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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’s 5600 kms of unspoiled coastline 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. The Cuban government has long-standing environmental protectionist measures in place which have resulted in high levels of biodiversity. 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, to avoid disappointment, WoWCuba does not recommend overbooking diving in advance on Cuba’s north shore during the winter months (Nov.-Mar.) since frequent cold fronts often negatively affect nautical departures. Diving on the south shore is usually less affected by winter weather conditions. The rainy summer season (May – October) can sometimes result in reduced visibility compared to winter diving in Cuba.

Professionally-equipped and staffed dive centers are located throughout the country, as are 5 hyperbaric chambers. 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. As an accredited travel service provider in Cuba’s Chamber of Commerce, WoWCuba has English and Spanish-speaking divers on staff with ample underwater experience in almost every Cuban dive center. WoWCuba contracts dive services for almost all state-managed dive centers in Cuba and can pre-arrange dive packages and/or certification courses on behalf of travelers. For those interested in simplifying their travel arrangements and one-stop shopping, WoWCuba can also take care of transportation to/from many dive centers, accommodations, and even domestic flights if required.

If booking & prepaying a minimum of 10+ dives/diver, there are no minimum booking requirements in place. Do keep in mind that WoWCuba only assists in handling prepaid reservations for fewer than 10 immersions per diver if booked as part of a WoWCuba a la carte travel package consisting of:
-at least 1 night in hotels, 3 days car rental, or a WoWCuba multi-day cycle tour package.

Courses: WoWCuba provides assistance in reserving and prepaying certification (not resort or discover scuba) courses.

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Dive Centers

North Shore (west to east)

Havana Diving (valid for Hemingway Marina, Copacabana, or Tarara dive centers)
Varadero Diving (Marlin)
Varadero Diving (Gaviota)
Cayo Santa Maria Diving (Cayo Las Brujas)
Jardines del Rey Diving (Cayo Coco & Cayo Guillermo)
Santa Lucía Beach Diving
Playa Pesquero Diving
Guardalavaca Beach Diving

South Shore (west to east)

Cabo San Antonio Diving
María la Gorda Diving
Isle of Youth Diving – El Colony
Zapata Peninsula Diving
Cayo Largo Diving
Cienfuegos Diving
Trinidad Diving
Marea del Portillo Diving
Santiago de Cuba Diving (valid for Santiago City Marina, Sierra Mar or Carisol/Corales dive centers)

Tips

Remember to bring your dive certification. It is required in Cuba.
Presentation of foreign passport is required to board dive vessels. Cuban nationals require prior authorization from the national coast guard.
Your first dive of the day should be the deepest.
Eliminate or reduce alcoholic drinks.
Drink as much water as possible before diving.
Decrease the number of dives two days before flying.
Do not fly (international flights) until 24 hours after your last dive.

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