Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Dominican Republic

Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Dominican Republic

Scuba diving information in Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic offers many fantastic diving locations. The country's undersea world has good visibility, warm waters, excellent reefs, wrecks, caverns and big marine life, offering a wealth of diving experiences around the entire island. The waters that run from the Semana Peninsula to Montecristi, in the northern side of the island, are known for their challenging dive sites, with its hidden caverns, underwater tunnels, colorful marine life, and rich reefs. Divers will find near Las Galeras several coral structures reminiscent of man-made architecture, like in La Piedra, Cabo Cabron, and Las Tres Puertas. A few kilometers to the northwest, in Sosua Bay, are several great sites like La Piramide, a series of interconnecting tunnels; Las Palmitas; the Airport Wall and Five Rocks. Further west are the remains of over 200 shipwrecks, as well as the Cayo Arena Reef. On the southern coast, La Caleta Underwater National Park is a great place to start diving. It is home to numerous reefs. There are also numerous underwater caves in this region, such as El Hipodromo, El Tildo, and Cueva Taina; and ship wrecks are in abundance as well, like El Catuan, El Limon, St George and Hickory. In the region of Boca Chica there are diveable systems of caves and tunnels that follow the former coastline of the Dominican Republic millions of years ago. Catalina Island’s underwater reefs are among the best in the Caribbean. Reef depths range from the shallows to 46 meters, with most dives taking place between 9 and 30 meters. Most Dominican Republic diving destinations have at least one dive center. The best time to dive is generally from June to September, when the water is warmer and visibility can reach 30 meters. Water temperatures range from 25 to 29°C.

Geography and climate

The Dominican Republic is a Caribbean country that occupies two-thirds of Hispaniola. The remaining third is occupied by Haiti. To the north lies the North Atlantic Ocean, while the Caribbean Sea lies to the south. The climate is tropical maritime with little seasonal temperature variation, from 27 to 30°C. The island lies in the middle of the hurricane belt and is subject to severe storms from June to October. It also experiences occasional flooding and periodic droughts.

Entry requirements

A passport valid for twice as long as intended stay is required by all nationals to enter the Dominican Republic. Citizens of most countries can purchase a tourist card on arrival. For more informations, please contact your travel agent or the Dominican Republic's Embassy or Consulate in your home country.

Health and safety

Vaccinations for diphtheria, hepatitis A, tetanus, typhoid, rabies, tuberculosis and hepatitis B are recommended. Bilharzia is endemic; avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water. There are several cases of malaria and dengue in the Dominican Republic, so take protective measures such as repellents against mosquito bites. Always consult your doctor before traveling.

Time zone

UTC-4

Communications

 The 'Comunicard' enables tourists to phone anywhere abroad from any touch-tone phone. Roaming agreements exist with a number of international mobile phone companies. Coverage is good along most coastal areas and around towns. The number of Internet cafés is rapidly growing.

Power and Electricity

110/60Hz (USA plug)

Scuba Diving locations in Dominican Republic

Which are the best scuba diving locations in Dominican Republic? Below, you will find a list of all locations of Dominican Republic, organized by regions, in which you can dive and snorkel.

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Scuba diving locations and photos from each location in Dominican Republic

Which locations in Dominican Republic have underwater photos? Below, you will find the list of locations from Dominican Republic and for each location a list of underwater photos.

Marine Species and photos of each species in Dominican Republic

Which marine species can I observe in Dominican Republic? Below, you will find the list of marine species and the photos for each species.

Underwater Photographers and photos from each photographer with photos taken in Dominican Republic

Which photographers have taken underwater photos in Dominican Republic? Below, you will find the list of underwater photographers and their photos in Dominican Republic.

Scuba Diving centers in Dominican Republic

Which scuba diving centers can I dive with in Dominican Republic? Below, you can see the list of scuba diving centers in Dominican Republic. Click on “more info” to find out more about each scuba diving center.

Liveaboards in Dominican Republic

Which liveaboard can I dive with in Dominican Republic? Below, you can see the list of liveaboard in Dominican Republic. Click on “more info” to find out more about each liveaboard.

Accommodation in Dominican Republic

Which accommodation can I rest after my dive in Dominican Republic? Below, you can see the list of accommodation in Dominican Republic. Click on “more info” to find out more about each accommodation.