With little to no current at its nearby reefs, scuba diving in La Romana is fairly easy. Saona Island has a mix of advanced and beginner dives. Its protected western side offers shallow reefs whereas its eastern side has stronger currents, bringing in larger fish. And don’t forget about the freshwater caves. While easy enough for advanced divers, tec divers will benefit the most from these structures.
Underwater environments in La Romana and Saona Island include seagrass beds, mangrove forests, plenty of wrecks, cliffs with fast-paced drifts, freshwater caves and a healthy reef structure featuring tunnel-like swim-throughs and caverns.
La Romana and Saona Island enjoy a hot and humid climate year-round. 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).
December to May is the dry season. During these months, you can expect sunny, hot and mildly humid conditions. In addition to great topside conditions for the southern coast, December to March is the best time to dive while listening to humpback whales. This is the time of year the island plays host to the humpback whales who migrate from the North Atlantic to the shores of nearby Bavaro.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
With the 1999 opening of an international airport in La Romana, traveling to the area is easier than ever. Holidaymakers traveling to La Romana or Saona Island can also choose to fly into Punta Cana International Airport or Las Americas International Airport. Both are reachable by bus or rental car in under one hour.