Scuba and snorkelling in the Dominican Republic

More than 1,600 kilometres of coastline means there’s ample opportunity for scuba diving and snorkelling around the Dominican Republic. Add to that a slew of caves, shipwrecks and coral reef walls, and you’ve got yourself some seriously fun underwater adventures.

What’s more is, the Dominican Republic’s year-round warm waters mean there’s never a bad time to suit up in your diving gear. More often than not, the water offers good visibility, though this changes depending on the time of the year.

The same goes for the weather, which can affect diving conditions, so it’s always best to check in advance to find out when the best time to slip beneath the surface is.

Here are a few of our top picks for diving and snorkelling spots in the Dominican Republic, for beginners and experienced divers alike.

Airport Wall, Sosua

Found in Sosua Bay, Airport Wall is sought out for training dives, as it’s a great spot for beginners to get their flippers wet. This reef runs along the coast in front of the airport, hence the name.

Padre Nuestro, Bayahibe

Slip into the Padre Nuestro and you’ll feel like you’ve reached another world, albeit a very spooky one. The Padre Nuestro is a massive underwater cave that varies from narrow passages to huge rooms spiked with rock formations that hang from the ceilings.

La Cueva, Punta Cana

La Cueva is a cave that’s about eight to 12 metres deep, found within the shallow waters of Punta Cana. It’s a top spot to see nurse sharks and stingrays and right on the doorstep of this popular resort.