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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Los Canarreos Archipelago
There are 56 designated dive sites at Puertosol Colony International
Scuba Centre and Cayo Largo del Sur.
to more than 50 dive sites from María La Gorda International
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.
extensive coral reef just off this beach resort has 34 designated
dive points and numerous shipwrecks.
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.
top attraction here is the sheer drop off the island’s underwater
Northern coast of Holguín
than 20 dive sites are located just off Esmeralda and Guardalavaca
area’s two well defined dive sites are Ancón and
Cayo Blanco de Casilda.
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.
jet-ski competitions are held here every year, as are occasional
Jardines del Rey
Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo, coral reefs offer attractive underwater