Punta Cana Scuba Diving Information
The Dominican Republic's East Coast is spotted with spectacular walls, tunnels, and overhangs that offer every level of diver a diversity of experiences in the areas crystalline waters, all within a few minutes of the beach.
Punta Cana's extensive reef system juts out from shore more than one mile. The bottom profile is a series of patch reefs separated by large sand flats, creating the perfect environment for stingrays, sea turtles and nurse sharks.
The currents here bring health and vibrancy to the reefs and this makes for good diving as well as fabulous photographic backdrops. There is an impressive array of blossoming low coral archways and towering reef pinnacles separated by narrow swim throughs.
Sites range in depth from 20 to 60 feet and depending on the weather, and visibility can reach up to 100 feet.
One site worth a visit is the 300 foot long wreck of the Astro. Sunk more than 20 years ago, the wreck is now home to an immense "beehive" display of yellowtail snapper, grunts, blue tang and black durgeons.
Bavaro/Punta Cana features a 19-mile reef where divers find cactus coral, sea rods, squirrel fish, damselfish, sea fans, yellowtail snapper, butterfly fish, blue tang, wrasse, sting rays, barracuda, and a family of manatees.
Another remarkable site is Laguna Pepe, a freshwater cavern, reminiscent of a cathedral, which spans an area 160 feet wide by 65 feet high in the center of a golf course near the beach.
The diving depth is less than 30 feet and the interior of the cavern approximately 125 ft. by 165 ft.. There is often a layer of "green water" on top of the crystal clear water beneath that adds a touch of mystery to the underwater scene. Be sure to look for shrimp and small fish while inside the cavern.
Other popular sites especially suited for beginners include El Nie, El Parque, and El Shallow.
Scuba Diving with Pro Dive Dominican Republic
Occidental Grand Punta Cana partners with Pro Dive Dominican Republic, a PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Resort facility, to offer their guests scuba diving packages and instruction.
For most of the boat dives, our guests will be picked up by boat directly from the beach in front of the Resort at 8:45 AM. For the special Catalina Dive Excursion - which goes out every Monday, Thursday and Saturday, the pick up is from the hotel lobby at 7:15 AM.
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