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About Greater Santo Domingo

The Greater Santo Domingo area offers numerous dive sites for both novice and experienced divers with different preferences for underwater landscapes. They can explore karst caverns, tunnels, caves and colorful reefs full of abundant marine life. Some of the most exciting dive spots around the Santo Domingo Metropolitan Area can be found at La Caleta Underwater National Park (maximum depth: 591ft/180m), which even has an underwater sculpture exhibit. Cave diving in Santo Domingo becomes a novel adventure for experienced divers, who encounter large fish species like marlins, barracudas, dorados (mahi-mahi) and wahoos. There is also a good chance of seeing dolphins and even whales (January to March) around the metropolitan area. The most exciting wrecks in these waters are El Limon and El Hickory; Tania V dive site is also worth diving.

When to go to Greater Santo Domingo

Due to the warm water and favorable conditions in the metropolitan area of the Dominican Republic’s capital, diving is possible here year-round. The average air temperature range is 75-84F/24-29C. The period from May to December is often rainy, while the dry season usually runs from January to April. The best months for diving are March to July and August, the sunniest two months. During these months the water reaches its warmest temperatures - 82-84F/28-29C on average. Currents are influenced by the tides, while the water visibility can be more than 82ft/25m.  


What to see

The main feature appealing to many divers is the great quantity of shipwrecks, which are covered in beautiful corals and attract a variety of species, including multicolored reef fish and larger fish like makos and tiger sharks.