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Underwater Photo Location: Wrecks

Underwater Photo Location: Wrecks

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The Dominican Republic is good value for your
More than 45,000 hotel rooms are located throughout the length
and breadth of the island. The competition keeps hoteliers on their toes,
and the traveler benefits from great vacation prices. There are small beach inns
to small hotels atop hills colonial city hostels to adventure traveler hotels,
all-inclusive beach resorts to deluxe metropolitan hotels.

  • St. George. The St. George is a large freighter, about 200 feet in
    length, sunk in early 1999 as a dive attraction. Now she sits upright along a
    reef slope with her bow at 140 feet and her propellers in the sand at 100
    feet. The wheelhouse and stack remain very much intact.

  • Hickory. The Hickory was purposely sunk as a dive attraction in 1986
    and now sits perfectly upright on the sand seafloor at 65 feet. The 135-foot
    freighter got hammered by Hurricane George, but still hosts a massive amount
    of fish, particularly sergeant majors (obviously used to being hand-fed) and
    Blackbar Soldierfish. The sponge encrustation and marine life make this a
    must-do for underwater photographers.

  • El Limon. El Limon is a 120-foot tugboat sunk near the Hickory. Given
    their proximity and reasonably shallow depth, both ships can be easily visited
    on the same two-tank dive trip.

  • La Sirena Cave . This particular site can only be dived with Treasure
    Divers as they have an arrangement with the landowner, but it's an example of
    the numerous freshwater caves and caverns that are found throughout the DR.
    Here, an iron spiral staircase leads to a cavernous opening in the jungle
    canopy. Stunning water clarity washes a cave system decorated with perfectly
    intact stalactites and stalagmites. This dive is not done as a deep
    penetration and avoids long overhead obstructions, so it is safe for those
    without cave certification. But make no mistake; there is world-class cave
    diving in the Dominican Republic that is yet to be explored.

  • Tanya V. Purposely sunk as a dive attraction by the owner of the
    nearby Coral Costa Caribe Resort; the Tanya V is a 120-foot cargo ship sent to
    the bottom Oct. 22, 1999. Already the stern is home to large schools of grunts
    and Goatfish. She sits in 110 feet of water.

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by Dmitry Vinogradov
Touch Dominican Rep. Tugboat La Lemon.

by Juan Keyter
Shot on the St. George wreck in Dominican Republic
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