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Cuba

The Isle of Youth for some of the best diving in the Caribbean . . . .
Overview:

Vanessa LafayeCuba is the largest of the Caribbean islands.  Click here for the map.

Cuba has four main dive locations: Maria la Gorda, Playa Giron and Trinidad and Cienfuegos but, arguably, the best diving is the Isla de la Juventud (the Isle of Youth). 

Surprisingly, there is also good diving just outside the capital, Havana.  This is due to the fishing restrictions that have been imposed and the reefs are pristine, with some interesting cavern dives.

Its estimated that there are over 1,000 fish species in the seas around Cuba and the reefs are seriously impressive.  However, you're less likely to spot some of the large pelagics which you would expect to find in other top diving destinations.

What to see:

  • Isla de la Juventud where the diving is fantastic, probably some of the best in the world.  This is a marine reserve where you're likely to spot Tarpon.  These huge preditors (which can reach up to 2.5 mtrs) make for a spectacular sight.   Exceptional dive sites are on the Cabo Frances Reef for masses of overhangs and arches and from Cabo Frances to Point Pedernales.  All these dives have great visibility with gentle currents.
  • Not diving, we know, but don't miss the land crab migration (January to April/May).

Need to know:

  • PADI is not authorised in Cuba because of the dispute with the US, but the Cubans have adopted the Canadian ACUC system, which is a CMAS accredited authority. 
  • The east coast is subject to hurricanes from August to November (generally, the country averages one a year) and droughts are common.
Useful stuff:
Language: Spanish
Currency: Cuban Peso
Time: GMT - 5
Climate: Tropical
Natural hazards: Hurricanes and tropical storms (July to October)
Diving season: 12 months
Water temperature: Jan to March - 24C/75F
June to October – 28C/82F
Hyperbaric chambers: Guantanamo Bay Naval Station (01...
La Habana Hyperbaric Medical Centre (537) 97 3266

Caribbean - Cuba: Latest User Reviews

dive cente, school in Varadero Cuba  Diving Varadero, Cuba 5 Star Rating Added: 20th September 2013 by mikeler
I dived with Yasser twice at Coral Beach and 3 dives at the Bay of Pigs. Varadiving provided all my equipment and a thorough "Buddy Check" revealed absolutely no problems at all. The diving is excellent value for money and Yasser and Inglesias were excellent company throughout my two days...
Diving with Varadiving in Varadero Cuba  Diving Varadero, Cuba 5 Star Rating Added: 20th September 2013 by mikeler
Cuba was great and this scuba diving experience made it even better! Yasser and Erick (taxi service) made this a days adventure for us. 4 of us went scuba diving and 2 of us were first timers. Yasser took his time to explain to us the safety of diving and...
diving varadero cuba  Diving Varadero, Cuba 5 Star Rating Added: 20th September 2013 by mikeler
The crew of Varadiving is very professional and the equipment is good. I was the only one diving with Yasser that day, so I felt a little like a VIP. He also cared about the marine life, for example, he did not bring any food for the fish (compared to other instructors),...
Great diving with guys who really know the area both in and out of the water  Club ScubAzul, Cuba 5 Star Rating Added: 29th April 2013 by shaunmb
Spent 3 days diving with Rene and Sadiel, stayed in Varadero and had read some bad reviews about Barracuda Dive centre so looked on web and found Scubazul. E-mailed them, agreed a pick up time from my hotel and bang on time the guys turned up. First day we dived a...
If you're going to Varadero, dive with these guys  Club ScubAzul, Cuba 4 Star Rating Added: 27th February 2013 by RobEaton
Just got back from Varadero. Booked 2 days of diving with Club sCubazul. I'd never heard of them, but heard good things about them. I sent an email to Peyman, their booking guy, and within the hour, got a very informative reply. I had a number of questions, and all...
Great experience  Club ScubAzul, Cuba 5 Star Rating Added: 26th February 2013 by dmc2709
Simply put, these folks are awesome. After a bad dive experience in Cayo Guillermo, Cuba last year, and having read a lot of bad reviews for diving in Veradero, I was reluctant to come to Veradero due to not trusting any dive companies. A little more searching turned up Club...
Be carefull!  Barracuda Diving Center, Cuba 2 Star Rating Added: 20th October 2011 by mercury99
OK -I may be not long back and have to say there are a few issues here - it is not a company I could recommend, especially to a beginner. It was not until the third day of diving that a guide allocated a buddy, until then I had been sorting...
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