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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How amazing is this view and have you been to Las Terrenas yet? 🌊🌴  Las Terrenas is a charming beach town that is surrounded by several beaches, which provide different experiences, even though they’re not far away. Samaná is blessed with wondrous nature and warm people that will leave marks on your memory.  Do you have any favorite picturesque spots in Samaná?🐚🌞
📸: @jmpprd
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Samaná’s shopping is diverse and plentiful. It offers numerous handmade arts and crafts. Pick up amber or larimar jewelry, Taíno-inspired ceramics, paintings, cigars, chocolate, coffee, mamajuana or our famous faceless dolls.  What’s your favorite Dominican souvenir? 🪴
📸: @parisverra @beautifuldestinations 
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Flying through the air in paradise. Would you dare try this out? Find bliss in a simple, but thrilling activity in the best setting of all: Samaná.  Samaná natural attractions are seemingly endless. Its secluded beaches, rivers and mountains are delightful. Its people are caring and welcoming.  When you finish your vacation, it won’t be over. It will dwell within you.🌴🌞  📸: @beautifuldestinations @parisverra
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Besides fun watersports, Cabarete offers exclusive vacation home rentals and villas for those lucky enough to find the eternal vacation. 🏄  How about getting a break for the entire winter season? You’ll find a myriad of activities in Puerto Plata and beyond.  Whether you’d like to visit short-term or long-term, you’ll find the right activity for you in Cabarete. 🌴🐚  📸: @tourdelust @seahorseranchcabarete 
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Stop, breathe in the fresh air, and enjoy the wondrous nature around you. 🌬  Salto El Limón will be the most rewarding part of your hike through the mountains. As the years pass, the most enjoyable moments are the ones that remain fresh our memory. Make it count now. Just come to Samaná and let us take care of the rest.  Is this your kind of vacation? Share your most memorable waterfall moment in the comments🏞❤️
📸: @asenseofhuber @beautifuldestinations
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Do you prefer vacations by the mountains or by the beach?  Perched at an altitude of 1,736 feet in the Cordillera Central mountain range, Jarabacoa features cool temperatures, fresh rivers, and sweeping green landscapes flanked by dense pine forests that will help you find pure joy. It is a world of outdoor adventures: river rafting, tubing, canyoning and rappelling. 🌳🏞  Who would like to enjoy this magnificent view? Tag someone who would!👥
📸: @ashleymcky 
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #Jarabacoa
The key to Dominican cuisine is the wide variety of local organic produce that grow in its fertile land, after being planted by caring hands. 🥬🍆🥑🍠
📸: @turismord
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The beauty of this place is sublime. Where else can you have an entire beach for yourself? And a beach like this, no less!  Coming to Bahía de las Aguilas is truly a privilege. There are miles and miles of unspoiled beach all around. Snorkeling here is a dream. While you explore this place, the struggles of daily life will banish and you will start living in the moment. 🌊🌿  That is the true power of this enchanted land.
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📹: @doctorsantana 
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Birdseye view to a natural haven in the heart of Santo Domingo. Feel free to indulge yourself with delectable Dominican food, as you can stay in shape at Parque Mirador Sur.
 
This lovely five-mile park is very popular with athletes for running, rollerblading or bike riding while enjoying Caribbean Sea views. Its many trees attract endemic birds, so keep your eyes peeled for a colorful surprise.🌳🏙
 
Who’s up for a workout with a view?🏃‍♀️🛣
📸: @jmpprd
#GoDomRep #OpenDR #SantoDomingo
The 27 Charcos de Damajagua are so captivating. Get all geared up and ready for some fun!🌊  These unspeakably gorgeous waterfalls and natural pools have been carved out of limestone over the centuries.  Local tour guides only take small groups, so you can have a great time with your family or friends jumping, sliding, and swimming in the fresh turquoise water at your own pace. 🏊‍♂️🐚
📸: @alanxelmundo
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