Where is it? The Albacora dive center is located at the Marea del Portillo resort on the south shore of Granma province in eastern Cuba.
Getting there: International flights are offered by some all inclusive package tour operators to Manzanillo are ground transfers to Marea del Portillo are normally included in their 1 and 2-week charter packages. Alternatively independent travelers may contract taxi or rental car services to arrive in the area.
Accommodations: Marea del Portillo, Farallon del Caribe, Punta Piedra hotels
The Diving: Part of the National Park, an extensive dive area is covered from Cabo Cruz to Rio Maceo with a practically virgin coral reef. In 16 identified dive sites, you can discover tropical fish, huge sponges, black coral colonies, elkhorn/brain/leaf/star coral, sea fans and gorgonians. The greatest treasure, considered National Heritage sites, are the 17th and 18th century wrecks of Spanish galleons and British schooners from Admiral Cervera’s fleet.
Marea del Portillo Diving
Prices in USD
( rates in red = preferred package prices )
* Same departure
** Separate departures
Dive packages are priced individually and are non-transferable.
Includes: bcd/regulator, wetsuit, mask/fins, weights, tanks, boat, dive guide.
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.
Marea del Portillo Dive Course
||Prices in USD|
|Open water (5 dives)||399.72|
|Advanced (8 dives)||342.62|
|Open water referral (5 dives)||264.75|
Includes: all theoretical (except for referral courses) and practical equipment, boat, dives, dive guide.
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.