Diving Overview for Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is a tropical paradise rich in biodiversity and home to the Caribbean's largest salt water lake (Lago Enriquillo) which lies 140ft below sea level and is home to more than 1,000 crocodiles. The Dominican was once invaded by the famous British Pirate Sir Francis Drake.
There are hundreds of tropical species and corals as well as larger pelagics like sharks, mantas, dolfins and even the occasional whale shark! In late February to early March you can find humpback whales around the Bay of Samana and manatees hiding the mangroves.
The marine park around Santo Domingo has some beautiful reefs and wrecks to explore including the famous Hickory; a 130 ft (40m) freighter lying in only 18m of water. If you are interested in larger pelagics like dolfins, manta rays and whale sharks, La Caleta marine park is the most common spot!
There are plenty of underwater limestone caves around Boca Chica which great stalactite formations, some of which you can surface inside. Catalina Island is another popular site, it's beautiful white beaches attract many celebrities and it's underwater reefs are among the best in the Caribbean.
Water temperatures range from 25-29°C, rainy season on the north coast is from October to May and on the south coast from May - October. The best time to dive is generally from June to September when the water is warmer and visibility can be 30m.
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