Best Diving Spots in the Dominican Republic
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The best diving spots in the Dominican Republic; For all you divers out there, we know how planning which dive sites you’ll be experiencing during your next stay in the Dominican Republic is probably the most exciting part of your vacation. This is why our team of local experts have come up with the following list that serves as inspiration for those of you that are currently planning to visit the Dominican Republic for a relaxing vacation full of adventure.
After carefully researching and exploring the best diving spots in the Dominican Republic all across the different regions of the country, going all the way from the Northern coast of Puerto Plata and Cabarete to the Eastern coast of Punta Cana. We have compiled a detailed list that will surely help you during your decision making process of which dive sites you should choose during your up coming trip to this Island. The Dominican Republic offers divers a variety of diving scenarios such as; Reef to wall dives, caves, famous shipwrecks and the stunning natural beauty of the islands tropical underwater fauna.
Some of the best diving spots of the Dominican Republic can be found in the nearby regions of Puerto Plata and Sosua. On the North coast of the island you’ll be able to find several deep dive sites which include the famous ‘Airport Wall’ a site located in the vicinity of the Puerto Plata Airport. This dive site became famous for its 35 meter wall dive. In addition, you’ll also be able to visit other sites such as; Five Rocks and La Piramide (The Pyramid) both of these have earned popularity in the diving community due to their diverse reef fish life and the several connected tunnels you can swim through.
The Samana Peninsula also has the famous dive site of Cabo Cabron. This pinnacle formation starts at 165ft, and divers can circle their way up the pinnacle, finding a wide variety of macro life in the encrusted sponges and corals.
Punta Cana is located on the East part of the Island and is more well known for its shallow reef sites where you’ll be able to find many different types of reef fish. This region also has the longest coral reef on the whole island, including many caves that divers are able to swim through, these caves are characterized by rays of bright light that create a memorable diving experience. It is also very important to mention that this region of the Dominican Republic is the pioneer on Coral restoration programs, meaning that the local community works together in order to preserve the region’s underwater environment.
The South coast of the Dominican Republic is characterized for its shipwreck dives. La Caleta National Underwater Park is a no-fishing zone and holds two of the most famous shipwreck dives on the Island, which are the; the Hickory and the Limon, both of these sites are fantastic dives. In addition you’ll also be able to find the St. George, a ship that was built in the year 1962 and abandoned in Santo Domingo in the 1980s. The ship was purposely sunk to create an artificial reef during 1999, creating a natural habitat to the marine creatures of this region and experienced divers have the opportunity to penetrate the inside of the abandoned ship.
The Catalina Island offers stunning wall dives in a spot called “La Pared”, and the Saona Island is a sanctuary for many marine species such as; turtles and sharks. In this region you will be able to find several underwater parks that protect the coral reefs from local fisherman, allowing divers to see large fish such as groupers.
For those of you who are wondering how to become a certified Scuba Diver, we encourage you to visit the following link and learn about the different types of PADI certifications recognized throughout the entire Dominican Republic.
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