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Dive Review of Ancon in

November, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Brian Verbonac, Ontario, Canada
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Report Number 3410
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cuba[Santa Lucia,Cayo Largo,Trinidad] San Andres,Red
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions after check-out dive and dive masters realized you were
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No additional facilities for UWP.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
The good part of trip was the week all inclusive from Toronto
was $370 Canadian plus taxes...the cost of diving for the week was $300
Canadian so all in all...a cheap week. The dive masters here, as in all of
Cuba, are knowledgeable and true professionals in every sense of the good as anywhere we've been diving.

On the other side of the coin , the flight was a late one from Toronto so
after the flight, clearing customs , finding the correct bus , stopping at
another hotel on the way coupled with the long ride , we didn't get to the
Ancon until 3:00AM. No one around except the desk clerk who could not leave
to show us where our rooms were... an exercise in futility...not a good

We were in the "new wing" but the rooms were still very tired...
we have made numerous trips to Cuba so this is a true value description of
the accommodations. The food...well...again..not really up the the
standards found in other parts of the Island. Normally , when there are
several hotels together on a beach , you can visit back and forth to see
what's available elsewhere...but...and this is a big problem
cannot do this without taking a taxi and arriving at the front of the hotel
to get walking on the a bathing
suit...white as snow and the guard figures your up to no good...won't let
you into the hotel from the beach entrance....extremly annoying.

The week we were there , the dive boat was broken and it's replacement was
a 40' catamaran...this is a fun boat but not a dive boat...cramped quarters
for the dive deck area , difficult to get into the water and a pain to get
back on board. Getting from shore to the boat was another adventure all in
itself...there is no dock , so , you get into a small tender at the beach ,
row with pieces of plank[ no paddles or oars ] to the catamaran and hope
you don't fall into the water as you climb aboard...the good part..the crew
paddle for you.

The diving...well...ok for beginners. Shallow dives with not a lot of
variety. Corals were large fish at all and very few small fish
or critters. I inquired why not a lot of any type  around and advised that
the whole area has pretty well been fished out with no regard for marine

Wrapping up...I would pass on this location despite the great price.. we
travel to dive , dive , dive only and  were very disappointed with all
aspects of this trip.

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