Diver Level: Any
Depth 12-14 meters/40-45 feet
Safely inside the National Park of the East, Penon is a must do when visiting the Bayahibe area.
Being in the national park means that this site is protected from fishing and thus the life at this site is abundant. The maximum depth here is 14 meters with the reef top starting at 11 meters. A small wall leads the way away from the buoy, turning back over the reef top, using any light current to return to the boat.
The reef wall is a magical place to find fish large and small. Swimming just over top are parrot fish and wrasse. Bobbing in and out of the holes you can find eels, drumfish, and squirrelfish. Taking shelter in the soft corals you can find trumpet fish and baby filefish. Manatees and southern stingrays love the sand just to the side of the reef wall.
One of the best sites to see big things, Penon is one to look outward to the open water. Visibility usually 20 meters or more, looking out can boast glimpses of passing turtles and sharks. Eagle rays often come and visit the reef here as well. Sandy bottom stretches outward from the reef’s wall edge make it a perfect location for large stingrays to bury themselves in the sand.
Penon is a dive site for divers of all abilities. Minimal current, great visibility, and amazing underwater life make this site you have to take your camera to. The shallow reef top makes Penon a perfect place for snorkelers to watch the divers below and explore the reef.