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Dive Review of Scubaquatic/Excellence El Carmen in
Dominican Republic/Catalina Island

Scubaquatic/Excellence El Carmen: "Dominican Republic - Catalina Island", Aug, 2017,

by Raymond Fischer, VA, United States ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9719 has 1 Helpful vote.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Catalina Island offers decent diving - wall from 35' down to 130', lots of shallow coral formations scattered in 25-45' of water. Water was 78F, vis was 75-100'.

I was surprised by the abundance of smaller life on the coral - juvenile drum fish, skates, wrasse, grouper, etc. populate the shallower coral formations. I did not see any larger marine life. I also saw no lion fish - the dive operators apparently actively remove them when found.

From the tourist hotels on the east side of the island - it's an all day trip - 1.5 hours in a bus to the boat, 4-5 hours between diving and a beach lunch on Catalina, then the 1.5 hours back.

I do not know if there are any hotels near Catalina, but staying in the El Carmen area and diving Catalina is not something to plan on if you want to do multiple days of diving. It's expensive, time consuming and if you are looking for fantastic diving - it's not there. The diving on Catalina is definitely "OK", and if it was a 20 min boat ride I'd do it 2-3 days easy.

Scubaquatic was decent, they provided full dive gear to everyone (though some of us brought our own). No one ever asked me for a C-Card. Tanks were all newish (2011) alum 60's - 80's - though several were out of VIP / Hydro.
Websites Scubaquatic   Excellence El Carmen

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico, Hatteras, Belize, Bonaire, Cayman, Turks, Bahamas, Cozumel, Cancun
Closest Airport Punta Cana Getting There Multiple carriers

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 76-78°F / 24-26°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth / time.
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 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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