Hispaniola, discovered by Christopher Columbus (he most certainly discovered this island, if not America itself), now known as Haiti, is washed by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Almost everything interesting here is located in the Caribbean Sea, the temperature of which varies little and, even in the cold season (December-January), does not fall below 27 degrees Celsius. Visibility varies, but generally ranges 20-40 meters. On our excursion, we arrived at Punta Cana airport, went by bus and settled in a hotel on the Caribbean coast, our SCUBA gear was ready, the buddy-check done and we entered the water.
Once a fishing village, Bayahibe has acquired status as one of the most attractive resorts on the island in terms of balancing price and quality. In the dive centers, usually located at the biggest hotels, staff speak all sorts of languages. Our pre-dive briefing was given by the dive guide in five languages. The dives are based from boats or a pier directly on-site. We reached the most distant dive sites of Bayahibe after no more than half an hour’s traveling time. Underwater, there are a variety of corals, out of which nature builds entire “palaces”. Often, in these large ofless castles, large crabs settle. Many crayfish and moray eels nestle in the crevices; a number of these creatures might even be called huge . There are often sea urtles and, in a single dive, you can see dozens of rays of different colors . There are also a few wrecks and caves, such as Padre Nuestro and Chicho, where you can see stalactites and talagmites.
Near the Dominican capital city of Santo Domingo is the most interesting system of caves, Cueva Taina. This place is kind of like a exican Cenote . Here you can see m tional Park. It’s littered with undreds of wrecks from different ages, many of them still waiting to be discovered in heir current form . Be careful and properly prepare for these discoveries by passing Wreck diver course.
If you’ve an interest in the pirates of the Caribbean, since times of Sir rancis Drake, buccaneers most certainly visited Monte Cristi National Park. It’s littered with hundreds of wrecks from different ages, many of them still waiting to be discovered in their current form. Be careful and properly prepare for these discoveries by passing Wreck diver course.
If your goal is to visit the Dominican Republic to watch humpback whales, we ought go to the Silver Bank. Here these giants come from the second half of January to mid - March to give birth. For this alone, it’s more than worth coming to dive in the Dominican Republic. Nobody can guarantee that you will definitely be able to see them, but with a bit of good luck you shan’t regret it.
Ultimately, the diving in the Dominican Republic is quite diverse . Its coral reefs, with all kinds of inhabitants, wrecks, caves and even the largest creatures of our planet . The tender Caribbean is waiting for you . Dive with pleasure!