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Diving in Punta Cana

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When to go to Punta Cana

Diving is feasible throughout the year at Punta Cana, the best time being from February to November. Sea conditions are rougher during December and January because of the strong seasonal winds. The air temperature averages 77-82F/25-28C and is at its highest in June and lowest in January. September tends to be the wettest month, while August offers the warmest water. Water temperature averages 79-84F/26-29C. Visibility can be up to 150ft/46m at Punta Cana. 

 

What to see

The plentiful marine life includes starfish, porcupinefish, parrotfish and butterflyfish swimming around bright corals, tube sponges, sea rods and gorgonians. Among the larger species of Punta Cana are barracudas, groupers, rays and nurse sharks. There is even a chance of spotting green sea turtles and manatees at this destination.

Scuba diving in Punta Cana

Punta Cana lies at the easternmost point of the Dominican Republic. Punta Cana Internacional airport is located there. Punta Cana sports a beautiful lagoon and ocean caves. As this destination is famous for its shallow waters, it is an exciting destination for novice divers. At the same time, the country’s longest reef, oldest shipwrecks, low coral archways and deeper caverns can be fascinating for experienced divers in this part of the Dominican Republic.

 

Most popular dive sites

The most popular sites for beginners include El Nie, El Parque and the Shallows, La Cueva with lots of diversity at a safe depth. Experienced divers can enjoy Monica Wreck, with its railway cargo, Astron Wreck, a 300ft/120m-long freighter, a St George Wreck, and a freshwater cavern at Laguna Pepe.

Dive centers in Punta Cana

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