Diving in the DR

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

#3 Manny’s Reef: This a is a very shallow site, but perfect for those begining their diving experience. The site close to shore with 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 is plentiful with boxfish, fussiliers, damselfish, and coralfish.

#4 Dreams Shallow: 6-7m max depth, rest site for snorkelers but also can be a nice shallow dive with lots of tropical Caribbean fish to see for those who prefer the shallower dives

#5 Atlantic Princess: The Atlantic Princess has been underwater since 2008 and is located at about 12 m / 40 ft depth, so it is a really nice dive spot for Open Water Divers as well as for more experienced divers. You won’t be disappointed! The ship is richly inhabited by several types of fish including parrotfish, small crabs and small stingrays. It is a must-see for any diver in Bayahibe, and is just a two-minute boat ride from our shop.

#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 site provides a great place to explore the Caribbean in our very own backyard. Maximum depth is about 10 meters. Keep your eyes out for nudibranches because they are all over the place. Other marine life includes rays, boxfish, damselfish,sergeant majors, small barracuda, trumpetfish, angelfish and spiny sea urchins.

#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 nice marine life. 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 small stingrays, spotted morays, lionfish, angelfish, octopi, large trumpetfish and even the occasional sailfish. On our return to the boat we go on top of the wall and come across beautiful sponges and coral spotted with little peach nudibranchs and boxfish. The dive ends with a underwater museum of old Spanish galleon ship cannons and a large anchor.

#8 Dominicus Reef: This is a perfect dive site for beginners..The site is quite shallow at 14 m and is inhabited by a large number of moray eels, octopi and many other underwater creatures. Even the more experienced diver enjoys a dive at Dominicus because the reef is so colorful.

#9 Coca Wreck:  at 16-20m depth, this is a nice dive for those who would like to go a little deeper.  Lots of corals to explore and you might spot some of the larger marine life passing through this site if you are lucky….maybe a turtle or a spotted eagleray, so be sure to keep your eyes not just down in the corals but also keep an eye out into the blue above the coral.

#10 St Georges Wreck: a favourite of the deep diver, this dive site combines a wreck dive and a deep dive with an old 240 foot long cargo ship sitting on the sandy bottom at 33m at the stern and at 43m at the bow.  Check out the ship, and at the same time enjoy the large schools of fish that hang out around the ship, plus keep an eye out for larger barracuda as well as a possible spotted eagleray passing by.

#11 Luca’s Reef: This reef has been explored since 1999 and it is richly inhabited by many different species of marine life including barracudas, parrotfish, angelfish and the occasional sea turtle. During the dive you will see schools of differents types of fish and we are sure you will enjoy exploring it. There is also a coral nursery nearby which makes this dive even more intersting.

#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, hermit crabs, etc. A good place to dive slowly looking for the small stuff. Do not leave behind your macro photography setup!

#15 La Tortuga: Spanish for “turtle”, this site is teaming with marine life, and you may even have an encounter with a turtle or two here. An easy drift dive at 12-14m with lots to see and almost always excellent visibility.  Tortuga dive site is located in the “Parque Nacional del Este”.

#16 Peñon: The coral reef known as “Peñon”, also known as “The Aquarium” is situated in the “Parque Nacional del Este”, and 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 dive spot home. The reef is populated with an impressive amount of marine life. There are moray eels watching from their underwater caves, southern stingrays that elegantly glide through the clear-blue waters and countless schools of fish abound. In short, the coral reefs found in the National Park offer divers – even beginners – an unforgettable experience. This particular dive site is some 12 meters deep.

# NEW Matthew’s Wreck. In 2016 Hurricane Matthew made this small fiber glass boat sink. The original name of the boat was Dragon´s Smoke. This boat was actually left abandoned and the owners never claimed it back. It crashed right on the beach of Bayahibe in front of Coral Point. The mayor of the town decided to give the local divers a gift and pulled this boat away from the shore where it was sunk on a beautiful and pristine reef, now called Matthew’s Reef. It is only 3 minutes boat ride from Coral Point Diving’s base.

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