Country: Dominican Republic
Intro to the Dominican Republic - The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean country located located in the island of Hispaniola. It occupies the eastern five-eighths of the island. Many luxurious resorts can be found in the northern and eastern coasts, but the Dominican Republic has a lot more to offer. From the wonderful Caribbean music and dance, exotic foods and drink and the remarkable colonial architecture in the capital Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial to the wonderful mountain retreats in Jarabacoa and Constanza, the Dominican Republic has it all to be the perfect holiday destination!
Water Temperature: 28°C/83°F in summer and 24°C/76°F in winter
Visibility: 15 - 30m (50 - 100 ft)
Depth Range: 9 - 30 m (30 - 100 ft)
PUNTA CANA - Diving in the waters at the coast of Punta Cana is relatively easy. Punta Cana features dive sites on coral reefs, intricate wrecks and caverns for the adventurous.
PUERTO PLATA & SOSÚA - Some of the best diving in DR can be found around Puerto Plata and nearby Sousa. Puerto Plata and Sosúa are home to humpbacks, wrecks and reefs.
SAMANÁ - The Samana Peninsula includes some resort towns with pristine beaches. The dive operators offer a mix of advanced, deep-water dives and shallow, secluded snorkeling. They can take you to wrecks, caves and coral formations. During the whale-watching season, some Caribbean liveaboards move to Samana to offer whale expeditions to the Silver Banks.
SANTO DOMINGO & BOCA CHICA - Divers diving Santo Domingo and Boca Chica may find pleasant reefs. The area also offers the easiest access to the wrecks in the La Caleta Underwater National Park and La Sirena Cave.
BAYAHIBE - Bayahibe allows access to Catalina Island, Saona Island and miles of fringing reef. The area features clear, tranquil Caribbean seas and wide, powdery white beaches. The diving here includes shallow nearshore reefs, two offshore islands and a shipwreck. You might also also see an occasional manatee here.
JUAN DOLIO - Juan Dolio attracts divers with its abundant and colorful marine life and historic wrecks. Depending on rain and current conditions, a nearby river can diminish water clarity on some of the sites.
LA ROMANA & SAONA ISLAND - La Romana has the calmest waters in the Dominican Republic and it offers access to Catalina and Saona Islands, wrecks and miles of fringing reef.
Weather - Like most of the Caribbean, diving in the Dominican Republic is great year-round. June to November have uncrowded dive sites while December to May is the best time for divers in search of humpbacks. The hurricane season runs from June to October.
Topside & Non-Diving Activities
✓ Visiting Old Town in Santo Domingo
✓ National park tours
Currency: Dominican Peso (DOP) but US Dollars & Euros are also widely accepted.
Language: The official language spoken in the Dominican Republic is Spanish but English, French and German might also spoken in tourist areas.
Main Airport Code: SDQ
Time Zone: UTC-4
Electricity: 120 Volts
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