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 with Marlin: Diving is offered with Marlin from the Barracuda International Dive Center (beside Kawama Hotel), the Chapelin Marina, and transfers are included from/to area hotels. See interactive Varadero satellite map to find your hotel location in relation to the various marinas. For clients who have multi-dive packages confirmed in advance, when weather is inclement on the north shore divers are transferred at no additional cost to the Bay of Pigs on the south shore so that their dive services are not adversely affected. Sites in Varadero available with Marlin dive centers 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 WoWCuba’s offers below are valid for the Marlin marinas in western and central Varadero.
Marlin Varadero weekly regular dive schedule:
1st dive: Cangilones del Mono – coral reef at 27-30 meters depth
2nd dive: Caribe – a boat sunk over a reef
1st dive: BP – 90 meter boat sunk at 27-30 meters depth over a sandy bottom
2nd dive: Cayo Piedra coral reef at 4-13 meters depth
1st dive: Sietrea – remains of the citadel of an oil tanker sunk near a reef at 30 meters depth
2nd dive: Neptuno – German ship sunk over a coral reef at 8-10 meters depth
1st dive: Jocú reef with natural pools at 30 meters depth
2nd dive: Barriga del Sietrea – remains of the belly of an oil tanker sunk at 16 meters depth among coral reefs with natural pools
1st dive: Skylight coral reefs with several tunnels, caverns, natural pools and abundant tropical fish in a depth of 13-21 meters
2nd dive: Sunken tugboat surrounded by various military vehicles including jeeps & tanks in a sandy bottom at 18 meters depth
Tuesday’s program is repeated.
Neptuno & Caribe
Prices in USD
* Same departure
** Separate departures
Dive packages are priced individually and are non-transferable.
Includes: bcd/regulator, wetsuit, mask/fins, weights, tanks, boat, dive guide, transfer Varadero hotel-dive center (RT)
Excludes: add’l equipment rental, meals, 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. In Varadero when dive departures are cancelled on the north shore, prepaid dive services are automatically protected on the south shore in the Zapata Peninsula.
Dive Course in Marlin Varadero
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Includes: all theoretical and practical equipment, boat, dive guide, dives, transfer Varadero hotel-dive center (RT).
Excludes: meals, gratuities.
Requires: Presentation of foreign passport, signed medical waiver and 2 1″ x 1″ 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.
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. 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.