The coastline of Punta Cana is home to the longest reef in the country which stretches north to Bavaro. Here you’ll find an exciting variety of dive environments from caves and canyons to shallow reefs and wrecks.
Game fish and larger species like small sharks and rays are a common sight on the reefs and wrecks of Punta Cana. Nurse sharks are the most seen inhabitants in this region of the Dominican Republic and are more than likely hiding away in the caverns and wrecks.
At night, the lobsters, morays, and octopus actively hunting for the dinner, so schedule at least one night dive. Lucky divers might even hear the song of the humpback whale while under the water.
Punta Cana enjoys 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 in Punta Cana. During these winter months, you can expect sunny, hot and mildly humid conditions. At this time of year, winter squalls move through the northern coast creating rough sea and heavy surges.
On the other hand, December to March is the best time to dive while listening to humpback whales. If you wish to see humpback whales or want to take a diving excursion to the southern coast, book your holiday between December and May
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Punta Cana has its own international airport and can be accessed from major North American airports. There is an express bus to Punta Cana if you prefer to fly into the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo.
Driving around on the highway or ‘autopista' is the easiest way to explore the region by car.