Cave Diving in the Dominican Republic with Uwescuba
"Caves are my true passion, I have discovered and explored the largest cave systems on the island" - Uwe Rath
Discover Cave Diving
Cave Diving is not for anyone. Therefore, before booking a course, you should first be aware of the new surroundings.
Uwescuba offers a introductory dive into the Cave area. Here, after a very detailed briefing, a dive is made with all the appropriate safety regulations concerning the cave diving roules.
Our cave, which we dive, has no narrow spots, no ground sediment, a constant line, a limited penetration depth, air chambers to emerge and the dive is accompanied by experienced caves instructors.
After this dive experience, however, you can safely say whether the cave dive is something that you would like to continue or not. If the interest is there, then it goes with the courses cavern diving, introduction to cave dive and the full cave diver course.
|Cave Dives||Prices per diver |
|1 Discover Cave Dive, Bayahibe||US$ 110|
|* Min of 2 Divers|
Cave Diving Excursions
Bayahibe, Santo Domingo, Boca de Yuma - Caves
The Dominican Republic currently has more than 140 cave systems spread across the island. In addition to the places offered above, we also offer tailor made excursions. Please contact us for more details.
Bayahibe, with the famous cave systems Chicho, Padre Nuestro and Jeringa is right in front of our doorstep. Trips to these systems can be done daily.
Our cave Jeringa is however a pure side mount cave. With tanks on the back there is no progress.
After 15 minutes drive we reach these systems in the national park. Depending on the experience and level of education, dives lasting from 45 min to 90 min can be made here.
Caves systems around Santo Domingo
Santo Domingo with the caves is about 1.40 hrs away from Bayahibe. Due to the longer driving time we should have at least 2 Cave Divers for the excursion.
For the SAnto Domingo area we have the following excursions in our program:
Cueva Taina with 2 dives
Jardin Oriental and the Cave Tildo
Hippodromo and the Cave La Rocca
Departure is 8.30 and we are back in Bayahibe around 5.00 pm
Caves systems around Boca de Yuma
Our trips to Boca de Yuma are for our Full Cave Diver.
For normal excursions, we will visit the caves Hoyo Azul and the cave Porfidia.
The Toro cave, known for its length (3,5 km) and the red bacteria tunnel, is something special, but we need to dive with at least 3 bottles.
During the Toro excursion, only this cave is dived, as the whole logistics of the bottle transport takes a long time.
In my early days here in the Dominican Republic in 1992 only two small cave systems were known. One was the cave El Dudu in the North of the island and near the Santo Domingo airport, there was the cave El Tildo.
In this time dive centers focused more on the normal diving and courses instead of cave diving. This changed a little in 1995 when the Taino Cave near Santo Domingo got explored and opened the doors for normal divers. Diving in caves in the Dominican Republic became a new attraction and was offered by every dive school in the south.
The first real explorations
But the real searching and exploring from cave systems was still something rear. The reason was quite simple. None of the instructors or divers was trained for cave diving. The divers and instructors were entering the cave systems with normal diving equipment and in this time the available lamps systems had very low battery times.
That changed when I started my diving school in Barahona in 1999. I spoke with the locals, they told me that near the border to Haiti there were small lakes which had formerly served the Taino Indians as a drinking water supply. They called these lakes "Pozo's". So we made our way to look at this Pozo's once. Not with the thought of caves, but more with the idea maybe to find old Taino artifacts.
The find of these holes was very stressful and required a hike with diving equipment through a cactus jungle. But the clear blue water made up for everything. We found no Taino artifacts, but instead entrances to large cave systems.
Exploring the South Coast
The year 1999 saw the start of exploring cave systems on the south coast of the Dominican Republic. In this time we found and explored Pozo La Picina, Pozo La Hicotea, Palo de Luz as well as biggest system on the island called El Asfalto.
In 2000 together with American cave diver, Lamar Hires we organized the first cave expedition and later with Jill Heinerth and Curt Bowen. This was also the time where I thought it necessary to expand my knowledge of cave diving and make courses for it. At that time I was the only Cave Diver in the country with a Full Cave Diver certification made in the USA.
The caves discoveries were of course published and always more cave divers and researchers come to visit the Dominican Republic.
Discovered Cave Systems Today
Today we have cave systems distributed throughout the island. If you add up everything, then it will already be over a hundred various caves.
However, the cave diving here is not as easy like in Mexico or Florida. The Dominican Republic cave systems are in fairly rough terrain. This needs to achieve in part several days of preparation and a lot of logistics. Divers, who not have at least a AOW Brevet (or an equivalent) and at least 100 dives in the log, they not start to think about, to do Cave Diving. (This is my personal idea about experience).
Cave Dive Course is necessary
The Dominican Republic offers beautiful Cave systems. But most of these systems are only accessible for experienced and certified cave divers. When you like to learn real Cave Diving or when you need more information check out our Cave Diving Courses.
In the end everybody is responsible for things he is doing, but remember always:
“Any one could enter a cave ... But only the trained Cave Diver knows how to exit”