Where is it? Cuba’s special municipality lies off the south coast of Havana Province, in the Gulf of Batabano. Cuba’s least populated region, with just 75,000 inhabitants, 24,000 of them divided between the island’s two main towns of Nueva Gerona and La Fe. Formerly known as the Isle of Pines, Fidel was imprisoned here following the attack on the Moncada Garrisson. The prison has been turned into a museum in Nueva Gerona.
Getting there: Connect with an inexpensive daily domestic connector flight from Havana, or via the ferry (8 hrs), hydrofoil or catamaran (2+ hours). The flight is the best and least complicated option (and the only for which we provide assistance). The early morning flight (providing it arrives on time) allows for same-day diving. Return flight times do not allow for diving on the return day. Transfers are available from the airport to the Colony Hotel (RT).
Accommodations: Hotel Colony with airport transfer service available.
The Scuba Diving: 56 sites at the La Siguanea Inlet, a.k.a. the Pirate Coast. High quality bottom, canyons, caves, grottoes, black coral wall, world’s tallest coral column, wrecks/galleons. Look out for buried treasure here! This zone is said by some to be one of the best in the world for diving, used for underwater photography contests. Your host is the El Colony International Dive Center. The dive boat departs daily at 09:30 and returns at 17:00. The dive sites are ~ 1 hour away from the dock.
El Colony Dive-Prices in USD
Valid to 30/04/2017
|Equipment excluded, rental equipment payable locally
|Visit to Punta Francés||38|
|2 dives in 1 departure||93|
|3 dives in 1 departure||116|
|6 dives package||269|
|10 dives package||340|
|11 + dives (prices per dive)||34|
|Supplement for night diving (as part of a 2 or 3 dive departure)||22|
|Night diving, single departure||65|
|Companion: snorkeling and beach||44|
Include: Tanks, weights, boat, 1 dive instructor for each 6 divers. Transfer Hotel- Dive Center (RT).
Special Conditions: The 1-dive price will apply to clients who only realize a single immersion of a 2-dive package due to illness. (i.e. 2nd dive is not refundable).
When departures to the dive zone are impeded by weather or metorological conditions, with previous notification by Meteorology and Maritime Security to the divers, the marina does not offer refund for unused dives. They will make every effort to make up for lost dives during the client’s planned stay providing the climate and time conditions permit.
Note: Clients must bear their IN Regulador connection or pay directly to the Marina’s sales desk for use of this equipment.
No Fee: For WoWCuba clients booking hotel, car rental reservations or tour packages. No minimum dive requirement.
Agency Service Fee applies: For dive only reservations, minimum 10 dives.
Dive Courses in Colony-Prices in USD
Valid to 30/04/2017
|Open Water Diver||$247||Theoretical work can be completed online or in classroom according to client’s preference. Includes classroom work in pool + open water.||Permits diving up to 18 meters|
Recommended Dive Sites (Depth in Meters / Feet)
1. Black Coral Wall (15/49)
2. Blue Cave (12/39)
3. Diver’s Hiding Place (12/39)
4. Shad’s Arch (14/46)
5. The Site of All (12/39)
Dive Zone: Punta Francés
Address: Carretera Siguanea, km 42 Isla de la Juventud, Cuba
Operator: Marlin Nautica, El Colony
Dive Sites: 56
Type of seabed: Coral reefs, caves, walls, sunken ships and abundant species including barracuda, tarpons, and black coral.
Capacity: 60 divers per day in an all day trip (double immersion)
Course Certification School: SSI
Boats: Three 41-ft yachts and One 61-ft ship
Nearest hyperbaric chamber: 42 km from the center in Nueva Gerona. (Transfer by intensive care ambulance)
Facilities: Equipment rental available
Quantity of Dive Instructors: 15
Maximum Level: Advanced.