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Dive Review of Dressel Divers/Iberostar in
Dominican Republic/Bayahibe

July, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Penhearow, ON, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 5693
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Ft. Lauderdale & Boracay, Philippines.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally- 60'  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
Bayahibe is reported to be the best dive area in the Dominican Republic
(DR). Samana and Punta Cana being acknowledged as other dive sites. We
stayed at the Iberostar hotel, I had a total of 14-dives over a 2-week
period with Dressel Divers an on-site, Belgium company. The instructors
were young, multi-lingual and enthusiastic. Generally I found Dressel to be
a professional operation with training offered at both the OW & AOW
level, but limited in PADI specialty. The dive briefings were informative,
the staff helpful with safety a priority.  You dived to their profile and
the dive ended at 750psi. You carried your own gear (50 yards) to the boat
were tanks were waiting. The boats accommodated around 16-divers with a DM
for every 6-8 divers. The dive day was morning 8:30AM and afternoon 1:30PM.
I preferred a double tank morning dive but this was not an option. However,
a night dive was offered once/week.  Island excursions were available to:
Catalina and Catalinita with lunch on the beautiful Saona Island.  

The coral was decent, as was the fish: stingrays, trumpets, puffers, lions,
box, trunk, pipe & a large Jack fish. However the visibility was not as
good as hoped for. The highlights for me were the two wrecks: St George
(105')& Atlantic Princess (42'), along with an exciting first night
dive: Octopus, cuttlefish and moray eels! If you do go, the best DM is
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