|The late Jacques Cousteau once said that he saw more fish on Cuban reefs than anywhere else in the world. Cuba is a wonderful destination for scuba divers. It has a floating hotel,
live aboard dive ships and hotels dedicated to scuba divers. We can take you to all of Cuba's great dive sites including: Maria la Gorda, the Island of Youth, Bay of Pigs, Cayo Largo,
Cayo Levisa, Varadero, Rancho Luna, Santa Lucia, Guardalavaca, Santiago de Cuba, Jardines de la Riena and Cayo Coco. We made our first dives in Cuba more than
24 years ago.
We helped the Cubans set up a number of their dive sites. We think we know the secrets to Cuba's safest and best diving destinations.
The sport of scuba diving depends very largely upon those who participate in the sport to preserve and conserve the very environment upon which their sport depends. The Cubans are among the most environmentally conscious people on earth.
Cuba is very concerned about the safety of the scuba divers and they never dive with more than 5 scuba divers per dive master. There are currently 10
recompression chambers in Cuba with highly qualified doctors manning them at all times. The safety record for diving in Cuba is probably unmatched at any other destination in the world.
Currently there are more than 30 dive sites in Cuba. We like to think that we know where the best ones are....we helped to start them.
Prices can range from $3500 for a week at the Last Paradise Keys (Jardines
de la Reina), to paying as little as $25 for a dive in some places if you
have most of your own equipment. Prices as some of the more famous dive
sites like the Island of Youth or Maria la Gorda might average $100 to $150 per
person each day including accommodations, three meals and at least two dives per
Expect to pay around $365 to get certified as a diver in Cuba. Resort
courses for beginners start at about $60.
Some of the resorts are:
Island of Youth....Dive center is the Colony
Hotel. Most diving is done from Pirates Point where there are about 56
different dive sites. The hotel has 77 rooms and about 25
suites. The area is protected and diving is almost a 365 day per year
guarantee. Winter water temperatures average about 75 degrees and
summer averages about 82 degrees.
Beach at Maria la Gorda
Maria La Gorda....Is located on
the western tip of Cuba. It a quiet, very beautiful site and the
diving is described as some of the best in all of Cuba. Diving goes on
all year around with winter water temperatures averaging 78 degrees and
summer water temperatures at 82 degrees. Maria La Gorda is best known
for it's great coral formations, sponges and gorgonians. The remnants
of Spanish galleons are found in this area. Villa Maria La Gorda offers
comfortable bungalows for two or four people. 70 new rooms to be available
Tortuga Floating Hotel
Jardines de la Reina....An
outstanding dive destination located in the Bay of Anna Maria off the south
shore in central Cuba. The Tortuga, a floating hotel, that holds about
30 people is located in this area. There are also several supporting
live aboard dive boats for 6-8 persons. Americans know this area as
the Last Paradise Keys and Canadians call it the Garden of the Queens.
Largo....Cayo Largo is the most easterly island in the Archipeligo de
los Cannareos. Here you will find beautiful turquoise waters. It
is a perfect place for water sports of all types. There are six hotels
located on Cayo Largo. There are over 30 dive sites here and the
diving is done out of the Puerto Sol marina.
Bay of Pigs....Here
you will find two destinations known as Playa Larga and Play Giron.
There are numerous hotel rooms and bungalows to stay at and much of the
scuba diving is done from the shore. This area is known for it's
abrupt ocean walls and underwater caves. Lots of gorgonians, sponges
is surrounded by thousands of cays and islets where sand and
greenness blend together with crystal clear waters.
them is Cayo Levisa on the Northern Coast of Pinar Del Rio, A
truly natural paradise whose surrounding have remained virgin...
With unforgettable Blue and calm beaches and ideal locations for
Scuba Diving and water sports, a three kilometer beach and
virgin land just two hours outside of Havana City.
resort features 20 Double Cottages, TV & Radio, Private
bathroom, Restaurant, Shops, Bar and Scuba Diving Center..
A true virgin paradise you will come to love ....
Marina Hemingway....Located on the western edge of
Havana. Capacity for 8 divers. There are about 30 dive sites
with depths ranging from 5 to 35 meters. A variety of flora and fauna.
Reef Scuba Diving Center....Located at Cocomar Villa on El Saltado beach
on the north-western coast. Capacity if for 8 divers. Diving is
done on about 30 dive sites in mostly 5 to 35 meters of water. Varied
marine flora and fauna.
Matanzas....Here you will find the
Barracuda Scuba Diving Center at Playa Azul at Varadero Beach, the place
many call the most beautiful beach in the world. Capacity is for 30 divers
and more than 30 dive sites ranging from 5 to 40 meters in depth. A
variety of marine flora and fauna.
Cienfuegos....Faro Luna Scuba
Diving Center. Located on Ranch Luna Beach on the central-south
coast. The capacity is for 8 divers with about 25 diving sites.
Depth ranges from 5 to 35 feet. A good variety of marine flora and
Ciego de Avila....The Coco Diving Center is located on Cayo
Coco, Cuba's second most important beach. Capacity is for 8 divers and
about 20 dive sites. Depth ranges from 5 to 30 meters and lots of
marine flora and fauna.
Camaguey....The Shark's Friends Scuba
Diving Center is located on Santa Lucia Beach on the north-eastern coast of
Cuba. Capacity is for 8 scuba divers and features about 17 diving
sites with a range of 5-40 meters. It has a variety of marine flora
Holguin....The Eagle Ray Scuba Diving Center is located
at Guardalavaca Beach on the norh-eastern coast of Cuba. Capaicity if
for 11 scuba divers with 32 diving sites. Depth ranges from 5-40
meters. A variety of marine flora and fauna.
Albacora Scuba Diving Center is located on Marea del Portillo Beach on the
south-eastern shore of Cuba. Capacity is for 8 divers featuring 17
dive sites. Depth is about 5-40 meters with a variety of marine flora
Santiago de Cuba....Sigua Scuba Diving Center is located
at Boconao Park on the south-eastern coast of Cuba. Capacity if for 8
divers and features 23 different dive sites. Average depth is
5-40 meters with a varied marine flora and fauna.
small village of Guajimico (an indian name), is located about half way
between Cienfugos and Trinidad (30 minutes from each). it has 14 dive
sites with two dive boats, one that holds 30 people and the other 20.
There are 51 cottages built in a traditional Cuban style with private
bathrooms and air conditioning. Diving instructions can be given by
CMAS and ACUC instructors. Diving is 5 to 60 meters.
These programs feature
transfers to the hotels , accommodations at hotel or villa, meals included,
diving and diving instructors with international diplomas from CMAS, NAUI