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Santa Lucía Beach Diving

Where is it?:  On Cuba's northeastern shore, 20 kilometers of beach in Santa Lucia are protected by one of the largest and best preserved coral barriers in the tropics with flocks of pink flamingo making their home in nearby lagoons.
 
Getting there: International flights to Camaguey, or domestic flights to Holguin or Ciego de Avila followed by land transfer to Santa Lucia. Fly & Drive programs are also available.
 
Accommodations: Santa Lucia Hotels
 
The Scuba Diving: A dive zone with almost 40 sites offers shipwrecks, the remains of a Spanish fort, fish, and hand-fed sharks. The dive center is called Sharks Friends. A show where the instructors hand-feed bull sharks operates from August to February.   Reservations for the show are not available in advance as departures strongly depend weather conditions, the moon, etc. Offers for the shark show (including a digital recording of your experience) must be purchased directly at the dive center. In this dive center, we offer regular immersions only for advance purchase.
Shark Update (Aug 2009): There are approximately 4 sharks still using this dive area in their migratory path. Although sharks are typically sighted from September to November they are also sometimes sighted in mid-August. Shark dives are only for local purchase.
 
Dive Pass: Dive Pass available for Sharks Friends dive center.

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Santa Lucía Diving -  Prices in CUC
(Valid to 31/10/14)
Dive
1
2*
2**
3
4
Prices
$30
$60
$56
$95
$120
Dive
5
6
7
8
9 y 10
Prices
$142
$173
$197
$224
$252
Dive
11
12
13
14
15
Prices
$276
$300
$325
$349
$374
Dive
16
17
18
19
20
Prices
$398
$424
$448
$472
$497
* Same departure
** Separate departures
Dive Reservations/Minimum Booking Requirements:
No Fee: For WoWCuba clients booking hotel, car rental reservations or tour packages. No minimum dive requirement.
Agency Service Fee applies: For dive only packages (minimum 10 dives/diver).
Included: Instructor, weights, tanks, BCD, wetsuit, mask/fins & boat
Not Included: Night diving equipment (available for rental locally)
Note: Divers must bring dive certification and foreign passport presentation is required for boarding boats
 
Dive Course in Santa Lucía
(Valid to 31/10/14)
Dive levels
Prices in CUC
Open Water
$ 317
Advanced
$ 251
Rescue
$ 200
Includes: International certification (ACUC), dive instructor, boat, dive equipment, dive kit with didactic and other materials, classroom sessions, pool session, 4 open water immersions.
 
Special dives in Santa Lucía
(Valid to 31/10/14)
Special dives and other services
Prices in CUC
Shark show
$ 66
Full day
$ 77
Companions
$ 38
Night dive
$ 47
Double tank
$ 62
 
Description of Dive Zone:
 
The Sharks Friends dive center is located in the Santa Lucia beach, a beach open to the sea and absent of rocks and shelving, where you'll discover one of the most important and picturesque coral reefs of the world. In the 35 dive sites from 7 to 35 meters you can see various species of coral, enormous fans, crustaceans and mollusks, caves and tunnels where many multicolored species of fish maraud, as well as sunken ships from the start of the 20th century, such as El Nuevo Mortera and Nuestra Señora Virgen de Altagracia.
 
Recommended dive sites:
 
Poseidon I-VI:  18-32 meters, The bottoms of these 6 dive sites are made up of ridges forming marine terraces and tidal niches abounding in gorgonians, sponges, corals and minute coral fish. Nuestra Senora Virgen de Altagracia - 27 meters, Steel tug boat dating back to the early 20th century, in perfect condition. It's located next to a wall dropping straight into the abyss. Inside and around it rove numerous fish.
 
Mortera: 27 meters, This site is identified by the remains of a 19th century Spanish merchant shipwreck at the entrance of the Nuevitas Bay channel. Colorful coral fish , big snappers, groups and shoals of jacks can be discovered here.
 
Las Anforas: 27 meters, This site is located close to what once was a Spanish fort that guarded the entrance to the bay. Submerged pitchers, bottles and clay vessels bear witness to the presence of the fort.
 
Sharks Point: 30 meters, Bull sharks up to 2 or 3 meters long are the stars of a show during which they feed out of the hands of diving instructors.
 
Honda Cave: 32 meters, There is an impressive cave in this site which shelters tarpon and big groupers.
 
Technical Information:
 
Name: Sharks Friends International Diving Center
Operator: Marlin Santa Lucia
Address: Playa Santa Lucia de Cuba
Accommodation: Santa Lucia hotels (closest is Brisas Santa Lucia)
Distance to Dive Sites: 15 minutes from Brisas Santa Lucia Hotel
Instructors: 5
Course Certification Schools: ACUC, SNSI
Daily Capacity: 50 divers
Boats: One 41-ft yacht and two 13-ft launches
Dive Sites: 35
Nearest hyperbaric chamber: Santiago de Cuba hospital
Services:
Reef Diving - Yes
Wall Diving - Yes
Sunken Ships - Yes
Cave Diving - Yes
Canal Diving - No
Night Diving - Yes
Equipment Rental - Yes
Resort Course - Yes
Open Water Course - Yes
Advanced Courses - Yes
Specialty Courses - No