Recreational diving, an experience that diversifies sustainable tourism in Dominican waters
One of the biggest industries in the world, tourism, makes significant contributions to the world economy. This sector contributes in one way or another to the accomplishment of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through the efficient use of oceans and marine resources. It serves as the primary catalyst for economic expansion in developing nations like the Dominican Republic.
The star of this increase is “Mother Nature.” A magnet draws hundreds of thousands of tourists to its stunning landscapes and seascapes. 3.5 million tourists visited the Caribbean Dominican Republic in June 2022, claims the ministry of tourism (Mitur). Visitors to this half-island seek to commune with nature while balancing tranquility and adventure, according to a “record” figure.
A rapidly growing industry, diving tourism, offers that combination. Being several meters under the water creates the impression that you are connected to a world that is not only full of obstacles but also, to some extent, full of things to discover. In this world, the only sound you will hear is your own breathing, and an hour could easily turn into just ten minutes. after getting lost in the beauty of the coral reefs that cover nearly the entire local coastal area.
The Dominican Republic is situated in a favorable geographic area. Mildred Minaya, a recreational diver who has explored the aquatic entrails of much of this half-island since 2010, says that its seabed is full of coral reefs, large caves, extensive underwater valleys, shipwrecks, and rich marine life.