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Best Diving Destinations in Dominican Republic

About scuba diving in Dominican Republic

Scuba diving in Dominican Republic is really impressive, and we know all about it. The Dominican Republic, with its myriad reefs and wrecks, abundant marine life and rich environment, is one of the most popular diving destinations in the Caribbean. Each area offers its signature dives for divers of every level, who can enjoy various depths and their treasures. Divers will have a fantastic diving experience while exploring the dive sites in the area.


Most popular dive sites

The most exciting dive sites in the Dominican Republic include Punta Cana, Astron Wreck, The Wall on Catalina Island, El Hickory, Barahona, St George Wreck, El DuDu Cave and many more. Mangroves, black corals, very old sunken ships, exceptional night dives, the opportunity to observe both saltwater and freshwater life and many PADI-certified dive centers attract divers to this Caribbean getaway.

When to go to Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic offers warm waters with good visibility for diving year-round. The average air temperature is 74-84F/23-29C, with the warmest months from June to October. However, the best time to dive, avoiding the hurricane season, is December to July. On average, the water temperature ranges from 77F/25C to 84F/29C, with relatively calm conditions throughout the year. Water clarity is influenced by the rivers but is generally quite high, visibility typically being 60-90ft/18-27m.


 What to see 

The East Coast is famous for its unique underwater landscape of caverns, lagoon caves and natural wrecks full of nurse sharks, stingrays and squirrelfish. The South Coast is distinguished by astonishing walls, national parks and plenty of fish reserves, as fishing is not allowed there. The southwest is surprising for its intact coastline and pristine flora and fauna, quite unaffected by humans. Abounding in hard corals, the northwest offers a variety of larger species such as barracudas, eels, enormous manta rays and even turtles. Humpback whale season, from January to March, is when divers can observe these mammals gathering to mate and give birth off the northeast coast.


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