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Dive Review of Dressel Divers/Iberostar Bavaro in
Dominican Republic/Punta Cana

Dressel Divers/Iberostar Bavaro, Sep, 2006,

by FRank Nelson, Pa, USA . Report 2829.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Jamaica, Caymans, Bahamas, Turks&Caicos, Belize, Truk, Palau, Ponphei, Florida, NC, Jersey, NY, RI, Pa, Ohio
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 2 to 25 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [depth limit and bottom time no matter how much air left
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments There is nothing set up for UWP. Must carry everything but tank thru beach, jump into small outboard (gets hairy when ocean is rough) and then transfer to another boat(watch your step) Hold your camera for dear life when ocean is rolling nothing stopping it from rolling or falling

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Divemaster/Instructor Leo was very professional in leading both experienced and newbie divers. Made sure everyone had all gear and was functioning before leaving for site, Made sure all were comfortable in water,took experienced divers into cave like structure while making newbies stay at entrance, The Atlantic side was terrible with surge and poor viz. The beach was polluted with seaweed and very rough waves. Iberostar Bavaro very nice place to stay. It's all inclusive. Speciality restaurants good, gourmet rest. excellent get the lobster salad. Wed night go to buffet because it is lobster night (excellent) it is all you can eat. What is leftover is served on the beach Thur for lunch. Room very nice but had only one drawer. Rooms have a refrig and the maid stocks it daily. There are 3 Iberostars here and all share priveleges with each other,however, only the Bavaro can book Bavaro speciality rest.
I just wish I had known that the diving was going to be bad and that maybe we should have booked another Iberostar that is on the other side (Caribbean). From talking to others it would seem to be a good idea. They charge $88 to take you to the Caribbean side from the Atlantic side and this does not include the price of diving. It is about an hour and a half ride in both directions. Roads are not very nice.Resort people and dive shop personnel were very friendly.
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