Located in the calm bay of a protected marine park, you can find beds of sea grass alongside the coral reefs. Look for sea fans, arrowhead crabs, green
anemones, pedersen shrimp, fire worms, sea cucumbers, hermit crabs, lobsters, eagle rays, manatees, and turtles, as well as whales, sharks, and dolphins.
The reef meets the deep on this wall dive. While checking out the reef life, such as purple sea fans and hard corals, watch for large pelagic fish,
including grouper, hammerhead sharks, black-tip reef sharks, large rays, and whales.
Open ocean where humpback whales come to calve in February and March.
This sunken tugboat shelters yellow goatfish, corals, and a variety of other marine life. The boat itself is covered in small hard corals, and its
instruments are still visible, making this site a favorite for underwater photographers.
Cabarete’s Three Rocks:
A shallow reef with clear visibility, this spot hosts sergeant majors, snappers, parrotfish, and trumpetfish, as well as the occasional scorpionfish.
Saona Island, La Romana:
The wreck of the St. Georges barge in this protected marine sanctuary shelters a number of endangered reef species. Watch the deeper water for
sightings of turtles, whales, sharks, and other large pelagic swimmers.
Las Ballenas, Las Terrenas:
The name “las ballenas” translates to “the whales;” Humpback whales can be seen (and/or heard) from this site in season. The network of grottos, caverns,
and canyons also shelter an array of reef life, such as lobsters, moray eels, and king crabs. Watch for Bermuda chub and other schooling fish.
This protected bay offers a variety of dive experiences, from walls to wrecks, all teeming with marine life. Look for hard and soft corals, sponges, manta
rays, whales, nurse sharks, and whale sharks.
Puerto Plata’sLuperon Bay:
An excellent spot for a multi-dive day, this site includes both the Luperon Wall and the Luperon Caves. Look for elephant ear corals, sponges, large sea
fans, barracuda, groupers, and snappers.
This site is swept by Atlantic currents, which makes diving inadvisable in winter months (December through February), but the flow brings in a variety of
marine life for viewing by divers. Look for corals, sponges, nurse sharks, stingrays, eagle rays, and a wide array of brilliant species of reef fish.