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Dive Review of Maria La Gorda in
Cuba

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Gary Bergeron, AB, Canada
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4248
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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