Bayahibe - Best Diving in the DR

IDC PADI Courses in the Caribbean, become Instructor with Coral Point DivingBayahibe is reached over a hilly drive with incredible views through the Boca de Chaon Valley . The town itself is more or less a small fishing village founded in 1874 surrounded by a few large vacation resorts with a population of approx. 2000. Bayahibe provides one of the entrances to the Parque Nacional del Este and Isla Soana . The park consists of limestone terraces formed a million years ago and caves containing pre-Columbian pictographs and rock carvings of the Tainos. One part of the park's coast is known for excellent diving because of its amazing coral formation diversity. The southeastern tip of the park, Calderas Bay, is where you will find saltwater lagoons with mangrove swamps and dozens of different types of birdlife. Bayahibe is also where you can hire a boat for a 45 minute ride over to Isla Saona , a 25 by 5 km sized island. IDC PADI Courses in the Caribbean, become Instructor with Coral Point DivingThis picturesque island is a popular excursion due to its beautiful white sand beach, tall coconut palms and great snorkeling, which can sometimes include peeks of manatees and bottlenose dolphins. Bayahibe is an indigenous word, it´s meaning is unknown, but there are many names that include Tianos word ¨Baya¨. Baya is the name given to a bivalve mollusk, like clams that are glued to rocks or roots of the mangrove trees ¨Jib or Hib is the name of a sieve manufactured from sticks used to sift Cassava floor.

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