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ScubaLibre Varadero

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Varadero, Cuba
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About ScubaLibre Varadero
Scubalibre Varadero Diving Club offers several Scuba Diving Courses. Graduates will earn their International Certificates, including Discovery Courses (resort course). Our tours include; Reef Snorkeling tours, Reef dives, wrecks, caves, wall, deep, and night dives to depths of up to 131feet (40 meters).
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Dannelle wrote a review May 2020
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Did a snorkel trip in November 2019 - travelled in style in a vintage car. The trip ended up taking nearly the entire day returned to the resort closer to 4PM. Our guide went above and beyond even stopping to get us a lighter when we indicated we weren't able to get one at the resort. Overall would definitely recommend, although it wouldn't hurt to bring a snack because it is a long day and there is nowhere to get food until you head to the Saturno cave on the way back to Veradero. We also quite enjoyed swimming in the Saturno Cave.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Phil K wrote a review Mar. 2020
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My wife and I had planned a trip to Cuba departing on New Year's Eve of 2019 for 2 weeks. Our first 8 nights were spent in an AirBNB in Vedado (Havana). Our final 5 nights were booked in Boca de Camarioca. I had researched a variety of dive shops near Varadero in anticipation of my vacation to Havana and Boca de Camarioca (just west of Varadero). The best reviews and number of positive reviews were about ScubaLibre. I tried to book a dive trip via their online service. However, I wasn't able to. When I sent an email to them, they informed me that the service only worked in Canada and the U.S. When I had contacted them, I was already in Cuba so I was directed to call Carlos directly by phone. Once I reached Carlos, we set a day that worked for both of us. I was picked up in the morning at my AirBNB in Boca de Camarioca by Didier and proceeded to Cardenas with him and my diving buddy for the day, a German girl named Samira who was joining us on her first day of her certification program. Once we reached Cardenas, we picked up Carlos and proceeded on the journey to the Bay of Pigs. Since Samira was on her first open water dive, Carlos was running over some information regarding equipment, hand signals and briefing us for the first dive. Since I hadn't been on a dive for a number of years, I agreed that it would be good for me to go through everything with them as a refresher. We did two shore dives to Punta Perdizes in the Bay of Pigs (Matanzas) that day. For a first timer, Samira did amazingly well. Some experienced divers may not enjoy diving with someone starting out for the first time and may find that this limits their experience. I, personally, don't mind. In fact, I enjoy being part of someone's first experiences with diving. It is great to see a person discover scuba for the first time and, hopefully, enjoy it for years to come. If I would have had an issue, I would have changed my dive day to another day with more experienced divers, on a more challenging dive trip. Our first dive was for 39 minutes at a depth of 44 feet (air temperature of 28 degrees Celsius). Visibility wasn't great....probably 20 feet or so. The second dive was for 49 minutes at 34 feet. On our way back from the dive site, Carlos stopped to pick up some homemade turron de mani (peanut nougat). This Cuban delicacy is typically found around Christmas time and not easy to find at any other time of the year. My wife is from Havana so I was very familiar with it and very happy to have had some (we were pretty hungry by the time we were heading home). We were just in Puerto Vallarta March 2-9, 2020 and I also booked 2 days of diving there. There were a couple of small differences in the level of service provided. In Cuba, I received door-to-door service picking me up and dropping me off to my AirBNB. There was no such service in Puerto Vallarta....I had to take the bus from my hotel to the dive shop in downtown PV. On the other hand, we received a logo'd water bottle filled with water and a sandwich after our 2 dives each day in Puerto Vallarta whereas we weren't supposed to be provided with any water or food with our dive trip package in Cuba. However, I believe Carlos did offer us water and we definitely got turron (much to my delight). What is included or not included in the dive trips was either on the website or provided to me via email or by phone. Ultimately, there were no surprises. It was suggested that I bring a towel and some water and an opportunity to get food en route would be available. The day trip to the Bay of Pigs from Boca de Camarioca was 90 CUC ($93 USD). In comparison, a day of diving (including boat from Los Muertos pier to Los Arcos) was $115 USD. Everything I have read about Carlos and Scubalibre are accurate. Carlos was very patient with Samira and was able to help her get over her fears and enjoy scuba. Carlos is a very experienced and helpful dive master. Didier was very pleasant and helpful. I only met Jorge briefly since he didn't come out with us on the trip. I would highly recommend Scubalibre, Carlos and his staff to anyone interested in diving in Cuba.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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TropicalMik wrote a review Mar. 2020
Chicago, Illinois18 contributions5 helpful votes
Group of 6 had a great time. 3 divers, 3 snorkelers to Playa Giron. A solid two hour drive + a quick pit stop to get from central Varadero. Carlos leading in on communications and Jorge (DM) on the dives was seamless. Bring your spear if you lion fish. They're scarce but, I managed to catch one over the two dives. 2' slingshot spear. Easy for travel, need nothing more. Chicago Mike
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Eliza Falkenmire wrote a review Mar. 2020
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I completed my Padi open water diver certificate with ScubaLibre, having 4 dives with them over 2 days. I can't overstate how incredible it was - my diving instructor, George, was absolutely brilliant!! I felt very safe underwater, he was patient and helpful with skills, and had a great personality. The drivers were lovely, on time to pick me up, and in cool old cars. We did one day diving in the Bay of Pigs and one in the Atlantic, both of which where phenomenal! Beautiful corals, felt like a movie. One of the best things I've done. Thanks George and Scuba Libre for being so friendly and giving me such a great experience!!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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dmmacneil wrote a review Feb. 2020
Enfield, Canada44 contributions18 helpful votes
Marie and I accompanied a friend on her discovery diving course. We were picked up in a classic well kept car and driven to the dive site. We were offered a choice of sites and opted for a shallower dive than usual but at a beach we have never visited. We were also given the choice in going with a more experienced group, but opted to stay with our friend. I was very impressed with Jorge’s (our dive master) patience and calm while teaching the basics to our friend. Our friend was very pleased with the two dives and is eager to get her certification. For my part their was plenty to see, lots of fish and healthy corral, a nice relaxing two dives.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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