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Bavaro, Dominican Republic
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Snizhana K
1 contribution
Apr 2021
We rented an all day boat trip for 11 people with Scubaquatic! It was wonderful. Alba organized a wonderful excursion. Helped us coordinate a cake, transportation and entertainer. She was wonderful. Always responded my emails quickly. On the day of the excursion everyone was on time and polite. The boat crew was incredible! Joel and Daniel made this an unforgettable day. They went above and beyond to make everything perfect. They found us starfish and got us coconuts on the island. Honestly it could not have been more amazing! I would recommend it to everyone! Absolutely wonderful!
Written April 20, 2021
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Liam Andrwws
8 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Absolutely amazing experience and lovely people. Picked us up from our hotel's beach in the boat, took us to an area to go snorkelling and threw food in so there were loads of fish. Enjoyed some rum and cokes and Doritos on the way to the natural pool which had a beautiful backdrop and more drinks, this time on a floating bar in the water! Nice small group too and not overcrowded. Thanks Martin!
Written October 3, 2022
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Daniel L
Orlando, FL3 contributions
Jul 2020
At the Bahia Principe Ambar resort I visited Phil, Jon and Matin multiple times during my stay. They gave me a quick lesson to refresh my skills on the Hobie and off I went. I spent an hour each day for the next three days taking the Hobie out for a fun ride up and down the beach. I thought the lesson went very well and the guys were even great to chat with while your turn was coming up or you just stopped by to reserve the Hobie. The only thing I paid for was the lesson and tipping the guys at the end of my stay. The Hobie if you've been on them before and are comfortable are included in your stay at the resort I stayed.
Written August 28, 2020
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Hello Daniel! Thank you for your comment about our Scuba diving and water sports center, we are happy that all the professionals who work at Scubaquatic receive those comments to motivate us to continue working hard! We love that you have learned to handle the hobiecat, so you can enjoy the all-inclusive activities of the Bahia Principe hotels in any of their locations! We are waiting for you for the next time at any Scubaquatic in Dominican Republic, Mexico or Jamaica! Best Regard!
Written August 29, 2020
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Elche, Spain47 contributions
Feb 2019
We enrolled in a PADI course with them. Bad decision.

On my first dive I was given an almost empty bottle (75 bar) that, as a beginner, I could have missed before heading into the water. First time I tried to tell the staff (I speak native Spanish so no language barrier) I was told it was okay. Only the second time I pointed it out they changed it.

On my second dive the seac onditions were way out of limits for two beginners (1+m swells) but we were taken anyway. On top of that, the instructor decided that we would do a freefall dive, not following any line, not to disturb the other more experienced divers. This ended up with a severe ear barotrauma for me.

During the same dive our instructor totally disregarded the minimum safe oxygen levels. He kept diving despite us both signaling that we had less than 50 bar of air several time. It wasn't until I swam in front of him and motioned that we had to go up NOW that he took us up. I wa sapproaching 30 bar at that point. His possible reason may have been that we were still quite far from the boat when we surfaced but this is amazingly negligent.

I must say that some of the other instructors we had looked and behaved very competently, but the risk of getting paired with the wrong one is not worth taking.
Written January 24, 2020
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Jacinthe R
Longueuil, Canada49 contributions
Dec 2020
I went to dominican republic on vacation in December, just before christmas. My hotel suggested Scubaquatic for my diving trip. I really had a great time with Domingo for my 2 private dives. Thank you for the great time :) Hope to be able to come dive with you again in the future. Stay Safe!
Written January 6, 2021
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Hello! We are glad you enjoyed diving as much as we did! We hope to see you again for more fun dives!
Written January 25, 2021
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Marsha S
New York, United States23 contributions
Feb 2016 • Friends
I stayed at this resort with a group -Feb. 13-20, 2016. I needed a PADI Refresher Dive-which an on site PADI Instructor/Francisco helped me accomplish. I was then able to book two dives with this company-dived The Wall and The Aquarium-two tank/same day/ same trip to Isla Catalina (others in the group went snorkeling, while I was diving). I have posted reviews for both Grand Bahia Principe La Romana and the excursion to Isla Catalina, so I will only review my experience with Scubaquatic here. One huge advantage is that this dive org is on site at this resort. This cuts travel time from resort by bus to a dive shop and then on to the boat and then the dive sites by boat and then return trip! Their boats go right off the beach of the resort. The PADI staff is on site, so they can answer any questions helpfully, immediately. My PADI Instructor/Francisco was amazing-calm serenity is how I would describe my dives with him. I happened to be the only diver on the boat the day of the excursion. I believe that most companies would have cancelled with only one diver booked, but much to his credit-he did not. I will be forever grateful to this individual for taking me on that trip on that day. All of the dive reviews that I read make a big deal about the Dive Master on their dives, and it does make a huge difference to dive with someone in whom you have complete confidence. I found this dive shop to have high standards for safety and regulations. The boat captain was also safety conscious, as well as the "First Mate". I witnessed that this dive shop also does "Discover Scuba" at the resort and witnessed several people getting their PADI certifications here. I plan to return to this resort to pursue my actual dives for my Advanced Open Water (having done the PADI eLearning online for the study portion of the certification). Scubaquatics needs to update their website and communication systems!! I have found it impossible to have any follow up communication with them by email-returns specify "undeliverable". If they are going to compete with the other dive shops in the DR, they need to increase their public presence. They are worth the extra effort, however, and if you are looking for a specific FANTASTIC Instructor, then ask for Francisco.
Written March 19, 2016
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Sevenoaks, UK38 contributions
Sep 2013 • Solo
Went diving with this outfit on Monday of this week from the Bahia Principe Bavaro, Dominican Republic. I paid for two tanks, but just did the first dive and refused to go down a second time. There was an inexperienced woman in the group whose buddy just buggered off and left her to leave a dive profile that probably looked like the Himalayas. The dive master finally noticed as she broke water after an uncontrolled ascent from about 12 metres. She used all her air and we were all forced to finish with half a tank still available.
I'm a rescue diver, so do at least have enough knowledge of the subject to make a valid comment. I will be making an official complaint to PADI.
Written September 19, 2013
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Kevin S
Vernon Hills, IL26 contributions
May 2017 • Family
I'm sitting on the beach in Punta Cana with my wife as I notice several tourists are parasailing over the blue waters off the coast of the Dominican Republic. I remind my wife that I've never sailed quite that way, and she smiles and encourages me to "go for it" and reminds me of the lost opportunity I had in Florida several years ago. Needless to say, my interest is piqued.

On this beautiful tropical beach, with a constant breeze off the ocean, there appears to be two camps of vendors: the first group are not affiliated with the resort and walk up and down the beach approaching people with their special price. Regulations state these vendors are only allowed to pitch their sale to first row of beach goers in lounge chairs closest to the beach. His "special price" includes a 12-minute ride for $80 for three riders. It's not much time in the air but that might suffice as my first experience.
Danielle represents Scuba Quatic which is associated with the our resort, The Reserve at Paradisus Punta Cana. His offer is $100 for three riders for about 10 minutes. Over the past few days, I had casually talked with him about various water sports so some rapport has been established.

I was short on cash so I offer to pay Danielle by credit card and he raises the price to $110. I thought to myself, that's a 10% service fee for using a credit card -- we're not in Kansas anymore. I'm not paying that amount as I walk back to my comfy beach chair. After slow deliberation, I scrounge up $90 in cash and walked back to him saying, "That's all the cash I have." He doesn't seem fazed that I'm all out of cash, shakes his head in disappointment, and just stares at me. I shrug my shoulders and observe his demeanor as someone who wants to deal. He states he has to get this approved from his manager so he makes a call with his mobile device as I wait for the deal to close. Surprise, surprise, he's willing to accept the $90 (which I knew he'd take all along) and he says, "I'm getting a great deal." I thought to myself, "Time will tell."

After closing the deal, I walk back to our beach location and wait. Minutes later, Daniel yells to us to get to the transport boat. I'm now a client but suddenly don't feel like one. As we arrive at the boat, I see the man helping us into the transport boat was the other vendor negotiating against Danielle. Basic economics comes to mind, if these two vendors are in cahoots, why are they negotiating against each other and driving down the price? Besides thinking about basic economics, I feel used and hoodwinked, as it's all seems like a charade.

Now the fun is about to happen. Our boat operator, who's missing several front teeth departs and motors west for about 10 minutes to drop off a couple who had just finished. We leave that area and travel a bit more, where our boat operator needs to collect money -- using two Russian tourists currently body surfing as a liaison to transfer cash from the one shore operator to our boat operator. It's in about 3 feet of water. Once the money exchange is complete, we travel another good 10 minutes in the opposite direction to pick up a Chilean family that will parasail with us. We dock along the shore near a small mix of retail signs in Russian and Spanish. After picking up this family from Chile, we wait another five minutes and are unaware why we're still waiting. When I ask the boat operator what we're waiting for, he just smiles. During the wait, the operator counts his wad of U.S. dollars and Dominican Republic pesos in front of us. Talk about a lack of civility!

As we eventually move out and thankfully at a slow speed, he crashes into another boat coming onshore. They both laugh as I notice the other boat looks like Paul Bunyan took an ax to the front of the vessel.

As we motor on, we pass by our beach location. I wonder why we needed to spend those 30 minutes on the choppy sea just waiting to parasail when he could have waited another 30 minutes before picking us up. Our group feels like cargo and sense a lack of good service. Surprise, we need to make one more stop before the actual fun begins, at this point I'm not sure why. I quickly see he's also a meal runner for the parasailing crew. Much of this time, he's only casually paying attention to steering the boat as his main focus is talking on his mobile device.

I'll be the first to say my Spanish is not good so I need to confront him in English. I ask him why the back and forth as he could have picked us up later -- he gives me a blank stare, like I have any say in the matter at this point. I continue to emphasize that we just want to parasail, but his focus at this point is not on our comfort or convenience. Nothing personal, it's just business. Although I think he later mentions something to the parasailing boat -- is that why we had such a short parasailing trip? I see the tip jar on the parasailing boat; I laugh quietly and wished I had a pen and paper to provide insight or a different type of tip: Too expensive for the service received, parasailing too short, too long on transport boat, and would not recommend it.

So the near hour-long boat ride (with about 9 minutes of parasailing) was preceded by a bad taste in my mouth, without even the aid of saltwater.

Once onshore, I'm asked by Danielle, "How did it go?" I smile and slowly devise a response. Do you want the unvarnished truth or just the standard response of "good?" Sometimes, you need to be careful what to ask for.

I'm about to ask Danielle if Scuba Aquatic is similar to Costco's return policy. You know, you can return an item if not satisfied but quickly realize it would be wasting time, like all the time wasted at sea just waiting to parasail for 9 minutes.

Look, this experience wasn't a fiasco or a complete failure but it wasn't much fun. I don't mind spending the $90 to parasail for 3 but not when the service is poor -- my gut tells me I was scammed.

Fortunately, I have a story to tell years from now. Unfortunately, it will be a negative one.
Written May 20, 2017
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Wayne, NJ34 contributions
Jun 2016
Same as a lot of the other reviews.... wait and wait and never go
Both days showed up and they tell us they'll be there in 5 minutes to pick up and hours pass. Never got to do our trip but did get a refund. Not sure if they are over booked or understaffed. Staff is nice but overall gave up on them and went on to do other things.
Written July 2, 2016
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San Francisco, CA15 contributions
Dec 2018 • Couples
Would HIGHLY recommend a tour/excursion through Coming2 and Scubaquatic (which is in our hotel lobby)- I did a full day scuba excursion to Catalina Island and my wife snorkeled- it was fantastic, well organized, and very professional, and a great lunch on Catalina. I can’t speak on any other tours but as a newer diver- I felt safe, respected, and it was a good deal for what we paid... Juan was an excellent divemaster.

They pick you up and drop you off at the front entrance in a nice charter bus- it is clear that safety is a priority. The scuba equipment is in good condition- and they set everything up for you. We did 2 dives, one on 'the wall' and another in the reef. The divers are split into small groups, each with a dive master.

Catalina island was very pretty- great lunch but gross bathrooms and the vendors there are a little pushy.

Overall very much enjoyed the experience! Tip them well!
Written January 4, 2019
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