Where is it? Cayo Levisa belongs to the Los Colorados archipelago which crowns the north coast of the province of Pinar del Rio, Cuba’s westernmost province.
Getting there: Taxi transfers are available through WoWCuba as part of your travel package. Current road conditions between the dock in Palma Rubia and Havana (via the north shore route) require that you plan for at least 3 hours for transfer service to avoid disappointment.
The Diving: Due to equipment restrictions, diving is limited to a maximum of 5 divers in this destination at present. The coral reef located northwest of the key possesses varied fauna and fish in a range of shapes and colors, and its excellent state of preservation is truly impressive. Coral formations abound including massive star/brain coral, coral hillocks, feathery sea fans, tube sponges, and tropical fish such as parrots, barbers, black sea bream and grouper. 17th and 18th century wrecks are accessible and of great archaeological interest.
Accommodations: Villa Cayo Levisa is a 20-minute boatride from the mainland (collective boat departures daily @ 10 am, returns @ 6 pm) and features 53 air conditioned rooms, with cable tv, minibar, private bath, safety deposit box and International telephone service. Exclusive boat departures available in alternative time slots, additional fee required.
Frequency: The dive sites are relatively close to the hotel. Dive departures are generally programmed in the morning and this dive center permits a maximum of 2 daily dives/diver.
Cayo Levisa Dive Center
Prices in USD
( rates in bold red = preferred package prices )
*: Same departure
**: Separate departures
Dive packages are priced individually and are non-transferable.
Includes: bcd/regulator, wetsuit, mask/fins, weights, tanks, boat, dives, dive guide.
Excludes: add’l equipment rental, gratuities
Requires: presentation of international dive certification and foreign passport. Cuban nationals require previous National Coast Guard authorization to board dive vessels.
Note 1: up to 3 daily dives available in this destination (08:30, 11:30, 14:30), specific locations pending weather conditions.
Note 2: If your dive destination involves domestic flight services, WoWCuba suggests keeping in mind that domestic flight schedules in Cuba are irregular and subject to last minute changes. It’s recommended not to fly within 24 hours of your last dive so avoiding planning/programming any diving on your last day in the destination is prudent.
Note 3: WoWCuba cautions travelers to avoid overbooking dive services especially on Cuba’s north shore during the winter months as cold fronts can often negatively affect planned nautical departures.
Note 4: Minimum # of passengers for confirmed dive departures in Cayo Levisa = 3. Maximum 5 sets of equipment available locally.
Dive Course in Cayo Levisa
||Prices in USD|
|Open Water Referral (5 dives)||264.75|
|Open Water (5 dives)||399.72|
|Advanced (8 dives)||342.62|
Includes: all theoretical (except for referral courses) and practical equipment, boat, dive guide, dives.
Requires: Presentation of foreign passport, signed medical waiver and 2 1″X1″ photos. Cuban nationals require previous National Coast Guard authorization to board dive vessels. Divers completing Advanced (or superior) courses must present their current certification and logbook. Referral course students must bear their duly signed theory/pool paperwork for local presentation.
Notes: Total open water/advanced course time is normally 3-5 days, pending weather conditions. WoWCuba recommends a minimum of 4 nights in the destination to avoid disappointment. Referral courses involve 2-3 half days of dive departures, but do take possible inclement weather into consideration when forming your travel plan to avoid disappointment. If the selected destination involves domestic flights, planning for an extra night is wise. It’s recommended not to fly within 24 hours of your last dive so avoiding planning/programming any diving on your last day in the destination is prudent.