The Punta Cana Underwater Museum is a snorkelling destination featuring submerged sculptures representing important symbols of the native Taino culture.
The Enriquillo and Patricia are shallow wrecks, each easily accessed from Punta Cana’s coastline and home to all kinds of fish, corals and sea creatures.
The clear waters along Punta Cana’s coastline are calmer in the afternoon than the morning, offering a unique opportunity for ultimate relaxation and top-class diving.
Punta Cana 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 marks the beginning of hurricane season. If you are planning a trip to the Caribbean between June and November, consider taking out travelers insurance on the off chance a hurricane forms during your vacation. However, the likelihood of this happening is low as in recent years the country has not sustained a direct hit from a hurricane.
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 the Dominican Republic. 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 and diving at uncrowded dive sites, book your trip from June to November.
December to May is the dry season in Punta Cana. During these months, you can expect sunny, hot and mildly humid conditions.
Air temperatures at this time range from 70-80°F (21-26°C) while water temperatures are 75-79°F (24-26°C). At this time of year, winter squalls move through the northern coast which can create creating rough seas and currents.
However, at this is the time of year the island plays host to humpback whales who migrate from the North Atlantic to the shores of Bavaro and calve in the bay at Samana. 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.
December to May also represents high season for tourism in the Dominican Republic. Therefore, you should book early to get a good deal on accommodation and flights.
Game fish and larger species like small sharks and rays are a common sight on the reefs and wrecks of Punta Cana. Nurse sharks are the most seen inhabitants in this region of the Dominican Republic and are more than likely hiding away in the caverns and wrecks. You’ll only see them if you can get past the multitude of squirrelfish.
At night, the lobsters, morays, and octopus actively hunting for the dinner, so schedule at least one night dive. But if this is not an itch you need to scratch, turtles, eagle rays and all forms of tropical fish are in abundance on the shallow coral reefs. Lucky divers might even hear the song of the humpback whale while under the water.
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