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Bayahibe publishes its diving guide

The Romana-Bayahibe Hotels Association and the Ministry of Environment have sponsored the publication of the Bayahibe and National Park of the East scuba diving guide. The area is famous for having some of the best scuba diving and snorkeling sites in the Dominican Republic.

The publication was compiled by Adolfo Lopez Belando, with contributions by biologists Idelisa Bonelly, Francisco Geraldes, Enrique Pugivet, Monica Vega and Ruben Torres. Contributing photographers were Adolfo Lopez, Jose Alejandro Alvarez, Rodrigo Ardanaz, Osvaldo Vasquez, Mario Delgado and Jose Borrel. It is available in five languages: Spanish, English, Italian, German and French. The guide was published with educating the scuba diver and snorkeler in mind. “It could be described as an ecology-friendly scuba diving guide,” explained Lisette Gil, director of the Romana-Bayahibe Hotels Association, during the book’s launch. She explained that the book provides recommendations for enthusiasts to take into account when diving in the area. The content was compiled from several reports carried out by marine biologists living in the country, and is thus more than a description of the underground landscape, but also a valuable source of scientific information on the marine biodiversity of the area. The presentation was attended by Environment Minister Max Puig, and representatives of member hotels. The guide was funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, the Fondo Multilateral de Inversiones (Fomin), the Romana-Bayahibe Hotels Association, the Viva Wyndham Resorts and Coral by Hilton hotel chains, the Venta Club Gran Dominicus and Iberostar Hacienda Dominicus.

For information on how to buy a copy of the guide, write to Lisette Gil at romanabayahibe@verizon.net.do