Scuba Diving Dominican Republic
Scuba Diving in the Dominican Republic is an exhilarating experience for divers of all level! The pristine Caribbean waters provide excellent visibility to experience vibrant corals and lively sea life up close.
The Dominican Republic is a mountainous, lush country that comprises the eastern half of the island of Hispaniola.
HIGHLIGHT DIVE AREAS
- The Samana peninsula where you can dive the Tower (Cabo Cabron) – a giant pinnacle formation emerges from 165 feet, encrusted with sponge and cascading coral where lobster and crab are often found.
- Catalina Island – a true wall on the north side of the island, dropping from 15 to 130 feet and, on the south side, is a shallow reef known as the Aquarium.
- La Sirena Cave – an iron spiral staircase leads to a cavernous opening in the jungle canopy. Stunning water clarity washes a cave system decorated with perfectly intact stalactites and stalagmites.
- Also, the wrecks of the Limon, St George and Hickory are worth diving at a maximum depth of just over 40 meters.
- See hump back whales at the SilverBank between February and March.
CLIMATE: The majority of the Dominican Republic enjoys beautiful tropical weather all year round, with the average annual temperature hovering around 25°C (77°F). Some call the Dominican Republic’s climate, ‘the endless summer’, due to warm and sunny conditions experienced pretty much everywhere in the country. Winter season (dry) average highs are 28ºC (83ºF) and lows are 20ºC (68ºF). Summer season (wet) average highs are 31ºC (87ºF) and lows are 22ºC (72ºF).
LANGUAGE: The entire population of the Dominican Republic is Spanish speaking.
ELECTRICITY: Generally the electricity operates at 110 volts (like in North America) but voltage irregularities are quite common.
CURRENCY & CREDIT CARDS: The peso is the national currency. US dollars are the most easily exchangeable foreign currency into the local Dominican Republic currency, Pesos, or RD. Major credit cards and traveler’s checks are accepted at most of the larger hotels/resorts and businesses, but you may find you’ll be surcharged in some cases for this payment method.
GRATUITIES: Many of the services offered, such as food & beverages at a restaurant, include a service charge of 10% in the price of the items, or this charge is added onto your final bill. If you receive good service and you feel like providing something extra, it will certainly be appreciated by the person(s) who provide you with the particular service.
PHONE & INTERNET SERVICE: The phone system in the Dominican Republic is similar to that in the US or Canada. If you cannot phone from your hotel/resort, you will generally be able to phone from communications centers that are found in almost all of the larger resort areas/towns/cities in the country Internet cafes can be found in most tourist destinations in the Dominican Republic. In addition, many of the larger hotels offer Internet access on site.
VISA & PASSPORT REQUIREMENTS: All visitors to the Dominican Republic are required to have a passport. Most then must also have a Tourist Card which is obtained at the airport upon arrival. Visas are required only for visitors from select countries. You can find more specific information here.
CUSTOMS: The following goods may be imported into the Dominican Republic without incurring customs duty by travellers over 16 years of age: 200 cigarettes or one box of cigars; on litre of liquor; two bottles of perfume (opened) for personal use and gifts of up to US$100.
DEPARTURE TAX: A departure tax of US$20.00 is collected. However, it is usually included in the airline ticket cost. Check your airline ticket or reservation information to determine if it is included.
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