Three water-filled cave systems near Santo Domingo, Bayahibe and Playa Dorada are ripe for exploration by tec divers. Several local guides can assist.
An uninhabited island now protected as a national park, it’s two dive sites are a haven for pelagics and a wealth of colorful, tropical fish species.
Perfect for both snorkelers and scuba divers, Saona Island has several shallow sand bars as well as drift dives. Nurse sharks are commonly spotted.
Intentionally scuttled, this 240-foot (73-meter) freighter now lies between 72 and 130 feet (22 and 40 meters) and is perfect for advanced divers.
La Romana and Saona Island enjoy a hot and humid climate year-round, although June to November is considered the rainy season. It usually rains once a day, every day but for only short periods of time.
June to November is also hurricane season. If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean during these months, consider taking out travelers insurance on the off chance a hurricane forms during your vacation. In recent years, the DR has not sustained a direct hit from a hurricane, but several pass nearby annually.
Air temperatures during the summer months range from 77-85°F (25-30°C) while water temperatures are 79-83°F (26-28°C).
Because June to November is considered the rainy season, this is also the low season in La Romana. If you choose to dive in these months, you’re sure to get a great deal on flights and accommodation.
If you enjoy getting the best deals or diving at uncrowded dive sites, book your trip from June to November.
December to May is the dry season in La Romana and Saona Island. 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.
Air temperatures during the winter months range from 70-80°F (21-26°C) while water temperatures are 75-79°F (24-26°C).
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. As the males are there to impress their females during this season they are incredibly active and often present a spectacular show of splashing and rearing.
However, December to May also represents high season for tourism in the Caribbean. Therefore, you should book early to get a good deal on accommodation and flights.
If you wish to dive on the southern coast in locations like La Romana and Saona Island or see the mating rituals of humpback whales, book your holiday between December and May.
Advanced divers should head to Catalina Island, Shark Point or the Wreck of Saint George. Beginners will be most comfortable along the eastern coastline.
La Romana and Saona Island boast a great variety of marine life. Don’t expect to see a lot of big stuff here, but do expect to encounter fascinating creatures. Commonly spotted are tropical fish species from grazing parrotfish to butterfly and angelfish. In the warm waters near the estuaries, live the manatees which form a special treat for the few divers who spot them. Reef sharks and barracuda may be seen patrolling the waters around Saona Island and Shark Point. Leatherback, green, loggerhead and hawksbill turtles graze among the shallow reefs for both snorkelers and scuba divers to find. Keep a watchful eye on the water during your transit from shore to dive site. Dolphins love to frolic in the wake of the dive boats.
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