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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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
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
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
Five large coral rocks spread out over a large area of about 100 meters (328 feet), for an ideal beginner dive site. The reef starts at about five meters (16 feet), and its deepest point falls to nearly 24 meters (79 feet).
Puerto Plata, Sosúa
Advanced divers explore a small wall covered with soft corals starting at 16 meters (52 feet) and descending to 32 meters (105 feet). Numerous critters reside here, including moray eels, trumpet fish, lionfish, crabs, and octopuses.
Puerto Plata, Sosúa
“La Puntilla” consists of four boulders that collapsed and created a formation of passages, including caves, where beginner divers can swim through alongside barracudas and seahorses. Ideal beginner depths of 12 meters (39 feet).
Puerto Plata, Sosúa
Also known as “Calle Sin Salida,” coral pinnacles lie in a labyrinth between patches of sand, where you’ll see barracudas, moray eels, and squid. The slight slope descends to 30 meters (98 feet) with an average depth of 15 meters (49 feet).
Puerto Plata, Sosúa
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.
Montecristi, Puerto Plata
Suitable for divers of all levels, the shallow Pyramids site–at 18 meters (59 feet)–is a drift dive around large rocks and pebbles that fell into the sea, creating many cracks and passages for visitors to explore its colorful corals.
Puerto Plata
Swim and snorkel with humpback whales from mid-January through March, when these giant mammals come to mate and give birth in the Silver Bank Sanctuary, north of Puerto Plata’s coast.
Puerto Plata

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