Santo Domingo has long been a center of commerce in the New World, so it follows that many historical wrecks sit in its depths.
With calm currents and a shallow dive profile, most of the diving near Santo Domingo and Boca Chica is suitable to beginners. Intermediate divers can head further south where currents pick up enough to create gentle drift dives.
Whether you choose to dive in Boca Chica, Santo Domingo, or elsewhere in the Dominican Republic, we are sure you will fall in love with the lovely conditions and outstanding variety of sites found around the island.
Santo Domingo and Boca Chica 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 in Santo Domingo and Boca Chica. During these months, you can expect sunny, hot and mildly humid conditions. This is also the best time of year to dive on the south coast as the seas are calmest there at this time. December to March is also the best time to dive while listening to humpback whales.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Both Santo Domingo and Boca Chica can be accessed via Las Américas International Airport. Flights to Santo Domingo originate from major airports throughout North America and the Caribbean.
It is also possible to enter the Dominican Republic overland from Haiti. Buses and taxis will take you as far as the border, but won’t cross it, so be sure to arrange additional transport to meet you on the other side.
You can choose to get from the airport to your accommodation by chauffeur, rental car or local transportation.