Advantages very friendly and patient instructors, very individual and good classes, great diving sites
A big advantage of Bayahibe is that most spots are reachable within 15 to 25 minutes by speed boat, the water is nicely warm (a shorty is enough) and the visibility is extremely good.More advanced divers can enjoy the adventure of diving to the wreck of the Saint George, the wall off of Catalina
We were staying at the Hotel Casa Del Mar within 7 minutes walking distance from the village of Bayahibe. On the way from the hotel you pass by another base, Casa Daniel – don’t stop there, go on until you reach the little port and there you find the Scubadoo, Scubafun’s little sister, located in a blue wooden house next to the international telephone office.There is always some staff at Scubadoo (except for the lunch break and siesta) that helps you booking your dive packages or excursions; you can even buy some souvenirs. All the staff is multilingual (German/English/French/Spanish). Much of the equipment is stored at the Scubadoo.
The HQ, Scubafun, is located on the main road of the village, next to a Colmado (convenience store).Scubafun is an official PADI Diving Center where you can get certified according to PADI standards, even Nitrox diving is offered.The staff
The base belongs to a German couple who are both instructors. The team is completed by two more instructors (one German and one French) and several Dive masters. The Dominican captains are all divers as well and could help in case of any emergency.
The gear was in very good shape, not too old nor too used. The wet suits were all 2mm shorties; most jackets were by Aqualung, all in various sizes, just like the masks, snorkels and fins. I was very happy to find a mask with prescription lenses – thus even blind me could see under water!The tanks are available with DIN or INT-valves. The regulators and BCD by Scubapro were relatively new.
The divers have to assembly their equipment on their own, but it is all double-checked by the dive masters and instructors before taking off.
With Scubafun, you can get any possible PADI-certificate from OWD to specialty programs like Underwater Photography, Drift Diving, etc.
Our OWD-course takes normally 3 days, we were there in low season and took our time – 6 days!
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