How's the Diving in Haiti?

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  1. Aquatic Ventures

    Aquatic Ventures Scuba Instructor

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    I know about the political unrest and the kidnappings. I'm interested in the diving, anyone actually been diving there, anyone know of an operator I can use? I just need tanks.
     
  2. PARADISE HUNTER

    PARADISE HUNTER Surface Interval Member

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    I have never been there, but here are some links I found from a google search. Looks like only two shops, I would bet there are a couple more.

    Be aware of a very high rate of AIDS infection in Haiti. It would be wise to travel there with a couple of pints of your own blood in case of a emergency. Sounds crazy, but it is recomended to hunters when traveling to Africa. DAN insurance is a must and I would give them a call to ask about evac options from there.

    Good luck.

    Dive Haiti Scuba Diving Centers :: CYBER DIVER ScubaLinx

    Haiti Scuba Diving Directory
     
  3. Jamini

    Jamini Angel Fish

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    You would be a lot better off, not to mention SAFER going to the Dominican Republic, the other half of Haiti. Stay at one of the many all-inclusives. I haven't been there for a few years so I'm not up on the latest scoop for the best places. Guaranteed though you will be a lot safer and have a better time there than anywhere in Haiti. We're talking police walking around with machine guns, theft, crime, disease and all kinds of other things to avoid!
     
  4. Aquatic Ventures

    Aquatic Ventures Scuba Instructor

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    This isn't a vacation for me, I'll be there for work. I've found tanks, they actually have Nitrox. I've done my research and know that the diving is spectacular, probably because no one is dumb enough to go there. I was wondering if anyone has been diving there? Zombie Hole etc. Cap Haitien area?
     
  5. nipi

    nipi Manta Ray

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    We dived in Haiti in the spring of 2006.

    First spot was at Port Morgan on the Ile a Vache off the south coast. Beautiful spot but the diving wasn't great mainly because their resident divemaster was off & the boat boy didn't really know where to take us. Google Port Morgan for details & ensure they have a dive guide in residence.

    Second spot was at the Kaliko Beach Club about 1 hour north of PaP. Much better. Stay there & dive with Jose. They have shallow reefs & a wreck but the best diving was across at Ile a Goncaives - nice wall. If you google Kaliko Beach you can get his details - you will need to book in advance to ensure he is there - we were the first customers he'd had in a while.

    We also visited Cap (a trip up to the Citadelle is a must) where you can dive at Cormier Plage but we had phoned & they said the dive shop was closed then. Would be interested to hear if anyone knows whetehr it's open now.
     
  6. Aquatic Ventures

    Aquatic Ventures Scuba Instructor

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    Thanks I found your post from 2006 and sent it to my Haitien contacts. Thanks again.
     
  7. sharkman72fla

    sharkman72fla Angel Fish

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    When are you going to be traveling there? I have been 3 times, 2003, 2004 and 2007 for drilling fresh water wells in various places along the West Coast. Beautiful snorkeling was all we ever had a chance to do. Don't expect to find alot of large marine life, Haiti's reefs are vastly overfished. We are actually looking into starting marine/reef/fishery conservation efforts there this year. We also have to provide another means of income for the fishermen before they will even consider conservation. We are looking into Tilapia farming as that resource. This has been a hope of mine since my 1st trip in 2003 and now it looks like things are coming together. For more see Big Fish Missions. If you are going down for any type of work in this field, please contact me. Also, you founds Nitrox tanks in Haiti? We will need those when we go in August to do some reef studies.
     
  8. sharkman72fla

    sharkman72fla Angel Fish

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    "You would be a lot better off, not to mention SAFER going to the Dominican Republic, the other half of Haiti. Stay at one of the many all-inclusives. I haven't been there for a few years so I'm not up on the latest scoop for the best places. Guaranteed though you will be a lot safer and have a better time there than anywhere in Haiti. We're talking police walking around with machine guns, theft, crime, disease and all kinds of other things to avoid!"

    I love Haiti, but it not for the faint of heart or tourist looking for an easy place to go. It is the 2nd poorest country in the world behind Sudan. However the safety for the most part now is better than it has been in many years. It is safer now than when went in 2003 as far as kidnappings and violence. As far as having a dive emergency, you are pretty much on your own. Americans, no matter how rich or poor you may be, are seen as rich and you will be hounded for money. All kids can say this is in English "Give me dollar?". Be careful if you are going to give any handouts how you do it, preferably in private with who you are giving to. Make sure you get a tetnus shot and some malaria pills prior to going. The hepatitus vaccines are recommended also. There are very few motor boats that we have seen on the waters where we go, which makes for a very nice photo when all you see on the ocean are makeshift sailboats and not a bunch of white pleasure crafts like everywhere in Florida waters. Oh and there are virtually no "rekens"(Creole for sharks) in Haitian waters. What part of Haiti are you going into? We always stayed north of Port and south of St. Marc. Absolutely beautiful there. I could go on for hours, so if you have any questions I'd be happy to help!
     
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  9. nipi

    nipi Manta Ray

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    Does anyone have any up to date info as to whether the dive operation at Cormier Plage near Cap Haitien is currently operational? Thanks.
     
  10. sharkman72fla

    sharkman72fla Angel Fish

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    I have a former commercial diver who is looking into more operators there. He works with a doctor near Cap Hatien. He has a friend who runs a hotel near LaBadie. I will let you know what I hear. Aquatic Adventures has a contact that is coordinating their dive efforts now. We can see what he finds as well.
    By the way, have you dove or talked with the Roy's lately?
     
  11. nipi

    nipi Manta Ray

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    Thanks. Have only been to Roy's once - in 2006.
     
  12. ScubaHaiti

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    Oh man! There are so many misconceptions about Haiti. No wonder Haiti does not get any tourists at all from Americans. It is true that Haiti is poor and politically unstable. But it is not as bad as the media makes it seems to be. I live in Haiti and I love scuba diving in Tortuga, Haiti. It is one of the best places to scuba dive and kitesurf in the world. Please check the following links and educate yourselves: Please check:

    Discover Haiti: Sights and Travel Page
    Bienvenue à Port Morgan (Île à Vache, Haïti) : Hôtel de rêve
    Tortuga Island Haiti - Ile de la Tortue
    Nouveau Kiskeya, New Haiti Free Zone
    Yéle Haiti - established by musician Wyclef Jean to assist his native land of Haiti
     
  13. sharkman72fla

    sharkman72fla Angel Fish

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    Welcome ScubaHaiti. I need a Dive operator around Montrouis, just south of St. Marc. Can you help me out?
     
  14. calypsonick

    calypsonick Scuba Instructor

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    Sharkman, I was diving in that area a couple of weeks ago with a visiting scientist but he told me Kaliko Beach hotel in the same area has a compressor and tanks.

    The dives were in the Arcadin Islands and were quite nice. Lots of fans, sponges, flamingo tongues but not many fish. See pics from dive here :

    http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/underwater-photography/244149-arcadin-islands-haiti.html

    I am stationed in the North near Cap Haitien and looking for dive buddies. ScubaHaiti, are you in the vicinity ? I have brand new small portable compressor and 4 steelies available and dying to use em.

    Any takers out there ??

    Nick
     
  15. sharkman72fla

    sharkman72fla Angel Fish

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    Nick,

    Thanks for the info. Can you say what the scientist was working on and who he was with or where he was from? We are trying to help start some conservation efforts there and if he was working around Kaliko we need to get in touch with him. Thanks again!
     
  16. Pocestnik

    Pocestnik Angel Fish

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    Sharkman,

    Just a couple weeks ago I finished my Open Water Certification at Pegasus, the dive shop next to Kaliko Beach. Jose has compressor, tanks, regulators, BCD's and all other stuff for basic dives. I have been diving every Sunday since then, so if you have any specific questions you need to ask about their shop, let me know. Basically, it is a small marina and his house. No commercial storefront.
     
  17. Pocestnik

    Pocestnik Angel Fish

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    HAITI UPDATE

    We are just back from a day of diving off la Gonave Island, and the Arcadin Islands. The water is finally clearing up after all the devastation and flooding in the Gonaives and Cabaret areas (north and south of the dive shop). Jose's boat ramp took some damage, but he is able to get the dive boat in and out of the water, so all is good.

    Today was my first dive near la Gonave, and it was on a wall. Unfortunately, not too much to see except a few schools of blue chromies.

    Second dive was on the Arcadin Islands. These have to be the best dive sites we hit here. Lots of life (by Haiti standards) and LOTS of structure. Tube and barrel sponges, a few lionfish, lots of trumpet fish and a rainbow of small stuff. One guy with a new camera was going crazy, shooting all the macro stuff.

    As usual for Haiti, there were no big fish. But this was my first dive since all the flooding, and it was good to see the reefs are as healthy as before.
     
  18. The Brandon

    The Brandon Angel Fish

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    I lived in Haiti from 1985-1986 in a neighborhood called Paco, a little outside of Port-Au-Prince. I agree with ScubaHaiti, Americans need to educate themselves with foreign countries with more than what we see on the news. This is what makes Americans look ignorant when we travel overseas.
    I used to dive, shore dives mostly off of a beach house that was about 1 hour north or Port-Au-Prince.
    If I had the experience that I have now I would of course be looking for wrecks. Back then I was 15 and just wanted to dive. What made the location where I used to dive interesting was, there was a major railroad accident there. Apparently there was a cliffside train track a few hundred feet up a mountain. During a rainstorm a landslide occurred and the train and tracks fell into the ocean. Just so happens that the cliff continued into the ocean to a shear wall that dropped off to, I can't remember how deep. You could see the tracks and some cars during the dive continuing to the bottom of the ocean. Pretty cool.
    20+ years ago Haiti was different but kinda the same. When people ask me how it was. I usually tell them this is where I saw my first naked woman and my first dead body. But hell you can see that in Los Angeles.
    I would definately travel back there again. As for diving though there are a few dozen places on my list that I would like to get to before going back there.
     
  19. sharkman72fla

    sharkman72fla Angel Fish

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    Pocestnik,

    Are you still in Haiti or were you visiting?
     
  20. Pocestnik

    Pocestnik Angel Fish

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    I am still in Haiti, will be here (hopefully) until May. Possibly longer, if our contract is extended. We are working to rebuild the Haitian police, so not likely to run out of work anytime soon.

    You coming for a visit?
     

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