Where is it? On Cuba’s northeastern shore, 20 kilometers of beach in Santa Lucia are protected by one of the largest and best preserved coral barriers in the tropics with flocks of pink flamingo making their home in nearby lagoons.
Getting there: International flights to Camaguey, or domestic flights to Holguin or Ciego de Avila followed by land transfer to Santa Lucia.
Accommodations: Santa Lucia Hotels
The Scuba Diving: A dive zone (depths ranging from 7 to 35 meters) with 35 sites offers shipwrecks, the remains of a Spanish fort, fish, and hand-fed sharks. The dive center is called Sharks Friends. A show where the instructors hand-feed 3-5 migratory bull sharks operates from mid-August/early September to the end of November. Reservations for the show are not available in advance as departures strongly depend on weather conditions, the moon, etc. Offers for the shark show (including a digital recording of your experience) must be purchased directly at the dive center. In this dive center, WoWCuba offers regular immersions only for advance purchase.
Santa Lucia Diving
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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.
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 Santa Lucia
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Includes: all theoretical (except for referral courses) and practical equipment, boat, dive guide, 4 dives, transfer Santa Lucia 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.