From December to April every year, humpback whales migrate near the island to calve and begin another mating season. The males put on a spectacular show.
A two hour drive from Puerto Plata, the crystal clear Lake Dudu is home to eel, freshwater shrimp and several fish species two diveable caverns.
Intentionally sunk 20 years ago, The Zingara Wreck now sits at 120 feet (36 meters) and is covered in corals. This wreck can be affected by harsh currents.
Puerto Plata and Sosúa 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. However, the summer months bring the calmest seas to the northern coast, meaning this is the best time to dive this part of the country.
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 the Dominican Republic. 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, diving at uncrowded dive sites or wish to visit the northern coast, book your trip from June to November.
December to May is the dry season in Puerto Plata and Sosúa. During these summer 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.
Air temperatures during the winter months range from 70-80°F (21-26°C) while water temperatures are 75-79°F (24-26°C).
On the other hand, 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 Bavaro and calve in the bay at Samana. 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 Dominican Republic. Therefore, you should book early to get a good deal on accommodation and flights.
If you wish to see humpback whales, book your holiday between December and May.
Beginners will want to stick to the protect waters of Sosúa while advanced divers can head to the wrecks and deep walls near Puerto Plata.
Don’t expect to see anything too big in Puerto Plata and Sosúa. Instead, you’ll spot a wide variety of reef fish and crustaceans. Spider crabs, octopus and tiny shrimp hide among barrel sponges and whip corals. Rays lazily stare up from the sand while barracuda swim nervously nearby. A common sight is the spotted sand snake eel which leaves only its eyes exposed from the sea bottom in order to surprise its prey. Triggerfish, schools of grunts and large jewfish add their unique twist to reef diving. Finally, be sure to book a night dive when squid and lobsters hunt for food, creating a fascinating spectacle.
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