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patrickinbc
Vancouver, Canada36 contributions
Dec 2015 • Solo
Yassir is a pro and did a great job communicating with me after I inquired through their website. I appreciated that very much. The pick up was well timed, and it was 72 CUC for my dive to Coral Beach.

You can also go to the Bay of Pigs for 92 cuc

adequate gear and for my dive, it was just me and a guide, and that is pretty rare (just one on one)

i would recommend this company highly
Written January 3, 2016
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LW_YVR
50 contributions
Jul 2017 • Family
Seasoned cold and warm water divers from Vancouver, Canada, we contacted Veradiving by phone once there. A local Veradero outfit not associated with the hotels, our guide Ricardo picked us up at the resort and drove us to the dive shop to size/fetch gear. They were fantastic in accommodating us with our 9 year old (too young to dive, great swimmer) to have snorkelling lessons while we dove. We were matched with a lovely family with teens from Britain who were novice divers and headed for a two shore dives at the Bay of Pigs. Their English was pretty good despite our poor Spanish, and be sure to bring cash for payment and local stops!

Pros: Great drive in cab seeing local countryside; stopping at local haunts for snacks/meals/breaks and trying local food; decent, maintained equipment; knowledgeable and friendly dive master; warmer site on the Caribbean Sea; accommodated for non-diving child and equipped with snorkelling gear; prices on par with other local outfits, despite 2.5h charming drive.

Cons: Shore and not boat dive; snorkelling instructor (not with Veradiving) no-showed.

Ricardo was an excellent DM guiding us on a 27m wall dive and a 22m wreck (fishing boat) with 30m+ visibility. Despite my petite frame, no wetsuit was required and gear fit, water was perhaps 25c. Ricardo was fantastic in stepping in to guide our daughter and one of the Brits to snorkel during our surface interval, when the snorkel guide wasn't available.

Recommend this outfit despite the shore dive - great way to experience local dive sites and enjoy the culture away from the sanctioned outfitters and locations.
Written August 5, 2017
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Thanks for reviewing Varadiving in Varadero Cuba. We hope you come back again, maybe when your daughter can yet scuba dive. We have 1 new dive site closer to Varadero (great for Discovery Diving). Best wishes. Yasser.
Written February 13, 2018
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italian3987
Philadelphia, PA4 contributions
Apr 2017 • Couples
Cuba doesn't have a very strong online presence which makes it hard to make plans ahead of time, especially when it comes to SCUBA Diving. When I found Varadiving, I was happy to find out that we could stay in Havana and still access great diving spots. Varadiving was pretty great at answering my emails before the trip. When we arrived in Havana Felix came to pick up the deposit the night before our dives (American credit cards don't work in Cuba). The next morning he arrived on time in an old American taxi. We drove to the Bay of Pigs (2.5-hour drive) for two guided shore dives. Felix did a great job sizing the equipment so everything fit well. Their equipment is high quality and practically new. The dives went well, despite having a newer diver along with us. After the dives Felix took us to a really tasty and local restaurant. Then he drove us back to Havana. What a great day!
Written April 18, 2017
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Mark
London, England, United Kingdom3 contributions
Dec 2017 • Couples
Having booked online in advance and having the booking confirmed we then did not hear from Varadiving. We tried to contact them by mail and the number given with no response and no one showed up to pick us up.

Very disappointing to not hear anything.
Written December 11, 2017
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Vasilis V
20 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
Mainly they deal with groups of beginners or DSDs so if you want some serious diving just don't bother. Boring diving at 12-14m with groups of beginners. The only exception it was at the Bay of Pigs because the other couple dropped out and it was only my wife and i diving. A really nice dive and nice dive master. Alcides is the best.

In general there is long drive to the diving sites. and they have poor installations, there is no place to clean your gear after diving (we were cleaning and drying our equipment at the hotel).
Also i was a bit disappointed because were doing double dives but on the second day my wife got sick and she had to cancel 1 of the 2 dives. Finally we got charged the full amount and no discount was made.
However we got a discount because we had our own gear.

The last day Yasser managed to sort out for us a dive with Barracuda (boat dive) and he told us that the double dives with Barracuda would count as part of a 3 day dive package. But we found by our surprise that we had to pay the full amount for 1 day diving and that they don't do discount for having your own gear.

The bottom line is that if you are beginner for sure you're going to have a good time and the guys at Varadiving are ok, but if you are an experienced diver just avoid both dive centres or even Varadero. No special dive sites, the diving gear is ok in Varadiving and below average in Barracuda.
Written May 28, 2016
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pilzi11
Wernigerode, Germany2 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
Not with Varadiving! I was with a friend. We asked for a dive package! This was not possible and the individual dives then of course too expensive! We should pay each day extra. No compromise! After 2 days we changed the diving base and there were a lot better. Beginner went with us to dive. There were student divers and should dive at the end. That will not do! Where is there safety? The dive guide just wanted to bring to dive over. Not more. Way too fast! We had the feeling that it was all about cashing. That's why we never go there again diving.
Written September 15, 2016
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My English is not very good however as it says (NOT WITH VARADIVING) for me sounds like you where with another diving club, if that's the case this review most not be here.
Written February 11, 2017
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lorena d
Miami, FL5 contributions
Jan 2016 • Solo
I love to travel to different places to practice one of my favorites activities in the world: scuba diving and Varading has provided me one of the best experiences I ever had. I recommend this place for the knowledge of the instructors and the friendly atmosphere. They have the latest equipment and the places where they take you to see beautiful corals and sea life are amazing. Totally recommended for underwater photography! I will definitely come back!!!
Written January 16, 2016
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Viktória V
1 contribution
Dec 2015 • Solo
I can recommend Yasser and his team to everyone. You will not be dissappointed. Fast reply to my email, they also made under-water photos after I asked them.( I forgot to take my camera) Friendly, helpful attitude, unforgettable experience. :) Thanks again. Hug from Slovakia.
Written January 6, 2016
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cincyphotobugs
45 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
What an incredible experience of a lifetime. Our ship was delayed getting into port and our guide was still willing to take us even though it meant he would get home much later than anticipated. Lazaro Gonzalez was our guide for the day and we had a wonderful time. He is very knowledgeable and explained everything we were going to do for the day. We rode in a Bel-Air down to the beautiful Bay of Pigs to snorkel. Lazaro made sure that we knew how to snorkel and stayed with us during the entire experience. He pointed out different fish and coral and made the snorkel experience both fun and educational. Lazaro took us to a great place for lunch and the food was amazing. We have snorkeled all over the Caribbean and this was by far the best and we cannot wait to go again.
Written June 2, 2019
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freshney1989
Thornton Cleveleys, UK15 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
My partner and I travelled to the Hidden Port from Varadero on Thursday 16th August. We originally wanted to go to the Bay of Pigs, however this was changed last minute - Varadiving emailed ahead by a few days to check this was fine.
We were picked up on time, by a local taxi who took us to the dive site - the Hidden Port. It was quite a bumpy road, off the main road to Havana, through an area similar to uk industrial sites... the instructor met us at the dive site and we were able to leave our belongings in the taxi, who waited at the site for us to finish.
The equipment used for the dive was ok. The dive site was a beautiful cove with crystal clear waters and was a short walk down some rocks! The instructor explained everything before we got in the water, however did have broken English - I have done 3 dives previously so a lot of this made sense - I am not sure whether this would for a total beginner. He was extremely patient and made sure we were comfortable and happy at all times! He continued to do this under the water using hand signals.
The dive was good, we went down a max of 12m and went for about 30 minutes. The coral was ok and there wasn’t much sea life, which was slightly disappointing - the odd few fish- but nothing spectacular. Maybe for a total beginner this would be enough (I have been spoilt and have seen much more on my other dives in other parts of the world).
Overall I am glad I dived in Cuba and if I was to do another dive in the same area, I would definitely choose Varadiving as it was an enjoyable experience and the instructor did a great job!
Written August 26, 2018
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