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Dive Review of Maria La Gorda in
Cuba

 
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Maria La Gorda, Jul, 2008,

by Gary Bergeron, AB, Canada (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4248.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cocso Island, Grand Caymans, Sipidan, Micronesia, Belize, Hawaii, Thailand
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 90 feet, had to follow Dive Master
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse Tank for cameras non-existent

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The accomodations are sparse and not very cozy. However the opportunity to congreagte at the bar (drinks were very cheap) and meet all sort of nationalities at night is great. The dive outfit is very professional and they are very safety concious. The price per dive (1 tank) starts out at 25 $CUC (approximately 28$ CAD) and goes down for packagaes of 4, 6...etc. Night dives are available for 40 $CUC and need a minimum of 4 divers.
The scenery (walls and swim-throughs)couple with great visibility rivals that of the Grand Caymans - spectacular. The fish life is a little sparse but so appraochable as Cuba does not have much of a fishing industry (the government is scared that unmonitored boats will be used by refugees escaping to Mexico or the US). Ideal for photography as the fish are so approachable.
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