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Dive Review of Meliá Cayo Guillermo/Iberostar Daiquiri - Cayo Guillermo in
Cuba

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Gary J Bergeron, AB, Canada (3 reports)
Report Number 4252

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Reporter
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
[Cayman Islands, Micronesia, Sipidan, Cocos Island (Costa Rica), Hawaii,
Thailand, Belize

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 85    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
90 feet  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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
No Rinse tank for cameras on boat.  Boat trip never longer than than 15
minutes.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Just 30 kms from Cayo Cocos (see my other report for same time frame and
area), Cayo Guillermo is the cheaper but just as good version of Cocos. 
We dove three seperate areas while in Cuba and found this one to be the
only one where the dive operation was lacklustre and uncaring. i.e. Safety
stops were unassisted (difficult for beginner divers), dive master hardly
pointed out anything under water and swam very fast. It's a great spot for
a beginner diver if they are accompanied by somebody more experienced.
As for the accomodations, we were very happy at the Iberostar other than
the 10 minute walk along the beach to get to the dive centre (receptionist
told us it was one minute when we checked in - maybe one minute "Cuban
time").  There are 3 resorts in a row (3 star, 4 star (Iberostar), and
5 star (Melia - where the dive centre is). We found Iberostar to be
superior in layout and enteraintment than the other two.

Saw Baracudas, tame Groupers (most fish are extremely approachable in Cuba)
turtles, baracudas, lots of lion fish and big Moray eels, and tons of
Angels, Blue Tangs...etc. On the last dive at the safety stop I was brushed
by a long silvery fish.  Turned out to be a free swimming Remora (probably
looking for a host) that interacted with all the divers during our entire
safety stop. Very unique encounter.
Did not see a shark but the general fish life and corals are very
impressive.  As I reported for Maria La Gorda, the lack of fishing in Cuba
(government does not trust Cubans with a boat with Florida only 90 miles
away) makes for very photographic fish.
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