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Dive Review of Jibacoa in
Cuba

 
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Jibacoa, Nov, 2008,

by Terry Bartley, On, Canada (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 4552.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified] Manzanillo, Cuba
San Andres, Columbia
Tobermory, Canada
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 25 to 27 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified] At deep dive sites, depth limits we set, just depended on what site we were on
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]There are no rinse pails on the boat for cameras. The dive captain and dive masters are all very careful in handing down the gear and putting in the boat when you get out. The dive masters try very hard to find subjects for you to take pictures of.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None]The only negative thing is that one of the dive masters when he knows that you are taking pictures will harass the wildlife for you to get the 'best' shot. He now knows not to do that for us.
We have been here 6 times so know what to expect.
There is lots of macro things here (which I love to shot), as bigger fish are not too plentiful. That being said, this is the only place where I have seen schools of barracudas.
A whale shark was seen and filmed in November of 2007, but this is unusual.
Bring lots of batteries as in Cuba you will not find any. Bring converters (though there are some in some rooms, if you need one, they have to 'hunt' for an extra one for you) and plugs(round pin, again a good idea to bring your own. They found one for us after several hours searching) to plug in your battery chargers. An extension cord would be a good idea.
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