Good Snorkeling in the Dominican Republic?

By Lynn Fowler – (Colorado)
Is there any good snorkeling anywhere in the Dominican Republic? We were thinking about taking a trip there, probably somewhere on the Samana Peninsula or Punta Cana. Any help or suggestions would be great. Thanks.

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Anonymous – May 16, 2013 – Dominican Republic Snorkeling

A few years back, we stayed in La Romana (south side of the Dominican Republic) and experienced some decent snorkeling among the patch reefs. These reefs were right off the beach in fairly shallow water, 5-10 feet deep.

Anonymous – Jul 8, 2013 – Some Fish, but Not Much Good Snorkeling in the Dominican Republic

We stayed on the southwest side of the island near Barahona and tried snorkeling at a nearby beach called Quemaito and on the very west side in Bahia de las Aguilas. It was December 2012 and there were some small fish to be seen, but really nothing of note. Quemaito is interesting because fresh water aquifers come right out of the sand and pour cold, fresh water into the warmer salt water. The water was rough here and kicked up quite a bit of murk.

At Bahia de las Aguilas, there were some damaged or dead coral and very few fish. Even in 15-20 feet of water there was nothing to be seen. The only fish were in 3-4 feet of water right near a long rocky coral outcropping.

On the plus side the water was about 80 degrees. We stayed on a relatively un-touristy side of the Dominican Republic. The larger resorts in Punta Cana as well as other parts of the island may have better snorkeling.

Nicole and Galen – Nov 6, 2015 – Visitor Submission About Cayo Levantado

Hi folks, we wanted to link to the visitor submission we received about the snorkeling at Cayo Levantado, Bacardi Island, Dominican Republic. It is an island in Samana Bay on the northeast side of the main island.

Nicole and Galen – June 4, 2023 – New Liveaboard Humpback Whale Snorkeling Trip

Hi folks, our trips partner just released a snorkeling trip to the Dominican Republic to snorkel with the Humpback Whales. The trip happens offshore from a liveaboard. Read all the details here.


  1. We were just in Catalina Island, Dominican Republic on a cruise. We’d seen videos on YouTube of lots to see in a certain area, but of course when you factored in the tenders coming in from our ship along with the crowds of inexperienced snorkelers who don’t know how to just be quiet and observe, we basically ruined it for ourselves but still saw some fish. But if you went without the crowd I bet you’d be treated to many sea friends.


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