Sosua is the primary scuba diving destination on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. Divers of all levels can enjoy shallow reefs, deep water diving, a shipwreck and possible encounters with humpback whales and other large creatures. There are several dive sites in Sosua, including 3 Rocks or Canyon which are perfect for shallow dives or training dives. There are also special dives like the dive on the Zingara Wreck.
Below are descriptions of just a few sites.
3 Rocks is a favorite for first-time and certified divers. It is three coral rock pinnacles that sit in sand. 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 go down into Coral Gardens where you can reach depths of 24 meters (80 feet) and patches of soft corals with 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 the middle of Sosua Bay, this dive site is also a favorite for novice and experienced 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.
La Puntilla is another site suitable for all levels of divers, offering enjoyable diving from 6 to 20 meters (20 to 65 feet). Abundant coral can be found with many different reef fish, as well as the highlights such as the resident frogfish and seahorses. 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.
A 15-minute boat ride from Sosua Beach heading west, this is a 12 - 28 meter (39 - 92 feet) dive. One has the possibility of doing 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 goliath grouper 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 15-minute boat ride from Sosua, 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, it's 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 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.