|Home ContactGet InvolvedAbout
Cuba Travel ProgramsRESERVATIONSAgents Store Photos & VideosFrequent QuestionsRates & Specials
Captain’s Log JA1 (Zapata) Week October 6-13, 2018
Captain: Luis Miguel Alfaro
Engineer: Yurisbel Rodriguez
Cruise Director: Suliet Sordo
Chefs: Anibal Frade and Josiel Jimenez
Dive Masters: Gustavo Lopez, Andres Jimenez, Jose Luis Casanova, and Joel Velez
Marine Biologist: Andres Jimenez
Water temp 82
Visibility 100 ft
DIVE SITES OF THE WEEK:
SUNDAY: EL PALANGRE, LA PUNTICA
WEDNESDAY: DELIJE DROP, GLORIA REEF, CANON CAYO BLANCO
THURSDAY: SERGIO WALL, HIDDEN GARDEN
FRIDAY: FISHERMAN WALL, RAMAJIAL
Received guests at 7:30PM and had dinner.
The departure from Caleta Avalos was at 7:30AM.
Welcome Briefing in the morning, and after that guests started setting up the equipment to be ready for the first dive.
First dive took place at 10:00AM at El Palangre dive site. Good visibility, conditions were perfect. The second, third and night dive were at La Puntica. In both sites we saw lots of Cubera snapper, some stingrays and a variety of reef fish.
The wind strengthened from very early in the morning and in these conditions diving was very risky, there were also local storms with heavy rain, for this reason we had to cancel diving activities and go to a shelter behind a mangrove and pines key. At 8am winds were ranging from 19-31mph and heavy rain at intervals didn’t allow any activities all through the day, we had talks about marine ecology in the morning, at 5PM happy hour with cocktails and music, and presentation about geography and ecology of Cazones gulf at night. We explained guests that safety was our priority and gave detailed information and weather reports several times during the day; we had the tv signal and could record the weather report videos to show the guests.
Strong winds in the morning but clearer skies, still due to the wind diving was impossible, in the morning we did mangrove tours with the Zodiac and some guests also did snorkeling in the mangroves. After lunch we visited the Pines key and did snorkeling, some guests visited the sand bar near the boat.
Weather much better, was possible to go back to the diving area from very early in the morning; we did the 5 dives with decent conditions near El Calvario area, although visibility was not very good yet because of the previous windy days. There were beautiful walls with plenty of life.
The night dive was excellent. There were so many squids and shrimps at the surface in amounts that we have never seen before. Shrimps were jumping to the dive deck in hundreds.
We moved to Cayo Sigua area there we did 5 dives, spectacular visibility and amazing dives. There were lots of fish, beautiful walls. The night dive was very special. We saw more than 4 octopuses, many crabs and squids.
According to the program we do 2 dives the last day before heading back to port, we decided to do one more dive so we did 3 before departure. Conditions were perfect.
The dives were unique, saw huge stingray swimming parallel to the wall, also many lane snappers and hogfish. In the afternoon headed back to port had cocktail party and the premier of the video of the week that everyone loved. At night after the delivery of certificates, we had a special dinner.