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Cave Diving in the Dominican Republic with the Experts

In my beginnings here in the Dominican Republic in 1992, only two small cave systems were known. One of them was the cave El Dudu in the north of the island, and near the airport Santo Domingo was the cave El Tildo. During this time, the dive centers focused more on the normal diving and courses than on cave diving. This changed a bit in 1995 when the Taino Cave near Santo Domingo was explored and opened the doors for ordinary divers. Diving in caves in the Dominican Republic became a new attraction and was offered by every diving school in the south.



But the actual searching and exploring of cave systems was still a bit backward. The reason was simple. None of the instructors or divers was trained for cave diving. The divers and instructors entered the cave systems with normal diving equipment and during that time the available lamp systems had very low battery times. That changed when I opened my diving school in Barahona in 1999. I talked to the locals, who told me there were small lakes near the border with Haiti that used to serve the Taino Indians as drinking water supplies. They called these lakes "Pozo". So we went to see this Pozo once. Not with the idea of ​​caves, but rather with the idea of ​​finding old Taino artifacts. The discovery of these holes was very tiring and required a hike with scuba equipment through a cactus jungle. But the clear blue water made everything right again. We found no Taino artifacts, but inputs to large cave systems. In the year 2000 we organized the first cave expedition together with the American cave diver Lamar Hires and later with Jill Heinerth and Curt Bowen. This was also the time when I felt it necessary to expand my knowledge of cave diving and to teach courses. At that time, I was the only cave diver in the country with a Full Cave Diver certification.

The cave discoveries were of course published and more and more cave divers and researchers are visiting the Dominican Republic.

Chicho Cave

Cave Dive Chicho Cave

Our Chicho cave is the best place for safe cavern and cave diving. No silt areas and a beautiful blue entrance lake will make your start into the Dominican Republic dark cave world unforgettable. We offer this cave dive as a single dive or in combination with Padre Nuestro Cave or Jeringa in the same day.  Our prices are complete prices and including, transportation to the cave, entrance fees, tip money for the helpers, tanks, ( sidemount ) guided cave dive.

Price for a single dive: USD 110
Price in combination with a second cave dive, same day, USD 170 Book Now
Padre Nuestro

Cave Dive Padre Nuestro Cave

The cave where we found our first monkey bones.
The cavern part of Padre Nuestro is highly decorated, after swimming a while the line passes through a small restriction. After this the cave opens into a huge room with giant stalactites every where. The line eventually goes up into a breakdown area and the cave chokes out. Limestone formations, a nice cavern area and maybe the possibility to find some monkey or other animal bones. You will fell like a cave explorer. Our prices are complete prices and including, transportation to the cave, entrance fees, tip money for the helpers, tanks, ( sidemount ) guided cave dive.

Price for a single dive: USD 110
Price in combination with a second cave dive, same day, USD 170 Book Now
Janine

Cave Dive Jeringa Cave

La Jeringa is located just outside of the small town of Bayahibe in the Padre Nuestro Park.
La Jeringa is a side mount only cave with crystal clear water, white walls and passages that include numerous restrictions. The cave has no decorations and is made up of eroded and sharp rock, anything not tucked away and streamlined will get caught on the rock at some point during the dive.
Max depth in La Jeringa is 49ʼ (15 meters), one of the tunnels ends in a small air dome and there are many restrictions, some of which are no-mount. Our prices are complete prices and including, transportation to the cave, entrance fees, tip money for the helpers, tanks, ( sidemount ) guided cave dive.

Price for a single dive: USD 110
Price in combination with a second cave dive, same day, USD 170 Book Now
Cueva Taina

Cave Dive  Taino Cave

The most filmed cave in the Dominican Republic. Since 1995 this cave get used for cave diving. The famous cavern part, with the red stair case, shown in a lot of cave documentations, leads you into a incredible world of cave history. From Bayahibe we need 1.30 hours to reach this cave close to Santo Domingo.
Located on a private property we have the possibility to dive in two different caves. Our prices are complete prices and including, transportation to the cave, entrance fees, tip money for the helpers, tanks, ( sidemount ) guided cave dive.
Here we need a minimum of 2 cave divers. You like to do it alone we charge USD 100 extra.

Price for two dives: USD 250 Book Now
Jardin Oriental

Cave Dive Jardin Oriental 

This cave is in the middle of nowhere - be amazed..
Jardin Oriental is the name of the area where the cave is located. You need some locals they cut you a passage to the cave and carry your tanks down to the entrance. The mainline starts right at the entrance and the first part is really big, the walls disappear in some places, visibility is excellent. The line does a series of T's and goes through the various tunnels and breakdowns. Great cave dive. A combination for the second dive is possible with Tildo cave.
Our prices are complete prices and including, transportation to the cave, entrance fees, tip money for the helpers, tanks, ( sidemount ) guided cave dive.
Here we need a minimum of 2 cave divers. You like to do this dive alone, we charge USD 100 extra.

Price for two dives: USD 250 Book Now
Tildo

Cave Dive Tildo Cave

With the entrance in the middle of a family property. Before you start diving the small Tildo cave, you need to say hello to the complete family. The grandmother maybe provides you also with a strong, very sweet dominican coffee before or in between the dives. The mainline starts just below the ledge and the cave is very shallow and made up of very sharp rock, there is a pronounced hallocline at about 6 meters and no decorations. This is the second dive after Jardin Oriental.
Our prices are complete prices and including, transportation to the cave, entrance fees, tip money for the helpers, tanks,
( sidemount ) guided cave dive.
Here we need a minimum of 2 cave divers. You like to do this dive alone, we charge USD 100 extra.

Price for two dives: USD 250 Book Now

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