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Scuba Diving in Isla de la Juventud, Cuba, Caribbean
Dive Site: El Mirador (the Viewpoint)
Location: Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
Description: Wall / reef
Depth: 30 metres + (100 feet)
Visibility: 20 metres (65 feet)
Unbelievable, absolutely mind blowing! There was so much action on this dive that I didn't know where to look. The reef top was at 10-12 metres deep and the wall fell away steeply. Sections of the reef had tunnels carved into it which we swam in and out of. In one tunnel three tarpon were waiting around until they saw us and swam off. The coral at this site was in fantastic condition, it seemed to have escaped the hurricane damage seen at other sites. There were stingrays gliding over the reef, more tarpon in the shallows, lots of barracuda, and as I looked up away from the wall to the surface I spotted a turtle gulping air. I willed it to swim back down towards us, but unfortunately it headed off into the blue. Regretfully, we had to end the dive but as we were doing the safety stop a large shoal of Atlantic spadefish at swam into view and came closer and closer until they were just below our fins. Of course there was the normal abundance of sponges, fans and reef fish helping to make this one of my all time best dives. I had been wondering why my mask seemed to be prone to flooding, but I then realised it was because of the huge grin I couldn't keep away from my face.
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