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 Saona, Viva Shallows, the shipwreck of the , 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.
If you want to experience what's down below you might enjoy 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 within southern La Romana.
Dominicus Beach is another option. 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.
A few key details for 2 of the best locations where you can go snorkeling in this area are listed in the chart below.
|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|
For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is experienced away from the shore.
If you want to go snorkeling during a boating adventure, you can 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 to consider 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 located in eastern La Romana.
Still another option is Pro Excursions Dominicus. Featuring high quality tours on land and in the sea, there is much to be offered from this Canadian owned and operated tour group.
Look through the chart below for more information about boat trips and day sails that provide snorkeling opportunities.
|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|
If you're looking for someone offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you can check with Dressel Divers Club. After a scenic 10 minute boat ride, you'll find yourself at a local reef, ready to explore the underwater world. Their favorite site is the Island of Soana, but you are welcome to make requests. They are located in eastern La Romana.
Another place worth knowing about is Scuba Fun. They offer two different excursions that snorkelers can take advantage of: a Catalina Island Excursion and a Soana Island Excursion. The trip to Catalina Island is a half day trip that includes snorkeling at The Wall and on the beach near the Aquarium. The Saona Island trip is a three-quarter day trip and includes snorkeling near the island, a buffet lunch, and more snorkeling on the beach.
The following table offers a few details concerning 5 companies that provide snorkeling services.
|(809) 697-5515||Bayahibe, 11.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana|
|(829) 574-9655||Bayahibe, 11.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana|
|Dressel Divers Club||(809) 688-3600||12.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana|
|Scuba Fun||(809) 833-0003||Bayahibe, 11.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central La Romana|
|(809) 804-9445||Central La Romana|
To learn more about snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" check out our exhaustive 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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