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Dive Review of in La Romana in
Dominican Republic/Bayahibe area in La Romana, May, 2009,

by Joe Walker, Florida, U.S.A. (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4801.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 2 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving have snorkled in keys, diving in west coast of florida and central florida springs
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 81-°F / 27-°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]None other than what the dive master vladi, recommended given the specifics of the dive site
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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