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DIVING IN THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
WITH MILES OF PRISTINE BEACH, THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC IS A FAVORITE DESTINATION FOR DIVERS IN SEARCH OF CARIBBEAN REEFS, WRECKS AND HUMPBACK WHALES.

 

Dominican Republic

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Bayahibe – SCUBA diving around Saona Island (Dominican Republic)
The Bayahibe area is known for the best diving on the Caribbean coast of the Dominican Republic. With wrecks, coral reefs and incredibly beautiful tropical islands it is worth a trip. 

Enjoy diving in La Romana in the warm and blue waters in this area of Dominican Republic. Observe submarine caves and coral reefs; swim among more than 120 different species of tropical fishes and a great variety of marine fauna.

Explore the places where several ships sank centuries ago, and visit the living museums of the Naufragio del Capitán Kidd Shipwreck, and the ones of Guadalupe and Guaraguao. Contemplate sank ships and other archeological objects covered in coral and other underwater life.

Dive in the waters of Catalina Island and observe the coral wall surrounding it on a tour that leaves from the dock of La Romana and lasts around 2 hours.

If you prefer diving, visit the St. George’s Wreck, a wrecked ship of 85-meters length at around 40 meters deeps, that suffered the poundings of Hurricane George.

Atlantis Princess Wreck

Diving the Atlantic Princess Wreck
A short boat ride off the town of Bayahibe. The boat is built in 1973 and intentionally sunk for recreational purposes after sharp edges and dangerous parts have been removed. It was sunk at a greater depth originally but due to a major storm it moved to a shallower depth (how spooky). The wreck is now accessible for all levels of divers and snorkelers. You can easily spot the wreck from the surface, laying at about 12 meters of depth it is a great introduction to wreck diving. With a length over 35 meters and a lot of spacious door and window openings if offers a comfortable swim through and entrance to the engine room. Atlantic Princess Wreck
Depth: 12 m Level: Suitable For All Levels
The Atlantic Princess, which ran around Bayahibe in the past was getting ready to be intentionally sunk and turned into an artificial reef for scuba divers. On 15 August 2008 during Tropical Storm Fay big waves took it to the beach beside Dreams La Romana Resort.
The local paper said: “The boat was an attraction for tourists staying at hotels in the east, especially in the La Romana, Dominicus and Bayahibe area during the winter holidays….. It has been decontaminated and prepared for the sinking. The Environment and Tourism Ministries as well as the Navy will take part in this venture. Officials say the boat will be ready in about 15 days, once 100,000 gallons of contaminated water on board the ship have all been removed.”
Well it took a bit longer, another date was set for December and then one day, May 6 2009 exactly, the boat disappeared by itself, unfortunately in a shallow location, and many experts say that a surge from any major storm will probably destroy it. But for now we have a new wreck that can be enjoyed even b y new divers.

Saona Island

Bayahibe SCUBA diving around Saona Island Dominican Republic
As soon as you jump in the water, countless Sergeant major fish arrive, hoping to get some food. Although it is beautiful to see an explosion of fish and feeding from the surface or underwater is very tempting you should NOT do it. If you love fish please do NOT feed them! Be aware that this is dangerous to fish health and may effect the balance of the ecosystem. Have a look at this infographic from GreenFins to learn why you should not feed fish in a coral reef area.

The reef around the wreck is not that interesting unfortunately, giving you all the time you need to have a good look at all parts of the wreck. It is amazing how hard it can be to recognize old parts of the boat when it is overgrown with corals and algae. Some Butterfly fish and even some invasive Lionfish were found around the wreck as well as many Sergeant major fish and Goatfish.

Penon Reef

PENON REEF, SAONA ISLAND
Catalina Island might be a popular destination for divers, however it is the reefs surrounding the National Park of the East that are an unexpected surprise for many underwater lovers. Although lesser known, Penon reef made the list for its superb coral formation and diversity of marine life. Visit Penon more than once and you’ll still be impressed as every visit will involve new underwater encounters. The home of a large spotted moray eel, who frequently peeps out to greets visitors. Glowing squid, scorpion fish, stingrays and giant puffer fish are a few of the species that are often spotted at Penon. If you are lucky, you might even come across one of the larger local residents of the East National Park: docile Manatees. A Scuba Diving Excursion to Saona Island is the best way to experience all that the East National Park has to offer, including Penon Dive Site, the Natural Lagoon and Saona Island. 

EL PENON
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Easy dive site
El Penon is a great dive site for divers of all levels. You’ll find an untouched coral reef, full of reef fish. El Penon is also a surprising dive site, because you never know what you’ll encounter. En Penon is home to eagle rays, turtles, nurse sharks and occasionally a hammerhead shark.
Diving at Penon

After a surface interval of about one hour it was time for our second dive on a beautiful coral reef. Dive site Penon is regarding the density and diversity of corals comparable to Catalina Island (not to be compared with Catalinita Island which was prohibited to dive when we were there). Catalina Island, Penon and another dive site called St George are known to be the best dive spots around. The dive site Penon is part of the protected East National Park/Parque Nacional Del Este and the reef really is healthy and colorful.

It is a beautiful dive site with many soft corals, gorgonians and sea fans as well as Corky sea fingers and sea rods. On the sandy parts many Yellow stingrays could be spotted, some hiding underneath a little overhang, some gliding over the sand. Of the smaller creatures some Yellowline arrow crabs and Pederson Cleaner shrimps were a bit harder to spot but widely ‘available’ as well as some Flamingo tongues and Lettuce sea slugs.

The current picked up during our dive, making the return to the boat harder and harder – especially for the less experienced divers. Luckily the boat crew (and captain Naño) noticed this quickly and picked up everybody with the big boat without long surface swims. This was also a shallow dive site, great for snorkelers too – until the current picked up of course but that is nature.

Catalina Island

CATALINA ISLAND
An uninhabited island now protected as a national park, it’s two dive sites are a haven for pelagics and a wealth of colorful, tropical fish species. ISLA CATALINA
Catalina is popular for water sports, particularly diving and snorkeling. Portions of the beach welcome cruise ship excursions, but the entire stretch is open for the public to enjoy.

The Aquarium

THE AQUARIUM, CATALINA ISLAND
One of the top dive destination in the Dominican Republic is the captivating national park island of Catalina. Located 8 kilometers off the southern coast of Dominican Republic, Catalina is a haven for Caribbean fish species. Although ‘the Wall’ is widely advertised as the real charm beneath the surface, it is the Aquarium Reef that is home to an impressive array of Caribbean fish. At an average depth of 40 feet, the Aquarium is home to stingrays, puffer fish, yellow trumpet fish, angel fish and barracudas. Divers interested in Scuba Diving at Catalina Island will be able to organize a full day trip to the island where the can explore the dive sites but also relax at one of Catalina’s quiet beaches.

Bayahibe Dive Highlights

  • San Luciano wreck
  • Playa Audencia
  • Club de Yates  
  • Pena Blanca

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  • L’Recif  
  • Las Brisas Jetty
  • Los Frailes
  • Elephant Rock

St. George Wreck

St. George Wreck
Depth: 30-40 m Level: Advanced
Length 73 m / 240 ft , Stern 31 m / 102 ft , Top of the wreck 15 m / 50 ft , Distance from Viva Dominicus beach 800m / 0.5 mile
Originally known as M.V. Norbrae, the St. George was built in 1962, in Ardrossan shipyard in Strathclyde, Scotland. This 240 feet long, transatlantic cargo freighter, which transported wheat and barley between Norway and the Americas, was abandoned in Santo Domingo harbor after 20 years of service and was renamed after taking the full brunt of Hurricane George in 1999.
On June 12th 1999 the St.George was sunk offshore of La Romana-Bayahibe to create an artificial reef and an interesting diving location.

Catalina Wall

Catalina Wall
Depth: 20-30 m Level: Advanced
Cañón Catalina is a marvelous marine canyon and just a short swim away is La Pared or The Wall, where the seabed drops away into the depths of the ocean. The lower part of the wall sequesters green and black coral, as well as huge sea sponges.

Catalina Garden

Catalina Garden
Depth: 10 m Level: Suitable For All Levels
A shallow Caribbean reef with very good visability and a 1m to 3m drop. Here you will see coral and marine sponges, as well as typical Caribbean marine life.

Paquera & Canal Saona

Parquera & Canal Saona
Depth: 20 m Level: Intermediate
This deep Caribbean reef holds many of the area’s hard and soft corals and sea fans.

El Faro

El Faro
Depth: 14-18 m Level: Intermediate
An amazing Caribbean reef rests on this shallow garden and has a variety of corals and sea sponges, here typical Caribbean marine life flourishes.

Tortuga

Tortuga
Depth: 16 m Level: Intermediate
A shallow garden surrounds this beautiful Caribbean reef containing a great variety of corals and sea sponges in a variety of vibrant colors, populated by typical Caribbean marine life.

Park 2

Park II
Depth: 12-14 m Level: Suitable For All Levels
This sand-filled space between small coral walls is home to a large collection of colorful fish and canons from a shipwreck dating back to the 1700’s and at a depth of just 12m – 14m, it is ideal for beginners as well as for taking beautiful underwater photos.

Dominicus Reef

Dominicus Reef
Depth: 14-18 m Level: Suitable For All Levels
An awesome dive site with beautiful corals and marine life to look at. It is part of the same reef that goes from Viva Shallow and continues along the coast all the way to El Peñon and Piscina Natural.

El Bajon

El Bajon
Depth: 18m max 60m m Level: Advanced
Bajon dive site is located on the way to Catalina island, in front of Rio Chavon. It is a underwater mountain with the minimum depth of 18 meter. Very healthy coral formations,reach depths of more than 60 meter.

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Dominican Republic

Activities & Adventures

Explore Your Adventure Destination

Your vacation in the Dominican Republic is sure to consist of plenty of fun and excitement, but how about adding a touch of adventure as well? For those who can’t shake that adrenaline bug, consider booking exciting excursions, such as zip-lining, setting sail on a catamaran cruise or snorkeling and diving, to make the most out of your destination.

Sun and Sand

Beach, Swimming & Sunbathing

Beaches

Over 200 beaches—many of which remain uncrowded and undeveloped—line the Caribbean and the Atlantic coastlines, ranging from a brilliant white to a handful of black sand beaches.

Swimming

Palm-studded, continuous diamond white beaches are synonymous with Punta Cana, but the Dominican Republic’s stunning beaches extend countrywide.

Sunbathing

Saona’s picture-perfect beaches attract more visitors than all of the DR’s national parks combined. A protected site and part of Cotubanamá National Park, the island is a dream tropical escape.

Romance

Weddings, Honeymoons & More 

Weddings

Celebrate your romance with a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic. Romantic weddings on a sand beach, rich sunsets and some of the most beautiful beaches in the world are the perfect backdrop for your destination wedding.

Bachelor/ette

Your bachelorette/bachelor party can be the most fun you’ve had in years! With a bit of planning  beforehand, the Dominican Republic is the perfect spot to plan such an adventure.

Honeymoon

Your honeymoon is sure to consist of plenty of romance, and the Dominican Republic is the honeymoon destination. From quiet privacy to all out partying, the Dominican Republic has something for every honeymooner.

Renewal of Vows

A rededication to your marriage is an exciting thing – you can do it as often as you like. With vow renewals (or reaffirmations) you have the opportunity to have the ceremony you’ve always wanted.

On the Sea

SUP, Sea Kayak & Sailing

SUP

Paddle boarding is undoubtedly a great way to get in contact with the land and marine environment in the Dominican Republic. Easy to learn and a sure way to have great fun in the Caribbean Sea.

Sea Kayaking

Dominican Republic’s pristine fresh waterways and the tranquil Caribbean Sea make kayaking an ideal way to explore the Dominican Republic.

Sailing

Sea breezes and  the most beautiful beaches in the world. Dominican Republic is the perfect location for sailing and learning to sail. Bask in the sun and enjoy the unbelievable sunsets.

In the Sea

Snorkel & Scuba Diving

Snorkel

Considered one of the top islands for snorkeling in the world, the crystal-clear waters of the Dominican Republic offer an incredible experience for novice and expert alike.

Scuba

Explore the depths among the colorful coral reefs that are home to anemones, eels, giant stingrays, sharks and turtles.
If you bring the whole family, try snorkeling in shallow water perfect for the little ones.

Fishing the Sea

Deep Sea, Shore & Lake

Fishing

If you love sportfishing then we have the trip for you! Troll for sailfish, blue marlin, white marlin, wahoo and dorado in the teeming waters of the Caribbean Sea!

Deep Sea

Big attraction for anglers heading to the Dominican Republic is unquestionably saltwater fishing. Thanks to her fantastic deep waters surrounding the coastlines, sport fishing for highly sought after big game species is incredibly popular.

Shore

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Family

Surf fishing and fly fishing are great alternatives here too—cast your line from the beach and see what you can catch. This is an especially popular pastime early in the mornings and a great way to spend time with the family.

Golf by the Sea

Golfing Experiences

Golf

Renowned for having the most magnificent golf courses in the Caribbean region, and Latin America, the Dominican Republic is the undisputed leader of golf in the tropics. Dominican Republic’s award-winning courses are on every golfer’s bucket list.

Golf

At least seven of the Dominican Republic’s courses have consistently topped Golf Week Magazine’s Top 50 courses in the Caribbean and Mexico, including Punta Espada in the top 10.

On Land

Horses, Hiking, Biking, ATV

On Horseback

Horseback riding is deeply entrenched in Dominican culture, going back centuries to colonial Spanish times. Ride horseback along the hills, and colorful villages of the Domincan Republic in any location countrywide.

Hiking & Biking

Mountain bike and hiking tours led by local guides—a great choice for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Ride and hike along scenic trails through forested areas, river beds and jungle trails.

Off Road

Rugged mountain terrain and hidden treasures, create the perfect setting for an off-road  adventure. Drive your own ATV through countryside full of surprises and new adventures.

Lifestyle

Live the Lifestyle

Living

Looking for Lifestyle Options? Considering the Dominican Republic as a place to live or retire, the knowledge we share will help you to create a plan, and we’ll connect you with useful lifestyle services and property choices.

Retire

Many consider the Dominican Republic for their retirement home. With recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, kayaking and a modern infrastructure, stable electrical grid and high-speed internet.

Lifestyle

Variety of lifestyles, from resorts, condos and other full-time housing—it’s a perfect place for those seeking an “always on vacation” lifestyle. Dominican Republic has everything you need and more, affordability, healthcare, safety, culture and cuisine.

Real Estate

Finding the Right Investment

Real Estate

Opportunities for real estate investment exist in the Dominican Republic for entrepreneurs. Beachfront and ocean view houses and private land that lie close to the attractive vistas that line the coastline.

Beach Houses

It is always a wonderful idea to set up villas, apartments and other residential units in the vicinity of a stunning ocean, pristine beaches, and picturesque lagoons. The attractiveness of the Dominican Republic has always been a magnet that attracts buyers and tenants at any time of the year.

Culture

Experience the Culture

Culture

In 1492, Christopher Columbus landed in the Dominican Republic and promptly claimed the island for the Spanish crown. A year later, Santo Domingo had become the first European settlement in the New World, and the Spanish influence that still dominates had begun.

Culture

 There is no better place to immerse yourself in authentic Caribbean culture. The Dominican people and their customs have predominately European cultural origins with both African and native Taíno influences.

Cuisine

Enjoy the Food & Drink 

Food & Drink

Dominican Republic is well known for its varieties of regional and national food and drink. From street food to exquisite culinary delights, paired with regional beverages, beer and rum with long histories and international reputations.

Mamajuana

The most popular Dominican drink – Mamajuana. Mamajuana is a potent drink native to the Dominican Republic that is purported to have strong medicinal qualities.

Beer

A handful of beers are made in the Dominican Republic, including craft beers found in a few places around the country. The most popular brand is the world famous Presidente beer, made by Cervecería Nacional Dominicana since 1935.

Rum

Dominican rum is produced by several big brands, the most popular two being Brugal and Barceló. Ron Bermúdez dates back to the 19th century, with white and golden premium varieties.

Where to Stay

Find the Right Resort

Resorts

If your idea of recreation is a healthy dose of relaxation, Dominican Republic offers world-class amenities with old Caribbean charm. Along with unlimited experiences on land, on the sea and in the sea, DR has you covered.

Resorts

As a traveler in Dominican Republic you can enjoy a full array of spa services, fine regional dining or sunning yourself at the beach or by the pool. Dolphin and whale watching expeditions are an extra special vacation treat not to miss.

Dominican Republic is home to an aquarium of fish and after a day diving, you’ll be busy trying to remember everything you’ve seen.

 

 

Lobsters, octopus, seahorses and a large number of huge pufferfish reside at the famous wrecks. Many of the reefs in the area host schools of fish, jewel moray eels, stingrays and sea turtles.

The open ocean sites, divers occasionally see manta rays, sharks, sailfish and even whales on a lucky day.

Special Trips, Tours & Events:  Dominican Republic

Taste of the Carribbean 

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Romance

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Activities

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Beach Time

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