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Scuba diving in Cuba

The largest island in the Caribbean, Cuba will deliver on sites for shark lovers, cavern explorers or coral enthusiasts.
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Diving in Cuba

Quick facts

The warmth of the Cuban people is matched by the warm ocean that surrounds the archipelago country in which the reefs are little explored and undisturbed which gives a unique experience as sea life, in particular, grouper and sharks, are curious and will interact closely with divers. Cuba is home to the second largest reef in the world behind the Australian Great Barrier and, what's more, is that Cuban diving features long drop-offs or the Grand Canyon which promises that dives are eventful and unforgettable.

This average visibility in the jade water is 98-131 feet (30-40m) which makes it possible to spot sharks and dolphins easily. There is no better site to do just this than Jardines de la Reina (The Queen’s Garden) off the southern coast of the island and where sightings of Jewfish, Hawksbill turtles and an array of sharks are common. The protected area allows no more than 300 divers a year and there are no inhabitants on the nearby island, therefore, the fish have never learnt to fear humans. Their natural curiosity creates unbelievably close encounters.

The ease of diving these sites and others off the remote islands of Cuba is enhanced by the liveaboard option. These sea hotels travel from site to site quickly and efficiently and decrease travelling time from the main island, which in turn increases time under the water.

When to go

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Where to dive

  • Cayo Largo del Sur

    Pristine and abundantly inhabited by marine life, Cayo Largo del Sur’s shallow seas surround snow white beaches, making the ideal habitat for scuba divers who crave calm water and idyllic visibility.

  • Cienfuegos
  • Holguín
  • Isla de la Juventud
  • Jardines de la Reina

    With the third largest reef in the world, guaranteed shark sightings and mighty crocodiles, the Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) in Cuba is a destination seemingly created for divers.

  • Jardines del Rey
  • La Habana

    From the cobblestone streets to the rippling sea, La Habana is a lovely city that offers scuba divers plenty of opportunities to discover fascinating dive sites with tremendous history.

  • Playa Girón & Playa Larga

    The beautiful beaches of Playa Girón and Playa Larga are famous destinations with lovely hidden scuba diving sites; cenotes, reefs, caverns, and more.

  • Santiago de Cuba
  • Varadero

    Jutting out into the clear blue water is Varadero, a peninsula of worldwide fame. Divers can find exceptional reefs and abundant marine life during a dive in these warm waters.

USD 3,800Per trip
USD 3,600Per trip
USD 2,585Per trip
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What to see

The exotic marine life in Cuba is as lively and colorful as the other Caribbean islands. Nassau groupers, black groupers and Jewfish are sighted amidst blue striped grunts, yellowtail snappers and blue creole wrasses. Nestled in the caverns are green moray eels and juxtaposed in the open water bull sharks roam above untouched reefs of coral and sponge.

This is a photographer’s heaven where at every turn there is a near-perfect shot to be taken and microphotography of organisms hidden inside resplendent sponges is overlooked due to regular sightings of turtles or the hammerheads. The 4 main reefs cater for both the large game viewer and the photographer looking to train their eye for the smaller creatures.

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