Macao / Dominican Republic

Cave

Macao or Taino cave, located in Punta Cana region, has an easy access to the entrance at a relatively low depth of 4-8m/13-26ft, wide space of grottos and crystal clear fresh water. It is good for the first diving experience and for those who want to improve their skills in cave diving. On overcoming a 50m/164ft long tunnel, the divers will get to a small hall with stalactites and stalagmites. After it some of the most experienced divers can swim through a narrow passage into a small hall, which walls have snow white stalactites. The cave was used for rituals by Taino Indians that lived here in the time of Columbus. The remnants of ancient kitchen ware can be seen at the bottom of the cave. This cave is often called the blue one and it is not a coincidence. If the divers don’t switch off the torch before the exit, they will see the light passing thought the water painting everything into all possible hues of blue.

Location: Punta Cana area, La Altagracia

What to see: a long tunnel, two halls with stalactites and stalagmites, remnants of ancient Taino Indians’ kitchen ware

Depth: max 10m/32ft

Currents: none

Visibility: 30-50m/98-164ft

Season for diving: All year round. The average water temperature in January is 25C/77F and 27C/80F in July.

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