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Dive Review of Scubafun in
Dominican Republic/Bayahibe

Scubafun, Nov, 2011,

by John V Mirich, NC, US ( 1 report). Report 6337.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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