Diving in Cuba
JARDINES de la REINA
It is a strictly protected marine reserve, sometimes also called "the Galapagos of the Caribbean" or "Casto’s secret reef". Thanks to the fishing ban and strict limits for the number of visitors, it is possible to see there what the Caribbean looked like in Christopher Columbus’s times. Without doubt, it offers the best diving in Cuba.
This small isle was once Caribbean pirates’ net. Nowadays, the local all-inclusive hotels on snow-white beaches with "singing sand" are an ideal place for family holidays with terrific diving.
MARIA la GORDA
It is a legendary locality at the western promontory of Cuba, located in the Bahía de Corrientes Bay (Pinar del Rio Province). According to the ancient legend, once there was Caribbean pirates’ base, and pretty Maria was their host and attendant - she cooked, served drinks, treated slashes got in fighting, consoled the gloomy......
Bay of Pigs
It contains nice deep walls with mostly excellent visibility. Simple diving from the shore is suitable even for beginners. It is interesting that it is possible to dive there in caves with mixed water (the first few metres fresh water, lower brackish and then sea water).
ISLA de la JUVENTUD
Isle of Youth, sometimes also Isle of Treasure, Isle of Pirates, Isle of Pines, is situated 50 miles south-east of the Cuban shore. There are coloured populations of coral, sponge and gorgonian, and walls, caves, tunnels, snapper, tarpon, horse mackerel, tortoise, barracuda, ray, and, in case of act of God, occasionally also shark...
PLAYA SANTA LUCIA
It is a well-known place where bullsharks live, creatures that are responsible, according to certain references, for more human victims than great white. However, they are composed there; no attacks on tourists have been reported. Besides bullsharks, there are several interesting wrecks there.
Jachting & diving
If you like yachting and like diving during it, then the cruises from Cienfuegos or Trinidad to Cayo Largo are intended just for you.
It is one of the greatest and well-known Cuban resorts, even Al Capone went there for holiday. The greatest local diving spots of interest include a wreck of the Soviet guard ship BP 353 (Barco Patrullero) known as Russian Destroyer. It is the cheapest way of diving in Cuba.
Without doubt, the most interesting area for diving in Cuba lies in Jardines de la Reina. Thanks to the strict protection of National Marine Park (particularly commercial fishing ban and control of the number of visitors), we can see there the Caribbean as it was before the expansion of tourism in that part of the world.
In a majority of other Cuban localities nearly all large fish have been caught and eaten. Therefore we strongly recommend you to consider carefully the choice of the location before the holiday, and not rely on all euphemistic offers of some travel agencies. In particular, agencies not directly specialized in diving in Cuba sometimes present diving optimism which is a bit unrealistic.