With so much going on in Puerto Plata for tourists to take advantage of, snorkeling is a pastime that often gets overlooked. This is a mistake for sure. With a breathtaking underwater world existing just off-shore, snorkeling is one of the few ways you will get to explore these quiet and mesmerizing depths.
The great thing about snorkeling is that it is not complicated and does not require a lot of training. You can rent your snorkeling kit from any local dive shop for around $10(USD), or grab a free kit from your hotel if they offer it, and pretty much figure out how it works on your own. The even better thing about snorkeling is what when you do it in Puerto Plata you'll be treated to sites like vibrantly colored coral reef, friendly sea life, and great visibility.
Because this town is set on the Atlantic coast, the waters can be rougher than those along the Caribbean side, but this just means that you should be hyper aware of daily conditions and when you do go snorkeling you'll be treated to more interesting and uniquely shaped rock and coral formations.
Most people end up using snorkeling equipment provided free of charge from their resort, then wade into the private beach on site and go to it. The ClubHotel Riu Bachata is especially noted for the great snorkeling experiences had by guests. If you aren't staying in a resort, you can typically rent your gear from a dive shop for around $10(USD). Many of these locations also offer snorkelers the chance to come along on their scuba diving trips to see some of the more shallow spots, and a few have tours specifically geared towards snorkelers.
If you're looking forward to experiencing what's below the surface you might enjoy. This is a unique snorkeling site because people don't visit for the colorful reef or friendly fish. Instead, they travel for up to 12 hours on a boat simply to slip into the water and view North Atlantic humpback whales as they migrate, mate, and calve. This snorkeling site is located within northeastern Puerto Plata.
Some basic details about one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area are listed here:
|3.5 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Plata||the Dominican Republic|
If you're looking for someone that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you can check with Diwa Dominicana Snorkeling. This team offers services for pre-scheduled adventures and one of a kind private tours (max of six people). The snorkeling excursions usually take place on the northern coast of the island, where the turquoise blue water is perfect to see the marine life of the Dominican Republic. They are situated in the heart of Puerto Plata.
A second place worth knowing about is Dressel Divers Puerto Plata. Top quality snorkeling is available in Puerto Plata; with fauna and good visibility, tropical water temperatures, and distant mountain skylines, you will want to stay in Puerto Plata forever.
A third place to consider is Sea Pro Caribbean Village. Their snorkeling tours include transportation, equipment, your guide, and soft drinks. They're located in southeastern Puerto Plata.
Some details with regard to 3 places that provide snorkeling services are shown in the following chart.
|Diwa Dominicana Snorkeling||(809) 261-3150||1.7 mi. Southeast of Downtown Puerto Plata|
|Dressel Divers Puerto Plata||(+34) 963 561 496||Costa Dorada, 2.2 mi. Southeast of Central Puerto Plata|
|Sea Pro Caribbean Village||(809) 320-2567||Playa Dorada, 3.0 mi. Southeast of Central Puerto Plata|
To learn more about snorkeling, including tips and suggestions for beginners and "pros" read this comprehensive Caribbean snorkeling article.
Snorkelers staying in Puerto Plata have a lot of options available to them. Whether you rent a snorkeling kit to keep on hand as you visit the area's beaches, sign up for a snorkeling tour, or take advantage of equipment offered by the resort you're staying out, the important thing is that you get out there and explore the underwater world of Puerto Plata.
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