Within the Park, two sunken ships, the Hickory and the Limon, lie within recreational limits. The Limon is today surrounded by healthy coral reef.
Three water-filled cave systems near Santo Domingo, Bayahibe and Playa Dorada are ripe for exploration by tec divers. Several local guides can assist.
An uninhabited island now protected as a national park, it’s two dive sites are a haven for pelagics and a wealth of colorful, tropical fish species.
Juan Dolio enjoys a hot and humid climate year-round, although June to November is considered the rainy season. It usually rains once a day, every day but for only short periods of time.
June to November is also hurricane season. If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean during these months, consider taking out travelers insurance on the off chance a hurricane forms during your vacation. In recent years, the DR has not sustained a direct hit from a hurricane, but several pass nearby annually.
Air temperatures during the summer months range from 77-85°F (25-30°C) while water temperatures are 79-83°F (26-28°C).
Because June to November is considered the rainy season, this is also the low season in Bayahibe. If you choose to dive in these months, you’re sure to get a great deal on flights and accommodation.
If you enjoy getting the best deals or diving at uncrowded dive sites, book your trip from June to November.
December to May is the dry season in Juan Dolio. During these months, you can expect sunny, hot and mildly humid conditions. This is also the best time of year to dive on the south coast as the seas are calmest there at this time.
Air temperatures during the winter months range from 70-80°F (21-26°C) while water temperatures are 75-79°F (24-26°C).
In addition to great topside conditions for the southern coast, this is the time of year the island plays host to the humpback whales who migrate from the North Atlantic to nearby shores. As the males are there to impress their females during this season they are incredibly active and often present a spectacular show of splashing and rearing.
However, December to May also represents high season for tourism in the Caribbean. Therefore, you should book early to get a good deal on accommodation and flights.
If you wish to dive on the southern coast in locations like Juan Dolio or see the mating rituals of humpback whales, book your holiday between December and May.
Beginners can stay at the dive sites along the Juan Dolio house reef. Advanced divers can head deeper to the wrecks in the area. Tec divers can try the caves.
Much of the Dominican Republic’s marine life is threatened by overexposure and harmful underwater practices. However, steps are being taken to create protected marine areas in the hope that plentiful marine life will soon return.
One thing you are sure to see in Juan Dolio is beautiful corals. The island is home to 35 species of coral and 12 types or gorgonians.
In addition to these gorgeous corals, you might also spot stingrays, eagle rays, reef sharks, barracuda, small schools of fish, moray eels and crabs. Lucky divers have a chance of seeing a manatee. Of course, the invasive lionfish has created issues for the local ecosystem. If spotted, expect the dive master to kill this poisonous species.
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