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Posted March 19, 2007 by publisher in Cuban Sports

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Cuba, a fast-growing tourist destination in the Caribbean region, boasts one-of-a-kind attractions, including the breathtaking underwater beauty that surrounds the island nation. The Cuban archipelago, which is in an enviable geographic location, has more than 70,000 kilometer of marine platform and some 5,000 kilometers of coastline. Nearly 6,500 varieties of fish, crustaceans, sponges and mollusks, as well as many species of corals, turn the Caribbean Island into one of the region’s best-preserved marine ecosystems.

About 30 diving centers operate in the country, where vacationers can take initiation courses and dive in coral reefs and caverns, following international standards for that sports activity. Diving enthusiasts also benefit from an average water temperature of more than 24 degrees Celsius (75 degrees Fahrenheit), and a horizontal visibility of about 30 meters. In Cuba’s westernmost province, Pinar del Río, the International Diving Center at María La Gorda offers up to 40 diving sites and one of the largest colonies of black corals in the island.

In addition, another 32 diving sites await divers in an area between the Bay of Matanzas and the western end of Jardines del Rey (King’s Gardens). That zone includes very attractive sites such as the Ojo del Mégano cavern and the Cayo Piedras del Norte Marine Park, which is the only one of its kind in the Cuban archipelago. Moreover, there are unique coral reefs off the south coast of Isla de la Juventud (Isle of Youth), where vacationers can enjoy the natural wonders of the Punta Francés National Marine Park.

In Punta Francés, tourists can dive in 56 sites, many of which are inhabited by large colonies of corals and sponges. That zone also offers caves, passages and tunnels. Experts have noted the spectacular beauty of such diving sites as Pared de Coral Negro, Túnel del Amor, Cueva Azul, El Pasaje Escondido, Cueva de los Sábalos, Piedra de Coral, El Salto, Ancla del Pirata, Paraíso de las Levisas and Pequeño Reino.

Besides, the flooded caves in Ciénaga de Zapata (Zapata Swamp) are excellent for cave diving, while the world-famous six-meter-tall coral column known as Notre Dame, because it resembles the cathedral of the same name in France, is in the central province of Cienfuegos. The world’s second largest coral reef, which runs for 400 kilometers parallel to the keys Sabinal, Guajaba, Romano and Cruz, gets closer to Cuba’s north coast in Santa Lucía beach. The coral reef is a safe haven for 200 species of sponges, 500 of fish and even the remains of 27 sunken ships.

Also in eastern Cuba are the beaches Esmeralda and Guardalavaca, where water sports are combined with underwater activities and tourist can visit the Bahía de Naranjo Natural Park. In Santiago de Cuba, divers can visit the area where the Spanish fleet sank in the late 19th century.

Cuba Diving Centers

Vía Blanca km 31, Marina Dársena de Varadero

Hotel Playa Girón

Blue Diving
Hotel Meliá Cayo Coco
Ciego de Avila

Center Las Brujas
Cayo Las Brujas
Villa Clara

Club Varadero
Hotel Breezes Varadero

El Colony
Carretera Siguanea km. 42
Isla de la Juventud

El Pirata
Caleta Buena, Playa Girón

Marina Gaviota Varadero

Jardines del Rey
Rotonda Villa Océano, Cayo Guillermo
Ciego de Avila

María La Gorda
La Bajada, Península Guanahacabibes
Pinar del Río

Hotel Playa Larga

SCUBA CUBA Barracuda
Ave. 1ra. y 59

SCUBA CUBA Beaches Varadero
Hotel Beaches Varadero

Hotel Bucanero
Santiago de Cuba

Hotel Tryp Cayo Coco
Ciego de Avila

SCUBA CUBA Club Puntarena
Hotel Club Puntarena

Playa Guardalavaca

Playa Guardalavaca

SCUBA CUBA Meliá Cayo Guillermo
Hotel Meliá Cayo Guillermo
Ciego de Avila

SCUBA CUBA Plaza América
Carretera Las Morlas

SCUBA CUBA Shark´s Friends
Hotel Brisas Santa Lucía

Hotel Brisas Sierra Mar-Los Galeones
Santiago de Cuba

Carretera de Baconao km 40, Playa Sigua
Santiago de Cuba

SCUBA Cuba Sol Cayo Guillermo
Hotel Sol Cayo Guillermo
Ciego de Avila

Sea Lovers
Playa Esmeralda


Marina Cayo Coco-Guillermo
Cayo Guillermo, Archipiélago Jardines del Rey
Ciego de Avila

Marina Chapelin
Carretera Las Morlas km. 12 ½

Marina Dársena de Varadero
Carretera de Vía Blanca km. 31

Marina de Cabo San Antonio
Playa Las Tumbas, Cabo de San Antonio
Pinar del Río

Marina Internacional Puerto de Vita
Carretera Guardalavaca km. 38

Marina Santiago de Cuba
Calle 1ra-A No. 4, Punta Gorda
Santiago de Cuba

Marina Varadero
Carretera Las Morlas km 21, Península de Hicacos

  1. Follow up post #1 added on January 18, 2010 by Cpt. John

    Wh do you not provide some internet links or email addresses fro these dive and marina operators?

  2. Follow up post #2 added on January 10, 2011 by publisher with 3905 total posts

    Check out our new Cuba scuba diving site for more information.

    Cuba consulting services

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