Bayahibe beach, reef and Atlantic Princess wreck
The Reef around Bayahibe is just beautiful and it is well known to be a great place to snorkel, since it is shallow and currents-free. This reef range in depths from 4 feet to 20 feet which make snorkeling a breeze. During your Bayahibe Reef Tour you will visit also a beautiful Atlantic Princess wreck. This wreck is great one for snorkellers who are looking to see a real wreck while snorkelling on an amazing reef. The Atlantic Princess sits at 12.4 meters and is home to large trumpet fish and lion fish. The ship is surrounded by beautiful sponges and corals.
The Atlantic Princess used to cruise with tourists in Bayahibe area many years ago. It retired and in the spring 2008 was getting ready to be intentionally sunk and turned into an artificial reef for scuba divers. On 15 August 2008 during Tropical Storm Fay big waves took it to the beach beside Dreams La Romana Resort.
The local paper said: “The boat was an attraction for tourists staying at hotels in the east, especially in La Romana, Dominicus and Bayahibe area during the winter holidays….. It has been decontaminated and prepared for the sinking. The Environment and Tourism Ministries as well as the Navy will take part in this venture. Officials say the boat will be ready in about 15 days, once 100,000 gallons of contaminated water on board the ship have all been removed.”
Well, it took a bit longer, another date was set for December 2008 and then one day, May 6 2009 exactly, the boat disappeared by itself, unfortunately in a shallow location, and many experts say that a surge from any major storm will probably destroy it. But for now, we have a new wreck that can be enjoyed even by new divers. Some of the pictures are taken the same afternoon it sunk and the next morning, so you see the very fresh wreck.
After few hurricane seasons (we didn’t have any here, just some waves), the wreck doesn’t look the same anymore, the top part is missing already, the shipwreck shifted a bit down, but still nice to go and see, specially for new divers it’s a great experience.