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Dive Review of Blue World Diving Centre/Paradisus Rio De Oro Resort in

January, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Penhearow, ON, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 5892
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Philippines, St Lucia, Dominican Republic, Red Sea, Fl. Keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
24   to 26    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow DM, when you reach 100Bar (1,500psi) turn back.
Surface 50 Bar (750psi). Depth & time established.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No dedicated facilities either on shore or boat
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
The hotel Paradisus Rio Deo is probably the best in Eastern Cuba. It is a
5* operation: accommodation, beach, food. The hotel provides free diving
& equipment via an independent operator - the Blue World Diving Centre.
The dive centre pick-up is from each hotel in the morning either at 8:15AM
(deep dive) or 10:15AM (shallower dive). Both pick-up & return to and
from hotels are free.

Dive Centre: The diving brief is short, buddies and dive depth established.
You carry all equipment (inc tank) from Centre to the sea (30 Meters), down
steel steps into the sea, swim out to boat (30 Meters) then up steps onto
boat ready for transportation to dive site - usually 10 Minutes or so. I
personally found the carrying of all equipment on and off the boat
overwhelming due to back issues, so asked if it could be carried on and off
for me - no problem. Prices are around 25 CUC/dive ($30) for those who do
not have a hotel package.

The boat provides drinking water and carries around 20 divers comfortably.
A DM leads the dives with another following behind. There is a decent
variety of fish with interesting topology. Saw: Turtle, Barracudas, Parrot
Fish, Lobster, Grouper, enormous crab, Morey eel etc.

Would like to have experienced a more pro-active help attitude from the DM
team. But when asked they would respond well. The exception is George the
instructor who is very kind/caring. In summation: Strongly recommendation
for hotel (5* out of *5) especially for the mature group 45+; Dive Centre
Okay but not outstanding (3* out of 5*).
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