The Dive Academy Las Terrenas
Phone +1 829 906 9618
Address The Dive Academy, Beach Garden Plaza, Above Bon Ice-Cream, Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic
Skype diveacademy
Email contact@tdalasterrenas.com
Custom field Everyday 9am - 6pm
­­­­­­Our Offer
Snorkeling
Snorkeling on the Peninsula

Snorkeling is an activity to be enjoyed by all the family. All our snorkel trips are guided and some snorkel trips can be combined with scuba diving so the whole family can stay together.

1/2 day or full day, beginner or expert, diver or snorkeler, an underwater adventure is waiting for you!!! We can accommodate private days, large groups, weddings, corporate functions, etc...

Scuba Diving<br>
Scuba Diving
The wrecks, walls, caverns and pinnacles in the Samana Peninsula are reported to be the best in the Dominican Republic and are just asking to be explored. From the deep blue waters of Cabo Cabron to the aquarium wreck in Samana, the spooky waters of famous Dudu Lake plus all the other sites on the Samana Peninsula.
Courses
All Level Courses
We teach all levels of NAUI diving courses from Try Scuba Diving / Passport Course to Divemaster and Instructor, including Open Water, Advanced and Master Scuba Diver. Speciality Courses from Rescue and Deep Diver to Underwater Ecologist, Reef Survey and Archaeologist, etc, are also available. Courses are very flexible and can be private or for groups, 1/2 days or full days, depending on your availability and desires. We are also part of the Universal Referral Program.​
Snorkeling
Full Day Snorkeling in Samana with Lunch

This snorkeling tour is a delightful way to spend your day and is suitable for both beginner and experienced snorkelers alike. Explore the underwater wonderland of Samana at two prime snorkeling locations. The first spot is offshore the island of La Farola, where you'll see some corals, starfish, see eggs, trumpet fish and other tropical species. The second spot is the shallow wreck of a ferry which is a real aquarium,  with shoals of fish, puffer fish, sergeant fish, damsel fish, parrot  fish, porcupine fish and much more. The top of the ship is 1 meter / 3  ft. down and the deck is 6 meters / 18 ft. down with spectacular views  from above. Then we go ashore to the famous Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island)  for a delicious lunch and chilled time on its white sand beach.

8AM - 5PM

Includes transportation to Samana, boat, snorkel leader, snacks, lunch on Cayo Levantado, Pina Colada

Tailor Made Snorkeling Trips

Away from the crowds, some pristine snorkeling spots are waiting for you!!! Ask us about the custom trips we can organize for you.

  • Jackson Beach
  • El Erminatio
  • Las Galeras
  • Cabo Cabron
  • Samana Private
  • Private trips from 2 to 50 guests with or without lunch
­­­­Scuba Diving Fun Dives

For Certified Divers

For certified divers, we offer a variety of dive sites all over the peninsula.

We propose daily trips out.

All our dives are guided by a certified dive leader, in active status.

Most of the time, diving happens in the morning as the wind tends to pick up in the afternoon.

We  can quite easily organize multi-level dives where participants with  different qualifications can be on the same boat but do the dives at different depths.

On some of the sites, Samana especially, snorkelers are more than welcome to join us!!!

The easiest way to schedule a dive is to get in touch with our booking specialist and we will review all the options together.

For Beginners

With a third of the world’s surface covered by water, why not join the growing numbers of people wanting to see what our oceans, seas and  lakes have to offer.

Discover the exotic animal life and reef  structures that lie just beneath the surface while you experience the  weightless feeling of diving underwater with the NAUI Tandem Diving  Experience!

The NAUI Tandem Scuba Dive is a premiere, private,  one-on-one scuba diving experience for those who are interested in  exploring our underwater world for the first time or you are on vacation  and just want to dive. With a one-to-one participant-to-Instructor  ratio, NAUI Tandem divers receive 100% of the Instructor’s attention  throughout the experience.

Highly recommended in Samana Bay, where you can dive on a shipwreck, or by Ballenas islands in calm weather.

Las Terrenas Dive Sites
Double Dive at the Ballenas Islands

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The most famous sites are

  • Las Cuevitas de Las Ballenas, 16meters
  • Wreck of The Dolphin, 27 meters
  • Creole Reef, 24 meters
  • The Canyons, 14 meters
  • Portillo Reef,  12 meters
  • Piedra Marcel and the sunken jet-ski,  18 meters

General Information

Las Terrenas dive sites are accessible by boat (15 to 25 minutes boat ride) and offer a variety of dives suitable for all levels and interests.

Boat usually departs at 8:30 am and returns around 1 to 2 pm after a double tank dive.

Keep in mind that diving on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic is far different from that of the southern coast. The Atlantic Ocean tends to be rougher than the Caribbean Sea and some of the dives are reserved to seasoned divers.

Most of the diving in Las Terrenas takes place from small to  medium speedboats (8 divers max).

The best dive sites of the area are around the Ballenas Islands or in Portillo zone. Some of the reefs of the area are also great for exploration dives or  lion fish hunting.

Minimum Number of Participants

Minimum of 2 participants to organize the day.

If the minimum number of participants is not reached, you will have the choice between an alternate date, an alternate site, or a full refund.

Necessary Qualifications

Open to Open Water or Advanced certified divers from all agencies.

Proof of certification will be required to complete the booking.

For non-certified divers possibility to do a try dive from the beach or on some of the shallower sites.

Get in touch with us to know more about those dives, as well as the exploration dives we can tailor-make for you.

Samana Day Out
Wall and Wreck dive in Samanà

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  • Snorkel around Farola Island
  • Dive Farola Wall, 14 meters
  • Snorkel or Dive the Shipwreck of the ferry
  • Great for all the family
  • Lunch on Cayo Levantado
  • Pina Colada (with or without vitamins)

General Information

This  tour is a delightful way to spend your day and is suitable for both beginner and experienced divers and snorkelers alike.

Explore the underwater wonderland of Samana at two prime snorkeling and diving locations.

The first spot is offshore the island of La Farola, where you'll see some corals, starfish, see eggs, trumpet fish and other tropical species.

Ideal for beginner divers for their first underwater experience. For qualified divers, they can spot lobsters, lion fish, moray eels,

scorpion fish, etc on the spooky wall of Farola max depth 30m. The second spot is the shallow wreck of a ferry which is a real aquarium,

with shoals of fish, puffer fish, sergeant fish, damsel fish, parrot fish, porcupine fish and much more. The top of the ship is 1 meter / 3

ft. down and the deck is 6 meters / 18 ft. down, with spectacular views from above.

Then we go ashore to the famous Cayo Levantado (Bacardi Island) for a delicious lunch a Pina Colada and chill out time on its white sand beach.

Samana city is situated 45 minutes away from Las Terrenas by car.

Minimum Number of Participants

Minimum of 3 divers or 4 snorkelers to organize the day.

If the minimum number of participants is not reached, you will have the choice between an alternate date, an alternate site, or a full refund.

Necessary Qualifications

No qualification required - open to all.

Dudu Lagoon Day Out
Dudu Cavern Diving - The Dive Academy

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General Information

Laguna Dudu, also called the blue lake, is a great destination for a day excursion for divers or just day trippers.

Located close to Cabrera, on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, the cenote or sink hole consists of different lakes with crystal clear fresh water, interconnected by different tunnels making it a unique spot for divers.

The lake dive is also quite impressive with trees laying underwater, a phantasmagoria experience, straight out of Harry Potter or Lord of The Rings, and gives the opportunity for great photo shoots.

For the most adventurous, a zipline runs over the main lake,  and the 10 meter jump is a great fun.

The area has one cave that is said to have been inhabited by a Taino Indian, named Dudu, which is where the area is supposed to have gotten its name from. The other theory about how the name came about is because of the many doubts on the depth of the different lakes.

The park has lots of grassy areas, which is great for sunbathing , chilling or looking at the wildlife, some hammocks and a volleyball court.

Minimum Number of Participants

Minimum of 3 participants to organize the day.

If the minimum number of participants is not reached, you will have the choice between an alternate date, an alternate site, or a full refund.

Necessary Qualifications

Open to Open Water or Advanced certified divers from all agencies.

Proof of certification will be required to complete the booking.

You will need to demonstrate control of your buoyancy before entering the tunnels.

For non-certified divers possibility to do a try dive in the lagoon.

Day-trippers welcome.

Las Galeras Dive Sites
Shore Dive in Las Galeras - The Dive Academy

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The most famous sites are

  • The Tower (Piedra Bonita), 60 meters
  • The walls of Tibisi 1 and 2, 40 meters
  •       Pinacle of Tibisi, 18 to 40 meters
  •       Caverns of Cabo Cabron, 18 to 40 meters
  • The Wreck (Barco Hundido), 18 meters
  • Coral Garden, 12 meters

General Information

Dives there are well worth the trip and amongst the best in the country.

Keep in mind that diving on the northern coast of the Dominican Republic is far different from that of the southern coast. The Atlantic Ocean tends to be rougher than the Caribbean Sea and some of the dives are reserved to seasoned divers.

Most of the diving in Las Galeras takes place from small speedboats (6 divers max).

Boat usually departs at 9:30 am from Playita beach in Las Galeras for a 10 to 40 minute boat ride and returns around 2 to 3 pm after a double tank dive.

Or boat can depart at 7:30 am from Las Terrenas. It takes 1h30 minutes to reach the dive sites in this case.

Minimum Number of Participants

Minimum of 3 participants to organize the day.

If the minimum number of participants is not reached, you will have the choice between an alternate date, an alternate site, or a full refund.


Necessary Qualifications

Open to Open Water or Advanced certified divers from all agencies.

Proof of certification will be required to complete the booking.

For non-certified divers possibility to do a try dive from the beach.

Day-trippers welcome as the beaches of Las Galeras are well worth the trip.

­­­­Scuba Diving Courses

Why NAUI ?

What does the US Navy SEALs, Coast Guard and Kevin Costner have in Common?

In the United States, US Navy SEALs, Coast Guard rescue divers and  other special military forces are trained to NAUI standards as part of  their overall training with open and closed circuit rebreathers; the US  National Parks Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric  Administration (NOAA) divers receive NAUI training and certifications.

In dozens of nations around the world, countless police, fire &  rescue personnel, government officials, public and private security  teams; Olympians such as 1996 Decathlon winner Dan O’Brien, actors like  Kevin Costner and “Sea Hunt’s” Lloyd Bridges, even characters from  movies, sports teams and live entertainment are NAUI trained and  certified divers.

The very long list of NAUI members includes Olympians and professional athletes like world-class golfer Tiger Woods;  world-famous actors such as China’s Mark Cheng, movie stuntmen and  women, musicians and performers; well-known doctors, scientists,  astronauts, aquanauts, business people and corporate leaders,  politicians, statesmen, military leaders and even royalty.

NAUI members are everywhere, in every walk of life, training and certifying the best divers in the world!

Entry-Level Courses
Group class
Passport Diver

The ideal introduction to Scuba Diving, especially if your leisure time is limited. It’s an all fun course with minimal classroom study and allows you to very quickly enjoy visiting the undersea world.

Qualify you to 12 meters, always accompanied by an Instructor or Divemaster.

Duration : 1.5 days to 2 days

Pre-requisite : Individuals ages 10+ and in good physical condition may enroll in a NAUI Passport Diver program.

Course Content and Organisation

Academics : 2 hours classroom ( e-learning available) followed by a 10 question exam

2 confined water sessions

2 open water dives


Group class
Open Water Diver

After completing a combination of classroom work, water skills and open water dives you will be confident and comfortable in the water and ready to explore the world beneath the waves. A whole new world of adventure will be open to you.

Qualify you to 18 meters.

Duration : 4 days to 5 days ( 3 to 4 days with the e-learning option completed before the start of the course)

Pre-requisite : Individuals ages 10+ and in good physical condition may enroll in a NAUI Scuba Diver / Junior Scuba Diver program

Course Content and Organisation  Academics : 14 hours as a combination of classroom, lectures and videos (e-learning available) followed by an 85 question exam

4 confined water sessions

5 open water training dives

Continuing Education
Group class
Advanced Open Water

The Advanced Scuba Diver course is for certified divers who desire additional training or orientation to a variety of diving sites and conditions.  This course consists of 6 dives. 3 are mandatory (deep, navigation, night or low visibility) plus three additional dives based on your individual preferences and available options.

Qualify you to 40 meters (130 ft)

Duration 2.5 days to 3 days

Pre-requisite : Divers must be a minimum of 10 years of age, in good health and must be previously certified as a NAUI Scuba Diver or equivalent.

Course Content and Organisation : 6 Open Water training dives with comprehensive briefings and debriefings. ​


Group class
Rescue Diver

This Specialty Course equips recreational divers with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively handle limited in-water problems, diving emergencies and to provide basic first aid. A strenuous but fun course.


Duration :  3 days

Pre-requisite :  Divers must be a minimum of 15 years of age, in good health and must be previously certified as a NAUI Scuba Diver or equivalent.

Course Content and Organisation

Academics : 4 hours classroom (e-learning available) followed by an exam

2 confined water sessions

3 open water dives


Group class
Master Scuba Diver

This certification is recognised as being the highest rated non professional certification in the world. Geared for divers wishing to further their education, this course requires a minimum of 26 hours course time – including at least 8 Open Water dives -and a final exam. It provides a greater understanding of scuba diving and is an excellent progression toward NAUI Leadership roles.

Duration : 6 days to 8 days

Pre-requisite : Divers must be a minimum of 15 years of age, in good health and must be previously certified as a NAUI Advanced Scuba Diver or equivalent. 

Course Content and Organisation  Academics : 23 hours as a combination of classroom, lectures and videos (e-learning available) followed by a 100 question exam

8 open water training dives

Professional Level
FIT

Think you're fit to be a dive leader? FIT (Familiarization - Instruction - Testing) will test your skills and tell you where you stand in terms of your readiness to become a dive leader.

This course can be taught in an intensive program or as part of an internship

Divemaster

During your DM training, you will learn how a dive operation works, develop your interpersonal skills and enhance your waterskills to that of a NAUI Assistant Instructor.

This course can be taught in an intensive program or as part of an internship

Instructor

During this challenging course, you will learn effective methods to teach NAUI scuba and skin diving courses in compliance with current Standards.

This course can be taught in an intensive program or as part of an internship


Booking and Cancellation Policy


ONLINE & PREPAID RESERVATIONS

  Diving, snorkeling, courses and other excursions

  • Cancellation more than 30 days prior to Dive/Snorkel/Excursion/Course date : full refund. 
  • Cancellation 30 – 3 days prior to Dive/Snorkel/Excursion/Course date : 20 % fee is charged.
  • Cancellation within 72 hours prior to Dive/Snorkel/Excursion/Course date : No cash refund but voucher valid for 3 Years.
  • Cancellations due to sickness or other medical  condition, which prevents client from diving/snorkeling or excursion: We  would request a written statement by a medical doctor, in which case we will do  everything possible to reschedule the Dive/Snorkel/Excursion without  extra cost. If rescheduling isn’t possible within holiday’s timeframe,  the client shall receive full refund
  • Cancellations without notice or same day cancellations : No Refund or voucher.


Cancellation policy for diving, snorkeling and other excursions

  • Excursions can be rescheduled due to “bad” weather.
  • All dive/snorkel/excursions will commence as scheduled, without further notice from The Dive Academy
  • Cancellations by The Dive Academy due to any reason will result in 100% refund.
  • Cancellations due to sickness, must be justified in writing by a Medical authority.
  • Rainy or cloudy weather are no valid reasons for  cancellation by client, we strictly follow harbour master  recommendations on when to cancel a tour.
  • A “No Show” without notice in advance is equivalent to a cancellation without notice.


Cancellation policy  for packages of dives

  • In case of cancellation by The Dive Academy of some  dives due to weather conditions and if rescheduling isn’t possible  within holiday’s timeframe, we will reverse to regular rates for the  dives completed.
  • In case of cancellations due to sickness,  justified  in writing by a Medical authority and if rescheduling isn’t possible  within holiday’s timeframe, we will reverse to regular rates for the  dives completed.
  • In Case of No show or refusal to dive on the day, no refund


Cancellation policy for courses and packages of courses

  • There is no refund on courses started.
  • In case of force majeur (sickness, family emergency,  etc) the course can be stopped and continued at a later date, within 2  years of the start date​
  • For packages or combos of courses, in case of  cancellation or non-completion by the client of some of the courses, we  will reverse to individual regular prices for the courses started or completed.


RESERVATIONS PAID & BOOKED ONSITE

  • Refunds will be provided only for cancellations  earlier than 24 hours before the tour due to medical reasons,  if certified by a valid medical doctors statement
  • For closed port situations or bad weather, exchange products or rescheduling and/or other alternatives will be offered.
  • Rainy or cloudy weather are no valid reason for cancellation, we strictly follow harbor master advisory on when to cancel a tour
  • For refunds on credit card payments a 10% charge applies
  • Refunds have to be authorized by the operations manager
  • No refund can be given without the original receipt