As I have recently brought up in my recent posts, I have started to get into Freediving and Spearfishing. After a recent trip to the Dominican Republic, I have a lot more information to share and would like to share my thoughts about the type of gear you will need.
First off, it was a lot more fun than spearfishing in the UK. I decided to stay in Cabarete, which in short is pretty much the water sports capital of the Dominican Republic. They had everything from surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, scuba diving, freediving and of course spearfishing, all within a 3 KM (around 2 miles) radius. It was truly an amazing place with a lot to offer. I really enjoyed this place, its crystal clear seas and expat community really had a lot to offer. To be straight forward, I’ve never seen so many in shape people in my entire life, if your into a active vacation, this is the place you should check out.
During this trip I learned a great deal about underwater hunting. I was lucky enough that while i was there I met eCommerce store, Scott from JustSpearfishing.com, who currently has Spearguns for sale which I highly recommend. I really learned a lot from him, mainly which type of guns you should use for which conditions. Since we were in DR, which very clear seas, we ended up using a few of his Omer Kanaloa’s. Which is a gun that is bested use for reef hunting. Its not too long, not to sure, perfect for the Corral Reefs in DR!
Next on the list was what type of wetsuit you needed. Being that it was DR, you could get away without wearing one, but we spent a lot of time in the water and decided to use 1 1/2 mm, which are the best Spearfishing wetsuits for optimal underwater hunting. The reason for this is that they have a chest pad, which is great for when you want to reload your speargun. Pressing it against your bare chest isn’t always a lot of fun. More importantly, they move really well in the water. Unlike older wetsuits, they are really flexible and you feel like you are wearing almost nothing. If you are like me, someone who used to Scuba dive a lot, those older wetsuits can get really uncomfortable fast.
I had a truly wonderful time in DR and recommend you go there if you are more active person. From what I understand they have a lot of “all inclusive” places, which caters to a different crowed. Cabarete is filled with folks who prefer to spend their time out doors and really get the most out of their vacation. Although you certainly can, you might be one of the handful of people who sit on the beach and eat up. I’m still surprised at how active the expats in this area were, truly amazing.
My final thoughts are simple, go to DR! It is very affordable and a water sports paradise! If this place doesn’t strike your fancy, I suggest you check out spearfishingtoday.com. If you cannot find a place to for your next Spearfishing vacation, you won’t find one anywhere else.