Diving and snorkeling, Sosua:
A gateway into another world…
10 minutes from Cabarete Eco Hostel is the town and warm waters of Sousa, a location that is one of the premium places to dive and snorkel off the north coast. With water temperatures ranging 26 – 29 degrees, there’s no need to be worries about feeling chilly, and there are plenty of options to either scuba dive or snorkel amongst the wildlife. Home to some beautiful coral reefs, not to mention the myriad of colorful fish that feed, live and breed here, you can don a mask, snorkel and fins to join with them – at least for a while. Marvel at the kaleidoscope of colors and ingenuity of movement that Mother Nature has created in her underwater kingdom.
From Sousa it’s possible to visit some exceptional snorkeling and diving locations. For example, 20 minutes boat ride will bring you to the advanced dive site of Airport Wall. Considered one of the premium dive sites of the area, you can descend to depths of 24 meters, where an 18 meter coral wall is punctured by a maze of tunnels that house lobster, elkhorn coral and schools of tropical fish.
The West Wall (maximum depth 30 meters) and Coral Gardens (max depth 18 meters) are both places you can swim amongst angel fish and sea urchins, as well as the chance to view a plethora of multi-colored corals.
For those who enjoy wreck diving, the Zingara wreck is a 148 foot cargo ship lying on the sea bed. This 36 meter deep dive is a place you might get to spot moray eels, along with a reef wall close by boasting a variety of corals, sponges and other underwater treasures.
If you feel the need for some time back on dry land, the sandy beach at souse is the perfect location to just kick back and enjoy the rays. Perhaps you might take a dip in the waters or just rest beneath the natural shade provided by a canopy of almond trees that line the sands. There’s also a selection of restaurants and eateries, along with some interesting shops selling local wares and souvenirs if you fancy a little retail therapy.