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Cuba

The reefs and walls of the Cuban maritime platform offer, to the beginner as well as to the advanced diver, as much if not more than any diving area in the world. There are 31 diving centers at 18 different zones with 100´s of diving sites, and new areas are being developed everyday. Cuban diving waters are pristine, with very little pollution or coral destruction, perfectly preserved, and providing an underwater paradise of more than 50 species of corals and 200 species of sponges. With average normal visibility of 30 to 40 meters, divers will find an abundance of hard corals such as brain, pillar, staghorn and elkhorn, and among the soft corals, spectacular gorgonians, sea fans and plume worms. Barrel and tube sponges, sea urchins, spiny lobsters, coral shrimp and crabs are also widely present.

Dozens of species of fish, including brilliant tropical species, swim among the reefs in undulating schools or wait in solitary patience for their next morsel. Moray eels peer from their caves, an occasional squid or octopus drifts by, and not-to-be-feared sharks, barracudas and rays often appear.

Many sites include diving to wrecks and in caves of the marine platform. Normally the centers provide two dives per day, and night diving is available at most. The centers have fast, modern dive boats for swift access to the sites, and all have on-board oxygen and VHF communications. Instructors are certified by PADI, SSI, ACUC or CMAS, and centers can usually provide multi-lingual instructors. All areas have 24-hour medical care.

Cuba has five hyperbaric chambers dispersed regionally, and the centers can provide an unlikely emergency evacuation by helicopter if ever needed. And to preserve our sites, we practice a "Look, but don’t touch, and don’t take" policy.

Diving is a year-round sport in Cuba with water temperature varying little from the yearly average of 24 C (76 F). Wherever you dive in Cuba you will find modern, comfortable accommodations to suit your budget with plenty of interesting activities for you and those who do not wish to dive.

Dive Sites

Los Canarreos Archipelago

There are 56 designated dive sites at Puertosol Colony International Scuba Centre and Cayo Largo del Sur.

Guanahacabibes Peninsula

Access to more than 50 dive sites from María La Gorda International Scuba Centre.

Havana

There are 72 scuba sites available through four international diving centres. Immersion area is more than 100 kilometres long and three kilometres wide. Some 20 kilometres east of the city lies a coastal belt of white coral sand.

Santa Lucía

An extensive coral reef just off this beach resort has 34 designated dive points and numerous shipwrecks.

Varadero

Has more than 25 diving sites. Especially popular is the Cayo Piedras del Norte underwater park, where old yachts, frigates and planes have been deliberately sunk for recreational exploration.

Playa Girón

The top attraction here is the sheer drop off the island’s underwater platform.

Northern coast of Holguín

More than 20 dive sites are located just off Esmeralda and Guardalavaca beaches.

Ancón Peninsula

This area’s two well defined dive sites are Ancón and Cayo Blanco de Casilda.

Santiago de Cuba

Scuba centres operate out of Baconao Park (Sigua and Bucanero) and Guamá municipality. Site of the Caribbean’s best-preserved sunken ship, the Spanish warship Cristóbal Colón.

Cienfuegos

International jet-ski competitions are held here every year, as are occasional speedboat competitions.

Jardines del Rey

In Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, coral reefs offer attractive underwater landscapes.

 
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