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We aim to share here some useful news about dive training, marine ecology and whatever is now happening in our diving world. At Coral Point Diving we also provide high quality scuba diving activities/fun dives/courses with PADI professionals.
Diving in Bayahibe is comprised of amazing reef systems and beautiful wrecks . Discover how beautiful and fascinated scuba diving is in Bayahibe, Dominican Republic and enjoy an incredible underwater adventure!
The fun and enjoyment of being a confident scuba diver is fueled by continuing to improve your scuba skills. Each PADI course builds on the previous one, teaching you skills and techniques when you’re ready to learn them.
Never stop to learn; here you will find several technical tips on training, on how to be a better diver and a better teacher. Did you know that little efforts can produce greater divers?

Our Latest News

Check what's happening now in Bayahibe
Who are the stingrays?
January 20, 2023

Stingrays are more related to sharks than they let on; in fact they belong to their own class: the Chondrichthyes, […]Read More »

Barracuda, the real “fast and furious”
January 11, 2023

Just like sharks and moray eels, barracudas enjoy a bad reputation due to their not exactly friendly appearance: their smile […]Read More »

Boxfish and the importance of its tail fin.
January 11, 2023

The mystery of how the clumsy yellow boxfish moves may have been solved by studying its tail fin. The boxfish, […]Read More »

The most ingenious creatures of the seas
October 27, 2022

Octopuses are cephalopods, a class of marine animals that are part of mollusks.Equipped with eight arms covered with suckers and […]Read More »

Romance is real in the seahorse world!
October 25, 2022

Found in both tropical and temperate waters all across the globe, seahorses are arguably one of the most distinctive and […]Read More »

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Three incredible curiosities about the puffer fish
October 25, 2022

1. They are the most poisonous fish in the sea. The Puffer is harmless unless eaten. Liver, the intestines, gonads […]Read More »

Popular Dive Sites

Our beautiful reefs and wrecks in Bayahibe
Invertebrates – Common Corals in Bayahibe – Dominican Republic

Here some common Invertebrates that can be seen while snorkeling/diving in Dominican Republic Interested in Vertebrates? learn more about them […]Read More »

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Vertebrates -Fish and Mammals in Bayahibe – Dominican Republic

Here some of the most common vertebrates animals you can spot while snorkeling/diving around Bayahibe Interested in Invertebrates? find some […]Read More »

Manny’s Reef

Diver Level: Any. Depth 12 meters/ 40 feet This a is a very shallow site, but perfect for those begining […]Read More »

coca's wreck
Coca’s Wreck

Diver Level: Any Depth 14-22 meters/45-70 feet. Sitting 16 meters below the buoy at this site sits a small wrecked […]Read More »

Peñon and Tortuga

Peñon: Diver Level: Any. Depth 12-14 meters/40-45 feet. Safely inside the National Park of the East, Penon is a must do […]Read More »

Dive Against Debris

PADI AWARE is now directly supporting Coral Point in the Dominican Republic with an amazing Project. It is not just about picking up trash, it is about developing data to lead governments and other entities to prevent trash from entering the ocean. Want to learn more about how you and your team can directly help save the ocean? Contact us at info@coralpointdiving. com

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It doesn't matter your diver level, we have a program that fits your skills and interests. Dive Training has a big role in our conservation activities.
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Marine Life

What to see in Dominican Republic

Fish and Mammals

Common Stingray (Dasyatis pastinaca)

Found over sandy and muddy bottoms, sometimes near rocky reefs. Feeds on bottom fishes, crustaceans and mollusks. Ovoviviparous, gestation period about 4 months and 4-7 young are produced. Wings marketed smoked, dried-salted, and also used for fishmeal and oil. Harmful to shellfish banks; dangerous to bathers and fishers due to its poisonous spine

Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris)

Queen Angelfish - Holacanthus ciliaris: Most divers love angelfish; they are both beautiful and easy find during a dive. Queen Angelfish is a brilliant combination of blues, greens and yellows, and can be recognized bu the round spot on its forehead which looks like a crown with a bit of imagination.

Sergeant major (Abudefduf saxatilis)

This small, flat, oval shaped reef fish has five distinct black bars on its sides. While in sandy areas and over reefs, it is in its light phase, generally silvery gray with a yellow sheen along its upper sides; and when hiding in a cave or crevice, it enters its dark phase, with its body going darker gray blue, almost blending in with its dark bars. Named from the military stripes they resemble, the sergeant majors school in groups of hundreds for feeding, but during spawning season, the male will aggressively guard his nest.

Trumpetfish (Aulostomus maculates)

These fish have long, thin, tubular bodies with trumpet-shaped mouths or snouts. Trumpetfish may be brown, reddish, bluish, or even bright yellow. Each of these colors can be used to blend in well with the reef.

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Squirrelfish (Holocentrus adscensionis)

Squirrelfish have spiky fins (which remind me of a mohawk) and big dark eyes. In fact, Squirrelfish are nocturnal, and they use their big, sensitive eyes to hunt for prey in minimal light. These night owls are typically found loafing around in dark areas of the reef during the day, but can be seen in the open on night dives.

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French Grunt (Haemulon flavolineatum)

French Grunts and Blue Striped-Grunts (Haemulon sciurus) are quite common and can be seen on nearly every shallow reef dive in the Caribbean. Grunts are so named because they can produce a grunting sound by grinding their teeth together and amplifying the noise with their air bladders!

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Yellow Goatfish (Mulloidichthys martinicus)

Many divers confuse Yellow Goatfish and Yellowtail Snapper (Ocyurus chrysurus) because of their similar coloration and the fact that they may school together in large groups on shallow reefs.

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Porcupinefish (Diodon Hystric)

Porcupine fish is a large, white pufferfish covered with long spines. Divers needn't fear a Porcupinefish's quills -- Porcupinefish are slow-moving, docile giants. Like other pufferfish, the Porcupinefish can "puff up" by filling with water when threatened. 

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Scrawled cowfish (Acanthostracion quadricornis)

Cowfish is one of several species of cowfish found in the Caribbean. Cowfish are a type of boxfish and can be recognized by the cow-like horns above their eyes. These fish are docile and relatively slow-moving unless threatened.

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Porkfish (Anisotremus virginicus)

Porkfish is a Grunt from the Western Atlantic. It occasionally makes its way into the aquarium trade. It grows to a size of 40.6cm in length.

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Green Moray Eel (Gymnothorax funebris)

The moray’s muscular, scaleless body is laterally compressed (flattened side to side).  The dorsal and anal fins are continuous with the short tail, or caudal fin, giving the appearance of a single fin running from the top of the head, along the back, around the tail, and underneath forward to mid-body.  It has neither pelvic nor pectoral fins. The green moray has conspicuous, tube-like nostrils and finds its prey mostly using its sense of smell.

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Red Lionfish (Pterois volitans)

Unfortunately, lionfish have become a common sight in the Caribbean. Lionfish, while beautiful, are an invasive species from the Indo Pacific. With no natural predators in the Caribbean, lionfish populations have skyrocketed over the last 10 years.Lionfish feed on young reef fish, who have not yet had the opportunity to reproduce. This has decimated reef fish populations in many areas of the Caribbean.

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Spotted drumfish (Equetus punctatus)

Spotted Drums are mismatched - they wear both spots and stripes! Adult Spotted Drums' unusual patterns make them a great favorite among divers.

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Scrawled cowfish (Acanthostracion quadricornis)

Acanthostracion quadricornis:  is one of several species of cowfish found in the Caribbean. Cowfish are a type of boxfish and can be recognized by the cow-like horns above their eyes. These fish are docile and relatively slow-moving unless threatened.

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Eagle Ray (Aetomylaeus sp.)

The eagle rays are a group of cartilaginous fishes consisting mostly of large species living in the open ocean rather than on the sea bottom. Eagle rays feed on mollusks and crustaceans, crushing their shells with their flattened teeth. They are excellent swimmers and are able to breach the water up to several metres above the surface.

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Manatees (Trichechus sp.)

Manatees are large, fully aquatic, mostly herbivorous marine mammals sometimes known as sea cows. They measure up to 4.0 metres (13 ft 1 in) long, weigh as much as 590 kilograms (1,300 lb), and have paddle-like flippers. Sadly, the main causes of death for manatees are human-related issues, such as habitat destruction and human objects. Their slow-moving, curious nature has led to violent collisions with propeller-driven boats and ships. 

Sponges, Mollusks, Cnidarians (corals), Marine Worms, Echinoderms, etc...

Staghorn Coral (Acropora cervicornis)

This coral is now uncommon, though it is probably the most common of the two ’staghorn’ corals in many parts of the Caribbean region.
Branches can be over 1 m long and are slender, and colonies are usually loosely packed or ‘open’. Branches are round in cross-section, and sub-branches emerge nearly at right angles. Found in a wide range of depths. Living colonies are yellow, brown or golden in colour. Very often, clumps have dead basal parts to the branches.
Caribbean Acropora are listed as Endangered under the US Endangered Species Act.

Hermit Crab (Dardanus Calitus)

Most species have long, spirally curved abdomens, which are soft, unlike the hard, calcified abdomens seen in related crustaceans. The vulnerable abdomen is protected from predators by a salvaged empty seashell carried by the hermit crab, into which its whole body can retract. Most frequently, hermit crabs use the shells of sea snails. Most hermit crabs are nocturnal.

Long-spined sea urchins (Diadema antillarum)

They play a critical role in maintaining healthy coral reefs.  By grazing on algae, these sea urchins keep algae growth in check while also providing settlement space for corals. Unfortunately, this species was decimated in the mid-1980s, when a disease spread throughout the Caribbean, nearly wiping out their entire population.  Alarmingly, since February 2022, new reports identify similar extensive die-offs. Scientists and local reef managers are working to identify causes and improve restoration approaches.

Coral Banded Shrimp (Stenopus hispidus)

Coral banded shrimp is a reef-associated cleaner shrimp with a worldwide distribution. It is known to remove and consume ectoparasites, injured or dead tissues, and excess food particles from fishes and thus play a vital role in the aquarium ecosystem. They are pretty easy to care for even for beginners.

Red Cushion Star (Reaster reticulatus) 

The red cushion star is the largest sea star found within its range, sometimes growing to about 50 centimetres (20 in) in diameter. It usually has five thick, broad arms projecting from a broad cushioned disc but some specimens have four, six or seven. The upper surface is hard and is covered with blunt spines. The color of adults is some shade of red, orange, yellow or brown. It is found in shallow water in the western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Elkhorn Coral (Acropora palmata

Elkhorn coral is one of the most important corals in the Caribbean. It, along with staghorn coral and star corals , built Caribbean coral reefs over the last 5,000 years. Elkhorn coral can form dense groups called “thickets” in very shallow water. These provide important habitat for other reef animals, especially fish.

Brain Coral 

Brain coral is a common name given to various corals so called due to their generally spheroid shape and grooved surface which resembles a brain. Each head of coral is formed by a colony of genetically identical polyps which secrete a hard skeleton of calcium carbonate; this makes them important coral reef builders. Brain corals extend their tentacles to catch food at night. During the day, they use their tentacles for protection by wrapping them over the grooves on their surface. The surface is hard and offers good protection against fish or hurricanes.

Giant Barrel Sponge (Xestospongia muta

This is the largest species of sponge found growing on Caribbean coral reefs. It is common at depths greater than 10 metres (33 ft) down to 120 metres (390 ft) and can reach a diameter of 1.8 metres (6 feet). It is typically brownish-red to brownish-gray in color, with a hard or stony texture.

Red Cushion Star (Reaster reticulatus) 

The red cushion star is the largest sea star found within its range, sometimes growing to about 50 centimetres (20 in) in diameter. It usually has five thick, broad arms projecting from a broad cushioned disc but some specimens have four, six or seven. The upper surface is hard and is covered with blunt spines. The color of adults is some shade of red, orange, yellow or brown. It is found in shallow water in the western Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Our Team

Our "ecoteam" members are well-educated about the ocean and its inhabitants, and they put a lot of efforts into educating divers and non-divers alike as to how they can protect the aquatic environment.
Gianluca Lamberti

Gianluca Lamberti

Luca is a PADI Platinum Course Director and also a full time Marine Biologist. From 2000 to present he has been a full-time scuba diving instructor, and has shared his expertise in both diving and marine biology with countless divers, students and instructors...
Paula Gallagher

Paula Gallagher

IDC Staff Instructor
Paula comes from Canada, arriving at Coral Point in 2013 as a fun diver then worked her way up to IDC Staff Instructor. She loves the ocean and is waiting to share this knowlege with you.
Edmund Settle

Edmund Settle

IDC Staff Instructor
Ed is from California. He has a fun loving personality plus a professional manner that is well above average. He's also always helpful with the interns at our shop. He has been a Instructor/mentor to many CP students as well and he is very passionate for marine life.
Elena Franzetti

Elena Franzetti

Social Marketing Manager
Elena is from Italy and co-owner for Coral Point, she is our Social Network Manager. She loves manatees and she finally managed to see one a short while ago. She speaks 4 languages, and will assist with all of your diving arrangements.She is also Divemaster but she really doesn't talk about that too much...
Natalia Gonzalez

Natalia Gonzalez

Coral Point Manager
Nati is from Argentina. She has a great passion for diving and became a PADI Instructor here at Coral Point a number of years ago. She is now also an IDC Staff Instructor, assisting CP interns to become successful Instructors. She is now full time manager for Coral Point.
Paolo Marchese

Paolo Marchese

Dive Operations Manager
Paolo is our all-in-one man. He is not only a scuba gear technician, but he also drives boats, is an electrician, repairs compressors, and on top of all that, he is PADI IDC Staff Instructor. We don't want to forget that he also likes to cook pasta for our interns as well (he is, after all, Italian!).

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