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Scuba Diving in Isla de la Juventud, Cuba, Caribbean
Dive Site: El Valle de los Rubios (the Valley of the Fair)
Location: Punta Frances, Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
Description: Reef and small wreck
Depth: 13 metres max (43 feet)
Visibility: 15 metres (50 feet)
A pretty, undulating shallow reef with sandy patches and - unexpectedly - an unnamed wreck of a storage vessel or similar that was about 10 metres long (we never received any dive briefs on Isla de la Juventud so never quite knew what to expect - perhaps if our Spanish had been better we might have been told more). If there had been no wreck this would have been an enjoyable dive, despite there being no big fish to speak of but the wreck gave it that extra angle. The wreck did not have any real coral growth on it, so I assume it is a recent addition to the dive site. Inside the hold was an arrow crab on a ledge and a few grunts, and the one or two sea fans that had managed to attach themselves indicated it wouldn't be long until the wreck was covered in growth. Because of the lack of large fish, we took the opportunity to pay attention to the reef fish for a change, and to the reef itself. There were grey angelfish, red hinds, yellowtail snapper and bluestriped grunts to name just a few. The coral was reasonably healthy, but there were a lot of flamingo tongues scouring their way across the gorgonians and in places piles of dead coral lay broken up, presumably from hurricane damage.
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