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Diving in Bayahibe
When to go to Bayahibe
Bayahibe is a destination in the Dominican Republic that allows diving throughout the year, as the water remains warm year-round. The air temperature averages 77-82F/25-28C, while the average water temperature can be even higher and range from 79F/26C to 86F/30C. The best season to visit is from June to September, with the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea at its calmest. It is also the best way to avoid the rainy season. The average water visibility is greater than 66ft/20m.
What to see
Fauna here includes colorful corals, gorgonians, sponges, starfish, parrotfish, lionfish, porcupinefish and many more. Turtles and blacktip sharks can often be spotted around the area as well.
Scuba diving in Bayahibe
The closest international airport is La Romana that is located in 15 km from Bayahibe. Diving is the most common tourist attraction at Bayahibe and is available for divers of all levels. The depth of the dives varies from 30ft/9m to 100ft/30m and there is a magnificent variety of species and things to see at every point. This former fishing village serves as the gateway to the famous Catalina Island and the Parque Nacional del Este (Eastern National Park). The abundant sea life and unusual underwater landscapes attract divers, who can explore intense reefs, shipwrecks, a seascape of peaks and numerous caves in this part of the Dominican Republic. There are more than 20 official dive sites around Bayahibe, many that of worldwide renown, such as Catalina Wall, Catalina Aquarium, the Aquarium, Atlantic Princess, Cueva del Padre Nuestro for experienced divers, Shark Point, St George and Guaraguao. Night diving is also well-liked by adventurous divers in this region, because it provides a high chance of seeing nocturnal creatures like morays, lobsters, octopuses and squid.