October 3rd, 2011
I recently spent a great week diving in DR. I stayed in Santo Domingo, which proved to be a good location for ocean diving and cave diving. Both the ocean and caves sites were between the city and airport only a 25 minute ride with traffic.
Unlike our caves in Florida, the DR caves are beautifully decorated. Ocean dives consist of wall dives with a few wrecks. This is not a place to venture out on your own. The ocean diving requires a boat charter and the caves are on private property in housing areas. Denis Bourret at Golden Arrow can take care of all your diving needs and help you find a place to stay. I wouldn’t recommend renting a car, the traffic laws are non existent, so I don’t think a week is long enough to get comfortable with the traffic.
On this trip I had to carry 4 rebreather heads, my rebreather and personal gear, plus 3 regulators. I also had to take a Jetsam booster pump for the oxygen fills on the rebreather. I packed it all in two 50 pound bags, a small carry on and my backpack that had my laptop, IPad and clothes. Good thing Dominican Republic is a warm place, I didn’t need much in the way of clothes.