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Dive Review of Buceo Galicia in
Spain/Galicia / La Coruna

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Angel R Cancela, NY, USA
Report Number 3342
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
New York, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
51   to 57    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Allowed to dive own profile based on experience and availability of buddy
with same experience level. If paired with divemaster/instructor you follow
his profile.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Not being an UWP it is hard for me to rate this.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Dives are done off an RIB. The boat has oxygen and a T-bar ladder to get
out of the water. Everyone sets up their own gear and takes it to the boat
but help is available if needed and it is only about 30 feet from  where
you set up to the dock. During the Summer they go out every day but Monday
and one night dive during the week. Weekends there are morning and
afternoon dives but all are one tank dives. The dive sites are all quite
near to shore and most no longer than a 10 minute ride. The worst viz I
have encountered here was about 20 feet. Depths depend on the site but can
go from 14 to 35 meters. Suso and Cristina are the owners of the shop and
Suso is the captain/divemaster/instructor/guide though on occasion there
have been other guides. The sites are varied with some beautiful rock
formations and the occasional wreck, called pecio in Spanish. One of my
favourites is El Chino which sits at around 32 meters. Fish life is varied.
I have seen octopi, skates, squid, dolphins (these from a boat)and some
large lobsters. I use this operation every year between July and August.
The weekday dives are rarely crowded and I have been on the boat with only
Suso and one other diver though the spots on the weekends fill up quickly
so it is wise to book ahead. The RIB can hold up to 14 divers (snug fit).
Tanks and BCs are strapped to a central railing and most divers, once the
dive site is reached, will inflate the BCs tie them off with lines
connected to the RIB and toss them over the side then jump in and don them
in the water. Buceo Galicia has a well stocked shop and both Cristina, who
generally runs the store, and Suso are extremely knowledgeable. The boat is
docked and leaves from the La Coruna Nautical Club and the shop has space
there where the gear is stored. They also have a cage for drying gear and
cold showers and a VERY large sink (you can stand in it) to rinse off
yourself and your gear. There are also dressing rooms and hot water showers
in the uppor floors of the Club available for use. Nitrox is available as
well as rental gear. The gear can be rented but, at least as of my last
trip, only to do dives with the shop. You cannot rent gear and go off on
your own. All the gear I have seen there looks to be in very good shape
though I have never used it since I keep my own gear at my mom's house
nearby. The shop also has connections with a local hotel, El Brial, and
this is about a 10 to 15 minute drive from the Nautical Club and within
walking distance to a very nice beach, Santa Cristina. Santa Cristina is an
excellent place to hang out especially in the Summer. I recommend a
restaurant called Illa Cristina which is about a 5 minute walk from the
Hotel and has excellent food at reasonable prices. Try the house Albarino
wine. A very nice plus about this operation is that it is located in a city
that is very friendly to non-divers. There are multiple places of interest
to visit whilst not diving. The castle of San Anton is a stone's throw from
the Nautical Club and there is also the Tower of Hercules, a light house,
as well as many other places of interest that are all within short driving
distances. Great bars within the city. My favourite is El Priorato which
serves sweet wine in porrones, a wine decanter that looks suspiciously like
a bong but is not, and peanuts. This bar has been around for ages and fills
up at night with locals and visitors. The website for Buceo Galicia is
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