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DOMINICAN REPUBLIC




Aqua Center
Hotel Casa Marina
Calle A.Martinez
Sosua, Puerto Plata 99998
Dominican Republic
Tel. (809) 571-3690 ext. 3118 or 3162
Fax. (809) 571-1200
info@aqua-center.com
http://www.aqua-center.com




Casa Daniel Swiss Diving School

calle Juan Brito # 1
Bayahibe, La Romana
Dominican Republic
Tel. + 809 833 0050
Fax. + 809 833 0050
The Dive Center Casa Daniel and its PADI dive shop is located directly at the waterfront in the center of Bayahibe. Our 3 simple guestrooms offer accommodation in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.
» Number of Dive Boats: Motorcatamaran, 2 Speedboats
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat: Catamaran - 20 Speedboats - 2 ea.
» Gear Provided: Wetsuit, BCD, Regulator, Weigth, Tank, ABC, UW-Camera
» Rental Gear Available: Yes
» Nitrox Available: Yes
» Type of Diving Available: Reef, 3 wrecks , Catalina Wall , Nightdive, Sharkpoint, Cave (Freshwater)
» Total Dive Sites: 20
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites: 5 Mins.
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites: 45 Mins.
» Certification Agencies: PADI
» Courses Offered: OWD, AOWD, EFR, Rescure, Divemaster
info@casa-daniel.com
http://www.casa-daniel.com




Diving Dominican Republic
Sharky's Shop
Playa Bayahibe
Bayahibe
Dominican Republic
Tel. 829-341-9185
Family operated PADI certified dive boat operation located on the south coast, specializing in private small group scuba diving, scuba lessons, snorkeling and boat trips.
» Number of Dive Boats: 1
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat: 5
» Gear Provided: Tanks, air, weights
» Rental Gear Available: BCD's, regulators, fins, wet suits
» Nitrox Available: Yes
» Type of Diving Available: Wrecks, caves, reefs, walls, we have it all
» Total Dive Sites: 26
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites: 5 minutes
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites: 75 minutes
» Certification Agencies: PADI
» Courses Offered: All, up to divemaster
info@divingdr.com
http://www.divingdr.com




Mariana Caribbean Sports

Main office: Hotel Barcelo Premium Punta Cana
Branches at: Hotel Majestic Colonial Punta Cana, Hotel Amhsa Marina Grand Paradise, Majestic Elegance

Dominican Republic
Tel. 809 476 7777 ext 4595
Fax. 809 412 2334
mcsmcs@tricom.net
http://www.mariana-net.com
Watersports Center with all-inclusive service, half & full day excursions, PADI dive center, Parasail operation, sailing & surfing and speed boat rental.




Northern Coast Aquasports, S.A.

Pedro Clisante #8
Sosua, Puerto Plata
Dominican Republic
Tel. 809-571-1028
Fax. 809-571-3883
PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Center, Gold Palm Resort and National Geographic Dive Center for Scuba Diving & Snorkeling…specialists of the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. The oldest and most well established dive shop on the North Coast with one of the largest retail stores. Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Puerto Plata, Sosua, Cabarete, Rio San Juan, Gri Gri Lagoon, Abreu, DuDu Lagoon and Cabrera.
info@northerncoastdiving.com
http://www.northerncoastdiving.com




Scuba Elite

Sosua Puerto Plata
Dominican Republic
Tel. (1)-829-570-1420
Join us on one of our many exclusive diving safaris and be amazed! SCUBA ELITE welcomes you to Sosua & beyond! The Northern Coast of the Dominican Republic features many pristine diving destinations, including wrecks, inland fresh water caverns, a variety of great caves, & stunning coral reefs. Whether you're already a certified diver, want to earn a PADI certification at any level or if you want to try diving for the first time, we have the perfect experience waiting for you.
info@scubaelitedr.com
http://scubaelitedr.com




SCUBAFUN
Calle Principal #28
Bayahibe, Dominican Republic
Tel. 809-833-0003
Fax. 809-833-0005
We are a PADI dive shop on the shore of Parque Nacional del Este. We offer daily dive trips, training, night dives and even cave diving. We have 4 custom built dive boats and offer comfortable, safe diving.
» Number of Dive Boats: 4 - Orca I: 28 ft, Orca II: 22 ft, Cherub (Motor Catamaran): 35 ft, Seraph (Motor Catamaran) : 39.8 ft
» Maximum Number of Divers per Boat: Orca I - 10, Orca II - 6, Cherub - 20, Seraph - 20
» Gear Provided: Mask & snorkel, fins, life jackets
» Rental Gear Available: BCD, wetsuit, regulator, mask & snorkel, fins
» Nitrox Available: Yes
» Type of Diving Available: Reef dive, wreck dive, wall dive, night dive
» Total Dive Sites: 20
» Minimum Time to Dive Sites: 5
» Maximum Time to Dive Sites: 30
» Certification Agencies: PADI
» Courses Offered: Discover Diving through Divemaster, EAN-Nitrox Specialty, wreck, deep and night specialties
info@scubafun.info
http://www.scubafun.info




Getting There

The Dominican Republic has seven international airports. The most used airports are:

Las Américas International Jose Francisco Peña Gomez Airport, 20 minutes east of Santo Domingo
Puerto Plata International Gregorio Luperón Airport, 15 minutes from Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata and Sosúa
Punta Cana's International Airport (have a look at the photo)
María Montez International in Barahona
La Romana International
Santiago International Airport
Herrera Airport in Santo Domingo
El Portillo Airport in Samaná
The Arroyo Barril International Airport in Samaná.

Flying Times: from New York (3-1/4 hrs), from Miami (1-3/4 hrs), from San Juan (35 mins), from Toronto (5 hrs), from Santiago de Chile (8 hrs), from most European cities (8-10 hrs).

American Airlines
JetBlue
United Airlines
Delta
COPA Airlines
US Airways
IBERIA Airlines
Spirit
Lufthansa / Condor
AirTran
MartinAir Holland
Frontier
Lan Airlines
Sun Country
Sunwing
Westjet
Condor
Air Canada
Air France
Avianca

Domestic flights

There are local companies that fly scheduled flights to and from Santo Domingo, Puerto Plata, Punta Cana and Samaná. Air Century offers two flights per day to Punta Cana and from Punta Cana to Santo Domingo to the La Isabela International Airport (AILI).

Aerodomca offers daily flights from AILI to the area of Portillo in Samaná. Once a day it stops at the International Airport de las Américas (AILA).

Takeoff offers flights from AILI to Punta Cana (PUJ), as well as from this area to Puerto Plata (POP), and from Punta Cana to Samaná- Arroyo Barril (ABA).

Entry Requirements

As of May 1, 2012 citizens of all nationalities will be required to enter Dominican Republic with a VALID PASSPORT (minimum 6 months validity).

To travel to the Dominican Republic, many people will need a Visa. Others, however, may be from countries who have signed agreements with the Dominican Republic so that they only need a Tourist Card. This, of course, only applies to visitors who are tourists. More details on entry requirements.

A Tourist Card is a US $10 tax on incoming tourists that can be purchased at the airport when you arrive.

Getting Around

Air Santo Domingo or Sapair operate scheduled flights between the principal tourism regions of the Dominican Republic.

Taxis
There is more than one type of taxi in the Dominican Republic. When you step off a plane or out of your hotel, you will almost certainly find a "tourist" taxi. A few years ago the government funded new taxis. They are now Hundai minivans or cars. All are sand colored. They replace the 70's vintage American gas guzzlers that used to transport tourists. Tourist taxis fiercely protect their territory against other forms of transport. Not surprising since their prices are double those of the vintage Japanese cars that the city taxis use. In the large cities you will find "carro conchos" who cruise the main streets like buses, constantly stopping to take on or disgorge passengers.
They only charge a few pesos and are practical for short rides along the same street. Don't look for a taxi meter in the Dominican Republic. Tourist taxis usually have posted rates at the entrance to resorts.

Motorcycle taxis - Known as "moto conchos" they abound except for downtown Santo Domingo. They charge double at night which means 20 or more pesos instead of 10 for a fairly short ride. They are not practical for long trips and are involved in lots of accidents.

Buses
In contrast to car rentals and taxis, buses are cheap, safer, and fun. You will come in contact with real Dominicans. Metro Tours, Terra Bus and Caribe tours are for long trips, for example Santo Domingo to Puerto Plata. Clean modern and comfortable they are a bargain. They work by reservation except on Holidays.
Other intercity buses offer express and air conditioned services. If the bus is not express it will make lots of stops. Fine if you have all the time in the world.
Local buses (guaguas) will take you to the next town for a dollar or so. The only problem with buses is that they stop operating at about 9 PM, so you can't use them at night.

Car Rentals
Major car rental companies have airport and city locations, such as Honda, National, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Europcar, Nelly Rent-a-Car, Dollar and many others. A valid driver's license and major credit cards are required to rent a car for up to 90 days. Driving is on the right hand side and the speed limit is 60 kph in the cities and 80 kph or 100 kph on the highways, unless otherwise indicated.

There are only two problems with this, cost and safety. You will find that the cost of car rentals is higher than you are used to in your home country. Safety is not a problem if you learn and apply the Dominican rules of the road. Simply stated; there are none! It is a big free for all. Most traffic police are on foot and almost nobody stops on their signal. With no radio and no pursuit car, it is a mismatch. In other words traffic law enforcement is close to zero. If renting a car can be hazardous, renting a motorcycle is doubly so, but it is cheaper. Be very careful.

Helpful Information

Language
The official language is Spanish.

Money, Cards and Banks
The Dominican currency is the Dominican peso. It comes in denominations of 1, 5, 10 and 25 peso coins and in 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 2,000 notes. Dollars and euros can be exchanged in banks and authorized exchange offices across the country.

Mail service
You can choose between two services. The official postal service will send your postcard to your friends within 10 days. The private postal services send your mails via Miami within 7 days (25 pesos per postcard). The private postal service is more performant. Some people using the official postal service receive their mails within... 2 months ! The best way is to give your mails to your local correspondant. He will send them in good conditions.

Safety
It is perfectly safe to walk around tourist areas and towns during the day. Criminality rate is lower than in europeean cities. Most resorts have security personnel, and the beaches are also patrolled periodically. When going into town, or out of the resort area at night, use common sense, just as you would anywhere else. Don't wear expensive jewellery or flash large sums of money around !

Topless sunbathing
Topless sunbathing is quite common. It's not a Dominican custom, just the fact that many of the tourists are European, and topless sunbathing is natural for them. Many hotels do not allow topless sunbathing around the pool areas. The best way is to choose a sunbathing place at the end of the beach area in order to not disturb families and people who don't want to see topless bodies...

Electricity
The D.R. uses 110 volts, the same as in North America (including outlets) so North Americans can use their appiances as usual. Transformers are necessary for European appliances. One of the main problems in the country are the recurrent power shortages which often occur for several hours at all hours of the day or night, so it may be a good idea to bring along a small flashlight for sudden power cut-offs. Most hotels have generators to make up for this deficiency, but some of the smaller ones may not and you never know when it may cut off.

Climate
DR has a tropical climate with an average temperature of 82 in summer, 78 in winter. Remember to use plenty of sunscreen. If however you plan to make a trip into the mountains, bring warm clothes as there can be frost in the upper altitudes.

Tips
Restaurant bills already include a ten percent tip. It is customary to give an additional ten percent for good service. Most people do not tip taxis, however you may if you wish.

Business Hours
Most businesses open their doors at 8:00 or 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM on business days and until 1:00 PM on Saturdays. Large shopping centers in the cities usually close at 9:00 PM and open on Sundays from 9:00 AM until 6:00 PM. In smaller towns and many tourist destinations, shops close at 6:00 PM Restaurants usually remain open and serve food until midnight, Sunday to Thursday, and until 2:00 AM on Friday, Saturday and holidays. However, there are some within tourism establishments that remain open 24 hours a day.

 
 


 

 


Long popular among divers and visitors from Europe, Dominican Republic is experiencing more North Americans as well. DR offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, but is also home to the highest mountain range (10,382 feet above sea level) in the entire Caribbean - Pico Duarte. There is plenty here to see and do, and keep you busy.

The Dominican Republic is a great place to begin diving, and it is also a haven for serious divers. The country's undersea world has excellent reef diving, good visibility, warm waters, wrecks, caverns and marine life offering a wealth of diving experiences around the island.

Bordered by reefs on three coasts (only has 3, Haiti is situated to the west), the Dominican Republic is part of the second largest island in the Caribbean. Among the most popular dive sites are more than 400 wrecks situated in the surrounding waters.

DR is also known for whalewatching, with humpbacks and pilot whales exciting visitors annually.

Climate Summer 88 - 95F 31 - 35C Winter 75 - 85F 24 - 29C
Water Temp Average Summer 84F 29C Winter 77F 25C Visibility 60 - 100 ft 18 -30 m


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