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Sí Dominican Republic Diving North East

 

DIVING IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
WITH MILES OF PRISTINE BEACH, THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IS A FAVORITE DESTINATION FOR DIVERS IN SEARCH OF CARIBBEAN REEFS, WRECKS AND HUMPBACK WHALES.

 

Dominican Republic

Destination & Adventures

Explore The

Undersea World

The majority of dive sites around the Samana Peninsula are near to Las Galeras, Las Terrenas and El Portillo.

Most of the coral reef diving and humpback whale sightings take place near Las Galeras. You might hear whales at Piedra Solitaria, Fronton or Los Carriles. The best corals are found off of Cabo Cabrón at sites such as Piedra Bonita, Tibisi I and II and Puerto Malo. Cueva de Chopa offers the chance to experience some easy cave diving in the vicinity.

For wreck diving near Las Galeras, check out Barco Hundido. Alternatively head to Las Terrenas where you can dive the Dolphin Wreck

At the end of the Samana peninsula you will find a beach town called Las Galeras. From here you have access to most dramatic seascapes of the Dominican Republic. The highlight is The Tower or Piedra Bonita, an underwater pinnacle that drops down to 55 meters.
 As soon as you enter the Samana peninsula you can see the landscape dramatically changing. Hills turn in to mountains, roads starts to swirl and scenic views with stunning beaches seem to appear around every corner.

Cabo Cabron

Cabo Cabron to explore this dive site which is pretty famous around the Dominican Republic. From the beach of Las Galeras you can already see the cliffs of the national park of Cabo Cabron,

Piedra Bonita

Diving The Tower / Piedra Bonita
After mooring the boat to a buoy we easily rolled backwards off the boat. There was only a tiny current noticeable and the visibility was great with lots of parrotfish on the top of The Tower. We descended to a depth of about 21 meters, following the structure of this pinnacle which is indeed dramatically shaped. With all kinds of stalagmites, overhangs and deep ridges it was great fun to explore hiding creatures with sometimes a mild current around a corner.

Although the tower is not completely covered with corals and sponges it has some colorful dense areas, like a field of underwater flowers. Especially on the wall-like vertical parts of the pinnacle sea fans and rods were moving with the water flow. The top of the pinnacle is great for the safety stop, especially with direct sunlight it is great for some dramatic photos.

Tibisi

Diving Tibisi
Tibisi, a dive site with healthy coral slopes going down to about 50 meters as well. Many hard coral boulders, sea fans and rods were present as well as a few moray eels checking us out. This dive site also has some dramatic stalagmites and wall-like structures, creating another interesting dive site to explore.

It was not full of fish but we saw quite a few turtles cruising around, always a pleasure. The yellow tail damsel fish of the picture below was quite territorial and was nipping my camera for a while. There were some lionfish here as well, an invasive species in the Caribbean, but still a beautiful creature.

Las Galeras

For wreck diving near Las Galeras, check out Barco Hundido. The Tower ( Piedra Bonita), 60 meters The walls of Tibisi 1 and 2, 40 meters.Pinacle of Tibisi 18 to 40 meters. Caverns of Cabo Cabron 18 to 40 meters The Wreck ( Barco Hundido), 18 meters Coral Garden, 12 meters

EL FRONTÓN
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

PIEDRA BONITA
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

SUNKEN SHIP
After a terrible fire over 30 years ago, this 80-meter (262-foot) long cargo ship sank about two kilometers (1.2 miles) off the coast of Las Galeras. Also known as Barco Hundido, it’s ideal for beginners, thriving with barracuda, pufferfish, stingrays, and schooling fish.

Las Galeras, Samaná

Manzanillo Dive Highlights

  • San Luciano wreck
  • Playa Audencia
  • Club de Yates  
  • Pena Blanca

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  • L’Recif  
  • Las Brisas Jetty
  • Los Frailes
  • Elephant Rock

Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas dive sites are accessible by boat ( 15 to 25 minutes boat ride) and offer a variety of dives suitable for all levels and interests.
Boat usually departs at 8:30am and returns around 1 to 2 pm after a double tank dive.
Keep in mind that diving on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic is far different
from that of the southern coast. The Atlantic Ocean tends to be rougher
than the Caribbean Sea and some of the dives are reserved to seasoned divers. Most of the diving in Las Terrenas takes place from small to medium speedboats ( 8 divers max).
The best dive sites of the area are around the ballenas islands or in Portillo zone. Some of the reefs of the area are also great for exploration dives or lion fish hunting.

Las Cuevitas 

LAS BALLENAS
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

Dolphin Wreck

DOLPHIN WRECK
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

27 meters

Creole Reef

Reached from Las Terrenas’ shores, Creole Reef is a kilometer-long (0.6 miles) coralline chain covered with a variety of gorgonian sea fans, and frequently visited by large Atlantic stingrays. The site lies at a depth of 25 meters (82 feet), making it suitable for intermediate to advanced divers.

The Canyons

14 meters

Las Cuevitas de Las Ballenas

Off the coast of Las Terrenas, Las Ballenas dive site is named for its series of large rocks resembling whales. At five to 14 meters (16-46 feet), beginner divers and snorkelers will spot large schools of sergeant majors, surgeonfish, and colorful corals thriving amid the rocks. 

LAS CUEVITAS
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

Portillo Reef

PORTILLO
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.

Samaná, Scuba Diving

Piedra Marcel

PIEDRA MARCEL
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

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Dominican Republic

Activities & Adventures

Explore Your Adventure Destination

Your vacation in the Dominican Republic is sure to consist of plenty of fun and excitement, but how about adding a touch of adventure as well? For those who can’t shake that adrenaline bug, consider booking exciting excursions, such as zip-lining, setting sail on a catamaran cruise or snorkeling and diving, to make the most out of your destination.

Sun and Sand

Beach, Swimming & Sunbathing

Beaches

Over 200 beaches—many of which remain uncrowded and undeveloped—line the Caribbean and the Atlantic coastlines, ranging from a brilliant white to a handful of black sand beaches.

Swimming

Palm-studded, continuous diamond white beaches are synonymous with Punta Cana, but the Dominican Republic’s stunning beaches extend countrywide.

Sunbathing

Saona’s picture-perfect beaches attract more visitors than all of the DR’s national parks combined. A protected site and part of Cotubanamá National Park, the island is a dream tropical escape.

Romance

Weddings, Honeymoons & More 

Weddings

Celebrate your romance with a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic. Romantic weddings on a sand beach, rich sunsets and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are the perfect backdrop for your destination wedding.

Bachelor/ette

Your bachelorette/bachelor party can be the most fun you’ve had in years! With a bit of planning  beforehand, the Dominican Republic is the perfect spot to plan such an adventure.

Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is sure to consist of plenty of romance, and the Dominican Republic is the honeymoon destination. From quiet privacy to all out partying, the Dominican Republic has something for every honeymooner.

Renewal of Vows

A rededication to your marriage is an exciting thing – you can do it as often as you like. With vow renewals (or reaffirmations) you have the opportunity to have the ceremony you’ve always wanted.

On the Sea

SUP, Sea Kayak & Sailing

SUP

Paddle boarding is undoubtedly a great way to get in contact with the land and marine environment in the Dominican Republic. Easy to learn and a sure way to have great fun in the Caribbean Sea.

Sea Kayaking

Dominican Republic’s pristine fresh waterways and the tranquil Caribbean Sea make kayaking an ideal way to explore the Dominican Republic.

Sailing

Sea breezes and  the most beautiful beaches in the world. Dominican Republic is the perfect location for sailing and learning to sail. Bask in the sun and enjoy the unbelievable sunsets.

In the Sea

Snorkel & Scuba Diving

Snorkel

Considered one of the top islands for snorkeling in the world, the crystal-clear waters of the Dominican Republic offer an incredible experience for novice and expert alike.

Scuba

Explore the depths among the colorful coral reefs that are home to anemones, eels, giant stingrays, sharks and turtles.
If you bring the whole family, try snorkeling in shallow water perfect for the little ones.

Fishing the Sea

Deep Sea, Shore & Lake

Fishing

If you love sportfishing then we have the trip for you! Troll for sailfish, blue marlin, white marlin, wahoo and dorado in the teeming waters of the Caribbean Sea!

Deep Sea

Big attraction for anglers heading to the Dominican Republic is unquestionably saltwater fishing. Thanks to her fantastic deep waters surrounding the coastlines, sport fishing for highly sought after big game species is incredibly popular.

Shore

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Family

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Golf by the Sea

Golfing Experiences

Golf

Renowned for having the most magnificent golf courses in the Caribbean region, and Latin America, the Dominican Republic is the undisputed leader of golf in the tropics. Dominican Republic’s award-winning courses are on every golfer’s bucket list.

Golf

At least seven of the Dominican Republic’s courses have consistently topped Golf Week Magazine’s Top 50 courses in the Caribbean and Mexico, including Punta Espada in the top 10.

On Land

Horses, Hiking, Biking, ATV

On Horseback

Horseback riding is deeply entrenched in Dominican culture, going back centuries to colonial Spanish times. Ride horseback along the hills, and colorful villages of the Domincan Republic in any location countrywide.

Hiking & Biking

Mountain bike and hiking tours led by local guides—a great choice for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ride and hike along scenic trails through forested areas, river beds and jungle trails.

Off Road

Rugged mountain terrain and hidden treasures, create the perfect setting for an off-road  adventure. Drive your own ATV through countryside full of surprises and new adventures.

Lifestyle

Live the Lifestyle

Living

Looking for Lifestyle Options? Considering the Dominican Republic as a place to live or retire, the knowledge we share will help you to create a plan, and we’ll connect you with useful lifestyle services and property choices.

Retire

Many consider the Dominican Republic for their retirement home. With recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and a modern infrastructure, stable electrical grid and high-speed internet.

Lifestyle

Variety of lifestyles, from resorts, condos and other full-time housing—it’s a perfect place for those seeking an “always on vacation” lifestyle. Dominican Republic has everything you need and more, affordability, healthcare, safety, culture and cuisine.

Real Estate

Finding the Right Investment

Real Estate

Opportunities for real estate investment exist in the Dominican Republic for entrepreneurs. Beachfront and ocean view houses and private land that lie close to the attractive vistas that line the coastline.

Beach Houses

It is always a wonderful idea to set up villas, apartments and other residential units in the vicinity of a stunning ocean, pristine beaches, and picturesque lagoons. The attractiveness of the Dominican Republic has always been a magnet that attracts buyers and tenants at any time of the year.

Culture

Experience the Culture

Culture

In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in the Dominican Republic and promptly claimed the island for the Spanish crown. A year later, Santo Domingo had become the first European settlement in the New World, and the Spanish influence that still dominates had begun.

Culture

 There is no better place to immerse yourself in authentic Caribbean culture. The Dominican people and their customs have predominately European cultural origins with both African and native Taíno influences.

Cuisine

Enjoy the Food & Drink 

Food & Drink

Dominican Republic is well known for its varieties of regional and national food and drink. From street food to exquisite culinary delights, paired with regional beverages, beer and rum with long histories and international reputations.

Mamajuana

The most popular Dominican drink – Mamajuana. Mamajuana is a potent drink native to the Dominican Republic that is purported to have strong medicinal qualities.

Beer

A handful of beers are made in the Dominican Republic, including craft beers found in a few places around the country. The most popular brand is the world famous Presidente beer, made by Cervecería Nacional Dominicana since 1935.

Rum

Dominican rum is produced by several big brands, the most popular two being Brugal and Barceló. Ron Bermúdez dates back to the 19th century, with white and golden premium varieties.

Where to Stay

Find the Right Resort

Resorts

If your idea of recreation is a healthy dose of relaxation, Dominican Republic offers world-class amenities with old Caribbean charm. Along with unlimited experiences on land, on the sea and in the sea, DR has you covered.

Resorts

As a traveler in Dominican Republic you can enjoy a full array of spa services, fine regional dining or sunning yourself at the beach or by the pool. Dolphin and whale watching expeditions are an extra special vacation treat not to miss.

Dominican Republic is home to an aquarium of fish and after a day diving, you’ll be busy trying to remember everything you’ve seen.

 

 

Lobsters, octopus, seahorses and a large number of huge pufferfish reside at the famous wrecks. Many of the reefs in the area host schools of fish, jewel moray eels, stingrays and sea turtles.

The open ocean sites, divers occasionally see manta rays, sharks, sailfish and even whales on a lucky day.

Special Trips, Tours & Events:  Dominican Republic

Taste of the Carribbean 

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Romance

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Activities

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Beach Time

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