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Dive Review of Scuba Caribe in
Dominican Republic/Punta Cana

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Tom Chase, KY, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 2418
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
FL, NC, CA, HI, MN, KY, Belize, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Virgin
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with group.  1,500 psi turn around and head towards boat.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No accomodations, but they handled camera gear in and out of water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
1 stars    
Punta Cana is a beautiful beach resort area.  It is not a good diving area.
 Scuba Caribe caters to people taking resort courses.  We could not go
outside the reef because of high surf.  The sites are limited and the coral
is pretty beat up.  Very little in terms of fish life.  My 14 daughter
finished her Open Water referral at this location.  Her course was SSI and
Scuba Caribe is PADI.  Even though we were told via email we could do a
normal referral, they made her repeat the pool work and take the PADI exam
(even though she had already completed the SSI pool training and passed the
SSI exam).  That being said they did a nice job working with her and
provided good one on one instruction.  

We took a two tank excursion to Catalina Island (also through Scuba Caribe)
and that was much better.  It takes a full day, but CI has healthy coral
and a nice wall dive.  There is not much in the way of fish life because I
think the locals fish it for food.  At the end of the dive, they had an
excellent barbeque and beach party.  The trip back to the mainland was a
regular party boat.  It was fun, but not a place for serious divers.  It
beat making bubbles in a quarry back in Kentucky, but as far as Caribbean
diving is concerned, go somewhere else.
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