If you are spending a week at a beach resort in Punta Cana, consider getting your PADI license, which allows you to dive all around the world. The area boasts an excellent site for learning or developing your diving expertise. dive operations located at resort hotels take divers out to the shallow sites, and shipwrecks become distinct attractions.
Located on the Atlantic coast, sea conditions are rougher, and for this reason, Bavaro is not your typical Caribbean diving site, Bavaro has large tall volcanic rock formations, on which a few hardy species of coral exist. Brain coral, stag-horn an elk-horn coral is more common. Sponges, on the other hand, can’t thrive in the constant rush of water, and there is a smaller variety of fish.
There are a number of interesting wrecks to drive the Astron is a 300-foot shipwrecked opposite the Riu hotel chain, on the north side of the east coast hotel & beach strip. The site is very shallow, around 14 meters at its deepest. It is so close to the shore that tourists can canoe out to the site, and most of the hotels offer boat trips to the wreck. The ship was wrecked about 20 years ago, apparently in attempted insurance fraud. The wreck was only semi-successful because half still protrudes out of the water. In order to really see all the Astron has to offer in a dive, conditions have to be very good, because the ship is right in the breaker zone. How ever, the ship is well preserved and is home to some barracuda and other small fish
Another wreck, the Monica, offers an interesting look at the past wrecked around the turn of the century the Monica was a wooden-hulled ship carrying equipment for a sugar plantation.it was caught in a storm and subsequently suck. The wooden hull has rotted away, and what remains are some interesting steel artefacts from the plantations; railway ties, the propeller and other machines. Smaller reef fish live on the wreck, and barracudas can also be spotted. The Monica can be swum through, and provide an interesting experience for both beginner and advanced divers.
Because of its volcanic rock for formations, Bavaro presents interesting opportunities for more technical diving swim-throughs and caves provide more challenging diving for the experienced and appropriately certified diver. There are a variety of caves, featuring stalagmite and stalactites, as well as cathedral ceilings and wide passages. because these locations are protected from the rough, Atlantic, the water is warm and clear and in some, there are opportunities to surface regularity, many of the dive operations offer cave-diving training in this area because of the varying degrees of complexity.
Batato is another interesting dive site with a maximum depth of around 12 meters, where large blocks of rock provide swim-throughs. A family of three manatees has been seen at the site and can be observed by divers. There large, underwater mammals have long bodies that taper to a paddle-shaped tail. The average male is about three meters long and weighs over 350 kilograms. The closest land relative is the elephant, and their herbivores are slow-moving and spend much of their day feeing, resting and travelling. Manatees surface every three to five minutes for air. Their lifespan is comparable to that of humans, and their reproductive cycle is slow. Manatees should never be approached to avoid distressing them but can be watched from a distance. They are social animals, and in the batato site, can be observed ‘wearing’ tens of nurse sharks, seemingly attached to their bodies travelling with them wherever the manatees go.