Located in Sosua, near Puerto Plata on the north coast of the Dominican Republic, (near Amber Cove, the new Carnival Cruise Line port, and approximately a 5 hour drive from Punta Cana), Aqua Adventures by Scuba Dive Sosua offers scuba diving for divers of all levels. Already certified? Come and explore the various sites in the Sosua area. Or take a day trip to other sites. Not certified yet? Why wait any longer? Book your course with us and discover another world – underwater. We offer very competitive prices and more personalized training. Check our rates here. Take an SSI or PADI course and come back from your vacation as a certified diver!
We also offer snorkel trips, and can arrange fishing excursions.
Aqua Adventures is owned and operated by Pablo, a native Dominican, who grew up in the United States. Pablo has 30 years of diving experience and understands the value of customer service. He speaks fluent English and Spanish. The friendly and professional service you’ll receive at Aqua Adventures by Scuba Dive Sosua ensures that you will get the most out of your scuba diving or snorkeling trip – an experience you won’t forget. Contact us and book your dive or course today!
We also arrange diving for visitors to Amber Cove, the new Carnival Cruise port here in the Dominican Republic. We are located approximately 45 minutes from the port. We provide transportation from and to the port. Contact us for more details.
Diving in Sosua Bay
Sosua is the primary scuba diving destination on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Divers of all levels can enjoy shallow reefs, shipwrecks, freshwater cave diving, deep water diving and possible encounters with humpback whales and other large creatures.
There are several dive sites in Sosua, including the Airport Wall, Three Rocks or Canyon which are perfect for shallow dives or training dives. There are also special dives like the dive on the Zingara Wreck.
The Zingara Wreck was sunk in 1992 off the coast near Seahorse Ranch on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic just east of Sosua. Pablo will take you on a multi-level dive from the wreck up to the reef. This allows you approximately 35 minutes bottom time.
For more information on the dive sites in the area, check out our Dive Sites page.
We also offer diving trips outside of Sosua, including freshwater cavern diving at the El Dudu Caverns in Cabrera, and trips to Manzanillo by the Haitian border.
Aqua Adventures by Scuba Dive Sosua – Who We Are
At Aqua Adventures by Scuba Dive Sosua, we are focused on providing service with the highest levels of customer satisfaction – we will do everything we can to meet and exceed your expectations.
Aqua Adventures is owned and operated by Pablo Santos, who is a certified scuba diving instructor, an underwater photographer and a professional fishing guide who lives in Sosua. A native Dominican, Pablo grew up in the United States. He speaks fluent English and Spanish, and knows just about everyone in, and everything about, Sosua.
He has over 5,000 dives recorded and is well known and respected by everyone in the scuba diving industry in Sosua and Cabarete.
“Pablo was an awesome dive leader. He has several thousand dives in the region so he knows the dive sites inside out. For my dives, the first two were under less than good visibility due to recent rain but despite this, he took the effort to show me some interesting things including spotting eels, lionfish and large crabs. For my next two dives the following day, we dived under much better conditions and he was able to spot some very hard to find fish including a frogfish and some very tiny shrimp that lives on long pieces of coral…”
Customer Service – When you choose Aqua Adventures for your diving or snorkeling adventures, you are choosing a company that values customer service. Our goal is to ensure you have the best diving experience possible. Pablo, the owner, has extensive knowledge of diving in the area and a passion for diving. Combine that knowledge and passion with his outgoing and fun personality and sense of humor, and you’ll have a diving experience you won’t soon forget and will have you coming back!
We can also offer a more personalized diving experience. Although we can accommodate larger groups, our dive trips and courses are often in small groups – even a single diver on occasion.
Dive Sites in the Sosua Area
A 15 minute boat ride from Sosua Beach heading west, this is a 12 to 28 meter (39 to 92 feet) dive. The Airport Wall is considered by many one of the best dive spots on the island. One has the possibility of doing 5 tanks or different dive profiles depending on experience or what you would like to see. The wall has an unbelievable array of coral life both hard and soft, and an abundance of marine life from large Jewfish to the smallest little shrimp that live on the whip corals. Also you can go away from the wall and find some large pinnacles and tunnels that you can swim through that will take your breath away!
A 5 minute boat ride from Sosua Beach – this site is also called Calle Sin Salida or El Matadero which means Dead End Street or the Slaughterhouse – the latter because there used to be a slaughterhouse in the area that threw all their waste into the water and this brought in a large amount of sharks and fish. But it has since gone and with not enough food, it’s very rare to spot sharks here. The coral pinnacles are in a maze between sand patches and a slight slope that drops down to 30 meters (100 feet). On an average dive of 15 meters (50 feet) you can spot anything from tuna to seahorses.
Three Rocks and Coral Gardens
Three Rocks is a favorite for resort divers or first time divers. It is three coral rock pinnacles that sit in sand, on one side 4 meters (13 feet) deep and on the other 7.5 meter (25 feet). Since it’s all sand around the coral, less experienced divers don’t have to worry about breaking or hitting the coral and can still see anything from big fish to the tiniest of shrimp. More experienced divers can start here and do what I call a reverse profile and go down into the Coral Gardens where you can reach depths of 24 meters (80 feet) and some really nice patches of soft corals with lots of fans and whips. Here you can normally find the spotted sand snake eel, which is a meter long eel that lives in the sand just leaving its eyes out of the sand to catch unsuspecting fish swimming along the reef.
Located right in middle of Sosua Bay, this dive is also a favorite for novice divers as it starts in about 10 meters (33 feet) of water and can go up to 30 meters (100 feet) down in the bay. Here you can find an encrusted anchor from maybe hundreds of years ago that many just swim over as it is so encrusted in rock, some very big barrel sponges and a protected number of reef fish! This dive is called the canyon as you can swim through the canyon and head either north or south.
A 15 minute boat ride from Sosua, heading east, a 30 meter (100 feet) long freighter that was sunk on purpose for diving by a dive shop owner named Hans in 1992, sits in 35 meters (117 feet) of water. As it sits in open ocean its affected a little by the currents and harsh winter swells but even so it has an abundance of marine life including a few that call this home like a big green moray and big great barracuda. Since it is a deep dive we like to do this as a multi-level dive going from the wreck to the reef that sits south of the wreck, making a 35 to 40 minute dive and not just a 17 minute dive on the wreck!
A 10 minute boat ride west of Sosua Beach, 5 rocks is just that – 5 huge coral rock formations that span out about 100 meters (128 feet) or the length of a football field. Here you can go around the rocks at any depth from 4 meters (13 feet) to 18 meters (59 feet). Here you can also snorkel or free dive. You can see a lot of crabs, lobster, octopus, and different corals both hard big brain and lots of different soft sponges.
A deep dive starting at 27 meters (89 feet) and dropping down to about 50 meters (164 feet). Here you can spot some really big spider crabs, lobsters, some blue fluorescent trigger fish only found in the deep waters, and forest of black corals protruding from the walls. A short but very nice dive.
200 yards from the boat ramp on Sosua Beach, this dive has a few deep rocks down at 40 meters (131 feet) and you can work your way up and have lots to see including schools of grunts and an array of reef fish, and even some pieces of train track from the long forgotten banana exporting facilities that were here in the 1950s. Another favorite multi-level dive that can turn a nice deep dive into a long de-saturation dive!
This site is a shallow dive of 9 meters (less than 30 feet). It has some interesting swim through and passages between the huge rocks that have fallen from the wall to create an interesting dive spot where you can find barracudas, rays and other fish that seem to like the rocky surge here close to the wall.
Paradise Reef 1 , 2 and Deep
Paradise Reef 1 starts at 4 meters (13 feet) and descends down to Paradise Reef 2 at 18 meters (59 feet). Further down at 50 meters (164 feet) is Paradise Deep. A favorite for night dives and shore dives as it’s only a short swim from the Hotel of Sosua by the Sea.