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Diving Holidays in Cuba - The Ultimate Guide

Discussion in 'ScubaBoard Articles' started by PADI Travel, Oct 7, 2016.

  1. PADI Travel

    PADI Travel Instructor, Scuba

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  2. Megan Holloway

    Megan Holloway Angel Fish

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    Now that Americans can travel to Cuba again I need to start planning a trip! Looks and sounds fantastic to dive!
     
  3. MCousteau

    MCousteau Garibaldi

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    Excellent for the development of tourism in Cuba, photo impressive, a bit too stressful for me. Just small fish clown for me.
     
  4. olphart

    olphart Solo Diver

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    Varadero? Bay of Pigs? = good diving??? Really? Been there, I don't think so...
     
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  5. simcoediver

    simcoediver Manta Ray

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    Been there twice for the diving, its nothing special, mostly fished out. would I go back? No, theres far better places to dive.besides the food is crap, both times I got sick from the food. Sorry its so negative but its the truth.
     
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  6. Bogtrotter

    Bogtrotter Nassau Grouper

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    I agree the diving is not great. I go several times annually to Cuba and have done a fair bit of diving in different areas over the years. The last few times I haven't bothered- reefs are generally not very healthy and marine life is sparse due to over fishing. But it's a cheap holiday, people are friendly and it's very safe to wander. Food is bad at the tourist resorts but in the restaurants and paladares it is fine.
     
  7. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm sure we were in a managed cocoon, but the Oceans for Youth trip on the Jardines Aggressor was fabulous. I've dived all over the world, and this was right up there. No, not the Phillipines or Fiji or Indonesia, it is in the Caribbean after all, but multiple sharks, lots of groupers, huge schools of critters you see few of elsewhere in the Caribbean, healthy coral, lots of it soft, decent viz, and terrific boat and crew. The pretrip to Havana was really interesting with a first-rate tour guide assigned to our group. Good food. No, we did not drink the local water. In fact, most places we go kin the world we do not drink the local water.
     
  8. Bogtrotter

    Bogtrotter Nassau Grouper

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    Jardins de la Reina indeed has had rave reviews as far as Caribbean diving goes. Unfortunately that cannot be said outside the sanctuary. The coastlines are over fished and reefs are in trouble.
     
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2016
  9. Katch

    Katch Solo Diver

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    For What it's Worth...
    Southwest Airlines will begin flying to both Havana and Varadero sometime this month. Their flights from Ft. Lauderdale (HAV and VRA) and Tampa (HAV only) are being advertised at only $150 round trip. As with all SW flights, this includes 2 x 50 pound bags of checked dive gear at no extra charge!

    For that price, it would be worth the experience

    Steve
     
  10. electric_diver

    electric_diver Barracuda

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    I agree. Anything close to shore has been grossly overfished. However if you get far offshore you can get pristine reefs with all sorts of critters.

    If you are planning to go to Cuba to dive make sure the dives you are doing are a long way out. Otherwise don't bother.
     

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