Divecenter Merlin
Scuba & Snorkelling
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Dive center Merlin was founded in Sosua 1994. Base leader and PADI Instructor Jurgen Rumpenhorst and his team speak English, German, French, Dutch and Spanish. The dive shop is open all year round. More than 20 different dive sites can be reached by boat in 5 - 20 minutes.
Sosua, Dominican Republic
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2022

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Carla1992
Windsor, Canada51 contributions
Apr 2022
We dove with Dive Centre Merlin for over a month while in the DR. Jurgen, Christian, Nelson, Ricky and Juan took great care of us and made our diving exceptional. The amount of diverse dive sites available just a short boat ride from the beach adjacent to the shop was astounding. A less than 5 minute boat ride put us at a beautiful reef in Sosua Bay with diverse life abounding! A longer boat ride took us out near the Airport for a variety of dives and spectacular reef formations. All the staff we dealt with were friendly and professional. Their ultimate goal to be for you/us to have a safe, enjoyable dive. Tips on how to improve buoyancy and bottom time were most welcome and enabled us to have our longest dive yet. We truly felt like family and look forward to returning to dive with this operation of professionals again soon.
Written June 1, 2022
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Hello Carla, thank you for your great report. It was a pleasure for us to have you as our guests. It is very important to us that our guests feel safe and comfortable. We are all looking forward to seeing you again Best Regards Juergen
Written June 22, 2022
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Alex Heller
2 contributions
Dec 2021 • Family
Vielen Dank an Jürgen und sein Team für diese wunderschöne Erfahrung! Auch nach zweijähriger Pause wurde ich hier schnell und professionell von erfahrenen Tauchern eingelernt. Die Gruppen waren immer sehr nett und wir hatten viel Spaß. Zudem wurden während des Tauchgangs wundervolle Aufnahmen gemacht, welche ich ohne Extrakosten anschließend per Mail bekam. Es ist die beste Tauchschule, die ich kennen lernen durfte. Vielen lieben Dank und ich freue mich schon auf ein Wiedersehen!!//

Many thanks to Jürgen and his team for this wonderful experience! Even after a two-year break, I was trained quickly and professionally by experienced divers. The groups were always very nice and we had a lot of fun. In addition, wonderful recordings were made during the dive, which I then received by email at no extra cost. It is the best diving school that I have gotten to know. Thank you very much and I'm looking forward to seeing you again!
Written December 3, 2021
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Hallo Alex, vielen Dank für Deine tolle Bewertung. Der Sicherheits- und Wohlfühlfaktor ist mit das Wichtigste für uns. Es freut mich sehr, dass Du es so empfunden hast. Wir freuen uns jetzt schon darauf Dich wieder zu sehen. LG Jürgen Hello Alex, Thank you for your great rating. The safety and well-being factor is one of the most important things for us. I am very happy that you felt that way. We are already looking forward to seeing you again. LG Jürgen
Written December 4, 2021
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Tammie
Boston, MA15 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
I found Divecenter Merlin on google search before our vacation. Not knowing what to expect traveling outside of the country during the pandemic and all of the uncertain ongoing news about rising cases in DR. The owner of Divecenter Merlin, Juergen, is very responsive and so kind to answer all of my texts (via WhatsApp) even late at night about the dive costs, current situation, curfew hours, and coordinating for my friend who wanted to try out scuba diving for the first time in her life). All of the instructors are so friendly and attentive. They even provided one one one instructor for my friend on her first discover scuba dive. They took my husband and I to nice dive spots in Sosua beach. The water was so calm, clear, and warm. There were so many fishes and different species under sea. The dive master also took a lot of pictures under the sea for us. They made the entire trip so memorable. My friend was afraid of being under deep water but she actually enjoyed the experience. They made you feel extremely safe and fun. We would definitely use Divecenter Merlin when we return to Puerto Plata again!
Written August 18, 2020
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Hello Tammy, thank you very much for your great review. I know it is a difficult time for anyone planning their vacation and there are many questions unanswered. I am very happy that I was able to answer all your questions and that you had a great vacation. Safety and fun are our top priority. It was nice to have you as guests and we would be very happy to see you again. Best Regards Juergen
Written August 22, 2020
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Uri
Puerto Ayora, Ecuador252 contributions
Jul 2020
Excellent Dive Center in Sosua. The owner was hands on and informative. They know where all the cool spots are located. Was well worth the price and the time. They usually recommend only do one tank dive in the morning and it was excellent. A lovely team, great gear and a minimal distance to the boat. Would recommend to any one staying in the Sosua area!
Written July 28, 2020
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Hi Oriol, thank you very much for your feedback. It was a plesure to meeting you. Thank you also for the beautiful video you posted on youtube. We wish you all the best and we hope to see you again. Best Regards your Merlin Team
Written August 7, 2020
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MADSF1988
6 contributions
Jul 2020 • Solo
These guys are professional, easy-going, and a lot of fun to be with. I just took my EANx course with Merlin and I already miss them. Infrastructure is the best I have seen in Sosúa and they keep it clean. Moreover, they offer good prices and discounts for those who buy many dives, as you can see on their very informative website. One of only two PADI 5 star centres in that area and in a great location. Finally, they took some great pictures of me when we went diving and I much appreciate it.
Written August 2, 2020
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Hello Marconi, thank you very much for your review, it was nice to meeting you. Congratulation on your Nitrox course. We hope you enjoy the photos we took of you. We wish you all the best and hope to see you once again. Always save diving - Your Merlin Team
Written August 7, 2020
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Rich Strange
1 contribution
Sep 2020
A great day out with Merlin divers. They have a great knack of being highly professional and also making diving so much fun. A wonderful blend of humour, great local dive knowledge and also focusing on the small details so everyone is catered for.

I am looking forward to more dives with the Merlin crew.
Written September 6, 2020
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Hello Richard, thank you for your feedback. We all looking forward to do more dives with you. Wish you a great time here in DR.
Written November 17, 2020
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Jose Luis F
1 contribution
Nov 2020
I spent 3 days diving with Merlin team. Everything was very well and professionally organized and the team made every possible effort to satisfy expectations. I did a total of 6 dives over 3 days including wreck and reef diving.
Written November 9, 2020
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Hello Jose Luis, thank you for your great comment. It was nice to meet you. I am pleased to read that you enjoyed your stay with us. We are already looking forward to your next visit in December. Bye for now.
Written November 17, 2020
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Eric W
Delafield, WI6 contributions
Mar 2022
Great experience! We were planning to be in the DR for the day, coming in on a Norwegian cruise ship. I contacted Juergen thru the website and asked if he could help organize a dive for my wife and adult son. He got back to me very promptly and was willing to coordinate the pick-up and drop-off from the ship. It was all very convenient and professional. Our guide and instructor Bernie was fun and friendly, but also very thorough and knowledgeable. Juergen was friendly and we loved the photos they sent of us on our dive trip! Thanks for a great time!
Written March 28, 2022
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Thanks Eric, we always worry that there is enough time to be relaxed and enjoy your dives when coming off the cruise ship. We are glad you allowed us to make the connections and pick you up so that you have a fun time and enjoy every moment of your vacation.
Written April 16, 2022
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Terry
4 contributions
Jan 2022
I'm newly certified and found Merlin on-line after I'd booked a last minute vacation to Puerto Plata. I got to the dive centre with lots of time and saw them interact with one another. They are clearly a family. Christian took me out and we had an amazing time! The sites were superb and he was very patient with me as we reviewed everything. Loved everything about the experience and can only say good things about these guys. I would HIGHLY recommend them to anyone going to the area for diving.
Written January 30, 2022
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Hi Terry, thank you very very much for your review. Welcome to the Merlin family. It was nice to have you as our customer. We all hope to see you once again. Best Regards Juergen
Written March 19, 2022
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Michael S
Wynnewood, PA4 contributions
Jul 2022
My son and I signed up for the Discover Scuba experience on July 9,2022. We arrived and Bernie our instructor spent 20 minutes or more explaining in detail the basic safety rules of scuba using some laminated pages. He was very easy to understand and answered all of our questions. After the briefing he took us out into 6 foot deep water to practice the safety skills. He was very patient with both of us and helped until we were able to do the skills he explained. After a break for lunch, we got into a boat with a couple other divers and went to another location very close to the sosua beach. The dive was initially about 15 feet deep, but continued to explored three reefs/rock formations where there were alot of fish going as deep at 40 feet according to Bernie. Bernie again made us feel very comfortable as we explored underwater and marveled at what we were seeing. He kept an eye on us the entire time and regularly checked our tank levels. He took many good pictures of our adventure which turned out excellent! Bernie was a wonderful guide, very friendly and attentive to us the entire day. I would highly recommend him! My son and I had an amazing time for our first experience with scuba.
Written July 15, 2022
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It was an enjoyable day thanks to your interest in learning a little about diving. We hope you continue on and get certified, there is so much more to see. Hope to see you again soon.
Written August 3, 2022
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