My dad and I dived with Diving Dominican Republic in July, whilst staying at Dreams La Romana, for three days. It was a brilliant experience and really great fun. Our instructor, David, was fantastic – he was a great guide and very good at spotting interesting creatures. He looked after us very well, and always made sure we were safe and happy.
‘Sharky’ the boat was lovely – very clean, very comfortable, and very fast! On our last day the whole family went diving, and even with a total of six (including David and the Captain) in the boat it was spacious and easy to get our kit on. The Captain was very helpful when preparing to go into the water, always holding the BCD out so you could get it on easily, and doing all the lifting.
In the water, diving was great, and the amount of wildlife to see was surprising! There were fish everywhere, as well as rays, lobsters, eels and lots of coral. We had two dives a day. On the first day we did a reef dive and then went on to the wreck of the Atlantic Princess, a boat which was sunk only about 12m down – my first wreck, and also a good place to spot barracuda.
The second day we went diving on the St. George, a huge cargo ship which was a 30m dive (my deepest ever!). Wreck diving was great, and David always made sure that we were happy and comfortable before moving on. He pointed out the interesting wildlife populating the wreck, including a tiny juvenile black and white fish with long trailing fins swimming in the ship’s funnel. We then finished off with another reef dive.
The third day was a family day, and everyone did a bit of diving. My brother who was unable to dive due to ear problems, had his first proper dive with David’s guidance, and he was very patient in getting him down and making sure he was equalised and comfortable. My brother can now dive perfectly well and loved every moment, and was so happy that he could finally do it!
We also visited a shallow sandy bay, filled with huge starfish, where we had our lunch. It was a stunning place and it was lovely to snorkel and explore it. The whole area was picturesque, and it was good that it was timed so we would not arrive at the same time as the packed tourist boats. The meal that we had on the boat was brilliant, very well prepared and very tasty.
David is passionate about the wildlife, and was able to answer all our questions about the local sea creatures. Diving Dominican Republic certainly cares about the environment and wildlife.
The quality of the diving with Diving Domincan Republic was superb – you had to feel sorry for the divers all bunched up in a group, hardly able to swim without kicking someone with their fins, and with little direction over what they wanted to go and see. Group diving came nowhere near the experience of an individual dive trip – with Sharky, you hire the boat and the instructor and then dive with only your family and the guide, something you really can’t beat.
Denise and Vlad looked after us really well on the shore, organising and getting kit and air ready. We were “treated” to lots of Vlad’s jokes as well! Briefings told us all about the dive spots, and they made sure we were aware of the dangers, but also what you could spot (I’m quite glad we didn’t meet any of the tiger sharks though!). This company really cares about their clients.
We had a fantastic experience with Diving Dominican Republic, and are looking forward to diving with them again sometime. Thank you to Denise, Vlad, the Captain and David for a brilliant time.