What to look out for
The coral reefs around Sosúa are bustling with life. Come face-to-face with a wide variety of reef residents including triggerfish, large jewfish, grunts, starfish, sea horses, spider crabs, shrimp and barracuda.
Look out for rays taking it easy on the ocean floor, and the slither of a well-camouflaged sand snake eel.
Depending on the season, you could also see octopi, squid, lobster, and turtles. Be careful not to startle turtles, as they can be easily spooked.
When is best to dive?
The best time of year for diving around Cabarete and Sosúa is the summertime, as the wind and waves are calmer, allowing for better visibility. Having said that, Sosúa is very protected and has year-round crystal clear water.
Sea temperature ranges from 24°C to 29°C (75°F and 84°F) throughout the year, so you can dive very comfortably even in the depths of winter.
January to March is humpback whale breeding season, when around 3,000 of these enormous mammals migrate to Silver Bank in Samana to breed and calve. It’s quite the spectacle.
You can watch the whales from the shore or, for a real treat, go underwater to listen to their song. It’s an otherworldy experience you won’t forget.