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.

 
 
This is where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea. The shoreline is lined with soft white sand beaches and the corals offshore form an underwater barrier reef configuration running parallel to the coast. A well-tended coral garden, offshore wrecks and cave diving are the highlights. The Puntacana Resort and their Ecological Foundation maintain an […]
Punta Cana
Originally used for marine research, the Dolphin was sunk in 2000 off the coast of Las Terrenas, in Portillo, to create an artificial reef. Advanced divers can explore its remains lying at a whopping 28 meters of depth (92 feet).
Las Terrenas, Samaná
Located off the coast of Punta Cana, this aquarium reaches between five and seven meters (16-23 feet) of depth, ideal for beginners. Mottled barracuda, eagle rays, porcupine fish, sandfish, grunts, and parrotfish can be spotted.
Punta Cana
Submerged at 12 meters (39 feet) off the coast of Bávaro, the Astron continues to be a popular site for advanced divers. The sheer magnitude of the ship, including its giant propeller–said to be weighing over 20,000 tons–are worth a look.
Punta Cana
Those who explore El Frontón, at just 17 meters (56 feet) deep, will also benefit from a visit to the gorgeous, unspoiled beach of Frontón. The reef facing it protects the beach–bring fins to spare your feet from sea urchins, and view the area’s abundant marine life and corals.
Las Galeras, Samaná
For advanced divers only, the Enriquillo RM-22 sits 18 meters (60 feet) below sea level, off the coast of Playa Blanca. It houses numerous species, including horse mackerel, sea breams, yellowtail snappers, and hawksbill sea turtles.
Punta Cana
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
Marvel at a series of large Taino sculptures submerged in Caribbean waters and teeming with fish.
Punta Cana
Catalina is popular for water sports, particularly diving and snorkeling. Portions of the beach welcome cruise ship excursions, but the entire stretch is open for the public to enjoy.
La Romana
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

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The neoclassical and Victorian-style houses of the late 19th century give Puerto Plata an unmistakable charm with its colorful pastel colors. Many of them are now stores, bars and clubs serving tourists. 🏠🌿
  
Take a stroll around Puerto Plata’s historical center and enjoy its coffee shop, ice cream parlor, restaurants, all the important museums of the city and the charming park with a central gazebo within a couple of blocks. 🌞  📸: @centrohistoricopop @jodie_maria_kelly
  #GoDomRep #MyDR #PuertoPlata
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
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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_ 
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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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