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'd like to explore below the water's surface you might want to visit. 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 found within northeastern Puerto Plata.
Some details concerning one of the best places to go 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 excursions, rentals, or other services, you should check out Sea Pro Caribbean Village. Their snorkeling tours include transportation, equipment, your guide, and soft drinks. They are located in southeastern Puerto Plata.
Another place that offers snorkeling related services is Diwa Dominicana. This multilingual dive operation can accommodate English, Spanish, and Danish speakers as they embark on their underwater adventure. While scuba diving is their main offering, snorkeling is a possibility as well.
The following chart lists a few details with regard to a couple of companies that offer services of interest to snorkelers.
|Diwa Dominicana||(809) 261-3150||Puerto Plata|
|Sea Pro Caribbean Village||(809) 320-2567||Playa Dorada, 3.0 mi. Southeast of Central Puerto Plata|
For more information about snorkeling, including useful tips and suggestions for both "old pros" and beginners, check out this extensive Caribbean snorkeling page.
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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