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Trip report:¨Shark's friends¨ dive centrer, Santa-Lucia, CUBA.

Discussion in 'Greater Antilles' started by shark_tamer, Jul 23, 2008.

  1. shark_tamer

    shark_tamer Photographer

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Montreal, Canada
    Just got back from Santa-Lucia, Cuba for a one week dive vacation, from July 4th to July 11th.

    The dive center is named ¨Shark's Friends¨ and it is situated on the beach, next to the Oasis Brisas resort.

    It is not named ¨Shark's Friends¨ for nothing : They do an AWESOME shark dive !!!

    It is a shore dive in the channel just west of Santa-Lucia, and they take you to the site by bus. Upon arrival at the site, every diver gets his/her gear ready and relaxes for 10 - 15 minutes before the dive master briefs you on the dive.

    The ¨ Shark Show ¨, as it is called, takes place at 25 meters down. Divers are directed to a location at the bottom, roughly 5 meters away and 1 meter above the location where the DM will hand feed a group of bullsharks, roughly 2,5 to 3,0 meters long ... very impressive !! Safety is enforced by 2 instructors/DMs each equipped with a speargun, just in case something goes wrong !

    Bottom time for this dive is 35 minutes, and both times I did the dive, I was 1 minute away from DECO ... be sure you keep an eye on your computer, console and your buddy !!!!

    The shark show is right next to the ¨Mortera¨ wreck. During ascent, time should allow you to visit the wreck.

    When in Santa-Lucia for diving, this dive is not to be missed !!!!

    During the time I was there, it was very windy, and this condition prevented us to dive the sites east of Santa-Lucia. Most of the dives were at the barrier reef where the current and surge is less. I would not consider these dives memorable, but they were above average dives. We saw barracudas, nurse sharks, lots of fish and beautiful corals, and 2 wrecks.

    Here's a list of these sites :

    - Poseidon 4 : 34,8 meters
    - Cueva Chiquita : 30,1 meters
    - Escalon : 25,0 meters
    - Alta Gracia : 31,4 meters ( tugboat wreck )
    - Black coral : 34,4 meters

    Water temperature was constant @ 28oC.

    Viz was roughly 25 meters average.

    The whole staff at ¨Shark's Friends¨ is very qualified and eager to make your dives memorable. The center was recently remodelled and equipment is fairly new, including brand new tanks and compressors.

    The only negative point I have is that they accept uncertified divers, or take divers beyond their capabilities on certain dives. But this is common to vacation/Caribbean diving !!!!

    All in all, I highly recommend ¨ Shark's Friends ¨ dive center, and specially the bullshark dive.

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