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Dominican Republic

Discussion in 'General Travel and Vacation Discussions' started by shortdivemedic, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. shortdivemedic

    shortdivemedic ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Riyadh KSA
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    Hey guys I was looking at going to the DR diving around June 18th thru June 24th and was wondering if anybody had any good places to stay and dive. Not interested in 5 star resorts but need clean and a quality Dive op.

    Cheers
     
  2. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
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    Today, OntWreckDiver posted a trip report, Bayahibe D.R. Dive Report, and Bayahibe is the place, and Scuba Fun the op., I keep reading good things about. Haven't got to try it yet. Do a forum for more 1st hand accounts.

    Richard.
     
  3. mcohen1021

    mcohen1021 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Texas
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    My one tip (ok, 2 tips).

    1. All prices are negotiable there – everything from scuba rates to trinkets @ the shanty town shops next to the resorts

    2. The wall dive @ Catalina is pitched hard. From Punta Cana it's an all day excursion and it's not cheap. Check the local weather before committing. The visibility is directly dependent upon the amount of rainfall they’ve had. If there’s been a lot of rain do not go as there is a river empties into the area between the mainland and the island and when it occurs, the visibility is no better than your local murky lake, so do not waste your time.
     
  4. shortdivemedic

    shortdivemedic ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Riyadh KSA
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    I appreciate all the information guys
     
  5. Dhboner

    Dhboner DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Toronto
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    Bayahibe is the town (near La Romana) is the best spot to be for diving. Punta Cana has some dead reef but a lot of surge (not really worth the effort). ScubaFun is my favourite shop in Bayahibe...John has great boats and safe and fun DM's. There is a large Russian freighter called the St. George that is a very nice dive and has been cleaned out for safe penetration. My favourite reef dives are the Penons (there are three distinct sections). Message me if I can be of any help.
     
  6. Tiffanyt23

    Tiffanyt23 Garibaldi

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    Where would you like to stay (Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, Las Terranas, etc)? Are you renting a car? What airport are you flying into? Open water or cave? I can offer ideas but it depends on your specifics.
    Feel free to message me.
    Golden Arrow in Santo Domingo can also help you to sort things out here Golden Arrow \ About Us.
     
  7. Rhone Man

    Rhone Man Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: British Virgin Islands
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    Another vote for Bayahibe. Plus there are lots of fairly inexpensive but decent all inclusive resorts.
     

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