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Diving in Bavaro
When to go to Bavaro
Bávaro allows diving all year round as both the air and water stay quite warm regardless of the season. The best time for diving in this area is from June to September, because it is the period with the best sea conditions and greatest visibility. The average temperature of the air varies between 77-82F/25-28C, with June being the warmest month. Sometimes the water can be warmer than the air, average water temperatures being 79-84F/26-29C. Visibility is quite good around Bávaro, often going beyond 66ft/20m. The whale season starts in mid-January and lasts till the end of March.
Scuba diving in Bavaro
Bavaro (Bávaro) is a great spot for divers of all levels. It sports the longest reef in the Dominican Republic, teeming with flora and fauna. Large part of the reef is protected, which ensures a large quantity and diversity of species. This region hides beautiful coral gardens, extensive swim-throughs and canyons with soft and hard corals. Some of the inhabitants here include stingrays, barracudas, leatherjackets, moray eels and even nurse sharks. The smaller representatives are lionfish, parrotfish, flounder and needlefish, which coexist with lobsters and crabs. Occasionally green sea turtles can be seen in this area. The main attraction of Bávaro is observing humpback whales during mating season. Some of the most fantastic dive sites here are the Astron wreck, with the ship lying partly above the surface, Catalina Island, with a wall up to 118ft/36m deep, and Saona Island, with numerous exotic fish.