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Dive area / region : Cuba - See the map Scuba Diving in Cuba

Best diving season : January  •  February  •  March  •  April  •  May  •  October  •  November  •  December
Recommended number of days to stay : More than 1 week...
Number of dive sites : 11 to 15 Dive Sites
Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 26C-… : Shorty or Thin Wetsuit
Average visibility : 21 - 25 meters
Average dives depth : 20 Meters
Type of currents : Medium level currents
Months when these currents are present : N/A
General surface conditions : Medium conditions
Wreck types : Old wooden ship  •  Recent world ships
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Type of marine life : Anemone  •  Barracuda  •  Corals  •  Jacks  •  Lobster  •  Moray Eels  •  Plants  •  Rays  •  Reef Fish  •  Sea urchins  •  Shark - Grey nurse  •  Shark - Reef shark  •  Shrimps  •  Softcoral  •  Sponge  •  Star fish  •  Tuna  •  Turtles
Presence of caves / caverns : Yes - Open


Suit: 3mm shortie or full length wetsuit
Type of diving: Steep walls cut by tunnels and caverns and shallow reefs plus a few wrecks

Cuba is a fascinating place with a turbulent history. Famous for its cigars and rum, Cuba is the largest of the Caribbean islands at 760 miles long. It lies only ninety miles south of the Florida coast, however due to political differences it has been isolated from Americans for the last forty years. Fidel Castro seized power in 1959 during a revolution that turned it into a socialist republic. It spent centuries as a Spanish colony meaning there are many Spanish buildings and a rich Latin American cultural heritage.
The capital of Cuba is Havana, which is the countries cultural Center. In Havana there are many 16th century buildings that are slowly being restored and a massive fort at Moro Castle overlooking harbour. The Cuban currency is the Peso, but US dollars are preferred in some hotels and restaurants and most people deal in cash.
Cuba is often compared to the Cayman Islands as they used to be 20 years ago. It has recently become a favorite diving region for many tourists from all over the world. With water temperatures between 26 to 29°C, it has an intense coral growth, hundreds of small bays and islands and numerous world-class diving sites.

Cuba has become a synonym for exciting, colorful and challenging diving. The underwater world offers spectacular views of sunken Spanish galleons and modern submarines. Tortoises, sharks, rays, barracudas, perch, jack fish, parrot fish, snails, starfish, trigger fish and many other species can be found in Cuban marine life. The visibility usually lies between 15 to 35 meters, so you can see everything very clearly. Because Cuba is such an attractive place for diving, the number of tourists is increasing and more diving organizers offer their services. Almost all resorts offer diving programs, which include courses for beginners and the possibility to obtain a course certificate. The equipment is usually of a high standard, but you can also bring your own equipment. Cuba's warm 24C/76F (yearly average) waters are clear and pristine with hardly any coral destruction or pollution, making it ideal for a diving holiday. The average visibility is 30 to 40 metres, and Cuba's diving holiday makers will delight in the underwater paradise unveiled before their eyes - home to 50 species of coral and 200 species of sponge! Pillar, staghorn, elkhorn, spectacular gorgonians, sea fans and plume worms are all there to be seen, as are barrel and tube sponges, sea urchins, spiny lobsters, coral shrimp and crabs on the seabed ensuring a fascinating variety.
Against this pristine backdrop, the dozens of species of fish glide around in undulating schools or solitary independence. Moray eels peer from within caves, squids and octopi drift by alongside barracuda, rays and even the occasional shark. For fans of underwater documentaries, a Caribbean holiday spent diving in Cuba is a jaw-dropping experience.

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