The coastline of Punta Cana is home to the longest reef in the country which stretches north to Bavaro. Here you’ll find an exciting variety of dive environments from caves and canyons to shallow reefs and wrecks. Night diving is a popular excursion in front of Punta Cana Resort. Nearly all of the dive sites in the area are shallow, making this a great place to pick up an initial certification or gain some experience as a new diver. The eastern tip of Punta Cana can pick up Atlantic currents, creating ideal conditions for drift diving.
Best Scuba Diving Spots in Punta Cana
Punta Cana Sea Life
Game fish and larger species like small sharks and rays are a common sight on the reefs and wrecks of Punta Cana. Nurse sharks are the most seen inhabitants in this region of the Dominican Republic and are more than likely hiding away in the caverns and wrecks. You’ll only see them if you can get past the multitude of squirrelfish.At night, the lobsters, morays, and octopus actively hunting for the dinner, so schedule at least one night dive. But if this is not an itch you need to scratch, turtles, eagle rays and all forms of tropical fish are in abundance on the shallow coral reefs. Lucky divers might even hear the song of the humpback whale while under the water.
How To Get There
Punta Cana has its own international airport and can be accessed from major North American airports. There is an express bus to Punta Cana if you prefer to fly into the capital of the Dominican Republic, Santo Domingo. Driving around on the highway or ‘autopista’ is the easiest way to explore the region by car.