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 daily connections via domestic flights from Havana.
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. A fleet of 5 Sunken Spanish and 2 US naval ships and the Underwater Archaeological Park / National Monument are the main attraction in the Sierra Mar dive center.
“The Park, which covers an area of 240 km2, contains seven archaeological sites located in Playa Siboney Las Cuatro Bocas, Playa Mar Verde, Rancho Cruz-Buey Cabón, Ensenada de Juan González, Aserradero and Playa La Mula. Many archaeological remains are found scattered on the ocean floor as well as important ecosystems that should be protected as a whole. This National Monument to five Spanish ships and two U.S. ships that took part in the naval battle of 1898 underscores the historic event that put an end to the Spanish-Cuban-American War and marked the beginning of new and different relations between the three countries involved.”
Santiago de Cuba Diving-Prices in USD
Valid to 31/10/2018
* 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).
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.
Dive rates at the Admiral Pascual Cervera’s Fleet-Prices in USD
Valid to 31/10/2018
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|Dive Course in Santiago de Cuba|
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Includes: all theoretical (except for referral courses) and practical equipment, boat, dive guide, 4 dives.
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 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.