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Dive Review of Tryp Cayo Coco in
Cuba/Ciego de Avila Province

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Gary J Bergeron, AB, Canada
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 4251
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands, Micronesia, Sipidan, Cocos Island (Costa Rica), Hawaii,
Thailand, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
80 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
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 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
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Overall Comments: Small dive boat - had to carry tanks from dive shop to
boat.  Dive Master was top notch.  This is an an all inclusive resort with
a one tank dive starting at 40$ CUC (approx. 44 $CAD).  It is defintely
extremely cost effective to book a package here (direct flights from
Montreal, Toronto, London...etc.) even if you take the odd overnight
excursion somewhere else and waste a night of prepaid accomodation.  Diving
was extremely well run - top notch dive masters. Saw Baracudas, tame
Groupers (most fish are extremely approachable in Cuba) turtles, very
photogentic octopus (not shy), baracudas, lots of lion fish and big Moray
eels, and tons of Angels, Blue Tangs...etc. Did not see a shark but the
general fish life and corals are very impressive.
Snorkelling here is very poor from the shore - forget about it unless you
take a boat.
What I would change: Book airfare for two weeks and accomodation
(all-inclusive) for only one week as part of a modified package. Get car
rental lined up well in advance (it's extremely difficult in Cuba to find a
car on the fly - anywhere inside the country) as part of the package.
You'll save tons of money and have 1/2 luxury vacation and 1/2 adventure
vacation as you discover many great dive operations outside of the tourist
spots.


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