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Dive Review of Aggressor in
Cuba/Zapata, Bay of Pigs

 
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Aggressor: "Walls of Zapata in Cuba", Jul, 2018,

by Kevin Peterson, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 10785 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is a special program that US citizens can take advantage of in order to visit Cuba legally. The Oceans for Youth Foundation is approved by the US for environmental education diving trips. A special visa needs to be obtained in advance to travel to Cuba. Aggressor Travel will help with all the necessary arrangements and make land tours available. We were met at the Havana airport and transported to the boat which was tied up in the Bay of Pigs in Zapata. We never would have found the place on our own.

Diving was great in this protected coral reef environment. The service on board the boat was all that we have come to expect from the Aggressor fleet. The food had an American and Cuban menu as a basis. The only thing I thought was odd was that at the end of the trip a tip percentage was suggested to the guests. I had never seen that done before, but there was no obligation to tip a specific amount.

Most of the diving was coral reefs and walls. We saw abundant sea life and healthy coral on all dives. The night dives especially had opportunity to see squid, octopus, crabs, banded coral shrimp, etc. There were very few sharks seen which seemed unusual for the Caribbean. Current was virtually non-existent on all dives making diving very easy. All diving was done from the main boat. Almost all divers dove using Nitrox. Water temperatures were warm and I did not use a wet suit the entire time.

I would like to come back again someday and this time dive the Gardens of the Queen.
Websites Aggressor   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Australia, Palau, Yap, Egypt, Hawaii, Belize, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Caribbean (many islands), Key Largo, California (including the Channel Islands as well as Monterey), Mexico, Costa Rica, Bonaire, Curacao, Epcot Center in Disney World, etc.
Closest Airport Havana, Cuba Getting There There are direct flights from the USA to Cuba. Special permission is necessary.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-110 Ft/ 18-34 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Need to dive with a buddy and stay with the group. If diving Nitrox, observe depth limits.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Professional videos and stills were taken and offered to the guests. Suggestions to improve photography were available but not offered without being asked for.
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