Snorkeling Around Las Terrenas

Las Terrenas is an eclectic little town that draws people from all walks of life for a number of reasons.  One of those reasons is the tranquil nature of the clear, blue waters, and the sites that lie beneath.  This makes snorkeling a favorite pastime among many.

The beachfront of Las Terrenas runs about one and half miles along the coastal center of town.  From here, snorkelers have access to crystalline, calm waters that are great for snorkeling.  Indeed, just 330 feet from the beach is a healthy coral reef system.  Many people point to Portillo and Las Ballenas as two good snorkeling spots in town, and a more vague note has been made about snorkeling in front of the town's cemetery if you're into underwater photography and want some great shots of interesting sea life. 

Most people find the waters here to be so subdued that they have no problem going out and snorkeling on their own.  Others prefer to let a professional guide them on their snorkeling endeavors.  These people can sign up with a snorkeling tour group, or a scuba diving group that brings snorkelers along with them to see the sites under supervision.  The cost is usually somewhere around $35(USD).  Some locations will allow you to rent snorkeling gear for around $10(USD), but in Las Terrenas you'll be wise to bring your own.  

Snorkeling Sites

The chart just below offers a few details regarding one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Las Terrenas
Site Location Island
El Portillo Beach Abra Grande, 2.6 mi. East of Central Las Terrenas Hispaniola

Snorkeling Services

If you're looking for a business offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you can check with Turtle Dive Center. Professional guides will take you through different locations while informing you on the nature of the local marine life. At Las Ballenas Reef, you can experience many different creatures as the water is 3-5m. They are located in the heart of Las Terrenas.

Check the table below for details on a firm that offers snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In Las Terrenas
Name Type Phone Location Island
Turtle Dive Center Snorkeling Tour Operator (829) 903-0659 Central Las Terrenas Hispaniola

To learn more about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read our exhaustive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Las Terrenas may not be a snorkeling mecca in the Dominican Republic, but it certainly has its merits and beautiful underwater sites to be seen.  


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