DIVES IN LAS TERRENAS
Diving in Dominican Republic is possible all year long. Average water surface temperature is between 25c in the winter to 29c in the summer.
Samana peninsula diving is the best on the north coast of the Republic.
A rocky coastline and high cliffs lead to an extraordinary underwater world.
Different dive sites are suitable for beginners and advanced level divers, Las Terrenas is the best home-base from which organize your plunge.
LAS BALLENAS ISLANDS
Just 10 minutes away by boat, you’ll find different diving places, from softy sloping plateaus to canyons and little caves. The depth of the sea floor is from 4 to 20 meters, great for beginners, and very well known for its huge lobsters and king crabs.
The outer reef is tricky: from 20 to 40 m. You'll find a lot of coral, Barracuda, large puffer fish, and great shoals of reef fish.
Other highlights are Ojo Blanco ( white hole), the “Cathedral”at Punta Tibisi, and the “Tower", a rock like a needle, rising from a depth of 70 meters almost to the surface. Hammerhead sharks are often nearby.
At the north-east end of the peninsula, (the trip takes one hour and a half on the larger boats, but only if the sea is calm) is noted for the special attraction of is its steep coast, which slopes 80 meters.
CAVES OF DUDU LAKE
Not only for divers. Located one and a half hours by little bus, 25 km. West of Nagua on the north coast. There are two fresh water lakes connected by two 90 meters long caves with fixed guide rope for divers to safely maintain their orientation.
From Dudu Llake another tunnel ends at “the Dome".
This part is only for divers. The cave is supplied by fresh air flowing through the porous karst.
Very experienced divers can enter through a hidden cave. Stalactites, stalagmites, crabs , shrimp and sea-mouthbrooders are the main attractions.
After lunch, a nice swim can be had at the nearby PLAYA DIAMANTE (photo below left).