TheDominican Republicis one of the most visited islands in the Caribbean and has one of the largest coastlines in the Caribbean. What does that mean for divers? It’s easy to get to, has plenty of places to stay, and has enough diving to require multiple trips to see it all.
The Dominican Republic (DR) shares the lush, mountainous伊斯帕尼奥拉岛with Haiti, and has a tropical climate with hot, humid summers, and cooler, breezy winters. Water temperatures are mostly warm with highs of 82F/28C in the summer and 75F/24C in the winter. Conditions for diving are good year-round but hurricanes can occur from July-November and the winter season has more wind. Sharks, turtles, eagle rays, eels, butterflyfish, and plenty more live on the healthy reefs, and a history of pirates and seafaring has left many wrecks for divers to explore.
Getting to the Dominican Republic couldn’t be easier, with six international airports receiving flights from the USA, Mexico, Europe, and other Caribbean Islands. Once you get there, the numerous all-inclusive resorts provide great accommodations and either have their own dive shops on the property or can recommend nearby dive shops.
Spanish is the official language there but English is widely spoken. The currency is theDominican Peso, but US Dollars and Euros are widely accepted. Major highways make it easy to get around the island, although most resorts provide transportation from the airports.
For those looking for a unique experience, from January to Aprilhumpback whales迁移到多米尼加共和国。九十英里以北的岛屿是银银行，那里的座头鲸聚集交配和来自北大西洋的冬季觅食地南移后生下他们的年轻。几艘船都允许采取浮潜的银银行从一月至四月的一次在一个千载难逢的冒险游泳与这些奇妙的生物。
With so many coastlines, the Dominican Republic has a ton of dive sites. Shallow reefs provide excellent areas for beginner divers and wall dives, wreck dives, and even cave dives are there for the advanced diver to explore. Healthy reefs and fish are abundant and there are lots of wrecks, from as early as the 16th世纪。温暖的水域常年只需要一个矮个子或3mm潜水衣。
附近可以找到一些最好的潜水P波lata and Sousa. Several deep dive sites including Airport Wall, Five Rocks, and La Piramide (or Pyramids) are popular due to their reef fish life. La Piramide has several connected tunnels you can swim through.
The Samana Peninsula has the dive site Cabo Cabron. This pinnacle formation starts at 165ft, and divers can circle their way up the pinnacle, finding tons of macro life in the encrusted sponges and corals.
It was sunk as an artificial reef in 1999; now experienced divers can penetrate the inside. Home to many fish including barracuda, the 240ft/73m long ship sits with its shallowest point at 50ft/15m and the deepest point is 144ft/44m.
Catalina Island offers a nice wall to dive and Saona Island is a sanctuary with birds, turtles and sharks. Several underwater parks protect the reefs from fisherman, allowing divers to see large fish such as grouper. The South Coast offers both shallow and deep diving and lots of marine life.
Ninety miles north of the DR is the Silver Bank. This shallow area becomes a social hotspot for Humpback whales from January to April. Migrating from their winter-feeding grounds in the North Atlantic, the whales come to this area to breed and give birth to their calves.
All-inclusive resorts are popular in the DR with more than two-dozen properties to choose from (and more being built). Usually including accommodation, food, drinks, airport transfers, and entertainment, all-inclusive resorts are a great way to have all the details taken care of for the most relaxing trip. Dive operators maintain a presence on one or more resort properties and the resorts can always recommend a nearby dive shop.
Some of the more popular dive shops inside all-inclusive resorts include Dressel Divers Club, which operates at the three Iberostar Hotels and Resorts locations around the country and has an international presence on other Caribbean islands and Spain. They offer dive training through PADI, from discover scuba diving to more advanced classes.
Keep in mind that even though the DR is an island nation, it can still take a long time to get from one part of the island to another. (It is 18,000 square miles!) It is also mountainous, so when booking a shop, make sure they are close to where you are staying or plan for a long drive. To dive the entire DR, stay a few days in the north, the east, and the south, diving in each place while you’re there.
Humpback whales migrate to the Silver Bank, 90 miles north east of the DR, from January to April. Lucky divers and snorkelers may have an encounter around the DR during this time, but to increase your chances of seeing these amazing animals, several liveaboards visit the Silver Bank for week-long charters to snorkel with the whales.
Permits are required, so only a few boats, such as Aggressor Fleet’s Turks and Caicos Aggressor II, have permission to lead these trips. Aggressor Fleet is one of the top liveaboard companies in the world and provides luxury accommodations, food, and service onboard.
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