My husband and I could not have been more happy with our decision to book four days of diving with Diving DR. The dive shop was located just a 5 minute walk down the beach from our resort (Dreams La Romana). The owners, Denise & Vlad, are so nice & fun to talk with. We had a great time spending several hours one day at the Cuban restaurant next door just chatting with them! Vlad is such a joker and Denise knows how to put him right in his place! ;) You must eat at least once at the Cuban restaurant, it is so good (order the Ropa Vieja!)
Inside the shop they have a great painted mural on the wall pointing out all the dive sites along with beautiful photos taken by Vlad to get you excited for diving. Vlad had been suffering from some sinus problems and a cold so unfortunately we didn't get the chance to dive with him. However, Bruno, our Brazilian divemaster was excellent. I'm not exaggerating when I say he is one of the best we have ever been diving with! Despite the conditions being very good and pretty easy, he was still very thorough in his dive briefings & safety oriented. We were fortunate enough to have the boat completely to ourselves ( I think the max people they take out is 5) for our four days and we were "the boss". Bruno was kind enough to switch out our tanks for us lazy divers and they rinsed our gear at their shop each day and stored it for us during our 4 days. Denise drove us and our gear back to our hotel so we didn't have to lug it back on our last dive day. Every step of the way, they take care of you.
The condition of the coral on almost all of our dives was in excellent shape. It was better than other Caribbean destinations we've been to that are more known for diving. Beautiful and plentiful sea fans among lots of other coral types, a good amount of fish life (mostly smaller fish life). We saw eels, huge puffers, stingrays, one very large eagle ray swimming away from us, a large nurse shark, sleeping octopus, two wrecks, a pair of pelagic fish and more. I was really pleasantly surprised by how good the diving was and very happy we took our dive gear.
Diving DR is especially worthwhile if you are a more experienced diver looking for a better experience than what you will have with "resort diving". The resort dive shop might be a little less expensive but you are NOT going to have the same experience as you would with these guys. They were worth every penny and I would absolutely consider coming back to the Dominican Republic just because of the service and experience we had with Diving DR. It will be hard to not expect that type of service when we travel to other destinations. Book with Diving DR, you won't be disappointed!
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