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Dive Review of Shark's Friends/several next door in
Cuba

 
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Shark's Friends/several next door, Aug, 2008,

by Larry Polster, IN, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4324.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Lembeh, Wakatobi, Bali, Maldives, Australia, Cozumel, Bonaire, Belieze, St. Croix, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Curacao, St. Thomas, St. Martin
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas surge
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Guided shark dive, stayed in group, 75'
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments This was a Bull Shark dive at the bottom of a 100 year old wreck. Plenty of growth and photos of sponges and corals. The only fish were typical caribbean species in deco stop. But the sharks were worth the effort and 12 min. deco stop.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This is a government owned operation like all businesses in Cuba, so not really motivated employees. The DMs were professional and safety was a must to prevent accidents with the hand fed sharks. It was a long dusty pot hole road to the shore dive, but the bus was reasonable. You have to carry all your own gear, so if your not used to steel tanks, better get in shape to hump them around.

We also shore dived Bay of Pigs, beautiful walls, sponges and corals, but the locals have fished it out.

We flew to Caya Largo, nice resorts and fantastic beaches, several nice dives, but not worth the "effort" and money to travel there. Better diving in Caymans.
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