Snorkeling Around Punta Cana

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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

Details concerning one of the best places to experience snorkeling in this area are listed below.

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

Snorkeling Boat Trips

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Some people believe the best snorkeling is located off shore.

If you want to go snorkeling during a boat trip, you can check with Pelicano Sport Excursions. In addition to scuba diving, which they are renowned for, you can also sign up for sailing, windsurfing, parasailing, snorkeling, speed boat tours, dune buggy tours, and horseback riding.

Another option to investigate is Ocean Adventures. When you combing sailing, scuba diving, and snorkeling, you get what is sure to be a good time. This watersports operator is all about adventure. They're located in Punta Cana.

A third option is Weiler Caribbean Sea. Any adventure you can think of is made possible by the talented staff here. This includes not only your typical tours like sailing, snorkeling, diving, and jeep tours, but also club hopping trips, guides to take you to the casinos, ziplining, fishing, and more.

Glance through the following table for a list of boat trips and day sails that provide snorkeling opportunities.

Day Sails and Boat Trips In Punta Cana
Name Phone Location
Bebe Catamaran (809) 299-2668 Central Punta Cana
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 a place offering snorkel rentals, excursions, or similar services, you might want to contact 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 found within Punta Cana.

A second company that offers snorkeling related services is Sea Pro Dreams Palm Beach. Their daily snorkeling tour is one hour at the reef and includes transportation, equipment, guide, and soft drinks.

A third company worth contacting is ScubaCaribe Dive Center. Located in a main tourist area, ScubaCaribe is a convenient option for all of your diving, snorkeling, and watersports needs. They're located in northern Punta Cana.

Take some time to look through the following table for a listing of 4 companies 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
ScubaCaribe Dive Center -- 15.5 mi. North-Northwest of Central Punta Cana
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 both "old pros" and beginners, read this comprehensive Caribbean snorkeling article.

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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