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Dive Review of in La Romana in
Dominican Republic/Bayahibe area

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Joe Walker, Florida, U.S.A.
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4801
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
have snorkled in keys, diving in west coast of florida and central florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
81   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]None other than what the dive master vladi, recommended given
the specifics of the dive site  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
my dive buddy kim and i have just returned from Bayahibe, Dominican
Republic. She and i are new divers having received our certifications in
february of this year.. we were looking for a dive operation that had a
good dive master who would lead us in 2 days of diving during our annual
vacation.. looking at this web site weeks before, i spotted a testimonial
to Vladi and out of bayahibe, dominican republic. Vladi runs a
small family operation, which includes wife Denise, son Vlad. Vladi is an
excellent dive master who took his time to set up the dive at locations he
knew we would be interested in, explained the details of the dive before
hand, personally took us on the dives. With the personal service he spent
time showing us corals and critters on the reefs that we would never see
and then he debriefed us after the dive. During our full day dive to two
sites at Isle of Catalina off the coast, he provided a full lunch and all
the drinks and water we would want on all the dives. He even picked us up
at the hotel utilizing his dive boat.. 
All the other dive operations i watched during my stay consisted of a large
dive boat taking a dozen or more divers of various skill levels out to a
site with one or two experienced divers as leaders... those i thought were
dangerous situations if someone got into trouble.
If you want a personalized experience with complete confidence in your
saftey and an opportunity to learn new skills with a dive master who knows
the area, you can do no better than Vladi, at
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