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The Aquarium • Depth: 11-16 Meters • Suitable For: PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program on calm days • Type: Reef Dive or Drift Dive • Location: Catalina • Level of difficulty: 1-2
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The Wall • Depth: 30 Meters • Suitable For: PADI Advanced Open Water Divers, PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program on calm days (on top of the wall) • Type: Reef Dive or Drift Dive • Location: Catalina • Level of difficulty: 2-3
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Atlantic Princess shipwreck • Depth: 12 Meters • Suitable For: PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program on calm days • Type: Wreck Dive • Location: Bayahibe • Level of difficulty: 2
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Viva Shallows • Depth: 9 Meters • Suitable For: PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program • Type: Reef Dive or Drift Dive • Location: Bayahibe • Level of difficulty: 1-2
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Dominicus Reef • Depth: 12-18 Meters • Suitable For: PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program on calm days • Type: Reef Dive or Drift Dive • Location: Bayahibe • Level of difficulty: 2
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St. George Wreck • Depth: 43 Meters • Suitable For: PADI Advanced Open Water Divers • Type: Wreck Dive or Drift Dive • Location: Bayahibe • Level of difficulty: 3
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Coco Wreck and Coral Farm • Depth: 11-18 Meters • Suitable For: PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program on calm days • Type: Wreck Dive, Reef Dive or Drift Dive (Coral Conservation) • Location: Bayahibe • Level of difficulty: 2
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Guaraguao • Depth: 12-14 Meters • Suitable For: PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program on calm days • Type: Reef Dive or Drift Dive • Location: Bayahibe • Level of difficulty: 2
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El Penon Uno • Depth: 12 Meters • Suitable For: PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program on calm days • Type: Reef Dive or Drift Dive • Location: Bayahibe • Level of difficulty: 2
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El Penon Tres • Depth: 12 Meters • Suitable For: PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program on calm days • Type: Reef Dive or Drift Dive • Location: Bayahibe • Level of difficulty: 2
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Big Ray Point • Depth: 7-10 Meters • Suitable For: PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program on calm days • Type: Drift Dive • Location: Bayahibe • Level of difficulty: 2
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Molly Reef • Depth: 12 Meters • Suitable For: PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program on calm days • Type: Reef Dive or Drift Dive • Location: Saona • Level of difficulty: 2
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Ruben • Depth: 12-18 Meters • Suitable For: PADI Open Water Divers and PADI Discover Scuba Diving Program on calm days • Type: Reef Dive or Drift Dive • Location: Saona • Level of difficulty: 2
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Shark Point • Depth: 22 Meters • Suitable For: PADI Advanced Open Water Divers • Type: Reef Dive or Drift Dive • Location: Catalinita • Level of difficulty: 3

“Explore Our Favorites of 25 Dive Sites In The Area”

1. The Aquarium

Schools of Tropical Fish

The second dive site in Catalina Island, is a much shallower site, called the Aquarium that maxes out at 12 metres/40 feet, making for a lengthy, easy exploration of this vibrant and healthy coral garden. Enjoy the feeling of being part of the gang as you swim through schools of colorful tropical fish. Take your time as you scan the bottom for the spotted moray or chain moray eels who call this beautiful reef their home. Different species of shrimp and lobsters are also frequently seen. All in all the namesake of this site is very appropriate as the clarity of the water and the abounding diversity of sea life truly give you the sensation that you are swimming in an aquarium.

2. The Wall At Catalina

See Black Coral & Tube Sponges

This dive site lures divers from all over the island as it is a beautiful and unique site that is part of the National Park of the East of Dominican Republic. Your dive starts as you enter the water at around 6 metres/20 feet and get your first glance at the thriving reef. Fan corals wave a welcome as you swim towards the ledge of the wall where the ocean floor drops to over 30 metres/100 feet. Revel in the thrill of flying over the wall into the pure blueness of the sea. Black corals and sponges abound. Glancing upwards from the bottom, the play of light along the wall is spectacular.

3. Atlantic Princess Wreck

Most Accessible Shipwreck

Built in 1973 by French owners, the Atlantic Princess was about to be sunk intentionally of the coast of Bayahibe, Dominican Republic in order to become an artificial reef for divers. However on May 6th, 2009 during the Tropical Storm Fay, a huge wave took it out to sea from it's resting place on the beach next to Dreams La Romana Resort.

Thus, the ship disappeared by the will of nature instead of that of man. Unfortunately, it is now located in a shallow area close to shore and many experts say a storm surge will probably destroy it. But for now we have a wonderful wreck that can be enjoyed even by beginner divers. This site is a wonderful adventure and makes for fabulous underwater photos of your adventures. It is a favorite of ours and ranks highly amongst our clients. Snorkelers love it too.

4. Viva Shallows

Underwater Museum

Viva Shallows also known as the Guadalupe Archaeological Preserve is the epitome of Bayahibe Scuba Diving. It's exhibits of irreplaceable marine artifacts from the Age of Pirates, awaken the child in all of us as we relive tales of Pirates roaming the Caribbean sea in search of treasure. Marine life encrusts what once where dangerous canons and a large pirate ship anchor. A commemorative plaque honors the vivid historical site. And best of all, thriving around these priceless treasures of the Caribbean are the many tropical fish species who call these warm, Dominican Republic waters home. History is calling you from beneath the waves!

5. Dominicus Reef

Schools of Blue Chromis

At just 12 meters, Dominicus Reef is a nice and easy dive that can be enjoyed by all divers including those participating in the Discover Scuba Diving program.

Beautiful tropical fish swim around the coral fingers of this colorful reef. Most notable is the large presence of neon Blue Chromis. In the sandy patches that separate each section of the reef we often come across stingrays and peacock flounders. Fascinating to watch are the garden eels who also call these sandy patches home. As they retreat into their sandy homes we can't help but wonder how they sensed our presence. This reef is also a favorite spot to explore as a Night Dive where we can see the parrotfish sleep in their “cryogenic looking” holes.

6. St. George Wreck

Most Exhilerating Deep Dive

Surrounded by an ocean desert in St. George freighter 240-foot home to a multitude of marine organisms, sponges, coral, tropical fish and even barracuda.
Originally known as M.V. Norbrae, St. George was built in 1962 in the shipyard Ardrossan in Strathclyde, Scotland. This transatlantic cargo of 240 feet long, carrying wheat and barley between Norway and the Americas, was abandoned at the port of Santo Domingo after 20 years of service and got its new name after surviving all the fury of Hurricane George in 1998.
On June 12, 1999, St. George was sunk at sea in the area of La Romana-Bayahibe, Dominican Republic with the purpose of creating an artificial reef and interesting dive site.
The sheer depth of this wreck has your senses tingling! And although the total bottom time is relatively short as compared to shallower dives, it is definitely worth the visit!

7. Coco Wreck, Reef & Coral Farm

Ocean Revitalization

Ever wondered how coral can be made to re-grow? Well this site will answer your questions. While helping you enjoy the very diverse marine life found on this site your dive guide will make his way to the Coral Farm. This project is maintained by FUNDEMAR (an organisation protecting marine life) and allows you to see for yourselves how corals can be grown and what they look like at different growth stages. This is an important site for the local efforts of ongoing marine life protection and education. Together we can all make a difference.

8. Guaraguao

Underwater Museum

The reef at Guaraguao offers divers many different routes to explore. Less experienced divers can keep it shallow and explore the wonders of this typical caribbean reef. Lionfish are normally easily found here as are many different species of Angel fish. Advanced Open Water Divers will love the experience of going deep on this reef. There really is something for everyone here!

9. El Peñon Uno

A Tropical Fish Oasis

Large schools of Blue Parrot fish and Blue Tangs are the first to greet you and dive down to discover this beautiful coral reef. At 12 meters, this place is a feast for the eyes as the sunlight catches the waving sea fans and glints off droves of tropical fish. Famous for the three overhangs where nurse sharks are sometimes found sleeping this is definitely a favorite of ours. Due to it’s location in the national park of Saona this site is normally done as part of a full day expedition.

10. El Peñon Tres

Our Favorite Dive Site

Located close the famous ``Natural Pool`` of Bayahibe, this site is truly a delight! At only 12 meters it is a shallow dive normally done as a drift dive due to the current that is often present. Not having to swim back to the boat, makes it all the more fun as a longer section of the reef can be explored. Often sighted are hawksbill turtles which sometimes play alongside the divers. The reef is in great condition as it is fairly removed from all other sites and is normally done only on a full day dive expedition.

11. Big Ray Point

Giant Southern Stingrays

This our secret spot…This small outcropping of reef patches is home to many Hawksbill turtles and octopuses. But the show is stolen by the giant southern stingrays that gracefully swim away when we startle them from their resting places buried in the sand. At only 7 meters (21 feet), snorkelers get to participate in the show as well. In late afternoon, hammerhead sharks can be seen cruising by looking for their favorite meal ~ none other than the stingrays who call this home.

12. Molly Reef

``Molly`` The Hawksbill Turtle

At only 12 meters Molly Reef is a fun dive with great sunlight and lots to see. Our favorite Hawksbill turtle named Molly calls this place home. With schools of Blue Stripped Grunts flittering about and the giant purple sea fans waving gently with the waves, this beautiful reef is one of the most inviting and easy dives we offer. Perfect for beginners and experienced divers as it truly an enchanting place.

13. Rubén Dive Site

Largest Coral Garden

We love this site!! It is a pristine reef located in the National Park of the East, right off the coast of Saona Island. It is a pristine reef where the natural beauty and colors have been left untouched. As it is far from many other dive sites, very few divers have dove here. Most often, giant stingrays gracefully swim by and leave us in awe of their serene beauty.

There are 2 options for this dive, one is to stay shallower (around 12 meters) and one is to go deep and follow the sloping reef down to 30 meters. Great dive either way.

14. Shark Point

Nurse Shark Paradise

A great exploration site for advanced divers is Shark Point. It is a destination for day tours only as the dive site is more than one and a half hour away from the village of Bayahibe. It is one of the few sites in the Dominican Republic where reef sharks and giant stingrays are seen on a regular basis. The reef sharks tend to swim the perimeter and “patrol” the site. There are numerous caverns and overhangs to explore and many ancient corals that are home to bottom dwelling nurse sharks, eels, octopus and giant stingrays – there is no shortage of things to see here.

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