Underwater Surge

8%

Water Clarity

95%

Variety of Sealife

90%

Sea Roughness

32%

Diver Satisfaction

98%

The Caribbean

Southeast & South DR

Whilst the best beaches of the country are found in Punta Cana, the best diving is found on the Caribbean side.

The waters here are generally much calmer and much clearer. The winds rarely blow from South to North here, therefore we do not contend with many rough surface days.

With over 25 dive sites to choose from the range and selection of dive sites we have available on this side offer something for every diver from beginner to professional.

Visibility on our best days is as high as 120 feet. Currents on most sites are minimal, making for great diving conditions.

The variety of sea life found here is fabulous with dive sites such as El Penon offering as many as 25 different species of tropical fish on one dive it is no small wonder that our divers leave completely satisfied with their experience!

The Atlantic

North & Northeastern DR

The Atlantic Ocean can be extremely rough through most of the winter months. The strong trade winds coming into the northern coast of the Dominican Republic make diving a challenge on this side of the country.

The winds bring strong waves and surface action, making exiting out to the reef complicated and many days impossible. This limits the dive site options on the Atlantic to a select few where boat access is still possible. These are generally very shallow and not very interesting as the corals there are in bad shape.

The other factor is the strong surge. Many days, even when the wind dies down, we have what is known as “Mar de Fundo”. Translated literally, this means “bottom ocean”.  These are the terms we use to describe the poor visibility that is caused by the strong surge that is present and constantly moving the bottom. This makes diving very difficult on two fronts: one is that the visibility is very poor and often limited to less than 10 feet (3 meters). The other that the strong surge makes swimming forward a real challenge. Divers struggle as their buoyancy is tested to the max and they try not to crash into surrounding coral structures as the surge pushes them back time and time again.

Underwater Surge

80%

Water Clarity

30%

Variety of Sealife

35%

Sea Roughness

96%

Diver Satisfaction

25%

What Fish Could I Find In The Caribbean Sea?

A Brief Look At Some Of The Sealife Of The Dominican Republic

Here is a list of just some of the many fish you could discover with El Tour Caribe as we dive beneath the depths of the Caribbean Sea. Please note, that we may not see every variation of sealife and reef inhabitants on any particular dive, but we’re certain you’ll be pleased with what we see.

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    Common Reef Octopus

    Best Seen On Saona Dive & Snorkel

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    Flying Gurnard Fish

    Best Seen On 2-Tank Dive Bayahibe

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    French Angelfish

    Best Seen On Wreck Lovers

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    Giant Hermit Crab

    Best Seen On Night Dive

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    Hawksbill Turtle

    Best Seen On Saona Dive & Snorkel

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    Henderson Shrimp

    Best Seen On Catalina Dive & Snorkel

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    Peacock Flounder

    Best Seen On Saona Dive & Snorkel

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    Porcupine Fish

    Best Seen On 3-Tank Dive Bayahibe

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    Southern Stingray

    Best Seen On Saona Dive & Snorkel

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    Spiral Fan Sea Worm

    Best Seen On Night Dive

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    Spotted Eagleray

    Best Seen On Saona Dive & Snorkel

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    Striped Butterflyfish

    Best Seen On 2-Tank Dive Bayahibe

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    Triton Snail

    Best Seen On Saona Dive & Snorkel

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    Lionfish

    Best Seen On Your Dinner Plate (3-Tank Bayhibe)

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    Green Morray Eel

    Best Seen On 3-Tank Dive Bayahibe

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    Barracuda

    Best Seen On 3-Tank Bayahibe

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    Blue Chromis

    Best Seen On 3-Tank Bayhibe

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    Blue Hamlet

    Best Seen On 3-Tank Dive Bayahibe

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Average Sea Temperature

45

Average Underwater Visibility

50

Popular Fish Species

98

Diver Satisfaction