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Dive Site: El Acuarium (the Aquarium)

Location: Maria la Gorda, Cuba

Description: Reef

Depth: 8 metres max (26 feet)

Visibility: 15 - 20 metres (50 - 65 feet)

Rating: ***

A very aptly named site that was a relaxing dive. Because of the patchy reef, the sheer numbers of reef fish and the shallow depth - averaging 3 to 5 metres deep - you could really believe that you were swimming inside a very large fish tank. The dive began with two tiny squid propelling themselves past us. Amongst the sea fans and sponges there were a few flamingo tongues on the gorgonians and an arrow crab attempting to hide. In the distance a 2 metre long Nassau grouper was lurking. This dive site was a good opportunity to look at the reef fish in detail, rather than being on the hunt for the bigger stuff and with shoals of sergeant majors, chromis, tangs, snapper, goatfish, lobsters, large crabs and trumpetfish, there was plenty to take in.

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