We had two good friends tie the knot this past March in beautiful Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic. After the wedding festivities we decide to explore a bit to the more popular diving side of the island, Bayahibe. I mean after all, when in Rome, right? Er, when in the Dominican? Ha, Either way, we figured we were here so we better check out whats below the surface too. I honestly can’t say the Dominican Republic was on my radar for a dive trip… but it is now! We only got to dive one day due to me falling ill for a few days but it was well worth it!
The first dive site was the St. George Wreck. Its a 240 ft abandoned wheat and barley cargo ship that got renamed to the St George after hurricane George in 1998. It was then sunk as an artificial reef and is now a popular dive site. I’ve always loved wrecks. They are majestic, spooky, and intriguing. So of course I jumped at the opportunity to explore this one! At the end of our dive we had a quick encounter with a freaking manta ray at our safety stop. It happened super fast and didn’t get close enough for a photo, but was awesome all the same. Apparently it’s pretty rare, no one has seen one in years there so we were stoked!
The second dive was called Penon. It was a recommendation from our dive shop, Scuba Fun. It was an incredible wonderland of rocks, corals, and sponges teeming with wildlife. Could have done that site multiple times easily and never get bored!
Would definitely jump at the opportunity to dive in the Dominican Republic again! Maybe check out the whales up north next time but would have to definitely squeeze in Bayahibe again!