Once I decided on this operation, it was easy to communicate and reserve time. Katija and ChiChi are a great team and my dive buddy was Analdo who was very helpful. The overall dive quality is always dependent on what is in the water and Sosua Bay is a little less than other parts of the Caribbean. I did see a rock fish, a few eels, and a some large canyons.
Katija and ChiChi picked me up each morning from my hotel - the Casa Colonial. We would then drive to the dive shop to pick up the gear. The price included all the gear you may need - BC, wetsuit, tanks, regs, fins, et al. (The water is warm enough to simply wear a rash guard)
Then the team drove us to Sosua Bay. There are a lot of dive shops in the area but ChiChi is the only local Dominican operator. Very helpful when it came to getting some snacks and coffee before and after the dives.
The boat is not a typical dive boat. Meaning, its a simple boat with an outboard motor. The first dive I put my tank together as is customary with most good dive shops. Its important for divers to see and connect their own tanks prior to the first dive.
We pushed the boat out into the water and jumped in. The one thing I wonder about is if elderly people were diving, how might they get into the boat...should be fine but something to consider if you have some knee issues.
All in all, it was the best value for the four dives I did. I got one on one attention since it was down time in DR. The service was impeccable and I made new friends with this dive shop. I will certainly go back and dive with them again. I would also encourage people to get certified with them as I am going to go back and get my advanced certificate.
Dive time takes about 4 hours from start to finish but all the dives are close to shore. So no long boat rides are necessary.