Snorkeling Around La Romana

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La Romana is a popular cruise ship destination, and one of the first things tourists want to do when they arrive via this form of transportation is inquire about snorkeling.  Fortunately, this area is a great place to participate in the sport, plus, there are several boat tours that leave daily to bring snorkelers to some of the even more popular destinations.

Most agree that the best snorkeling area within La Romana itself is the beach at Dreams La Romana.  The beach is private, so you cannot access it directly unless you are a guest of the hotel.  There is, however, a public beach right next door that is close enough that you can wade in, swim to the jetty at the far right of the Dreams Beach, and find delight in a shallow reef filled with sea life.  This area is marked by a pole sticking out of the water and designated as boat free, so you can feel completely confident while under the water.

In addition to this, as previously mentioned, boat tours are a regular occurrence.  They take snorkelers to Isla Catalina, Isla Saona, Viva Shallows, the shipwreck of the Atlantic Princess Wreck, and many more sites. Within these options, you'll encounter visibility of between 15 and 100 feet and in addition to huge amounts of sea life, unique sites like cannon balls and anchors.

Snorkeling Sites

If you're looking forward to seeing what's down below you might want to visit Catalina Island Beach West. A word of advice for snorkeling in this area is to keep an eye out for where locals are swimming and stick to snorkeling in the areas protected by the barrier reef. Otherwise rip tides could get to you. This snorkeling site is located in southern La Romana.

Dominicus Beach is another snorkeling spot you might enjoy. This reef ranges from 46 to 60 feet deep, flourishing with beautiful coral reef and sea life. It may be deep, but the visibility is good for snorkelers tagging along with a scuba diving group.

Some key information about 2 of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed right below.

Snorkeling Sites Near La Romana
Site Location
Catalina Island Beach West Serena Cay, 5.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central La Romana
Dominicus Beach 12.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana

Snorkeling Boat Trips

Seavis Tours

For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is located off shore.

If you're hoping to snorkel during a boat trip, you might want to check with Pro Excursions Bayahibe. Explore the country by land or by sea with this all purpose tour guide. Canadian owned and operated, they offer excursions for the young and young at heart, ranging from sailing, snorkeling, and fishing to horseback riding, buggy tours, and zip-lining.

Another option worth investigating is Mariposa Tours. An Italian operated tour company in the Dominican Republic, they offer off-the-beaten path tours as well as airport transfers and transportation. They're situated in eastern La Romana.

A third option is Passion Paradise Adventures. The featured vessels include the 47' Paradise catamaran and the 25' Bonita. Their full day packages feature excursions to Catalina Island and activities such as diving, snorkeling, exploring shipwrecks and aquariums, and relaxing at the beach.

Some key facts concerning boat trip providers that provide snorkeling are displayed in the following table.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In La Romana
Name Phone Location
Capitan Gringo (809) 753-9469 11.1 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana
Mariposa Tours (809) 660-5343 Bayahibe, 11.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana
Passion Paradise Adventures (809) 446-9602 2.4 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana
Pro Excursions Bayahibe (829) 659-4688 10.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana
Pro Excursions Dominicus (829) 659-4688 12.6 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana
Ryanna Sun (829) 655-6730 Bayahibe, 11.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana
Seavis Tours (829) 714-4947 Bayahibe, 11.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place that offers snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you can check with Dressel Divers Bayahibe - La Romana. It takes less than 10 minutes from the pier to get to wonderful reef full of fauna and flora. Snorkeling season last year round and the average visibility is 115 feet (35 meters). They are situated in eastern La Romana.

A second place catering to snorkelers is Scuba Fun. Many sites that are marketed towards scuba divers are also great spots for snorkeling. This dive center makes sure snorkelers get the chance to explore with them during their daily excursions.

A third option is Coral Point Diving. Equipment is included in each trip and welcomes guests of all ages and experience levels. The waters a free of a current, making for an easy day of water exploration. They're found within eastern La Romana.

Some details with regard to 5 firms that provide snorkeling related services are listed in the following table.

Snorkeling Services In La Romana
Name Phone Location
Caribbean Dive College (809) 697-5515 Bayahibe, 11.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana
Coral Point Diving (829) 574-9655 Bayahibe, 11.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana
Dressel Divers Bayahibe - La Romana (+34) 963 561 496 12.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana
Scuba Fun (809) 833-0003 Bayahibe, 11.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana
Uwe Scuba Dive Center (809) 804-9445 Central La Romana

For more information about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" check out this extensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

The underwater world that is accessible from La Romana is one of the best around for snorkelers.  The conditions are great and the sights are interesting if not awe-inspiring.  What more could any snorkeler ask for?


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