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Dive Review of Scuba Caribe in
Dominican Republic/Punta Cana

Scuba Caribe, Apr, 2006,

by Tom Chase, KY, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 2418.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving FL, NC, CA, HI, MN, KY, Belize, Turks and Caicos, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 40 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with group. 1,500 psi turn around and head towards boat.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No accomodations, but they handled camera gear in and out of water.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments 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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