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 choice for your next vacation destination is crystal clear. White sand and an abundant marine life, you’re sure to love Cayo Arena, especially under the sea! 🌊🐠
  
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