The warmth of the Cuban people is matched by the warm ocean that surrounds the archipelago country in which the reefs are little explored and undisturbed which gives a unique experience as sea life, in particular, grouper and sharks, are curious and will interact closely with divers. Cuba is home to the second largest reef in the world behind the Australian Great Barrier and, what’s more, is that Cuban diving features long drop-offs or the Grand Canyon which promises that dives are eventful and unforgettable.This average visibility in the jade water is 98-131 feet (30-40m) which makes it possible to spot sharks and dolphins easily. There is no better site to do just this than Jardines de la Reina (The Queen’s Garden) off the southern coast of the island and where sightings of Jewfish, Hawksbill turtles and an array of sharks are common. The protected area allows no more than 300 divers a year and there are no inhabitants on the nearby island, therefore, the fish have never learnt to fear humans. Their natural curiosity creates unbelievably close encounters. The ease of diving these sites and others off the remote islands of Cuba is enhanced by the liveaboard option. These sea hotels travel from site to site quickly and efficiently and decrease travelling time from the main island, which in turn increases time under the water.
Cuba Sea Life
The exotic marine life in Cuba is as lively and colorful as the other Caribbean islands. Nassau groupers, black groupers and Jewfish are sighted amidst blue striped grunts, yellowtail snappers and blue creole wrasses. Nestled in the caverns are green moray eels and juxtaposed in the open water bull sharks roam above untouched reefs of coral and sponge.This is a photographer’s heaven where at every turn there is a near-perfect shot to be taken and microphotography of organisms hidden inside resplendent sponges is overlooked due to regular sightings of turtles or the hammerheads. The 4 main reefs cater for both the large game viewer and the photographer looking to train their eye for the smaller creatures.
How to Get There
The main airport is located just outside Havana and is easily accessible using a direct flight from Canada, Europe and Mexico. There are flights from Tampa and Miami in the US daily, with specific licensed operators, and there are also chartered flights directly to some resorts which may be less expensive. Viazul is a bus service that is most often used to travel around once you have arrived.
Best Scuba Diving in Cuba