Where is it? Varadero is Cuba’s famous 20-km long powder-fine white sand beach area located on a peninsula on the northwest coast of Cuba.
Getting there: International flights are offered to Varadero. Alternatively, flights into Havana can be coupled with an inexpensive two-hour land transfer to Varadero.
Accommodations: Varadero Hotels
The Scuba Diving: Diving is offered from the Aqua International Dive Center (beside Kawama Hotel), the Chapelin Marina, and transfers are included from area hotels. See interactive Varadero satellite map to find your hotel location in relation to the various marinas. Weekly trips are also offered from the Aqua & Chapelin dive centers to the Bay of Pigs on the south shore (transportation included, no supplement). Sites in Varadero alone total 21 and highlight shipwrecks, flooded caves, gulf walls, coral barriers and even friendly moray eels. A daily schedule at each dive center visits 2 dive sites per day, with a weekly rotation that is intended to avoid repetition. Groups may customize their diving itinerary upon arrival with dive instructors. Gaviota also has a marina in the eastern tip of Varadero, but note that our offers below are valid for the Marlin marinas in western and central Varadero.
Varadero Diving-Prices in USD
Valid to 30/04/2017
* 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: Transfer hotel-dive center-hotel, 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 Course in Varadero
Valid to 30/04/2017
||Prices in USD|
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.
Special dives in Varadero-Prices in USD
Valid to 30/04/2017
|Dives and other services||Prices||Special conditions|
|Double Tank Bay of Pigs (wall)||97||Scheduled departures on Thursdays, or alternatively when weather on north shore is inclement (no extra charge in this case)|
|Blue Hole (double tank)
minimum 8 pax
|87||Min. 8 pax, but boat not available at this time. 90 nautical miles off south shore.|
|Night Dive||61||Min. 3 pax.|
|Cave Dive||65||Min. 3 pax.|
|Blue Hole Companion||56|
|Exclusive boat rental||600||Max. 20 divers|
|Exclusive launch rental||383||Max. 5 divers.|
|Double dive with lunch & boat cruise
(1 day, minimum 6 pax)
|Snorkeling excursion companions||62|
Recommended dive sites
Russian Patrol Boat: 30 meters, Intentionally sunken in 1997 for diving purposes, this vessel is almost 100 m long. Located close to Cayo Piedra, the excursion is often accompanied by a professional photographer who will offer you a printed memory of your experience in the afternoon.
Coral Beach: 20 meters, The coral barrier is accessible by the beach. There are more than 30 species of coral, some developed and reaching the surface, interlinking to form channels, passages and caves.
Saturn Cave: 20 meters, A cavern flooded by both fresh and sea water, with abundant secondary formations, stalactites and stalagmites. There is a lake and two galleries where you can find blind shrimp and fish.
The Mandarins: 15 meters, Coral patch with diverse, greatly-developed fauna among which you will find various coral fish, moray eels, groupers and large schools of grunt that eat out of divers’ hands.
Caribe: 10 meters, Remains of an old German merchant ship sunken in 1943. There are many angel fish, groupers, lobsters and green moral eels up to 2 meters long fed from divers’ hands.