Scuba Diving Holidays in Cuba
The amazing island of Cuba offers some of the best diving opportunities in the Caribbean. With crystal clear warm waters, good currents, unspoilt reef systems and a vast array of marine life the diving here is exceptional. Sharks, whale sharks, rays, morays, giant grouper, colourful schools of fish, beautiful corals and sponges and much more is on offer when you take a diving holiday to Cuba.
Cuba has the second largest barrier reef system in the world which sits in clear warm waters. Sea temperatures range from 25C in January to 29C in August. Divers of all levels will love the fascinating macro-life, soft corals, underwater caves, walls, wrecks, cenotes and swim-throughs which together with the natural beaches, islands and cays make a diving holiday to Cuba just perfect.
Swim with friendly grouper, watch giant morays at play, be amazed at groups of giant sting ray whose wing spans exceed 12ft and marvel at over 1000 species of fish and 160 species of sponges. Don’t forget your camera as the corals, sponges and macro-life, including anemones, arrow crabs, flamingo tongues, colourful tunicates and nudibranches are a photographers dream!
Top scuba diving spots include:
Jardines De La Reina – An archipelago of more than 250 coral islands and islets. Jardines De La Reina is a protected environment and National Marine Reserve. This is one of the last untouched diving areas in the world and has 75 miles of mangrove-fringed coral reefs.
Varadero – Regarded as one of the top beach destinations in the world, Varadero not only offers quality hotels, beautiful sandy beaches, excellent nightlife and more, it also offers excellent diving opportunities and dive centres in close proximity to the bustling resort.
Guardalavaca – Located just 50 minutes from the airport on the southeast coast of Cuba. This is a small resort offering top quality diving, good hotels and beautiful beaches.
Santa Lucia – A remote beach resort and divers paradise on Cuba’s Atlantic coast.
Cayo Largo – Located about 35 minutes by plane from Havana, Cayo Largo is a small island with plenty of holiday accommodation.
Cayo Levisa – A desert island off the northern coast of Cuba, reached by a 25 minute boat ride. This paradise island has nearly three miles of white powder sandy beach.
Isla De La Juventud (Isle of Youth) – Located on the northern Caribbean side of Cuba, this former prison colony and military zone is just a 25 minute flight from Havana.