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Diving in Santo Domingo

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When to go to Santo Domingo

Diving near Santo Domingo is feasible throughout the year. The average air temperature is quite high: 77-82F/25-28C. Although the warmest time is October to December, it is best to dive from June to September to avoid the rainy season and encounter good sea conditions and warm water. The water has high visibility and its average temperature is around 77-82F/25-28C. Currents depend on the tides and become stronger during the rainy season. 

 

What to see

Picturesque flora and fauna are represented by hard and soft corals, sea rods, gorgonians, starfish, parrotfish, porcupinefish and many more. Some of the larger species here are marlins, swordfish, bonitos and dorados. Sometimes it is possible to see blacktip sharks and green sea turtles. 

Scuba diving in Santo Domingo

Santo Domingo is the capital of the Dominican Republic and is located towards the eastern sector of the southern coast. The closest international airport is Las Americas that is located in 5 km. Santo Domingo offers a variety of diving opportunities for divers of all levels and has something unique for everybody. Just next to the city is La Caleta National Park, with dive sites fascinating for their deep wrecks, caves and caverns with diverse sea life. The systems of caves and tunnels in the area have remained in their natural state over the course of centuries. The most famous sites around Santo Domingo include Capitán Alsina, at a depth of 131ft/40m, Don Quico at an even greater depth, and Tanía and Roca Cueva caves. The shipwrecks like El Limon and El Hickory here are astonishing for how quickly they have been occupied by marine life. There are many PADI-certified dive centers that can provide training at different levels.

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