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Playa Larga Scuba Diving Center
 Location  Back
This diving destination is located at the Montemar National Park, which has more than 70,000 hectares including the Ciénaga de Zapata, Cuba’s largest ecosystem and the most important swampy area of the Antilles. There are two beaches in this area, Playa Girón and Playa Larga, both on Cuba’s south-central coast, at the Bahía de Cochinos (Bay of Pigs), an inlet about 18 miles (30 km) long and 9 miles (15 km) wide. Playa Larga is situated at the top of the bay, less than four hours by ground transportation from Varadero Beach. There is a small airport near Playa Girón for charter flights.
 Diving Sites  Back
This area features 16 diving sites.

 Equipment  Back
  • Fleet: Currently, there is no vessel.
  • Compressor: Bauer k-15 and one k-18
  • Cylinders (tanks): 34 bottles
 Capacity  Back
This diving center has capacity for 5-6 divers per instructor per day.
 Courses  Back
Instruction, with international certificates, is available for all skill levels.
  • Initiation (resort) course
 Instructors  Back
This diving center has one instructor certified by CMAS
 Accommodations  Back
  • Horizontes Playa Larga
 Dive Accident Facilities  Back
  • Emergency medical care is provided at the diving center. Injured divers are taken by land to Cárdenas, where the nearest hyperbaric chamber is.
 Open-water Potential  Back
The diving zone is 60-70 meters off-shore, in crystal-clear waters with temperatures between 20 and 28oC and visibility of 20-30 meters. This area is rich with a variety of corals, including elkhorn coral, staghorn and bride’s bouquet. The area is also teeming with Cuban snappers (Lutjanus cyanopterus), groupers (Epinephelus spp., Mycteroperca spp.), barracudas (Sphyraena sphyraena), snappers (Lutjanus spp.), morays (Muraenidae family) and a great variety of colorful small fish.
 Other Services  Back
  • Public Liability Insurance
  • Diving Gear Rental
  • Daytime Dive
  • Night Dive
  • Safe Cave Diving
 Additional Info  Back
The Montemar National Park is similar to the Florida Everglades. It has an abundance of birds including most of those endemic to Cuba, in addition to many that migrate from the north during winter. It has many tourist attractions and is one of Cuba’s main zones for ecological and industrial tours.
A special attraction for the diver here are the on-shore water holes, not far from the sea, known as Cenotes. These are in fact the lake-like openings of flooded limestone caverns, part of a speleo-lacustrine system connected through flooded tunnels to the sea and extending some 42 miles (70 km) along the coast.
The salt water in these caves, some of which reach 70 meters in depth, is crystal-clear and contains many colorful tropical fish as well as several blind species that never leave the caves. For experienced divers it is possible to enter a Cenote and follow the caves to the open sea.
Attractions are the warm transparent waters with visibility of 35 to 50 meters (135 to 200 feet) many varieties of corals, gorgonians, and sponges. There is also an abrupt wall dropping 70-80 meters (200 to 300 feet).
 
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