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Scuba Diving in Cuba


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.

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.


Some of the resorts are:

Isla de Juventud (Island of Youth).... Most diving is done from Pirates Point where there are about 56 different dive sites.  There are a couple of hotels to choose from here or the all new Georgiana live aboard vessel. The area is protected and diving is excellent most of the year.  Winter water temperatures average about 75 degrees and summer averages about 82 degrees.



Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen)....An outstanding dive destination located in the Bay of Anna Maria off the south shore in central Cuba. A chain of 250 coral and mangrove islands.

 The Tortuga, a floating hotel, that holds about 30 people is located in this area.  There are also several supporting live aboard dive boats including AvalonII, Halcon, and Exploradora.  Only one week packages are offered in this protected paradise for SCUBA divers and fishermen. Pricing ranges from not cheap, to expensive. Please inquire at reservations@cubatravelusa.com



Cayo 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 several very nice 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 a couple of budget spots 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 and corals. A good spot for a budget diver and you can take in some history while you are there.


Cayo Levisa.... Cuba is surrounded by thousands of cays and islets where sand and greenness blend together with crystal clear waters. Among 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. This 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/ Havana....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. Hotels near the marina include the Acuario and Melia Habana. Or, you can stay across town in Old Havana or Vedado.


Maria la Gorda....Located on the western tip of Cuba, this is one of Cuba's best Scuba diving locations. The lodging here is at Villa Maria la Gorda, which caters to divers and snorkelers. The lodging is economical.


Matanzas/Varadero....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. There are many luxury all-inclusive resorts here to select from.



Cienfuegos....Faro Luna Scuba Diving Center.  Located on Rancho 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 fauna.



Ciego de Avila/Cayo Coco/Cayo Guillermo....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 and fauna.

Holguin/ Guardalavaca....The Eagle Ray Scuba Diving Center is located at Guardalavaca Beach on the northeastern coast of Cuba.  Capacity if for 11 scuba divers with 32 diving sites.  Depth ranges from 5-40 meters.  A variety of marine flora and fauna. You can also snorkel from the beach in Guardalavaca. If you are looking for luxury, consider staying at Paradisus Rio de Oro. It's the nicest hotel on the eastern end of Cuba.


Granma....The 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 and fauna.

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.

Guajimico....The 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.