The reefs and walls surrounding the Cuban maritime platform
offer, to the beginner as well as to the advanced diver, as
much if not more than any diving area in the world. We currently
offer 31 diving centers at 18 different zones with 100īs
of diving sites, and new areas are being developed everyday.
Cuban diving waters are pristine, with very little pollution
or coral destruction, perfectly preserved, and providing an
underwater paradise of more than 50 species of corals and
200 species of sponges. With average normal visibility of
30 to 40 meters, divers will find an abundance of hard corals
such as brain, pillar, staghorn and elkhorn, and among the
soft corals, spectacular gorgonians, sea fans and plume worms.
Barrel and tube sponges, sea urchins, spiny lobsters, coral shrimp
and crabs are also widely present.
Dozens of species of fish, including brillant tropical species, swim
among the reefs in undulating schools or wait in solitary
patience for their next morsel. Moray eels peer from their
caves, an occasional squid or octopus drifts by, and not-to-be-feared
sharks, barracudas and rays often appear. Many sites include
diving to wrecks and in caves of the marine platform. Normally
the centers provide two dives per day, and night diving is
available at most. The centers have fast, modern dive boats
for swift access to the sites, and all have on-board oxygen
and VHF communications.
Instructors are certified by SSI, ACUC or CMAS, and centers can
usually provide multi-lingual instructors. All areas have
24-hour medical care. Beginners at all centers can qualify
to dive with a few hours of study and training in a pool.
Cuba has five hyperbaric chambers dispersed regionally, and
the centers can provide an unlikely emergency evacuation by
helicopter if ever needed. And to preserve our sites, we practice
a "Look, but donīt touch, and donīt take"
policy. Diving is a year-round sport in Cuba with water temperature
varying little from the yearly average of 24 C (76 F). Wherever
you dive in Cuba you will find modern, comfortable accommodations
to suit your budget with plenty of interesting activities
for you and members of your party who do not wish to dive.
If you have never scuba dived, consider entering this incredibly
beautiful world just beneath the surface of the sea, an experience
that will surely change your recreational priorities for a
long time. And if you are an experienced diver, come to Cuba
and try its challenges for the first time. We are here to
help you plan your trip, and we can easily arrange diving
at different areas and centers for you during the same trip.
Experienced divers should remember to bring their C-Card with
certification level along with their logs. NAUI safety standards
are applied at all centers, and all dive areas have sites
for novices as well as for intermedate and advanced levels.