Recreational Diving

We offer high quality, low volume SCUBA diving with the very best Wreck Diving and Reef Diving the Island has to offer. Our location makes us the closest dive operator to all the most popular and requested wrecks like St George and reef sites like those inside the National Park.

Our most famous dive sites are:

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#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!

 

#4 Dreams Shallow: This a is a very shallow site, but perfect for those begining there 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.

 

#5 Atlantic Princess

This wreck is great one for both Open Water divers who are looking to begin wreck diving and also Advanced divers. The Atlantic Princess sits at 12.4 meters and is home to large trumpet fish and lionfish. This is a great dive as it is comfortable wreck to enter and swim through. The ship is packed with rooms to explore and surrounded by beautiful sponges and corals. Like the St. George the Seurgen Majors are the king of this wreck and make their home above the stern. If you love wreck diving or are new to wrecks this is the dive for you.


#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.

 

#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.

 

#10 St. George 

An amazing dive for advanced divers. This wreck sits at 40 meters on the sea floor and spans well over 85 meters in length. The dive begins with our descent to nearly 32 meters where we begin to swim along the deck towards the bow and swimming beneath the deck on occasion into the dark center of the ship. After reaching the bow we must make our way towards the stern. Swimming north along the deck the grandour of the boat comes into view and you can really feel the mass of this beast. Beginning to ascend back to the mid-20’s we can explore around the stern of the ship and even penetrate across the wheel house. this is where we will see some big barracudas and schools of Seurgen Major. As our time runs out we must make our way back up the line and make a running stop for one minute and then up to 5 meters where we end our dive with a 3 minute safety stop.

 

#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!

 

#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.

 

#20 Parguera: Another excellent diving site is “La Parguera,” some 17 meters deep, found near Saona Island, off the coast of La Romana.  This particular diving site is known for a population of large fish.  Divers can sometimes run into the inoffensive cat shark.  Turtles, and an occasional old tortoise, are also common sights.

 

#21 El Faro: El Faro is perfectly suitable for beginners as it has a depth of about 15 meters (50 feet). It is easily one of the best location in all of the Dominican Republic to see barracudas. 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.

 

#22 Shark Point: Another great exploration site for divers of all skill levels is Shark Point. It is also a destination for day tours (*some tours will hit both sites in one day). Shark Point's depth is some 25 meters (75 feet), but most tours will get divers acclimated by hitting the more shallow location first. Reef sharks tend to swim the perimeter and “patrol” the site; there are numerous caverns to explore and many ancient corals that are home to bottom dwelling nurse sharks, eels, octopus and giant manta rays – no shortage of things to see here! 


 

 

 

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