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Dive Review of Meliá Cayo Guillermo/Iberostar Daiquiri - Cayo Guillermo in

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Meliá Cayo Guillermo/Iberostar Daiquiri - Cayo Guillermo, Jul, 2008,

by Gary J Bergeron, AB, Canada (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4252.

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 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 90 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
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 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
UW Photo 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 2 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Just 30 kms from Cayo Cocos (see my other report for same time frame and area), Cayo Guillermo is the cheaper but just as good version of Cocos.
We dove three seperate areas while in Cuba and found this one to be the only one where the dive operation was lacklustre and uncaring. i.e. Safety stops were unassisted (difficult for beginner divers), dive master hardly pointed out anything under water and swam very fast. It's a great spot for a beginner diver if they are accompanied by somebody more experienced.
As for the accomodations, we were very happy at the Iberostar other than the 10 minute walk along the beach to get to the dive centre (receptionist told us it was one minute when we checked in - maybe one minute "Cuban time"). There are 3 resorts in a row (3 star, 4 star (Iberostar), and 5 star (Melia - where the dive centre is). We found Iberostar to be superior in layout and enteraintment than the other two.

Saw Baracudas, tame Groupers (most fish are extremely approachable in Cuba) turtles, baracudas, lots of lion fish and big Moray eels, and tons of Angels, Blue Tangs...etc. On the last dive at the safety stop I was brushed by a long silvery fish. Turned out to be a free swimming Remora (probably looking for a host) that interacted with all the divers during our entire safety stop. Very unique encounter.
Did not see a shark but the general fish life and corals are very impressive. As I reported for Maria La Gorda, the lack of fishing in Cuba (government does not trust Cubans with a boat with Florida only 90 miles away) makes for very photographic fish.
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