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About scuba diving in Cuba

Cuba, located in the northern Caribbean Sea, comprises the main island of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud, Cayo Largo and some 4,195 islets and keys. Cuba has a rich history with long period of Spanish colonialism, the insertion of African slaves, and a relationship with the Soviet Union in the Cold War. Nowadays it is a very popular tourist destination, and tourists are attracted here with white sand beaches, clean turquoise waters, friendly people, hotel infrastructure, colonial architecture, distinct cultural history, marvellous atmosphere of parties that last all night. Cities like Havana, Trinidad, Cienfuegos and Camagüey charm tourists with their architecture, grandiose squares, museums, cathedrals, cobbled streets. Scuba diving in Cuba is a great place to explore the richness and variety of the underwater world. Scuba divers of all levels can explore the breath-taking marine life, fascinating wrecks from Spanish-American War, steep walls, narrow channels, tunnels, coral gardens, caves, shallow reefs, as well as shark diving. Divers can enjoy sheltered south coast with better weather conditions and more clarity water, than on the nor\rth coast, while the benefit of north coast is an easy access to one of the world’s largest reefs, that is situated off Camagüey’s Playa Santa Lucía. Some of the most popular diving destinations here include an archipelago Jardines de la Reina with its untouched marine ecosystems, areas Gvardalavaka, the Isle of Youth/the Isla de la Juventud, María la Gorda reefs, Playa Santa Luci (feeding the bull sharks), Playa Giron, Cabo San Antonio, and Cayo Largo reefs.

When to go to Cuba

Cuba has a tropical climate with an average air temperature of 21C/69F in January and 27C/80F in July. Diving is possible year-round, but the high scuba diving season is from November to May. There is a storm season from May through October, so diving conditions are not favorable. The water temperature range from 24-27/75-80F November to April to 27-30/82-86F May to October. Visibility: 20 to 40m/65-130ft can be expected at most dive sites. In addition to interesting structures to explore, Cuba has a diverse underwater flora and fauna. Scuba diving in Cuba will give you the key to unlock the beauty of the underwater world. There are over 1,000 fish species, some of them include tuna, snappers, barracuda, jewfish, nurse sharks, turtles, sharks, Atlantic spadefish, jacks, tarpon, grunts, red hinds, crabs, stingrays, green morays, triggerfish, shrimps, parrotfish, as well as more than 20 species of coral, including black coral. November is the best month to see a whale shark.

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