The Dominican Republic is an underwater oasis that invites scuba fanatics to jump right into the crystal-clear waters. Leave the landlubbers behind as you enter a magical world under the sea, replete with extraordinary shipwrecks, caves, coral reefs, marine life and other hidden gems. With balmy year-round water temperatures between 26 and 29°C, you’ll immediately warm up to the country’s underwater treasure trove.
“We are proud to be home to so many one-of-a-kind dive sites, “Whether south, east, or north, Dominican Republic’s thousand-mile-long coastline offers endless opportunities for underwater exploration for both beginners and expert divers.”
Diving destinations for novices, pros and families:
Travellers exploring Dominican Republic’s northern coast won’t want to miss Three Rocks, a popular spot for beginners located just a few minutes from Sosúa by boat. The dive site’s three coral rock pinnacles house yellowtail snapper and sergeant major fish, and the coral reef surrounded by white sand allows novice divers to safely explore the waters at depths up to 9 meters (30 feet).
To get even closer to the underwater action, head to the Zingara Wreck off the coast of Sosúa on the north coast. The 40-meter (131-foot) long cargo ship was sunk in 1992 and is completely free of obstructions, allowing divers to explore the shipwreck’s compartments and its variety of corals, sponges, giant barracudas and long green moray eels. Descend up to 36 meters (118 feet) as you explore an unforgettable wonderland.
In the northeast region of Samaná, beginner divers will be charmed by Las Ballenas, named for its large stones that resemble whales. Swim among the sergeant major fish, surgeonfish and corals at depths between 5 meters (16 feet) and 14 meters (46 feet). While in Samaná, advanced drivers can venture into the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean at Piedra Bonita. After a free fall of 30 meters (98 feet), let the currents push you around a massive rock covered by sponges, giant gorgonians and corals.
Head west to Santo Domingo for a slightly more challenging dive at the La Caleta Underwater National Park—one of the first in the continent, and a treat for both beginner and advanced divers. Depths range from 5 meters (16 feet) to 58 meters (590 feet), allowing divers to swim among sunken ships, colourful corals and schools of fish. A nearby system of meandering underwater caverns and tunnels is the perfect spot for expert divers seeking a technical challenge.