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Dive Review of International Diving Centre/Playa Blanca in
Cuba/Cayo Largo

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by chris Aston, ON, CA (1 report)
Report Number 6742
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Roatan, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Playa Del Carmen, Tobermory
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
2 stars    
Cayo Largo is an island off the south central coast of Cuba. It is strictly
a vacation spot. No fishing village, no colonial architecture, no bars or
restaurants like you find in Mexico. The only Cubans there are people who
work in the 4 resorts which are all run by the Cuban government.
The one dive shop on the island was started by an Italian company, Avalon,
but like most foreign run enterprises in Cuba it was a 10 year partnership
with the Cuban government which is now run solely by Cubans.
Cayo Largo is popular mainly with Canadians and some Europeans who come for
a week or 2 of cheap fun in the sun.
The diving was fairly good but not worth going out of your way for.
Compared to Coz, Roatan and Grand Cayman it was a bit of a disappointment.
No problems just not very exciting.
They make a big deal out of the fact that there is no commercial fishing
permitted but there still aren't that many fish. Except for lionfish. One
of the DMs spent the whole of each dive spearing lionfish and would come
back with 12-15 from each dive.  By comparison I went to Grand Cayman about
2 months later and in a week I saw 3 lionfish.

The dive shop is well run, the divemaster/instructors are as good as any
I've met in the caribbean. The rental equipment was fine and the boats, 2
of them, were good enough.
The dive sites are around 30 minutes away from the marina. All of our dives
were 2 tank dives with surface intervals in shallow water but no return to
the marina so people could snorkel while waiting for the second dive. On
one of these intervals we saw a school of Tarpon.
We did one night dive and it was okay but nothing like the one I did in Coz
a year earlier.
Some of the people I was diving with made a video of our dives with GoPro
cameras. The link is
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The other divers were a diverse group of Canadians, Russians, Brazilians,
Germans, Italians and even 2 Americans who had gotten permission from their
government to come to Cuba
The cost of diving was a bit more than I've paid in Roatan and a bit less
than Grand Cayman but was a fun interesting experience all the same.

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