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Parque Nacional del Este

This park is the most studied marine site in the Dominican Republic The basal substrate for
these formations is consolidated carbonate reef as well as sediments and rubble.
The reefs of Parque Nacional del Este are basically low relief systems, found
either as fringing, small deep (20-30 m deep) patches, or banks. Most are on the
leeward side, protected by a land mass of Pleistocene and Recent reef terraces.
Southeasterly trade winds are dominant. The reef on the leeward side has two
distinct areas, one along the southern coast of Saona Island and influenced by
oceanic currents, and the more protected one along the western side of the
Catuano Passage. The bottoms of the Saona reefs are consolidated hard bottoms
and octocorals. Sponges dominate the benthic communities. Hard corals are
abundant only at specific places where they are concentrated, forming small
and dispersed coral patches. Here the waves and currents are strong and in
part are responsible for sculpturing these reefs. The reefs west of Catuano are
basically sandy bottoms with patch reefs. Large amounts of sediments and
biogenic sands are transported from the Catuano Passage and deposited along
this coastline towards the west. Large seagrass meadows cover most of the very
nearshore areas. Corals grow mostly in patches at a depth of 12 to 30 m. Further
west, away from the influences of the Catuano Passage, coral patches increase
in frequency and grow as deep-water fringing reefs. These are the most common
reef structures of the southern coast of the Dominican Republic.

 

 

PADI 5 Star Dive Center in Bayahibe offers -Saona excursion and Shark Point in the Caribbean. Catalina diving excursion in Bayahibe, Dominican Republic

Saona island, Catalina, Shark point... Some of our favorite dive sites are just located a moments boat ride from the beach shop. With in several minutes on the boat we can be diving at a great variety of sites such as:

Map of the best dive sites in Dominican Republic_Coral _point_diving

 

#1-2 Catalina Wall and Aquarium: “The Wall”- Drop off to 50 m / 150 ft with nice Gorgonians. “Aquarium”- Great site to see sea horses, rays, lobster, and moray eels. Note: These two dive sites are frequented by many dive operators!

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#4 Dreams Shallow: This a is a very shallow site, but perfect for those begining their diving experience. The site is just a moment from the show and a maximum depth of 5 meters. The site is loaded with a variety of hard and soft corals, enough to keep you amazed for the whole dive. The marine life here is plentiful with boxfish, fussiliers, damselfish, and coralfish. Don’t be surprised if you hear some boats around, its normal here, but don’t worry you are nice and safe with a signaling device right above us the whole dive.

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#6 Magallanes: A nice shore dive and confined water environment. Moving to both the S.E and N.W there is fringing coral reef spreading to a sandy bottom. Loaded with marine life and soft corals this provides a great place to explore the Caribbean in our very backyard. Maximum depth is about 10 meters with several swim thoughs and keep your eyes out for nudibranches, because they are all over the place. Other marine life includes: Rays, Boxfish, Damselfish, Seurgen Major, small barracuda, trumpetfish, angelfish and spiney sea shells.

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#7 Viva Shallow: With a maximum depth of 10 meters (with a shovel) this is a great site for those who really want to see some great marine live. The dive begins with an easy decent to 6 meters and then a short swim along the sandy bottom to a 3 meter high coral wall, we swim along the base of this wall for 20 mins finding spotted rays, lionfish, angel fish, reef octopus, large trumpet fish and even the occaisional sailfish is spotted. On our return to the boat we go up the wall and come across beautiful sponges and coral spotted with little peach nudibranchs and box fish. The dive ends with a underwater muesum of cannons and even a large anchor.

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#12-13 Guaraguao I and Guaraguao II: The corals at these dive sites are healthy with predominantely hard corals, gorgonians and sponges populating the reefs. Small critters abound, especially arrowhead crabs, green anemones, pedersen shrimps, fire worms, sea cucumbers, hermitage crabs, etc. A good place to dive slowly looking for the small stuff. Do not leave behind your macro photography setup!

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#16 Aquarium (Peñon): The coral reef known as “The Aquarium”, also know as Peñon, situated in the “Parque Nacional del Este”, received its name from local and international divers who thought they were in an aquarium when they dived in and around the reef such was the great variety of colorful species that call this particular diving spot home.  The reef is populated with an impressive amount of marine life.  There are moray eels watching from their underwater caves, manta rays that elegantly glide through the clear-blue waters and countless schools of fish everywhere.  In short, the coral reefs found in the National Park offer divers – even beginners – an unforgettable experience.  This particular diving site is some 12 meters deep.

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#20 Parguera: NOT available at this time

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#21 El Faro: El Faro is perfectly suitable for beginners as it has a depth of about 15 meters (50 feet). Once you descend, you will be able to view also stingrays in their natural habitat as you make your way through a seascape of peaks and valleys along the ocean floor. As stingray are docile and tend to relax by lying motionless in the sea floor it is easy to inspect them up close – bring a waterproof camera for pictures you won’t be able to take anywhere else. This dive is normally run in conjunction with Parguera.

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#22 Shark Point: NOT available at this time.

 

If you, for any reason, ended up in Punta Cana, remember that the drive from Punta Cana to Bayahibe now is only 40 minutes, since the opening of highway Coral. It is a safe and modern road.  For this reason you have different option if you want to dive with us in Bayahibe. The transfer from Punta Cana is offered against an additional fee of $120. This is a round trip and it is the same fee or groups of up to eight people. You can also rent a car, either you can pre-book it from home like at any other vacation destination in the world, or you can rent there inside the Punta Cana Resorts. The cost is from 35 USD per day plus, depending on the vehicle of course.

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Coral Reef in Bayahibe is oen of the best in the Caribbean, Casa de Campo divers come to see

Coral Point has specialized in personal/private scuba diving, which means that you as a client are central in all what we do. After many years of experience in the diving industry, we recognise that there is a need for a more personalized approach within a dive resort. This is why we customize scuba diving courses and daily certified dive trips to meet the needs of our important customers. The visit to our Coral Regrowth Project is the highlight of our all Private Packages.

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wreck diving with Coral Point at the Atlantic Princess

Bayahibe offers some great wrecks just a few monents boat ride from our beach shop, explore either the Atlanic Princess or the infamous St. George...