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    Lightbulb Setting up Dive Shop

    Looking for information on setting up a dive shop and whale watching any information and suggested locations and any other tourist ideas would be great

    thanks
    Duane

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    Tough road ahead. There are already at least as many dive shops as the market will support in the north coast tourist areas.

    Whalewatching is in Samana Bay, a marine sanctuary. Diving with the whales is prohibited. I have heard of a company getting permission to dive on Silver Bank, but that is a very expensive trip requiring facilities on the boat for overnighting, etc.

    I would strongly recommend that you spend time in the Dominican Republic getting acquainted with the areas and the dive programs already here before you finalize your plans or make an investment.

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    Default diving shop in south or other areas

    Everthing i have read says that the diving isnt developed to the full in the dr yet, any ideas of a good area ? what about the south

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    Duane

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    Divers don't come to the Dominican Republic to dive like windsurfers flock to Cabarete. It is not like the Turks and Caicos and other areas known for their diving opportunities.

    When I look at the number of dive shops in Sosua, can't help but believe that here, at least, it is very well developed.

    Know nothing about diving on the south coast.

    Might also mention that tourism on north coast is currently in the doldrums. All existing tourism related businesses are hurting and many hotels have closed.

    This board is not a substitute for coming to the Dominican Republic and checking out the areas for yourself. Nobody is better able than you to decide whether it is worth your making the investment.

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    Default Lots of dive shops on South Coast.....

    All hurting bad because of the decline in tourism.
    Hubby is a divemaster and helps out a friend with his dive shop during the winter when we are here.
    Avaraged 2 divers a week this year......good thing hubby doesn't work for pay and our friend also has another source of income!!
    He's looking for a partner to inject some cash into the business or to buy out his other partner who returned to Germany last May because of the lack of income........
    Want a number to call??

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    Default Re: Setting up Dive Shop

    Originally posted by Dman
    Looking for information on setting up a dive shop and whale watching any information and suggested locations and any other tourist ideas would be great

    thanks
    Duane
    Your going to be entering a saturated market. Do not consider doing so. UNLESS you actually market directly to the travelers in their perspective countries. Then you figure, Hmmmm! I can attract at least 2000 travelers/yr and profit about for ex: us$50 each. Then your in business. But remember to subtract your expenses and your all good to go.

    That is about us$100,000 a year doing what you love not a significant amount of over-head (your paying employees in pesos) and your living larger then most.


    Any business can succeed anywear there is money. It all has to do on how you go about your PROMOTIONAL STAGE of business!

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    Default PARASAILING

    hello again, another question is anyone doing parasailing there, probly a dumb question:}

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    Talking Parasailing

    Dman, is there parasailing? Let's put it this way, there are plenty of outfits doing this. In some coastal resort areas, you do not have to ask directions as how to get to the beach, just proceed in the direction of the parasails dotting the horizon. Best bet is to follow the advice of Ken and go to the island to do your own research. Regards, PJT

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