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El Ancla del Pirata reefscape, Cuba dive site

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Scuba Diving in Cuba, Caribbean

Dive Site: El Ancla del Pirata (the Pirate's Anchor)

Location: Maria la Gorda, Cuba

Description: Wall with wide sandy channels

Depth: 18 metres + (60 feet)

Visibility: 25 metres (80 feet)

Rating: ****

We didn't drop too deep on this wall as it was our second dive of the day and the guide would be going on to do a third. The dive started with a cruise along the wall close to the top, passing by the swim-throughs that we could have done because they required us going a bit deeper. A few barracuda were swimming nearby and there was also a grouper close by. At one point we passed over a stonefish, spotted by our keen-eyed guide. Growing on the reef were some healthy coral and spectacular gorgonians. The wall itself is not as sheer as at the other wall sites and the channels are more widely interspersed with rocky outcrops breaking them up. As we crossed the sand at the top of the wall to the reef we passed over a couple of sand eel gardens before hitting the shallow reef that was home to all the usual reef fish as well as an abundance of barrel sponges.

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