Snorkeling Around Puerto Plata

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.  

Snorkeling Sites

If you want to experience what's below the surface you might enjoy visiting Silver Bank. 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 situated in northeastern Puerto Plata.

The table directly below enables you to learn more information about one of the best places to experience snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Puerto Plata
Site Location Island
Silver Bank 3.5 mi. Northeast of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for a place offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to 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 found in the heart of Puerto Plata.

A second place catering to snorkelers 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. A great option for cruise ship passengers, this watersports operator offers one hour snorkeling excursions each day. They're found in southeastern Puerto Plata.

The table just below shows some details regarding 3 companies that offer snorkeling related services.

Snorkeling Services In Puerto Plata
Name Phone Location
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 helpful suggestions and tips for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this extensive guide to snorkeling in the Caribbean.

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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