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Sealife Encounters in Puerto Plata

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Sealife Encounters in Puerto Plata
Tucked between the mountains and the ocean on the Dominican Republic’s northern coast, Puerto Plata is considered the birthplace of tourism in the country. While there’s plenty to do in town, the multitude of beaches and biodiverse waters just off shore are highlights. Here are some options for encountering sea life during your stay.
 
Snorkeling
The clear, warm waters of Sosua Bay are home to some of the best snorkeling spots in the region. No experience is needed to join a tour, and equipment—a snorkel, mask, and fins—is typically included. The bay is sheltered by an impressive reef, which keeps the waters calm and provides a habitat for a diverse array of fish.
 
Scuba Diving

Those who want to go deeper and get closer to the sea life of Puerto Plata can do so, with or without a scuba certification. New and inexperienced divers will learn the basics in a simulator pool before heading to the ocean to see marine life with a certified instructor, while more experienced divers can opt for a 2-tank dive to see sunken ships and coral reefs off the northern coast.
 
Catamaran Cruising
It’s hard to beat a day of sailing on the turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Though many catamaran cruises offer passengers opportunities to swim and snorkel, you can also spot marine life from the decks, including dolphins and flying fish.
 
Whale Watching
The Bay of Samana, located within day trip distance of Puerto Plata, welcomes some 1,500 humpback whales to its warm waters each year. During peak season (January to March), it’s one of the best places on earth to spot whales. Whale watching tours to this region often include a horseback ride to El Limon waterfall as well.
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Tip Top Catamaran

Tip Top Catamaran

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Experience the ocean from above and below during this full-day, sailing tour on a 75-foot (22-meter) catamaran that includes two snorkeling stops. Swim among the colourful fish and vibrant coral at Sosua Bay and enjoy lunch onboard while sailing down the coast. Relax on the deck in sun before heading back to shore.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.95
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Puerto Plata Snorkeling Tour

Puerto Plata Snorkeling Tour

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Enjoy a morning of snorkeling at two different locations in Sosua Bay during this half-day tour from Puerto Plata. No experience necessary; all equipment and instruction included. Round-trip transportation from Puerto Plata hotels provided.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$47.00
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Two Tank Certified Diving in Puerto Plata

Two Tank Certified Diving in Puerto Plata

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Explore the waters off the northern coast of the Dominican Republic with a team of instructors and dive masters during a two tank morning dive in Puerto Plata. Board a catamaran and cruise to three main areas: Sosua Bay, the airport area, and Puerto Plata. Dive to depths of 98 feet (30 meters) and see sunken Spanish galleons and colorful coral reefs teeming with tropical fish and marine life.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
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Scuba Diving in Puerto Plata

Scuba Diving in Puerto Plata

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Experience the underwater world of coral reefs, hidden treasures, and marine life during this full-day, scuba diving experience designed for new and inexperienced divers. Learn the basics of scuba gear and the principles of diving and test your skills in a simulator pool before heading into ocean. Set off on a catamaran to your dive spot and float down to up to 39-feet (12-meters) to explore and swim. 
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  • 6 hours
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$153.85
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4 Tanks (2 pax) Certified Diving in Puerto Plata

4 Tanks (2 pax) Certified Diving in Puerto Plata

The northern coast of the Dominican Republic offers you a new, unique world of underwater treasures. You will be amazed by the sunken, undiscovered Spanish galleons, unspoiled multi-color coral reefs underneath blue waters and spectacular marine life. In the daily two tank morning dives, 24 sites are offered divided into three main areas: Sosua Bay, the airport area and Puerto Plata. The twin engines dive catamaran will transport the group, including the superb international team of instructors and dive masters, to the site.
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  • 4 hours
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$217.95
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