Dominican Republic diving
Republic diving is posssible all year round and offers abundant
fish life, coral and dive sites. Located on the Caribbean's
second largest island, the Dominican Republic occupies two-thirds
Average annual temperature: Between 18°C and 27ºC.
Average Water surface temperature: Between 25-29°C. A
3mm “shorty” wetsuit is recommended except for rainy days and
multiple diving a 3mm "full wetsuit" would be better.
Coldest time: January to March
Warmest time: October to December
Possible to dive all year round
Best time to dive: June to September
Worst time to dive:Rainy seasons which are October -
May on the north coast and May - October in the south.
Visibility average: between 15 - 30m
Dominican Republic diving boasts hundreds of tropical
fish, coral and plant life. The grouper and porcupine fish are
frequently seen. There are brightly coloured fan corals on the
reefs and you may spot whale sharks, mantas, and playful dolphins.
Manatees are found in the mangrove forests and humpback
whales in the Bay of Samana end of February, beginning of
The Dominican Republic also has plenty of wrecks to
explore including the Hickory and Limon Wrecks, in the
underwater national park of Santo Domingo. The "Limon", a 115
feet tug boat, and the famous "Hickory", a 130 feet transport
freighter are both lying at 60 feet.
In the region of Boca Chica cave diving can be done
in the cave systems. These systems of caves and tunnels are
following the former coastline of the Dominican Republic millions
of years ago.
Many of the dive sites are found in the underwater park
at La Caleta, which boasts brightly colored fan and
Elkhorn coral. The area also attracts whale sharks,
mantas and dolphins.
I just wrote a few highlights but you can find more in the regional
pages or in the dive center and liveaboard websites.