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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

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Undersea World

Scuba Diving in Puerto Plata
The best diving on the North Coast of the island takes a little time getting to. There are a number of shallow water reef systems, however in Sosua, about 20 minutes from Puerto Plata, you will find reefs, canyons, shipwrecks, and gardens. Average water temperatures are about 80 degrees, and dive depths are usually 50 to 130 feet. The area of Playa Grande, about an hour and a half away, also features the Gri Gri lagoon for snorkeling. A colorful historical story of one shipwreck is the Concepción. The North Coast tossed this Spanish galleon into the Silver Banks about 60 nautical miles from Puerto Plata. The ship carried a cargo of freshly minted silver coins.

Airport Wall

AIRPORT WALL
A favorite of the area, the Airport Wall is considered one of the best and most beautiful dive sites in the DR. Beginning at about 10 meters (33 feet) and dropping to almost 30 meters (98 feet), it is one of the richest sites in coral and marine life, with pinnacles and tunnels. We couldn’t continue our list without adding an off the wall dive experience. For divers who enjoy the thrill of descending off a vertical façade into the depths, a Wall dive is an experience like no other! The Airport Wall is perhaps one of the best wall dives in the Dominican Republic. Located in the northern coast, as the name states, this striking coral wall is located right by Puerto Plata International Airport. With depths of 35 meters, divers can experience a flowing sensation that is unexpectedly relaxing and exhilarating, during descend along wall. One of the unique aspects of the Airport Wall, is the swim through

Canyon

CANYON
This is a suitable dive for all levels, starting in the shallower area of the reef at 12 meters (40 feet), and traversing a tear in the reef formed by the walls of the canyon. Yellowtail snappers, spider crabs, anemones, nudibranchs, toadfish, and beautiful flamingo tongue snails can be spotted here.

Cayo Arena

CAYO ARENA (DIVING)
A paradise for snorkeling fans, this area boasts some of the most abundant marine life in DR, with corals and sponges that surround the cay, including schools of surgeonfish, sergeant majors, damselfish, angelfish, and yellowtail snappers swimming around your feet.

Five Rocks

FIVE ROCKS
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).
Scuba Diving + Snorkeling

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

Larimar 1 & Larimar 2

LARIMAR I & LARIMAR II
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.

Little Point

LITTLE POINT
“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).

Mini Wall

MINI WALL
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).

Punta Rucia

PUNTA RUCIA
A paradise for snorkeling fans, this area boasts some of the most abundant marine life in DR, with corals and sponges that surround the cay, including schools of surgeonfish, sergeant majors, damselfish, angelfish, and yellowtail snappers swimming around your feet. SCUBA diving at Cabeza del Cayo, Punta Rucia
Cabeza del Cayo is a dive site on the outer reef, having a possibility to have strong currents as well as seeing bigger marine life species in the blue. Although this is part of a National Park the area has been over-fished, as well as many other areas in the Dominican Republic. Still there were many lovely creatures and beautiful Gorgonian coral formations around, a stunning dive site. Seeing about ten reef squids moving along the reef was one of the highlights, although they moved so fast the photos came out blurry. There is often a current around so this dive is organized as a drift dive.  SCUBA diving at Melissa Insight, Punta Rucia
Melissa insight is a dive on a coral bank close to Cayo Arena, an inner (more enclosed) reef. As the coral bank goes down to about 30 meters and is pretty steep you could call this a nice wall dive. Here you can find many different species of anemones and corals as well as countless creatures hiding in between. It is a fully and dense covered reef with more critters than fish

Pyramids

PYRAMIDS
Suitable for divers of all levels, the shallow Pyramids site–at 18 meters (59 feet)–is a drift dive around large rocks and pebbles that fell into the sea, creating many cracks and passages for visitors to explore its colorful corals.

Silver Bank

SILVER BANK
Swim and snorkel with humpback whales from mid-January through March, when these giant mammals come to mate and give birth in the Silver Bank Sanctuary, north of Puerto Plata’s coast.

Three Rocks

THREE ROCKS
Spot a wide variety of tropical fish at nine meters (30 feet) of depth–schools of yellowtail snappers, sergeant majors–as well as cleaner shrimp, rays, and moray eels at Three Rocks, a favorite among novice divers.

Zingara Wreck

ZINGARA WRECK
Exclusively for advanced divers, the Zingara is a 36-meter (118 feet) long cargo ship intentionally sunk near the coast of Sosúa in 1992. It is home to a healthy variety of corals, sponges, and fish, including giant barracudas and long green moray eels.

Diving the Coral Banks of  Monte Cristi

Diving the Coral Banks of Monte Cristi

The coral banks do have their name for a good reason: Full of coral life! Hard corals, soft corals and countless plumes and coral fans were waving back and forth in the surge. The seascape was beautiful but empty regarding fish – such a shame.

The second dive, called Yellow Snapper, had indeed many Yellow Snappers swimming around and more fish in general. It is so nice to see some action on the reef, some fish shoaling around and parrot fish eating algae off the rocks. Overall the quantity and diversity of fish was low, even little crabs and shrimps were hard to find, no nudibranch or such. We did see a small barracuda in the blue, that was a really nice surprise.

Monte Cristi archaeology treasures underwater
Monte Cristi is a top spot for archaeological finds, with over 400 wrecks, canons and treasures yet to be discovered. If you are looking for an ultimate pirates of the Caribbean experience, Monte Cristi is an excellent spot!

Cayo Arena / Paradise Island, Punta Rucia

Along the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, of the sealed road, you can find the small village of Punta Rucia. Basically it is located at the end of the Monte Cristi National park with coral banks stretching from Monte Cristi all the way to Punta Rucia (+40 KM / +25 miles). Coral banks are like a big ripple on the sandy bottom where a reef has formed, a submerged bank of coral surrounded by deeper flat areas. At the end of the park, really close to Punta Rucia the coral banks end with a ring of coral – an atoll – called Paradise Island or Cayo Arena as there is a sand bank in the middle.

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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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