Scuba diving in Punta Cana is a blast for both experienced divers and beginners.
Found just offshore from the beaches
of Punta Cana is the longest coral reef in the country, and you can explore
it with ease, while nearby islands present more advanced challenges for those
who are up for them. There are numerous Punta Cana dive sites to choose from,
and to help make getting in the water easy, the bulk of the all
inclusive resorts here have their own dive shops. Whether you want to visit
a coral reef, head to a sunken ship, or simply drift along while you spot one
colorful fish after another, these dive operators can help you find the right
Punta Cana dive sites for you. Remember to bring all of your certification papers
with you to Punta Cana if you are a certified diver. If you’re not certified,
lessons are available to help you get in the water in no time.
The daily scuba diving lessons that most of the all inclusive resorts offer in Punta Cana are intended to familiarize their guests with the sport. These complimentary lessons take place in a swimming pool and can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. After your free scuba diving demo, you’ll have a better idea if Punta Cana scuba diving is something that you will want to further pursue. Those beginners who do want to dive can then enjoy a simple “open water” dive in the ocean after their initial lesson. These dives are executed in safe and shallow waters under the watchful eye of instructors. Beginning divers who have the time are encouraged to get certified during their stay, though you’re probably better off getting certified at home before you arrive. It takes at least a couple of days to get through the initial lessons and such, so it might not suit your time frame. There are plenty of PADI instructors to choose from if you do want to get certified during your Punta Cana vacation, so you can certainly do so.
When scuba diving in Punta Cana, your dive operator will supply you with equipment. If you are a seasoned diver, you can always bring your own equipment of course, and it’s especially nice to have your own mask and flippers. Bring sunscreen along with you on your organized diving excursions, as the small boats that the dive operators use provide little protection from the sun. When scuba diving in Punta Cana, you will have a few different options when it comes to the kinds of diving that you can do. As mentioned, visiting coral reefs is a possibility. When reef diving, you’ll not only be able to view colorful coral, but also large schools of tropical fish. Larger marine life is less abundant, but sharks are known to pop up every now and again, which might be somewhat unsettling for some. Since the water just off the beaches of Punta Cana boasts numerous reef sites, beginners can enjoy reef diving with ease. It’s off to Isla Catalina if more advanced reef diving is what you’re after.
In addition to reef diving, those looking to include Punta Cana scuba diving on their itinerary can enjoy wreck diving, which involves visiting a submerged ship or any other manmade structure. Once again, Isla Catalina is one of the best Punta Cana dive sites for wreck diving. Sunken ships like the one off of Isla Catalina often become small reefs themselves, attracting coral and fish like barracuda. Two other kinds of Punta Cana scuba diving that you can enjoy include drift diving, which entails letting the natural currents carry you along, and cave diving, which is exactly what it sounds like. Isla Saona, which is the other king of the Punta Cana dive sites, is arguably the best cave diving destination in the area. In addition to exploring underwater caves at Isla Saona, you can also check out an underwater cliff, with a wall that reaches some 80 feet below the surface. Punta Cana scuba diving offers a range of possibilities. And, because diving excursions are so easy to arrange, it’s fast becoming one of the top things to do in Punta Cana.