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Dive Review of Eagle Ray Dive Center/Sol Rio Luna y Mares in
Cuba/Holguin

 
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Eagle Ray Dive Center/Sol Rio Luna y Mares, Sep, 2009,

by Guy, Québec, Canada (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 5094.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving St-Thomas USVI, Tortola BVI, Cozumel Mx, Québec Canada, Guadeloupe, St-Lucia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The DM would instruct us off is profile but let us use our computer to control our profile, ask us to signal half tank and be on the ascent line with 750 psi. To observe sport diving depth.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Since the boat was a small 25 feet with two 60hp motors there was no facility on board for camera

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was my third time in Cuba, after Varadero and Santa Lucia. So the only big concern was with the food, Cuba being know for it poor food supply and quality. The hotel was well situated and having the best beach in the area, the room where large, clean and well equip (full bathroom, frig, safe, coffee maker, Iron). As it is all inclusive, sport equipment was available (hoby cat, horse riding, bicycle, snorkeling equipment, two pools,one with a wet bar, 4 restaurant a la carte and two buffets. There was a dive shop close to the beach but having received bad comment on it, we did not use it and when for Eagle Ray 5km to the south at Playa Guardalavaca.
Eagle Ray is a full dive center with 50 tanks, Scubapro BCD and regulator which where new. The offer 2 dives in the morning and one in the afternoon. The price for 10 dives is 240CUC (260$us) and include transportation from and to the hotel, all the equipment, the boat and a guide (instructor or DM). There is also a locker if you want to live your dive equipment at the dive center for the week. Jorge and Alex are very friendly and competent at there work. After 5 days of diving with Jorge and Alex we were sad to live and come back home. The best dive site are Corona, La Birinto, Sirena just to name some. There was no big pelagic but on 3 of the dive we were follow by 2 big Nasseau Grouper. We did see many Lionfish.
The only thing that could be improve is the quality of the boat, it was in need of fiberglass repair.
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