La Romana – Bayahibe area have some of the best points for snorkeling and diving in the Dominican Republic, and can also be considered some of the best in the Caribbean, because of its water clarity and availability of dive sites. Taking into account, of course, the beauty of the area that is ideal for nature lovers and the beach. The people in this area are also very friendly and hospitable and you will always find a smile. La Romana, Bayahibe and Dominicus areas have some of the best diving in the Caribbean located off Catalina Island National Park and the National Park of the East. Expect pristine coral reefs, walls, wrecks and great areas for snorkeling, too. The coral reefs off Bayahibe and Dominicus beaches, and Catalina Island and Catalinita sand bar, as well as the coastline bordering the National Park of the East are exceptional and have easy access.
Divers can also visit sunken cargo ships and galleons populated by flocks of colorful tropical fish. Among these are the freighter St. George and the replica of the Spanish galleon Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe. A 240-foot (73 meter) steel freighter, the St. George stands upright in the sand providing a new home for marine life at approximately 120 feet (37 meters). This ship was sunk in 1999 as a dive attraction close to the resorts in Dominicus and has accumulated marine life growth and a resident fish population.
Catalina Island is a 20-minute boat ride from La Romana city. There, a wall drops from 20 to 120 feet (6 to 37 meters) with the vertical descent adorned with colorful sponges and soft corals. Right off the island, the Captain Kidd Living Museum of the Sea is where remains of the pirate’s newly found ship can be observed, including 500-year old cannons.
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