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Dive Review of Buceo Galicia in
Spain/Galicia / La Coruna

 
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Buceo Galicia, Aug, 2006,

by Angel R Cancela, NY, USA . Report 3342.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving New York, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 51 to 57 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Allowed to dive own profile based on experience and availability of buddy with same experience level. If paired with divemaster/instructor you follow his profile.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 4 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 Not being an UWP it is hard for me to rate this.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Dives are done off an RIB. The boat has oxygen and a T-bar ladder to get out of the water. Everyone sets up their own gear and takes it to the boat but help is available if needed and it is only about 30 feet from where you set up to the dock. During the Summer they go out every day but Monday and one night dive during the week. Weekends there are morning and afternoon dives but all are one tank dives. The dive sites are all quite near to shore and most no longer than a 10 minute ride. The worst viz I have encountered here was about 20 feet. Depths depend on the site but can go from 14 to 35 meters. Suso and Cristina are the owners of the shop and Suso is the captain/divemaster/instructor/guide though on occasion there have been other guides. The sites are varied with some beautiful rock formations and the occasional wreck, called pecio in Spanish. One of my favourites is El Chino which sits at around 32 meters. Fish life is varied. I have seen octopi, skates, squid, dolphins (these from a boat)and some large lobsters. I use this operation every year between July and August. The weekday dives are rarely crowded and I have been on the boat with only Suso and one other diver though the spots on the weekends fill up quickly so it is wise to book ahead. The RIB can hold up to 14 divers (snug fit). Tanks and BCs are strapped to a central railing and most divers, once the dive site is reached, will inflate the BCs tie them off with lines connected to the RIB and toss them over the side then jump in and don them in the water. Buceo Galicia has a well stocked shop and both Cristina, who generally runs the store, and Suso are extremely knowledgeable. The boat is docked and leaves from the La Coruna Nautical Club and the shop has space there where the gear is stored. They also have a cage for drying gear and cold showers and a VERY large sink (you can stand in it) to rinse off yourself and your gear. There are also dressing rooms and hot water showers in the uppor floors of the Club available for use. Nitrox is available as well as rental gear. The gear can be rented but, at least as of my last trip, only to do dives with the shop. You cannot rent gear and go off on your own. All the gear I have seen there looks to be in very good shape though I have never used it since I keep my own gear at my mom's house nearby. The shop also has connections with a local hotel, El Brial, and this is about a 10 to 15 minute drive from the Nautical Club and within walking distance to a very nice beach, Santa Cristina. Santa Cristina is an excellent place to hang out especially in the Summer. I recommend a restaurant called Illa Cristina which is about a 5 minute walk from the Hotel and has excellent food at reasonable prices. Try the house Albarino wine. A very nice plus about this operation is that it is located in a city that is very friendly to non-divers. There are multiple places of interest to visit whilst not diving. The castle of San Anton is a stone's throw from the Nautical Club and there is also the Tower of Hercules, a light house, as well as many other places of interest that are all within short driving distances. Great bars within the city. My favourite is El Priorato which serves sweet wine in porrones, a wine decanter that looks suspiciously like a bong but is not, and peanuts. This bar has been around for ages and fills up at night with locals and visitors. The website for Buceo Galicia is www.buceogalicia.com
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