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Diving in Cuba

The waters surrounding the Cuban archipelago are warm with an average annual temperature above 24°C, mild tides and no strong currents. Standing on a large, exuberant and totally virgin coral reef, Cuba is a sunken paradise for those with a passion for diving. With an average horizontal visibility of 30 meters (98 feet), the Cuban waters possess diverse flora and underwater fauna and an absence of aggressive animals.

Professionally-equipped and staffed dive centers in Cuba are located throughout the country. Bilingual dive instructors are certified by prestigious international agencies including the American Canadian Underwater Certification (ACUC), the Confederation Mondiale dÁctivites Subaquatiques (CMAS), Scuba Schools International (SSI) and more. PADI (US-based outfit) does not operate in Cuba, but PADI certification is accepted in Cuba.

The Cuban seas know of no seasons. All year is a good time to dive in search of attractive and indescribably beautiful seascapes, coral gardens, caves, sponge prairies, shipwrecks with a story to tell, walls, narrow channels, tunnels and many other charms that defy the imagination. However, we do not recommend overbooking diving in advance on Cuba’s north shore during the winter months since frequent cold fronts often negatively affect nautical departures. Diving on the south shore is usually less affected by winter weather conditions.

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