exits the cave, you can choose to swim in the calm natural pool surrounding the area.🤿🐠  Tag someone you'd love to explore this astonishing place with. 👯‍♀️🌞  📸: @nomadavirtual
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Dominican Republic has been awarded as the #1 country in the world in tourism recovery by The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)!🇩🇴🙌  Zurab Pololikashvili, secretary general of the organization, highlighted that the Dominican tourism model stands out for achieving the most successful recovery of the industry, reaching record figures in tourist arrivals.✈️📌  #GoDomRep #MyDR #DominicanRepublic
What are your plans for this summer?🌞  Imagine spending your days lying on a Caribbean beach, surrounded by palm trees. Imagine if this place has everything you need for spend the most relaxing vacation of your life!🌴🌊  If you’re daydreaming about the perfect summer, the pristine beaches and the palm trees of Saona Island is waiting for you! 🙌  Start planning your summer and add Saona Island to the list!  📸: @sirkaick
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The only crowd you will find in Samaná are its stunning palm trees, which can be found throughout the peninsula, even in the mountains🌴  Time seems to stop in Samaná. Life is very relaxed and the main focus is its astounding nature. Nothing else seems to matter, besides having a great time.  How incredible is this view? 🌞🐚  📸: @mitja_baran
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1,000-miles of coastline bliss. Looking to unwind? Start planning your trip to Cap Cana today! 🌴🌞  From boutique villas to all-inclusive resorts with suites big enough for the family, or private hideouts for a romantic getaway with swim-up rooms and private plunge pools, there is room for all.  📸: @eugeniovarandas
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Friday strolls in the Colonial City of Santo Domingo are always pleasant.  🌆
 
Enjoy a nice afternoon stroll around cobblestone streets and take your time to admire the 16th century architecture. Shop your heart out in the pedestrian El Conde Street and giftshops that are located around Parque Colón and all the side streets. As the sun goes down, enjoy the varied international gastronomy in our many restaurants.  🌞🌿  📸: @robertvasquez 
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