Cuba, the sleeping alligator, as we used to calling it, it´s surrounded by 5.700km of coast and there are places for doing diving which can take your breath away. The tropical weather and an average temperature of 26°c give us the opportunity of doing diving all over the whole year, only by using lycra on summer, or suits with only 3 millimeters of thickness on winter.
The tide system and ocean currents are slight enough in both coastlines giving us those special and transparent waters, with an average of visibility of 30 meters
Around the 98% of this coastline is surrounded by coral reeves where we´ll find uncountable species of crustaceans and mollusks, more than 700 species of fishes, 300 species of sponges and a higher number of starfishes and hedgehogs. Besides, you can´t miss the chance of appreciating the 5 species of tortoise and mammals such as dolphins and the enigmatic manatee, also called sea cow.
All these conditions constitute a real privilege for those who really love Scuba diving.
Now, you´d probably asking what 5 places of this beautiful Caribbean island you should visit. You´d better:
A magical place on the west part of Pinar del Rio. It gives you the opportunity to do diving surrounded by nature. The immersion point is located on la Peninsula de Guanahacabibes and constitutes a biosphere reserve with two different diving zones with flora, wildlife and shipwrecks from 18th century. Four hours only from Havana.
Reachable from the capital (Havana). Located in the northwest part of the island, just one hour from Havana. The perfect place for watching the black reef, huge tropical fishes and sponges. There´re also shipwrecks from 17th and 18th centuries.
Beautiful beaches located in the south part of the island. Mountains of reefs and fishes. It’s a protected area from the strongest ocean currents so it would be the best of choices for those who´ve never done diving before. It´s 177 km from Havana.
One of the most popular diving areas although it´s 4 hours from Havana. Located in the Bahia de Cochinos. The immersion areas are near the coast
The south part of the island, in Cienfuegos. There´s sea life, shipwrecks and coral reeves and you can easily appreciate them from the surface. If you´re a fond of underwater photography you should know the clarity of water is unbeatable.