Punta Cana is an excellent for scuba diving. It is especially great location for beginners. One can easily learn here because the waters, even far out, are quite shallow.
Punta Cana is known for its shallow waters, wrecks and caverns, including and the famed La Cueva dive site. Best diving conditions are from February to November. December and January bring strong seasonal winds. Visibility ranges from 12 to 45 meters (40-150 feet).
Serious scuba divers may want to take part in dive excursions to Catalina and Saona islands. These are about two hours away.
These are the most famous dive sites easily reachable from Punta Cana
- La Cueva (a cave) is a fascinating collection of caverns and swim-throughs. These are about 8 to 13 metres (26 to 42 feet) deep. La Cueva is very popular spot to observe nurse sharks and stingrays.
- Monica Wreck is a sunk ship that ended its journey here almost a century ago. The wreck now lies at about 12 metres (40 feet) deep. Divers can now see the remains of this wooden-hulled railway cargo ship that was transporting sugar plantation machinery. Of course after almost 100 years the ship is full of marine life which includes hoards of squirrelfish.
- Astron Wreck is the former freighter. Today it can be found about 14 meters (48 feet) deep.
Many other excursions are available. Excursions are easily arrange through the hotels where one is staying but can also be arranged directly with the following scuba companies:
There are many other diving sites around the Dominican Republic and any scuba diving in Punta Cana mentioned above will be happy to point you to those sites and recommend properly certified outfitter in the area.