Caribbean Sea and Dominican Caves

The main sights of the Dominican Republic are the caves, diving inside of which is truly special. Most of them are filled with water and are still unexplored. Here are deep and shallow caves, wide and tight, perfect for beginners and true labyrinths for professionals. Attractive royal beauty, incredibly warm and transparent water, unusual domes and unbelievable landscapes of stalactites and stalagmites are waiting for divers. The leading position is taken by La Siren Cave – one of the largest and the most beautiful caves in the world. While diving inside it, divers will feel themselves like in the underwater kingdom of Ice Queen – a snow white palace of stalactites and stalagmites. The Pepe Lagoon Cave has got green colors. Near the exit from this cave divers can feel being a part of a large emerald. It is known for a total absence of stalactites but on the walls it is possible to find the traits of disappeared plants and animals. Blue freshwater cave Makao was used for rituals by Taino Indians, living here at the time of Columbus. The remnants of ancient ceramic ware can still be seen on the bottom. Reaching Padre Nuestro is not easy but after overcoming all the difficulties divers will be rewarded by the picture that they’ll see. Finally the most difficult cave – El Chicho that is only for experienced divers. It will show the visitors a real throne room in the center of which people can involuntary start searching for a Sea King. The Caribbean Sea attracts visitors with Catalina, Catalinita and Sanoa islands located right in front of La Romana and Bayabe beaches, 120km/74mi east from Santo Domingo. The divers will find here a splendorous nature, rich underwater world, beautiful coral walls and colorful fish. Atlantic Ocean is better known for various coral reefs and parks inhabited with a variety of marine dwellers, mysterious tunnels and canyons. Dominican wrecks are not less interesting. According to all the reviews, St. George wreck deserves most of attention. It was sunken on purpose to entertain the fans of wrecks. Fortunately it was done very skillfully. It is well-prepared for easy entering and good weather allows scuba diving almost all year round. See all Caribbean liveaboards.

Location: central and eastern part of the Haiti Island; Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean

What to see: picturesque landscapes, underwater caves, wrecks and plenty of marine dwellers (dolphins, barracudas, eels, mantas, rays, turtles, humpback whales, sea cows, reef and nurse sharks etc.)

Depth: 15-45m/49-147ft

Currents: 1-2knots

Visibility: 18-27m/60-90ft

Season for diving: The best time is from December to April. The average water temperature in winter is 26-27C/78-81F and in summer – 28-30C/82-86F.

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