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Dive Review of Scubafun in
Dominican Republic/Bayahibe

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by John V Mirich, NC, US (1 report)
Report Number 6337
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Dominica, Domincan Republic
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 40    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay within the area of the group. Freedom within reason, no one was
holding hands. Dive masters were also in the group maintaining eyes open
for those with varying interests, photos, etc.   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
I'm not a photographer, although I do have a point and shoot Canon. There
was one diver taking pictures of coral and smaller fish. I didn't notice a
big tank for cameras but I think the major photo oportunities would be else
where. I would have taken photos but left my camera case sitting in the
living room!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
First of all the co-owner- manager, dive instructor is from the Unites
States, Arizona, a cordial John C. Sack Jr. . He was with us on all the
dives. The boat we dove from was a cataram, two heads, water to drink and
to wash masks, big, nice and roomy.
The first day I used Nitrox 32%, and it was there waiting when I arrived.
There were divemasters in training with us, very very helpful and
encoraging, nice to see young people advancing and the dive center giving
them the oportunity.  The tanks were there waiting on the boat. You could
set up your gear or the dive masters would do it for you. There are lots of
reef fish, nice corals that are protected by the government. We did see a
squadron of spotted mantas, but they weren't very close nor very sociable.
Bayahibe is a small fishing village. In the area, La Romana, are many all
inclusive hotels. I always preferred to dive with Scubafun for the high
quality treatment from John toward his clients/divers. He does a pick up
and deliver for those who choose to dive with Scubafun.
John does two tank dives, with bananas and water in between. There are
those who choose to stay in Bayahibe and avoid the all-inclusives. For
those, there is the Hotel Bayahibe, a stones throw from Scubafun and the
ocean, they are very reasonable, have TV, AC and a small refrigerator,
breakfast included.
In conclusion, Scubafun has pleasant tropical dives, or a deep dive at the
St. George, Nitrox, instruction, and a lot a friendly advice for those of
us who are always trying to improve. Scubafun is very professional, safe
and very relaxing at the same time.  
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