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Dive Review of DivingDR/Puntacana Resort in
Dominican Republic/Bayahibe

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Ray Hammond, MA, US (1 report)
Report Number 5893
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Hawaii, Belize, Grand Cayman, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or  
Whale Sharks
1 or 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
I had to travel to DR for a wedding and after consulting with Undercurrents
realized that there was no good diving in the Puntacana area. On the
recommendation of the reports in Undercurrent I emailed DivingDR, connected
with Denise, and made my reservation. Because all the dives are essentially
private dives, Denise was willing to talk to the couple who had booked the
day in which I was interested. The couple agreed and I was added to the
party. When I arrived in the DR, my wife and I rented a car and took a
2-hour drive to Bayahibe from Puntacana and it was well worth it. We got to
see some of the Dominican Republic, including the city of Higuey, and met
two of the nicest people I've ever met--Vlad Heger and his wife, Denise.
They run a great, small operation.  Vladi was not able to dive that day,
but my divemaster, Bruno, was very good. 

We did two dives--one a wreck at 110 ft and the second over the coral
reefs. The wreck dive was good as was the reef dive. It was rather cloudy
so visibility was lower than usual, but it was still a good experience.
There were lots of large fish around the wreck. There were more small
critters to see in the coral reef area.

After returning to the dock, Vladi and Denise introduced us to some of the
local folks as we ate lunch together at El Cafecito de la Cubana. Great
food, great company, great diving, and a great day. Highly recommended for
divers at all levels.

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