Located in the famous Varadero beach area, this dive center invites professional and recreational divers to discover a beautiful underwater world with 16 sites in transparent waters, crowned by an incredible variety of marine flora and fauna, among which you can find schools of fish including yellowtail snappers, snapper, as well as barracuda, spectacular eels and coral. Furthermore, in the Cayo Piedras del Norte Marine Park, the first and only of its kind in Varadero, you’ll discover sunken ships of different types, adding an exclusive touch to this dive center.
Cayo Piedras del Norte Sunken Ship Park
- A 102-meter long 1500-ton Russian Patrol Ship equipped with double 57mm cannons in the bow, double 76 mm cannons in the stern, two double 30 mm cannons on the sides, antiaircraft missiles with 2 rockets in launch position, and 2 antisubmarine reactive bombs sunk in 27 meters of water with its highest point just 2 meters from the surface, allowing for diving at varied depths depending on the experience and preparation of divers.
- La Ciudadela, an oil tanker sunk in 30 meters of water, with its highest point at 16 meters.
- The Morenas boat, a steamship which sunk in 1940 in 9 meters of water.
- A 300-ton, 29-meter steel tugboat sunk at 17 meters.
- “El Patico” and “Mal Tiempo”, boat shrimp boats sunk at a depth of 10 meters.
These vessels are attractive for their characteristics, ideal for dive activities, seducing the professional or recreational diver into this silent world of unparalleled beauty and color, composed of schools of multiple species of fish and coral in their structures, making it an obligatory site for dive lovers. This is the first and only Marine Park in Varadero, situated just 9 nautical miles from the Gaviota Marina in Varadero, just 20-30 minutes by boat, where the average water temperatures are between 25-30 degrees Celsius and the average annual horizontal visibility is 30 meters.
Due to the amount of time the boats have been underwater, most are covered in coral, converting them in artificial reefs, due to the number of organisms that have colonized them. Fish are abundant around and within their structures where they find shelter and protection, offering great color and vitality to the Underwater Park, which together with the excellent lighting and visibility make this area ideal for underwater photos and video. Among the most common fish you can observe are the maidens, yellowtail snappers, angelfish, barbers, and adult specimens of eels, barracudas and other colorful small fish. You’ll also observe the presence of small sponge and coral species that, together with the fish and lobster species, offer a beautiful scene in the Cayo Piedras del Norte Underwater Park and make it an unforgettable adventure for divers.
Snorkeling in coral reefs, day and night dives at varying depths, international ACUC certification courses, specialties and instructor courses, as well as dive initiation courses in pools and introductory courses.
Gaviota Varadero Diving-Prices in USD
Valid to 30/04/2017
* 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 Gaviota Varadero
Valid to 30/04/2017
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Includes: International certification (ACUC, SSI), dive instructor, boat, dive equipment, dive kit with didactic and other materials, classroom sessions, pool session, 4 open water immersions.