With nine distinct ecological regions, the Dominican Republic attracts scuba divers, hikers, spelunkers, birders and culture hounds. The famed offshore region of the Silver Bank fills with the melody of whale song, as humpback whales come to calve.
Underwater environments in the Dominican Republic include mangrove forests, deep wrecks and a vast reef structure featuring cavernous swim-throughs and extensive coral formations.
Many of the dive sites are suitable to beginners and will feel most comfortable on the southern coast where currents are calmer. Advanced divers can explore both coasts as well as the deep wrecks and walls.
The Dominican Republic enjoys a hot and humid climate year-round with the summer months (December-May) bring the calmest seas to the northern coast.
Air temperatures during the summer months range from 77-85°F (25-30°C) while water temperatures are 79-83°F (26-28°C). Air temperatures during the winter months range from 70-80°F (21-26°C) while water temperatures are 75-79°F (24-26°C).
In addition to great topside conditions for the southern coast, December to March is the best time to dive while listening to humpback whales migrate. As the males are there to impress their females during this season they are incredibly active and often present a spectacular show of splashing and rearing.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
The Dominican Republic is serviced by several international airports, including Punta Cana International Airport, Las Américas-JFPG International Airport, La Isabela International Airport , Cibao International Airport, Gregorio Luperón International Airport and Arroyo Barril International Airport.
Nearby resorts provide the necessary shuttle services to and from the airport. Although taxi services are readily available off the street, they are very rustic.