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're looking forward to exploring what's down below 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 located in northeastern Puerto Plata.

Review the chart below for a summary list of one of the best places to go 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 someone that offers snorkeling gear, excursions or similar services, you should check out Diwa Dominicana Snorkeling. Although they also offer a great {% link_to 1284794 using 'diving service' %}, this multilingual operation can accommodate English, Spanish, and Danish speakers as they embark on their snorkeling adventure. They are situated in the heart of Puerto Plata.

Another place worth knowing about is Dressel Divers Puerto Plata. Every morning there is a snorkel trip that features two snorkel locations. Guests can snorkel the reefs of Sousa, featuring fun fish like the Angel Fish and the Trumpet Fish. Snorkeling season is all year round, with an average visibility of 115 feet (35 meters).

A third company worth contacting is Sea Pro Caribbean Village. Their snorkeling tours include transportation, equipment, your guide, and soft drinks. They're found in southeastern Puerto Plata.

The table right below enables you to learn some key facts regarding 3 firms that provide services related to snorkeling.

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 concerning snorkeling, including suggestions and helpful tips for beginners and "pros" read this exhaustive 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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