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Dive Review of Dressel Divers Club/Bavaro Princess in
Dominican Republic/Punta Cana\Bayahibe

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Donald A Ricetti, PA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 4242
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, Hawaii, Great Lakes, St Lawrence Seaway
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
81   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Surface with 500 PSI, First to 1000 PSI & whole group returns. If air
remaining could continue to explore near anchor.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No separate rinse facilities either ashore or on board. No secure/dry
storage area for equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
Dressel Divers Club is not located at the resort I was staying at but I was
informed that it was a 15 - 20 minute walk down the beach. The actual walk
was over an hour or a taxi ride was 20 minutes each way. Once at the resort
where they are located I was not allowed to enter the compound via any
entrance and had to have a shuttle from the dive operator pick me up.I
eventually arranged a water taxi to shuttle from beach to beach which was
faster and eliminated the gate problem. The reefs are all shallow with not
many large groups of fish on the Punta Cana side. Defiantly recommend the
Bayahibe side as the fish life is more abundant, dives are deeper with the
option for night diving and there are more wrecks to visit. The dive boat
has a covered area for shade, is fairly stable in the choppy conditions but
it is a cattle boat so it gets crowded. Of the other dive operators I saw
Dressel was the only operator who routinely utilized a decent boat as most
other operators had open Boston Whaler type boats with entries made back
roll and exits via nonfixed ladder. Most dive sites are located about 10 -
15 minutes away. Procedure is to assemble gear on shore then pack to dive
boat which is pulled up on the beach. Dive briefing takes place on shore
and you receive partner assignments as well. Groups were kept to 4 divers +
DM and each group would enter the water, meet at the mooring and then
descend. Rental gear looked good, tanks (AL 80's)were always topped off
nicely. All staff speaks English but this is not their native language but
this is not a problem. I was aware that this location was not popular with
US visitors but is more popular with Europeans. On the Punta Cana side you
would need a shovel to get deeper than 60' so expect shallow dives. The 2
wrecks available (Monica's & Alstrom) are interesting with Monica's
being about 100 years old and was transporting a complete railway at the
time of sinking which makes for some interesting exploring.   
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