My boyfriend and I wanted to go to Cuba and get Scuba certified at the same time. We are not big fans of all-inclusive resorts and prefer a spontaneous trip over canned adventure. We found Scubazul through Trip Advisor and were uneasy with all of the 5 star reviews that sounded a bit too good to be true and very similar in style. We signed up for the Open Water Certification course through email with Peyman and established that their payment policy is in cash when we meet with Renee. Initially, we were very nervous about scheduling our vacation with no concrete details.However, once we met with Renee that Sunday at our resort in Veredero all of our concerns were put to rest. We sat down for 3 hours and he went over the schedule for the course, gave us our dive kits, and instructed us on what to read to be prepared for the next few days.
The next day we worked through our introduction to the equipment and completed 3 delimited water tests in the small pool located at Renee’s house/ dive center. The following Tuesday we were once again picked up at our resort and taken to Playa de Coral, where there was a wonderful amount of fish, coral, and time to spend under the palm trees.
We paid extra for an all day excursion to Bahia de Cochinos but it was well worth the money. We traveled with Sadiel (Renee's son) and his friend Michael where we dove twice, explored a ship wreck, and swam in a cenote within the forest. For lunch we stopped at a house in a small neighborhood where the backyard patio allowed for a 4 table restaurant; sampling deer, alligator, lobster, chicken, mango juice, and coffee.
Scubazul is run by an interconnected system of family members and friends. They welcomed us into their home, and we even had mother’s day lunch with his family. Selena’s (Renne’s lovely wife) cooking put the food we were eating at the resort to shame. While it was frustrating for us to not speak Spanish, Sadiel and Renee speak great English and never seemed to have a problem.
We firmly believe that Scubazul made our Cuba trip and had we not chosen to connect with Renee and his crew we would have certainly missed out on an adventure of a lifetime full of passionate, professional, and welcoming people.
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