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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

Destination & Adventures

Explore The

Undersea World

Santo Domingo and Boca Chica offer some of the best dive sites around the island. This is due to the area’s protected bay and nearby Underwater National Park. In addition,

Santo Domingo has long been a center of commerce in the New World, so it follows that many historical wrecks sit in its depths.

With calm currents and a shallow dive profile, most of the diving near Santo Domingo and Boca Chica is suitable to beginners. Intermediate divers can head further south where currents pick up enough to create gentle drift dives. Furthermore, some of the wrecks may lie at advanced depths and tec divers may wish to explore some of the freshwater caves nearby.

While there are a few shore dives near Boca Chica, the vast majority of dive sites are only accessible by a short speedboat ride. Some operators will utilize catamarans in order to offer a more stable journey.

Whether you choose to dive in Boca Chica, Santo Domingo, or elsewhere in the Dominican Republic, we are sure you will fall in love with the lovely conditions and outstanding variety of sites found around the island.

Boca Chica

Located just 30 km (19 miles) east of Santo Domingo, Boca Chica’s large bay is protected by a coral reef, and boasts crystal-clear turquoise waters lined with soft, white sand. The sea is mostly waist-deep throughout the bay, free of strong currents or sudden dips, making it the perfect spot for relatively shallow dives. Depths go from a minimum of eight meters (26 feet) to a maximum 35 meters (115 feet). The majority of marine species thriving on the island of Hispaniola can be found in Boca Chica’s waters, from hard and soft corals to sponges, octopuses, reef fish, crustaceans, starfish, seahorses, and sole fish. Two of the most popular dive spots include Coral Garden and El Letrero, both offering good visibility for underwater photography lovers, as well as healthy coral reefs that are home to batfish, nudibranchs, lobsters, toadfish, cat sharks, and huge colonies of jellyfish, among numerous other species.

La Caleta Underwater National Park

La Caleta Underwater National Park is considered one of the best diving areas in the whole of the Caribbean. Here, divers will find healthy coral reefs that attract a variety of colorful creatures. The park also features three 20th Century sunken ships, including The Hickory and The UFO, a strange-looking vessel that is actually an old oil rig rather than an extraterrestrial aircraft.

La Sirena Cave

Closer to Santo Domingo, La Sirena Cave is often reputed to be one of the best cave dives in the world. At only 26 feet (8 meters) deep, this cave presents great training opportunities for both cavern and freshwater techniques. Divers will see plenty of stalactites and experience the clarity of ground water which can have a visibility of up to 200 feet (60 meters).

Catuán Wreck

CATUÁN WRECK
The 33-meter (108-foot) tugboat is a beautiful marine habitat of coral gardens and large schools of small tropical fish, making it a great spot for advanced divers to explore.
Boca Chica, Santo Domingo
The Catuán sunk on December 12, 2006, down to a depth of about 18 meters (60 feet). The 33-meter (108-foot) tugboat developed into a beautiful marine habitat of coral gardens and large schools of small tropical fish, making it a great spot for advanced divers to explore.

Parque Nacional Submarino La Caleta

PARQUE NACIONAL SUBMARINO LA CALETA
Discover bright corals and critters thriving off sunken ships.
Boca Chica, Santo Domingo

La Caleta Underwater National Park, one of the first in the region, is a popular dive site located close to Santo Domingo. It’s known for its multiple shipwrecks, but also for its abundant marine life ready to be explored by all levels of divers, from beginner to advanced. Depths go from six meters (20 feet) to 180 meters (591 feet), over an area stretching 10 km² (four square miles) from Las Golondrinas Cave to Punta Caucedo.
La Caleta’s irregular topography includes three defined terraces, underwater caves, and well-known shipwrecks. A variety of corals and schools of colorful critters thrive here, using the reefs as shelter and food source, including grouper, balloon fish, rays, lionfish, octopuses, and turtles. Among the more popular shipwrecks is the Hickory, a 1984 ship located at about 18 meters (60 feet) deep, submerged in 1984 by a group of submarine researchers to create an artificial reef for the proliferation of marine life. Additional wrecks include El Limón and Capitán Alsina, located about 30 meters (100 feet) deep, and the Don Quico at about 58 meters (190 feet) of depth. Nearby, an impressive system of karst rocks creates a meandering network of underwater caverns and tunnels over 100 meters (328 feet) long—an ideal place for technical diving.

South Coast 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

Juan Dolio

Juan Dolio has the advantage of being a safe and gorgeous resort area and also having wonderful underwater environments to explore. Because of the protected bay and nearby protected marine areas, diving in the area is easy and enjoyable.

Just off-shore, where the waves break before entering the Juan Dolio bay, you will find a well-preserved reef with a variety of life. This is an easy dive with lots of marine biodiversity. For more advanced divers, there are a variety of wrecks in the area. The Alto Velto, the Tanya V and the Hickory all lie within recreational depths. These three historical wrecks are now overgrown with hard and soft corals. If you feel like venturing further afield, Catalina Island with its amazing dive sites is merely 1 hour by boat from Juan Dolio.

There are a limited number of shore dives in Juan Dolio. Most of the dive operations in the area utilize catamarans and small speed boats to ferry divers to nearby sites.

Benijis

Benjis
Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic
Diving in Benjis is Interesting
You can find Interesting Typically, visibility is Good ( 10 – 30 m)
The average depth is 20 m / 65.6 ft
To reach Benjis you have to do it By boat
This dive site is best suited for All divers

Cayacoa Reef

Cayacoa Reef
Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic

Diving in Cayacoa Reef is Typically, visibility is Good ( 10 – 30 m)
The average depth is 25 m / 82 ft
To reach Cayacoa Reef you have to do it By boat
This dive site is best suited for All divers.

Los Canones

Los Canones
Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic
Diving in Los Canones is Typically, visibility is Good ( 10 – 30 m)
The average depth is 20 m / 65.6 ft
To reach Los Canones you have to do it By boat
This dive site is best suited for All divers

Los Jardines

Los Jardines
Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic
Diving in Los Jardines is Good
You can find Interesting Typically, visibility is Good ( 10 – 30 m)
The average depth is 22 m / 72.2 ft although the maximum depth you can reach is 30 m / 98.4 ft
To reach Los Jardines you have to do it By boat
This dive site is best suited for CMAS ** / AOW divers.

Mariottis Reef

Mariottis Reef
Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic
Diving in Mariottis Reef is Typically, visibility is Good ( 10 – 30 m)
The average depth is 30 m / 98.4 ft
To reach Mariottis Reef you have to do it By boat
This dive site is best suited for All divers

Tania V Wreck

Tania V
Juan Dolio, Dominican Republic
Diving in Tania V is Poor
You can find Poor Typically, visibility is Good ( 10 – 30 m)
The average depth is 35 m / 114.8 ft
To reach Tania V you have to do it By boat
This dive site is best suited for CMAS ** / AOW divers.

200 ft long, sunk in 1999

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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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