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Scuba Diving & Snorkeling

Cuba is an idyllic scuba diving destination, whose attractions delight professional divers, enthusiasts and novices alike. The waters around the main island, and the more than 4,000 cays and islets that make up the Cuban archipelago, are warm and extraordinarily clear, with an average visibility of 30 to 40 metres. The diversity and pristine quality of the reefs are unrivalled almost anywhere on the planet. Upwards of 30 fully equipped international dive centres offer reef snorkeling, as well as both day and night dives to depths of up to 40 metres.

Secluded María la Gorda, on the western edge of Pinar del Río is famous for stunning walls of black coral, teeming with sea life. Explore Cuba’s longest reef (the second longest in the world) off Camagüey’s Playa Santa Lucía, or swim alongside yellowtail snappers and queen angelfish off the coast of Jardines del Rey. Shipwreck seekers can head for the sunken Spanish warship off the coast of Santiago de Cuba in the south or dive to Varadero’s El Neptuno in the north.

Main dive sites:

  • Los Canarreos Archipelago: 56 designated dive sites at Puertosol Colony International Scuba Centre and Cayo Largo del Sur.
  • Guanahacabibes Peninsula: Access to more than 50 dive sites from María La Gorda International Scuba Centre.
  • Havana: 72 scuba sites available through 4 international diving centres. Immersion area is more than 100 km by 3 km. A coastal belt of white coral sand lies approximately 20 km east of the city.
  • Santa Lucía: An extensive coral reef with 34 designated dive points and numerous shipwrecks.
  • Varadero: More than 25 diving sites, including the popular Cayo Piedras del Norte underwater park, where old yachts, frigates and planes have been deliberately sunk for recreational exploration.
  • Playa Girón: The top attraction here is the sheer drop off the island’s underwater platform.
  • Holguín (northern coast): More than 20 dive sites, off the Esmeralda and Guardalavaca beaches.
  • Ancón Peninsula: 2 well-defined dive sites at Playa Ancón and Cayo Blanco de Casilda.
  • Santiago de Cuba: Scuba centres operate out of Baconao Park (Sigua and Bucanero) and Guamá municipality. Site of the Caribbean’s best preserved sunken ship, the Spanish warship Cristóbal Colón.
  • Jardines del Rey: Coral reefs of Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo offer attractive underwater landscapes.


Avalon Diving Center (Jardines de la Reina)

Avalon Diving Center

Jardines de la Reina, an archipelago off of Cuba’s southern coast, boasts 93 stunning dive sites where you can swim alongisde two different types of tropical sharks: Caribbean Reef Sharks and Silky Sharks. The archipelago’s diving area contains the most extensive range of marine habitats on the Cuban insular shelf. You can access the remote archipelago via boat from the town of Jucaro.

Shark’s Friends Dive Centre (Santa Lucia)

Shark’s Friends Dive Center

Set out to Santa Lucia’s 35 dive sites, including Poseidon and Valentina, from this well-equipped dive centre. The dive masters can guide you on scuba or snorkeling adventures along Cuba’s longest coral reef formation. Be sure to inspect the assortment of shipwrecks dating as far back as the 19th century, like the Mortera and the Pizarro. Night dives are also available.

Cayo Largo

Marina Internacional Cayo Largo

Most of the Cayo Largo dive excursions depart from this busy marina. There are 30 points of interest in and around the key, including intricate coral bottoms and steep walls covered with gorgonians.

Colony International Scuba Diving Centre (Isla de la Juventud)

This renowned dive centre services 56 dive sites, including access to the National Maritime Park at Punta Francés, one of the world’s most outstanding diving areas. The centre hosts Fotosub, the prestigious international underwater photography competition.


Albacora Marea del Portillo Diving Centre

Albacora Marea del Portillo Diving Center

Set out to the region’s dive sites from here and head toward Cabo Cruz, at the southwestern tip of eastern Cuba, where you can see beautiful formations of staghorn coral, gorgonians, common sea fans and a profusion of fish.




Snorkel among the colourful reef formations, gallop on horseback along the shoreline or bike through the nearby hills at this pristine beach located 45 km from Havana.


Centre Coral Reef

Book your scuba or snorkel session at this Guardalavaca dive centre.

Eagle Ray Marlin Dive Centre

Look for this Guardalavaca dive centre behind the Disco Club La Rocha.

Jardines del Rey

Marlin Marina

Head down to this Cayo Guillermo dive centre to book your undersea adventure in the key’s stunning, crystal-clear waters.

Marlin Dive Centre

This bustling Cayo Coco dive centre is located on the west side of Hotel Tryp. It services a 10 km diving area, and offers open-water certification courses.

Las Tunas

Playa Bonita

Take a catamaran ride off the coast of Playa Bonita and enjoy snorkeling stops and a seafood lunch.

Punta Covarrubias

Explore one of the area’s 12 dive sites. The coral reef begins 1.5 kilometres from the shore and extends for 6 kilometres.

Peninsula de Zapata

Punta Perdiz

Punta Perdiz

The shallow water here is perfect for snorkeling.

Cenote de los Peces

Cenote de los Peces

There are underwater caves to explore in these deep blue waters. The cenote is a flooded tectonic fault located inland, midway between Playa Girón and Playa Larga.

Caleta Buena

Caleta Buena

Don’t miss this quiet cove located 8km from Playa Girón. Stop by the sales office to book an underwater adventure.

Club Octopus International Diving Centre

Club Octopus International Diving Center

This scuba centere located just west of Playa Larga also services the vibrant Bahía de Cochinos dive sites.

International Scuba Centre

Book an amazing underwater adventure in the Bahía de Cochinos at this large diving centre located at Villa Playa Girón. Swim through the bay’s spectacular caves and marvel at the array of underwater life, including star coral, sponges and colorful tropical fish.

Pinar del Río

Cayo Levisa

The colourful coral reefs around this tiny island, off the northern coast of the Península de Guanahacabibes, are home to an astonishing array of sealife, including marlin and other game-fish.

María la Gorda

See giant sea turtles, gorgonnese gardens and the largest colony of black coral in the Caribbean off the secluded shores of María la Gorda. Legends of pirates abound, with plenty of evidence to back them up: anchors, old cannons and other treasures lying on the seabed near the coast of tranquil Ensenada de Corrientes.

Santa Lucia

Shark’s Friends Dive Centre (Santa Lucia)

Shark’s Friends Dive Center

Set out to Santa Lucia’s 35 dive sites, including Poseidon and Valentina, from this well-equipped dive centre. The dive masters can guide you on scuba or snorkeling adventures along Cuba’s longest coral reef formation. Be sure to inspect the assortment of shipwrecks dating as far back as the 19th century, like the Mortera and the Pizarro. Night dives are also available.

Santiago de Cuba

Marea del Portillo

Santiago - Marea del Portillo

Explore the shipwrecks from Spanish Admiral Cervera’s ill-fated fleet that sank here during the Spanish-Cuban-American War in 1898.

Sierra Mar International Dive Centre

Navigate deep drops in the seabed and marvel at the ridges, hillocks and walls at one of the 24 dive sites this centre services.

Marlin Bucanero Dive Centre

Jump into some of Cuba’s warmest waters from here.

Marlin-Sigua Dive Centre

Marlin-Sigua Dive Centre

This centre services 24 dive sites where underwater adventurers can survey shipwrecks and handfeed black groupers.


Cayo Blanco International Dive Centre

Explore an amazing variety of marine life and black coral from this diving centre located at the Marina.

Ancón Peninsula

Ancon PeninsulaThe narrow insular shelf has a sandy bottom with patches of coral forming tunnels and towering ridges. You will see an extraordinary diversity of marine sponges, black coral and tropical fish.


Laguna de Maya, Playa Coral

Laguna de Maya, Playa Coral

Halfway between Matanzas and Varadero, this is a great spot to go snorkeling.

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Barracuda Diving Centre

Barracuda Diving Centre

This is known as Varadero’s premiere scuba centre because of its friendly staff and impressive facilities.

Cayo Piedra Underwater Park

Cayo Piedra Underwater Park

Explore the shipwrecks and deliberately sunk military equipment filled with colourful tropical fish and crustaceans.

Villa Clara

Marina Gaviota

Marina Gaviota

Book a scuba or snorkeling session at this busy marina. Take advantage of the area’s shallow waters boasting colourful coral reefs and intriguing shipwrecks.