SCUBA DIVING IN DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
THE MELODIES OF THE WHALE SONG
Orpheus Dive Singapore
How To Get to Dominican Republic
A departure tax of US$20 is levied on all passengers. Passengers should check with their airline as this may already be included in the price of the airline ticket.
Note: When buying an international air ticket in the Dominican Republic a tax of approximately 12% is levied on the carrier by the government. This expense is passed on directly to the customer on the price of the ticket. If the ticket is bought outside the Dominican Republic, there is no tax.
The Dominican Republic (or “the DR” as it is frequently called) is a mountainous, lush country that comprises the eastern half of the island of Hispaniola. It has been a popular Caribbean escape since Christopher Columbus first set foot on its shores in 1492. With nine distinct ecological regions, the island attracts scuba divers, hikers, cavers, birders and culture hounds. From December to April the famed offshore region of the Silver Bank fills with the haunting melody of whale song, as humpback whales come to calve. There’s a wonderful array of scuba diving sites off every coast including vibrant, fishy reefs, light beam-filled caverns and a long list of brag-worthy wrecks, both natural and purpose-sunk. Warm water and generally good visibility make most of the Dominican Republic a year-round destination. Most resorts are all-inclusive, and in addition to the island’s fascinating fauna, you can explore the colonial architecture of Santo Domingo or join a conversation about the national sport – American baseball.
Visibility – Depending on area and time of year, visibility can range from 6 metres/20 feet to more than 30 metres/100 feet.
Water Temperature – On the Caribbean side of the island, water temperature averages 28°C/83°F in summer and 24°C/76°F in winter. On the eastern Atlantic side it is just slightly cooler with averages of 27°C/81°F in summer and 24°C/75°F in winter.
Weather – Diving is available throughout the year. On the north coast, summer brings calmer seas and better visibility while winter holds better sea conditions on the south coast. The average temperature across the year is about 25°C/77°F. Summers are hot and humid while the winter months are cool and breezy. June through October is the Caribbean’s hurricane season.
Featured Creatures – Humpback whales migrate past the DR in February and March to calve and breed in the warm waters of the Silver Bank. You can snorkel with these magnificent creatures on special charters. Manatees often surface near boats and docks, especially in Samana Bay. You can also find eagle rays, eels, butterflyfish, barracuda, nurse sharks, jacks and turtles depending on your dive location and time of year.
- La Cueva, Punta Cana – A shallow dive that offers a fascinating collection of caverns and swim-throughs. Look for nurse sharks and stingrays.
- Monica, Punta Cana – Sunk in a storm about 90 years ago, the remains of this wooden-hulled railway cargo ship harbor railway ties, sugar plantation machinery and hoards of squirrelfish.
- Hickory and Limon, Boca Chica – Located close together in an underwater national park, the famous Hickory, a 44-metre/144-foot long freighter, rests on a flat sand bottom and the Limon, a 21-metre/70-foot long purpose-sunk tug boat, is surrounded by coral reef. These two wrecks are home to colorful tropical fish and an impressive collection of sponges and encrusting corals.
- Catalina Island – This small offshore island is an uninhabited nature reserve and national park. It has two main dive sites – The Wall starts at about 6 metres/20 feet and drops to 30 metres/100 feet. Black corals and sponges abound, and it’s a hot spot for passing pelagics. The shallower site, called Aquarium, is only 12 metres/40 feet deep and is full of vibrant marine life.
- Pedernales and Barahona – The area is just beginning to be explored, but it offers a pure, pristine, Caribbean dive experience. A large protected bay and a few offshore islands offer unspoiled reefs, caverns and a huge diversity of underwater life.
- Luperon Wall, North Coast – This advanced dive showcases just how lush a Caribbean wall can be. It’s covered in hard corals, an array of sponges and is home to eels, barracuda and grouper. It’s also a favorite stomping ground for passing mantas, turtles and eagle rays. It may be the best wall dive in the north coast.
Language – Spanish is the primary language but English, French and German are also spoken in tourist areas.
Currency – Dominican Peso (DOP). But United States Dollars, Euros and credit cards are also widely accepted.
Electricity and Internet – 110 volts, 60Hz. Internet is available at most resorts.
- You need a power plug adapter in the Dominican Republic, when living in Singapore.
- You also need a voltage converter.
- Be extra careful with certain appliances because of the difference in frequency.
IBEROSTAR BAVARO SUITES
THE UNTOUCHED BEAUTY OF THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
About Iberostar Bavaro Suites
The 5-star All Inclusive IBEROSTAR Bávaro Suites is tucked away in a coveted location between lush tropical gardens and the incredible Playa Bávaro, an amazing beach with powdery soft white sand and intensely rich turquoise waters. Located a mere 12.4 miles from Punta Cana International Airport, the IBEROSTAR Bávaro Suites forms part of the IBEROSTAR Bávaro Resort, comprised of four IBEROSTAR hotels in Playa Bávaro.
The 5-star, all-inclusive IBEROSTAR Bávaro Suites hotel is a relaxing and vibrant escape waiting for your arrival. Just think of all the culinary adventures, thrilling sports, soothing activities, attentive staff, and shimmering beaches that await your all-inclusive, hassle-free vacation.
A comfortable room is one of the most important values guests seek when choosing a fine hotel. The IBEROSTAR Bávaro Suites Hotel wants you to enjoy the luxuries of its modern facilities, all the while feeling the comforts of home. We have 598 fully equipped Junior Suites available, all tastefully appointed in warm, inviting decor and designed to meet any of your traveling needs.
- Junior Suites
- Superior Junior Suites
- Spa Junior Suites
- Ocean Front Junior Suites
- Superior Ocean Front Junior Suites
Dining at IBEROSTAR Bávaro Suites Hotel
Indescribably delicious Dominican flavors as well as the best international fare are cooked to perfection at the IBEROSTAR Bávaro Suites. Whether dining by a pond of flamingos or taking in the atmosphere of an authentic Caribbean restaurant as you watch meals prepared on an enormous grill, food at Bávaro Suites is a real celebration. Six wonderful restaurants are here for you to enjoy, or take advantage of our 24-hour room service to eat at your convenience in your own space.
- 4 Specialty Restaurants
- 4 Bars/Lounges
- 1 Buffet
- Swim up Bars
Entertainment at IBEROSTAR Bávaro Suites Hotel
Beyond the idyllic beaches of Punta Cana, a world of fun and activity awaits you and the whole family at the IBEROSTAR Bávaro Suites. There are programs and amenities designed to keep kids entertained and excited and parents pampered and indulged.
- All-day entertainment
- Shows and live music
- Kids Splash Park
Prices to be confirmed when booking.