Where is it? Off of Cuba’s northeastern coastline is a string of cays connected to the mainland by a causeway. Cayo Coco and Cayo Guillermo are the islands where the diving is based.
Getting there: Direct flights are offered from many countries to Cayo Coco. Alternatively, some offer flights into Ciego de Avila. A third alternative is to fly into Havana and take a domestic connector flight. There are two offered daily. Domestic flight schedules in Cuba can be erratic, so WoWCuba recommends exercising prudence when arranging for international departures after diving, leaving an ample window for delays.
Accommodations: Cayo Coco & Cayo Guillermo hotels
The Scuba Diving: Dive sites are distributed in front of the cays. The coral reef is over 10 km long, at a depth of 10 – 30 meters. Some say the abundance of fish in this area give divers the sensation they’re in an aquarium. International dive centers include the Coco (in Melia Cayo Guillermo) and Blue Diving (in Melia Cayo Coco).
Jardines del Rey Diving
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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, transfer Jardines del Rey hotels-dive center (RT)
Excludes: add’l equipment rental, meals, 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 Jardines del Rey
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Includes: all theoretical (except for referral courses) and practical equipment, boat, dive guide, 4 dives, transfer Jardines del Rey hotels-dive center (RT).
Excludes: meals, gratuities.
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.