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Dive Review of Tryp Cayo Coco in
Cuba/Ciego de Avila Province

 
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Tryp Cayo Coco, Jul, 2008,

by Gary J Bergeron, AB, Canada (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4251.

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 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 80 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 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 2 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 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Overall Comments: Small dive boat - had to carry tanks from dive shop to boat. Dive Master was top notch. This is an an all inclusive resort with a one tank dive starting at 40$ CUC (approx. 44 $CAD). It is defintely extremely cost effective to book a package here (direct flights from Montreal, Toronto, London...etc.) even if you take the odd overnight excursion somewhere else and waste a night of prepaid accomodation. Diving was extremely well run - top notch dive masters. Saw Baracudas, tame Groupers (most fish are extremely approachable in Cuba) turtles, very photogentic octopus (not shy), baracudas, lots of lion fish and big Moray eels, and tons of Angels, Blue Tangs...etc. Did not see a shark but the general fish life and corals are very impressive.
Snorkelling here is very poor from the shore - forget about it unless you take a boat.
What I would change: Book airfare for two weeks and accomodation (all-inclusive) for only one week as part of a modified package. Get car rental lined up well in advance (it's extremely difficult in Cuba to find a car on the fly - anywhere inside the country) as part of the package. You'll save tons of money and have 1/2 luxury vacation and 1/2 adventure vacation as you discover many great dive operations outside of the tourist spots.


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