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Punta Cana Activities

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Scuba Diving 



Punta cana beach has many ship wrecks that house a great variety of sea species and make scuba diving a very pleasant activity. All of the Punta Cana Hotels offer Scuba Diving.

Another wreck, the Monica, offers an interesting look at the past. Wrecked around the turn of the century, the Monica was a wooden-hulled ship carrying equipment for a sugar plantation. It was caught in a storm, and subsequently sunk. The wooden hull has rotted away, and what remains are some interesting steel artefacts from the plantations; railway ties, the propeller and other machines.

Smaller reef fish live on the wreck, and barracudas can also be spotted. The Monica can be swum through, and provides an interesting experience for both beginners and advanced divers.

Because of its volcanic rock formations, Bavaro presents interesting opportunities for more technical diving. Swim-throughs and caves provide more challenging diving for the experienced and appropriately certified diver. There are a variety of caves, featuring stalagmites and stalactites, as well as cathedral ceilings and wide passages. Because these locationsScuba Diving are protected from the rough Atlantic, the water is warm and clear, and in somer, there are opportunities to surface regularly. 

Many of the dive operations offer cave-diving training in this area because of the varying degrees of complexity.

Batato is another interesting dive site with a maximum depth of around 12 meters, where large blocks of rock provide swim-throughs. A family of three manatees has been seen at the site, and can be observed by divers.

These large, underwater mammals have long bodies that taper to a paddleshaped tail. The average male is about three meters long, and weighs over 350 kilograms.

The closest land relative is the elephant, and these herbivores are slow-moving and spend much of their day feeding, resting and travelling. Manatees surface every three to five minutes for air. Their lifespan is comparable to that of humans, and their reproductive cycle is slow. Manatees should never be approached to avoid distressing them, but can be watched from a distance. They are social animals, and in the Batato site, can be observed 'wearing'
tens of nurse sharks, seemingly attached to their bodies, travelling with them wherever the manatees go.

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SportsFishing

With over seven months of billfish season every year, fishing off the Punta Cana shore on the East Coast of the Dominican Republic is regarded as one of the top five of the world's best billfish areas.

Likewise, Punta Cana is hardly matched by any other destination for its white marlin season when the dashing creatures of the ocean come close to the coast, just 2-10 nautical miles offshore and in big numbers. White marlin season is from March to July, blue marlin season is from July to September. The East Coast waters switch from somewhat rouge in summer to calm at the end of October, when smaller vessels are used to fish light tackle on dorados, wahoo, maybe sailfish or anything on the fly too.

The area's main tournament is the Blue Marlin Cabeza de Toro International, when around 30 yachts travel over from Puerto Rico for a weekend competition with Dominican sports fishermen. May, June, July, August and September are the best months for catching the marlins.

If you decide to keep the catch, several beach restaurants will serve it to you for dinner, for a fee.

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