Scuba diving Punta Cana
Scuba diving Punta Cana is not the best in the Dominican Republic . The problem is that Punta
Cana is located on the eastern tip of the island, totally exposed to the Atlantic and those
rough waters that make the area a windsurfing paradise. If you're a serious diver, don't
marry a windsurfer - you'll never be able to vacation together! However, if you know where
to go, you can find good scuba diving in Punta Cana.
That onshore Punta Cana breeze tends to decrease visibility for scuba diving Punta Cana. The
waters also aren't very deep, so only relatively shallow dives are available. So basically,
the diving in Punta Cana is best suited for beginners and intermediate divers, unless you're
willing to drive a little.
That being said, if you're going to Punta Cana don't leave without getting wet. Scuba
diving Punta Cana offers some nice shallow reef dives available. Scuba lessons are available
at every hotel (demos are usually free), they will also take you on a Punta Cana scuba
diving excursion directly from the beach. This is a great way to get comfortable diving. For
the average vacationer who doesn't dive all over the world, do it, you'll have a blast scuba
diving in Punta Cana!
Many of the tour operators for scuba diving Punta Cana offer great kids programs. Like the
Bubblemaker program by Scuba Caribe that gives your child free scuba lessons in the pool,
then takes them on a shallow reef dive with their parents. Our kids aren't old enough yet,
but all the parents and kids we talked to said it was a great experience.
Tips for scuba diving Punta Cana
- If you're a beginner, take the free demo in the pool to make sure you're comfortable in
the water before you lay any money down for scuba diving Punta Cana.
- Unless you're there for an extended period, don't get certified, it's a lot of work (and
cash) - something you're better off doing at home.
- The pool lessons will teach you enough to go on an open water dive (fine for
- If you are certified - bring certification papers with you and your dive logs if
- Certified divers can get cheaper rates by booking directly with the tour operators (most
easily done before you leave)
- Equipment is included with every excursion and tends to be quite new.
- If diving's your thing, bring flippers and mask for comfort (nothing beats your own
- Boats tend to be small and open to the sun (bring sun-screen, gravol, hat, etc.
- Tipping is optional, but is a good idea if you find they take care of you well.
Cana scuba diving excursion to Isla Catalina and Isla Saona
There is one scuba diving excursion in Punta Cana that you can go on and is even worthy of
the best divers. Hop on a tour going to Isla Catalina or Isla Saona. You'll have an hour and
a half drive to Bayahibe (at La Romana). Most tours stop at Altos de Chavon, a recreation of
a 16th century Caribbean village, definitely worth seeing. You'll then hop on a platform
boat that will take you out to one of the islands. There is a section that they call the
wall which is an 80 foot dive along the face of a cliff with beautiful clear water and neat
There are a few great reef dives at Isla Catalina and even a ship wreck, the wreck of the
Ocean liner "Saint George" which sunk a few years ago and has created a great artificial
reef ecosystem. A great environmental practice which is now being used all over the world.
The wreck is a blast to explore, but you have to be certified. Most tours usually take you
out to the "aquarium" where you'll be diving with sharks. This was a fun experience, but was
quite crowded both times I went - I preferred the wall and the shipwreck! The waters off
Bayahibe are calm and offer great visibility - this is the best scuba diving in the
The price for the tour to Isla Catalina is around $130 which includes two dives, open bar
and lunch. The tour is $80 for sightseers not interested in diving
We're trying to work out a deal with a tour operator to get our visitors a reduced rate -
so check back with us to see when it comes through.