Around the world there are many who take advantage of their holidays and weekend recreation time to go diving. Cuba is no stranger to this pastime and there is increasing interest and options for tourists in the activity.
So much so, that many Canadians and Europeans now choose to go diving during their trips to Cuba which, thanks to it’s geographical location, could soon be one of the principal Caribbean locations for this type of tourism.
A Cuban Tourism Ministry report indicates that there are presently more than 500 well studied diving sites around the island, incorporating underwater seascapes, exotic corners, caves, vertical walls and tunnels.
Divers can enjoy cliffs and canals ideal for both day and night diving. Sunken Spanish fleet vessels with undiscovered secrets rank amongst the most preferred sites.
Those in the know particularly recommend diving sites on the Isle of Youth and Cayo Largo, Maria de la Gorda in the province of Pinar del Rio, the coastline north of Havana, and the artificial underwater park at Varadero.
For cave diving they also suggest the Zapata Peninsula, and the waters off Cienfuegos where 6m high Notre Dame coral is found in places.
There are also exceptional dive sites, featuring important wrecks in eastern Santiago de Cuba, the northern coast of Camaguey, Holguin and Jardines del Rey (the King’s Gardens) and Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo resorts to the north of the Ciego de Avila province.
Divers can also relish the excellent visibility offered by crystal clear Caribbean waters close to the villa of Trinidad.
For those with a taste for something more adventurous, the Queen’s Gardens, a marine sanctuary also off Cuba’s southern coast, will satisfy their appetite.Share on FB Share on TT