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Scuba Diving in Cuba, Caribbean
Dive Site: Costa Cleva Pesces
Location: Playa Giron, Cuba
Description: Wreck / reef
Depth: 18 metres + (60 feet)
Visibility: 20 metres (65 feet)
Even if the weather isn't allowing boat diving and you've already dived the Cueva de los Pesces it is still possible to make a shore dive. The Costa Cleva Pesces is located on the coastline at Playa Giron opposite the car park used for the fish cave. Access is made by climbing over a short rocky shore and entering from the small beach onto the reef top. The swim out from the shore is long and made easier by descending a metre or so and swimming out under the surface. When you reach the coral wall, it drops off in a sheer slope below you. There is a small wreck on the slope at around 14 metres which is very picturesque and covered in colourful tubeworms, small soft corals and plenty of fish. Fusiliers dart over its structure, batfish cruise by and small shoals of goatfish and sweetlips hang near the seabed. Look in the wrecks holds where small lionfish are to be found. A little further down the slope the wall drops vertically away and there are gorgonian fans and staghorn corals. There was only a very slight current when we dived here running from west to east, but surface current could be a consideration if you elect to swim out to the drop off.
Rik Vercoe, BSAC Advanced Instructor
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