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Dive Review of International Diving Centers; Marlin Dive Center/Hotel Colony; Diving Center at Mari in
Cuba/Isla de Juventud & Maria la Go

 
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International Diving Centers; Marlin Dive Center/Hotel Colony; Diving Center at Mari: "Terrific Diving in Cuba", Feb, 2015,

by Jacob Rosenstein, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8246.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Costa Rica, Hawaii, Fiji, Indonesia, Palau, Red Sea, California Channel Islands
Closest Airport Nueva Gerona in Isla de Juventud Getting There Aero Caribbean turbo prop takes you to Isla de Juventud from Havana. We were stranded for 22 hours on the Island prior to return to Havana. Airline did not inform us of flight changes and delays.
Getting to Cuba was via Mexico. Booked travel through Responsible Cuba Travel. They made dive resort reservations, and domestic flight and taxi transfers. Highly recommended.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 79 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We had to stay with the Dive Master, with 5-6 divers in a group.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 5 stars
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Comments Diving was terrific on Isla de Juventud. It's a long boat ride to get to the dive sites. Lots of tropical fish and healthy reefs. The highlight was the "Blue Cave", a steep tunnel that ends in 124 feet. Most dives are wall dives, with spectacular views of coral and sponge. Our Dive Master, H ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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