Had to go for work; ended up enjoying myself!
by harrka on November 5, 2007
The Riu is beautiful! I could never afford to go there but work paid for it so I could enjoy it even more. the food in all of the DR leaves much for an american to desire, but the best could be made of it. The beaches were great, the water fantastic and the service completely amazing. If you don't like stairs, make sure to request something on the first floor of the villas because the stairs can get "old" :) after a while...
The diving here is average. The day we happened to go it was very windy and the currents were stronger than I have ever worked with before. As an extremely recreational diver, I had to suck more air than normal to keep up. I didn't see much interesting stuff and mostly had to keep my eye out for the guide and my buddy.The guide? While seriously nice, he was reprehensibly irresponsible. I kept telling him about my air situation and at 500 psi, I knew I needed to surface; because of the currents, he wanted me to continue below the surface but I know you're supposed to have more air than that when you start your ascent, so I started without him even though he was my buddy. When I finally got to the top, I was COMPLETELY out of air. I didn't have enough to swim the 1/4 mile or so to the boat; I honestly thought he either lost track of the boat or didn't think it was important to lead us there. There's not much to see and the fish aren't super colorful so make sure you go somewhere else if you want to dive and you're in the DR. The scenery topside, coming in after the dive was also cool!
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