Where is it? On Cuba’s northwestern shore, Havana is Cuba’s capital with almost three million inhabitants.
Getting there: International flights are offered to Havana & Varadero, the closest airports to Havana.
Accommodations: Although you’re free to stay in any property in Havana and simply arrange for daily taxis to the dive centers we recommend the following if interested in being closer to the dive centers: Club Acuario at the Marina Hemingway, Hotel Copacabana in Miramar or Tarara self-catering house options.
The Scuba Diving: There are three main international dive centers, two of which are currently operating (as of Nov. 2019); La Aguja located at the Hemingway Marina, Copacabana in Miramar, and the Tarara Marina in Havana’s Eastern Beaches (which has no current dive instructor). There are roughly 24 sites identified from Cojimar in eastern Havana to the Mariel Bay in western Havana. There are an additional 10 sites in the Beaches of the East area. The dive area runs parallel to the coast and the sites are at depths of 5 to 35 meters. Vistas include coral fields, sponges, tropical fish, small caves and shipwrecks. 1/2 day dive departures are generally planned to take place in the morning.
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* Same departure
** Separate departures
Dive packages are priced individually and are non-transferable.
Includes: bcd/regulator, wetsuit, mask/fins, weights, tanks, boat, dive guide, 1 small water per departure in Marina Hemingway.
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 2 daily dives available in this destination, 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.
Dive Course in Havana
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Valid in: Hemingway Marina or Copacabana Dive Centers
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.