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Santiago de Cuba Diving

Where is it? Cuba’s former capital is located on the Caribbean in the southeast corner of Cuba. It is called the most Caribbean of Cuban cities.

Getting there: International flights are offered into Santiago, as well as many daily connections from Havana and Varadero.

Accommodation: Los Galeones, Brisas Sierra Mar, Carisol-Los Corales.

The Scuba Diving: The area is primarily concentrated in the Baconao Park Zone (at the Carisol/Corales center), with the exception of Chivirico to the west where diving is excellent from Sierra Mar. Sixteen dive sites are in the immediate vicinity of the location of the former Bucanero hotel. There are thirteen more sites in front of Daiquiri Beach. In the eastern end of the park there are at least 6 more notable sites accessed via the Sigua center. Characteristics of the area include the formation of large coral crags that communicate through tunnels and narrow channels. There are large fish, crustaceans and mollusks. The bottoms hold shipwrecks where you can personally feed enormous groupers. Sunken Spanish galleons are the main attraction in the Sierra Mar dive center.

Santiago de Cuba Diving-Prices in USD

Valid to 30/04/2017

Dive 1 2* 2** 3 4 5
Prices 31 48 60 86 114 139
Dive 6 7 8 9 10 11
Prices 164 191 218 245 253 274
Dive 12 13 14 15 16 17
Prices 297 322 347 371 396 420
Dive 18 19 20
Prices 443 467 492

* Same departure

** Separate departures

Dive Reservations/Minimum Booking Requirements:

No Fee: For WoWCuba clients booking hotel, car rental reservations or tour packages. No minimum dive requirement.

Agency Service Fee applies: For dive only packages (minimum 10 dives/diver).

Included: Instructor, weights, tanks, BCD, wetsuit, mask/fins & boat

Not Included: Night diving equipment (available for rental locally)

Note: Divers must bring dive certification and foreign passport presentation is required for boarding boats

Dive rates at the Admiral Pascual Cervera’s Fleet-Prices in USD

Valid to 30/04/2017

Sunken Ships
Rates per diver
Departing from the International Marina
Oquendo 42 Minimum 5 pax
Departing from Sierra Mar
Vizcaya 42


Minimum 5 pax (single dive)

Minimum 5 pax (double tank)

Departing from the International Marina
Plutón y Furor 42


Minimum 5 pax (single dive)

Minimum 5 pax (double tank)

Departing from Sierra Mar
Colón 42


Single dive

Double tank

Ground transportation not included for Colon dive

Dive Course in Santiago de Cuba

Valid to 30/04/2017

Dive levels
Prices in USD
Open water 318
Advanced 245
Rescue 154

Includes: International certification (ACUC, SSI), dive instructor, boat, dive equipment, dive kit with didactic and other materials, classroom sessions, pool session, 4 open water immersions.

 Recommended Sigua dive sites

Open Water: 16 meters, There are coral outcroppings of attractive shapes abounding in large gorgonians and fans and populated by a wide variety of coral fish species.

Guarico: 15 meters, A shipwreck lying on a sandy botttom, its hull harboring numerous fish that roam the remains. Black groupers are hand-fed by divers.

La Pared: 35 meters, The site is identified by a wall that drops abruptly into the deep. A privileged spot due to its abundant submarine life.

Spring Carol: 25 meters, Foundered vessel, practically intact is the home of large black groupers, parrot fish and many other coral fish species.

Ferry: 35 meters, The resting place of a merchant ship more than 100-feet long. You can swim into the hold, over the bridge and see the impressive jewfish up close.

Morrillo Chico: 18 meters, The zone is a veritable underwater paradise due to its exuberant, varied and colourful submarine life and the transparency of its waters.

Recommended Bucanero dive sites

Piedra de Ariguas: 27 meters, The site’s main characteristic is a wall with a small cave inhabited by yellowfin groupers and smaller coral fish.

The Wall: 17 meters, An impressive seascape features a wall that drops abrulptly from 17 meters down to unknown depths. There is an abundance of black coral and hammerhead sharps are frequent visitors.

The Cave: 7 meters, A peculiar formation here develops from the base of a high terrace that falls straight into the sea. Diving is therefore practiced in terra firma inside a cave 17 meters long, 3 meters wide and 7 meters deep. It is the dwelling of abundant juvenile coral fish and lobster.

Recommended Sierra Mar dive sites

Conch Reef: 15 meters, The most outstanding characteristic of this area is a coral barrier teeming with fish, plentiful populations of queen conchs and excellent visibility.

The Maze: 25 meters, Long passages formed by coral barriers of extraordinary beauty, the thruway of jacks, snappers, black groupers and barracudas.

Mandinga Reef: 35 meters, The bottom emerges from a depth of 35 meters. There is an enormous variety of fish of all sizes.

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