Snorkeling Around Punta Cana

Photo credit © Pedrito Punta Cana

Home to the longest coral reef in the Dominican Republic, Punta Cana is interestingly not one of the top snorkeling destinations in the country.  Those who love snorkeling shouldn't reconsider their vacation plans because of this, because there are still plenty of ways to get out and participate in this unique sport.

So, why isn't Punta Cana ranked as a top snorkeling destination?  Its location along the Atlantic coast explains it all.  These waters are rougher than those along the Caribbean coast, especially in the winter.  This doesn't mean snorkeling is out of the question, but you will have to pay extra special care to ensure your safety.  Some local sites to consider include the wreck site of the Monica, or the shallow beach at Club Med Punta Cana.  As a general practice, most resorts and hotels in the area offer their guests free snorkeling gear as part of their stay.

Most agree that the better option will be to sign up for a snorkeling tour hosted by a local dive operator or adventure group.  A favored destination is Isla Catalina, which is about 90 minutes away from Punta Cana.  It is recommended that you skip any tours that stick close to the shore in favor of those accessible only by boat because you can always go back and snorkel local beaches on your own.

Snorkeling Sites

Review the table below to find out more about one of the best places to enjoy snorkeling in this area.

Snorkeling Sites Near Punta Cana
Site Location Island
Cabeza de Toro Beach None, 7.9 mi. North of Central Punta Cana

Snorkeling Boat Trips

For some people, the most enjoyable snorkeling is accessed away from the shore.

If you're ready to snorkel during a boat trip, you might want to contact Pelicano Sport Excursions. A leader in watersports and guided tours along the country's east coast, this facility is highly regarded and has consistently been mentioned in magazines as a top scuba center. Despite the focus on scuba diving, they are an all around great company that offers numerous other watersports and land tours.

Another option to consider is Weiler Caribbean Sea. Having first opened in 2010, this is one of the newer tour operators on the island. This doesn't take away from their quality, though. They're located within Punta Cana.

A third good option is Ocean Adventures. Enjoy a unique sailing experience where everyone in the party is sure to have a great time. You'll sail to a beautiful, unspoiled reef, get a chance to snorkel there, and then continue on to a beach where you can relax at a private beach club.

Be sure to look at the following table for a list of boat trips and day sails that offer snorkeling opportunities.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Punta Cana
Name Phone Location
Hispaniola Aquatic Adventures (829) 305-2804 Bavaro
Ocean Adventures (809) 390-7418 10.6 mi. North of Central Punta Cana
Pedrito Punta Cana (829) 910-2398 Friusa, 11.8 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana
Pelicano Sport Excursions (809) 729-4242 13.0 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana
Punta Cana Expert (849) 889-5892 Central Punta Cana
Weiler Caribbean Sea (829) 692-8468 0 mi. North of Central Punta Cana

Snorkeling Services

If you looking for someone offering snorkeling excursions, rentals, or other services, you can check with Dressel Divers Bavaro - Punta Cana. Dressel Divers invites you to snorkel in Punta Cana and Bavaro; they invite you to open up the ocean and see what's inside. The reefs at Punta Cana are infused with marine fauna and flora that will create beautiful vacation memory. They are located in Punta Cana.

Another place catering to snorkelers is Sea Pro Dreams Palm Beach. Their daily snorkeling tour is one hour at the reef and includes transportation, equipment, guide, and soft drinks.

Glance through the following table for a list of 4 firms that offer services of interest to snorkelers.

Snorkeling Services In Punta Cana
Name Phone Location
Dressel Divers Bavaro - Punta Cana (+34) 963 561 496 13.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana
Scuba Caribe Dive Center -- Bavaro
Scubaquatic Punta Cana (809) 468-4055 14.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana
Sea Pro Dreams Palm Beach (809) 523-4611 7.9 mi. North of Central Punta Cana

For more information concerning snorkeling, including helpful suggestions and tips for beginners and "pros" read this exhaustive discussion of snorkeling in the Caribbean.

Don't let the sometimes choppy Atlantic waters scare you away from planning some time snorkeling during our trip to Punta Cana.  There are so many ways to make sure you get to explore underwater that there is no reason not to put this sport on your “Must Do” list.


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