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.

 
 
Off the coast of Las Terrenas, beginner divers and snorkelers will spot large schools of sergeant majors, surgeonfish, and colorful corals thriving amid the rocks at Las Ballenas.
Las Terrenas, Samaná
Known for its abundant coral reef formations, and rocks with swim-through openings at beginner-level depths, Las Cuevitas is one of the most popular dive sites from Las Terrenas.
Las Terrenas, Samaná
Two ideal dive sites for beginners, with beautiful rock formations at relatively shallow depths, where divers can easily swim through a channel.
Punta Cana
“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
Discover bright corals and critters thriving off sunken ships.
Boca Chica, Santo Domingo
Piedra Bonita is one of the most spectacular and unusual diving spots in the entire northeast region, available to advanced divers. Also known as La Torre, the dive begins at 60 meters (197 feet), after an initial free fall of 30 meters (98 feet).
Las Galeras, Samaná
Located off the shores of Las Terrenas, a series of rocky mounds stretched along a sand floor are home to a great variety of corals and marine life at depths ranging between 12-18 meters (39-59 feet).
Las Terrenas, Samaná
Facing a beautiful bay, this lively beach is dotted with fishermen canoes, and fills up with families after sunset and on the weekends. Partly rocky waters attract small fish and are safe enough to swim in close to shore.
Barahona
Perfect for snorkeling enthusiasts and beginner divers for its shallow yet abundant two-meters of depth (seven feet), this dive site off Portillo boasts a huge coral reef, and a wide variety of fish–including angelfish, trumpet fish, and groupers.
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