Sosua, Dominican Republic
Sosua is located in the heart of the popular beach area of the Atlantic Coast, about 20 km east of Puerto Plata and 14 km west of Cabarete. It is divided into two separate villages which are separated by a bay at whose base is a beautiful sandy white beach more than half a mile long. In addition to sunbathing, it is the scene of a variety of watersports such as sailing, water-skiing, jet-skiing, and just offshore a short distance there are banks of coral that are excellent for scuba-diving.
However if you want to see coral, the petrified variety you can actually be seen on the beach and around the grounds of some hotels dating from the days when the sea levels were a lot higher.
21 Nov 2001 - Sosua, Dominican RepublicI am normally an independent traveller who organises flight, accommodation all other travel by myself. However, this time I took an all inclusive 7 day holiday because it was cheap and then all I would have to pay for would be excursions and diving.
My observations from this place was the divide between the wealthy (the tourists) and the local people. Quite disgracefully, the best bit of beach has been bought up by the hotels for the exclusive enjoyment of the tourists. Locals can be seen on the beach but only if they have passes that allow them to sell souvenirs (and hair braiding services). It would be quite possible to spend an entire holiday on the complex, shielded from the real Dominican Republic. When walking down the road in company you will be offered junk that looks rubbish anywhere other than on resort; when walking down the same road alone in daylight you will be offered sex instead.
We signed up to a few excursions at the beginning of the holiday and these were the trip to the capital, Santo Domingo, Paradise Island - in fact just a sandbank, and a trip into the country to see the interior.
Dominican Republic - Swamped by Sergeant Majors
Its a feeding frenzy for these Sergeant Major fish. Though you shouldn't feed the fish I thought a healthy banana would allow a good photo. I quickly let go of the banana as I could feel plenty of little jaws nipping at my hand in the desperation for some banana. Though the nips didn't hurt I didn't want any bigger fish coming along and taking a bite.
Dominican Republic - Observing a Trumpet fish
At this dive spot was a wall of coral which allows you to get close to the coral without any risk of coming into contact with it. Next to this wall is me observing a Trumpet fish. Look at my bad admin with my air and depth gauges hanging below me.
Dominican Republic - Going head to head
I'm looking at something off photo but in this shot the fish appears as though it is observing me.
Dominican Republic - Sosua beach
This stretch of gorgeous beach was a private area, off limit to locals - a good way to breed animosity to visitors.
Dominican Republic - Sosua
Behind the beaches are small streets with shops all there to cater for the tourist.