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Diving in the Dominican Republic

"Diving can be one of the best experiences of your trip in the Dominican Republic"

The Dominican maritime ecosystem is considered one of the most beautiful and complete in the world, composing in each of its underwater corners a true show of colors and shapes, with a diversity difficult to find.

Its crystal clear waters are perfect for diving, they offer a great visibility even at great depths and their temperature is between 27 and 29 ° C; Its seabed is full of coral reefs, large caves, extensive submarine valleys, a multitude of shipwrecks and a rich marine life.

For this reason, the Caribbean country is one of the most attractive places to practice sports; its innumerable dive sites and diving centers scattered along the coast are always available to provide equipment and organize excursions or simply to donate more information to those who do not know the place.

In almost anywhere in the Dominican coast you can find points of immersion of interest, but some areas are more important than others, here are some of the most visited:

LAS GALERAS

On the coasts of the Samaná peninsula, Las Galeras, presents an adequate diving environment that stands out for its gardens and coral labyrinths, caves and sunken ships; visitors can enjoy swimming with tortoiseshell, rays, eels and barracudas.

In particular, they stand out:

Barco Hundido

Sunken ship – After a terrible fire more than 30 years ago, this cargo ship of 80 meters in length sank about two kilometers from the coast of Las Galeras. It is ideal for beginners, since barracuda, puffer fish, manta rays and schools of fish thrive on it.

El Frontón

Those who explore El Fronton, just 17 meters deep, will also benefit from a visit to the beautiful unspoilt beach of Frontón.

The reef in front of it protects the beach; bring fins or rubber shoes to protect your feet from sea urchins and observe the abundant marine life and corals in the area.

Piedra Bonita

Piedra Bonita is one of the most spectacular and unusual diving spots in the entire northeast region, also known as La Torre, diving starts at its tip 7 meters deep and goes down to 55 meters.

Tthe strong currents push the divers around this huge rock covered with sponges, giant gorgonians and corals.

Here you can see sea turtles, snail fish, porcupine fish and box fish as they swim through Piedra Bonita and venture into the open waters of the Atlantic.

It is recommended only for experienced divers

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LAS TERRENAS

Reached from the shores of Las Terrenas, the Creole Reef is a kilometer-long coral reef covered with a variety of Gorgonian sea fans, and frequently visited by large Atlantic rays. You can find several sites to explore, the main ones are shown below:

Las Cuevitas

The little Caves – Known for its abundant formations of coral reefs and rocks, with openings to swim through them and to depths suitable for beginners, Las Cuevitas are one of the most popular diving spots in Las Terrenas.

Naufragio Dolphin

Shipwreck Dolphin – Originally used for marine research, the Dolphin was sunk in 2000 off the coast of Las Terrenas, in Portillo, to create an artificial reef.

Advanced divers can explore their remains that are 28 meters deep.

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Piedra Marcel

Marcel stone – Located off the coast of Las Terrenas, this series of rocky mounds extends along a sandy soil, and is home to a wide variety of corals and marine life at depths ranging from 12 to 18 meters.

SOSUA

Sosúa is located on the north coast, is characteristic for its horseshoe-shaped beach and crystal clear waters. From its shallow reefs Sosua offers a variety of fun for divers of all levels.
 
Its most interesting dive sites are: the Airport Wall, the sunken ship Zingara, The Three Rocks, The Five Rocks, Ray Point, The Canyon and Mini Pared.
 
Among some of the beings that can be found in these waters, they include The fish balloons, angel and trumpet fish, and occasionally whales, sharks and manta rays depending on the time of year.

MONTECRISTI

Under the transparent waters of Montecristi it is possible to make dives between submerged forests, large rock walls and spectacular coral areas.

There is also a new underwater museum with sunken galleons from the 16th century.

ISLA CATALINA

Located in the east, a few kilometers from the province of La Romana, is Catalina Island, one of the favorite places for diving in the Dominican Republic.

In addition to the caves of Hoyo Azul and Padre Nuestro and the remains of Captain William’s boat Kidd from the 17th century, the Muro stands out, a wall that descends more than 100 meters deep where numerous corals and tropical fish live. Perfect for beginners and expert divers.

PEDERNALES

In the marine area of Jaragua National Park are some of the most extensive, beautiful and diverse coral reefs in the Dominican Republic.

These living communities are some of the richest in species that exist in the world. Among its structures, numerous fish, molluscs and crustaceans of commercial importance, as well as sea turtles, find shelter and food.

In addition, coral reefs have a great attraction tourism, both for diving with tank and lung, since there are beautiful reefs at various depths.

The best time of the year to dive

The best time to dive in the Dominican Republic is between June and September, where diving conditions are found with clear and calm waters with good visibility.

Be sure to avoid the rainy season (October to May), which may not be the best time for diving.

Rules

To minimize the risks, each diver must meet the following basic requirements.

Have basic knowledge about how the human body reacts under water and know how to resolve dangerous situations.

Have knowledge about the equipment used and know the safety measures.

Be in good physical condition and mental.

One of the golden rules for safe diving is to know how to stay calm. If during a dive there is a problem, fear and insecurity can become the worst enemies, because an uncontrolled maneuver could seriously harm your health.

Not having enough rest, having drunk alcohol or a copious meal will make you more tired and have a worse capacity to react to a problem.

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