Dive into the secret underwater world of Cuba
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Maria la Gorda
Blurstriped grunts, Maria La Gorda, AquarioSituated in western Cuba, Maria la Gorda (‘Mary the Fat’) is one of the most remote diving spots in the Caribbean. The area is renowned for its clear warm waters, and the sea bed is rated one of the best in this part of the world.
Coral reef with colourful sponges, Maria La Gorda, AlmiranteThere are over 50 dive spots in the area, and with abundant marine life and palm-fringed beaches Mary the Fat is host to some of the finest dive sites in Cuba. It also lies within a Biosphere Reserve that is one of the best preserved in the world.
Symmetrical brain coral, Maria La Gorda, AquarioAlthough they’re not native to the area, from May to June, the beach will be populated with turtles building their nests. There’s also a huge selection of sea life that can be viewed year round, with barracuda, lobsters, eels and angel fish to name just a few of those that frequent the crystal clear waters.
Yellow Rope Sponge, Maria La Gorda, AlmiranteOh, and also there are the remains of Spanish galleons and numerous tunnels and caves all waiting to be discovered amongst the black corals. It’s not like another world – it is another world.
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Hermit Crab, Cayo Blanco
Bay of Pigs
There are two local diving bases in the Bay of Pigs, Playa Larga and Playa Girón, which both have permanently good conditions for diving. The underwater world features rugged terrains created by colonies of stony corals and sea sponges, populated with coral reef fish. With hundreds of species of fish and coral just a few metres away from the shore, you’ll be sure to encounter an array of tropical beauty in this unforgettable diving spot.
Zapata peninsula, Bay of Pigs, Playa Giron
Cayo Guillermo, Ciego de AvilaThis is one of the best diving spots in the world. With an array of fauna, flora, fish and a 10km long coral reef, alongside beautiful beaches on the coastline, this is a truly stunning location. There is a huge variety of fish in the area - spadefish, snappers, dolphins, sharks, barracudas and lionfish make this location particularly special for those who want to discover the wonderfully diverse species inhabiting the underwater landscape.
Santiago de Cuba beach
Santiago de Cuba Province, Daiquiri BeachIn the southeast corner of Cuba, this former capital city sits on the Caribbean coast. The area has numerous dive spots, all of which share a common feature; large coral crags that communicate through tunnels and narrow channels. There’s a variety of large fish, crustaceans and molluscs, but the biggest attraction here is the Spanish ship that sunk in the war of 1898 and is located in the Ensenada Juan Gonzales, around 25km southwest of Santiago. Images supplied by Alamy