Where is it? North of Holguin in northeastern Cuba, Guardalavaca is the beach area.
Getting there: Flights into Holguin are followed by a one-hour land transfer to the hotels on the north shore.
Accommodations: Guardalavaca Hotels
The Scuba Diving: 14 dive sites are identified and the Eagle Ray Diving Center on the western tip of the beach takes you diving in the Old Bahamas Channel in sites from 5 to 40 meters with coral barriers, tall crags, cozy dales, and vertical walls.
Guardalavaca 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: Transfer hotel-dive center-hotel, 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 Courses in Guardalavaca-Prices in USD
Valid to 30/04/2017
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.
Description of seabed: The dive zone has an extension of 30km with more than 22 dive sites identified. Some of the most notable include Canto Azul, Coral Garden, Cueva Uno and Pesquero de Esponjas with indescribable beauty presented to the diver in fauna and multicolored vistas. The underwater relief is irregular and complex in some sites, and in others the platform gradually descends with ample shapes of terraces completely covered in gorgonias, sea fans, and coral.
Sample dive sites
Coral House: 10 meters, A coral barrier with abundant fauna, mainly small coral fish, diverse coral species and large gorgonians and sea fans are the main feature of this site.
The Crown: 40 meters, The site has a semi-circular coral formation resembling a crown, hence its name. There are big gorgonians, corals, sponges and medium to large fish.
Pretty Song: 35 meters, In the area there’s a wall dropping from a depth of 15 meters, abounding in lobster, crab, octopus and myriads of coral fish.
Fisherman: 40 meters, A coral bottom teeming with sponges, gorgonians and fish. Its major attraction: numerous black coral colonies.
The Chain: 40 meters, There is a chain with massive links that spans the entrance channel from east to west. The area has a wide variety of invertebrates that have made it their habitat.
Name: Eagle Ray International Dive Center .
Operator: Marlin Holguín
Address: Hotel Atlantico-Guardalavaca, Holguín
Accommodation: Guardalavaca Beach Hotels
Distance to Dive Sites: Close to the hotels
Course Certification School: ACUC, SSI
Daily Capacity: 50 divers, 3 daily departures
Boats: One 41-ft yacht and two 13-ft launches
Dive Sites: 22
Nearest hyperbaric chamber: Santiago de Cuba hospital
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
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