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Classic Car-Roundtrip "The wild West": 7-day Cuba experience trip through the West for lovers of American classic cars of the 50s…

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Isla de la Juventud - The legendary Treasure Island

Diving trip Havana & La Isla de la Juventud

An island with many names and and eventful history . Called 'La Evangelista’ by the discoverer Columbus, the island was later called the ‘Devil's Island’. The current name of the island is ‘Isla de la Juventud’ (Island of the Youth), also called the ‘Treasure Island’ after the famous writer Robert Louis Stevenson, who wrote his book ‘The Treasure Island’ here. Located in the Caribbean in the south of Cuba, between Cuba and Mexico, this island was discovered by Christopher Columbus during his second trip to America in 1494. For centuries, the island was an important hub for English (Sir Francis Drake) and French pirates. They waited for the Spanish who were overloaded with gold and silver from South America, making their way to Havana. On their way through the Gulf of Mexico, they passed by the Isla de los Pinos (former name). Here you can still find indications of hidden treasures, gold coins and other treasures as well as wrecks from the captured galleons.

Like all the islands south of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud belongs to the Canarreos coral archipelago. It consists of 672 islands and islets and is the second largest coral reef in the world. The archipelago stretches from Honduras to Cuba and to the Bahamas and is home to heavenly coral islands of incomparable beauty. Here you can also find the Isla de la Juventud with a total area of 2,199 square kilometers and its famous underwater reefs.

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Diving trip Havana & La Isla de la Juventud

Our diving Program ‘Havana & La Isla de la Juventud’ is an absolute highlight-diving program in Cuba that has no equal. The particularly beautiful diving areas off Havana and the virgin dive sites of the legendary Treasure Island offer high-quality diving sites with spectacular diving spots right in the middle of the play area of many large fish. This special combination of our diving program offers special experiences to every diver.

This Cuba diving program is loosened by our additional programs such as the grand city tour of Havana, excursions to the colonial cities of central Cuba and the breathtaking scenery of Viñales in the western part of the country.

Review

The 2-day diving program in Havana offers diving spots with beautiful coral reefs and an anchor cemetery of colonial ships and famous wrecks. Dives are off-shore and with a small boat.

Cuba Diving

The 6-day diving program of La Isla de la Juventud begins with the flight to Nueva Gerona on the Treasure Island, the transfer to the resort and Hotel El Colony. Diving is done from boat in legendary and spectacular dive sites of the Punta Frances and the Cayos Los Indians.
 

Diving Isla de la Juventud

Day 1: Arrival in Havana
Day 2: Great city tour of Havana
Day 3: Diving in Havana - 2 dives
Day 4 - 5: Short 2-day trip in a Vintage classic car to the South coast. We will visit the colonial towns of Santa Clara, Cienfuegos and Trinidad.
Day 6: Diving in Havana - 2 dives
Day 7: Day tour in Viñales
Day 8: Flight to Cayo Largo, transfer to the hotel El Colony
Day 8 - 13: Program Isla de la Juventud/Treasure Island - 10 Dives.
Day 14: Transfer to the airport Nueva Gerona, flight to Havana and transfer to the accommodation in Havana.
Day 15: Havana, departure.

Travel Details

Day 1: Arrival in Havana
Transfer: Airport Havana - Accommodation Havana. Dinner

Accommodation: Havana, casa particular/guesthouse B&B.

Incl.: Dinner.

Havana

Day 2: Havana

Breakfast. At 08:30 am you are picked up at your Casa Particular. Discussion about the day’s tour.
Sightseeing trip through the center of Havana. Every alley and almost every single house is lovely in the historic center Habana Vieja and you can find photo motifs and places to linger around en mas. We will take you on a walk through the historic city center La Habana Vieja, protected by the UNESCO. The city was founded in 1519 together with the first seven cities in Cuba. The city tour leads us to the Plaza de Armas, the Templete, the fort Real Force Castle, the palace San Francisco de Asis and the Cathedral Square with a visit of the cathedral in no particular order. You will also be able to have a short look at the original restored presidential carriage from 1910. On one of the rooftop decks we will enjoy a tropical refreshing drink while having an excellent view over the photogenic rooftops of Havana. Together we will take a stroll through the shopping streets Calle Obispo and Calle O’Reilly past the Hemingway Bar Bodeguita del Medio and then to the arts and crafts market. On the way we will take short breaks in the narrow alleys of the historic city and next to special buildings. We will look at colonial inner courtyards and learn a lot about the capital Havana and their stories.

All drinks are optional and at your own expense! Lunch will be at a local restaurant!

Capitol Havana

After lunch you can get to know Havana further in a vintage car. On your way you will visit the Cementerio Colon, the second-largest graveyard of Latin America. During a tour through the roughly 100.000 grave memorials, of which 90% are made of marble, you will hear about many stories about this museum-like graveyard. Then, we will have another stop at the place of the revolution, the revolution square with the freedom memorial, an obelisk in the late Art Deco style. This is the place where Fidel Castro held his famous speeches in front of the masses which changed world politics. As soon as it reopens, we can take the lift up to the observation deck located in the head of the obelisk. From here you have a fantastic view over the whole city. Then we drive on through different colorful parts of the city until we reach the finca of Ernest Hemingway which lies a little outside the city. We continue on to the village San Francisco de Paula, where Hemingway used to have soughing parties with many famous greats from the movie scene, the mafia and even politicians in the 50s. Hemingway acquired this manor, the ‘Finca la Vijia’, with his Nobel prize for literature. The former residence and its furniture survived the test of time really well and is nowadays the Hemingway Museum in Cuba. It can’t be entered but you can even see the writing instruments, many souvenirs brought back from various trips, as well as personal things from the life of the famous author through the open windows.

From there we continue on small roads and the city highway until we reach the fishing village Cojimar. This is the place where the great US American novelist and author Ernest Hemingway used to stay and listen to the tales his captain called Gregorio told him and then used those to write his nobel prize-winning novel ‘The Old Man and The Sea’. There will be a short stop at the Ernest Hemingway bar (drinks optional) and during a visit at the memorial located here you will learn many historic details about this famous man.

Classic Car Havana

Now we drive back along the Playas del Este, the eastern beaches of Havana and its seaside paradise where the natives who come here in Summer spend their holidays, all the way to the place Casablanca with its impressive statue of Christ. The wife of dictator Batista wanted to calm down the agitated and protesting people by ordering the erection of a replica of the statue of Christ of Rio on the elevated eastern bank of the seaport. It was not as big as the original but could be seen from all of central Havana. The place Casablanca is located opposite to the historic city center on the other bank of the port entrance. Here you have an unforgettable chance to take some pictures next to the Cristo de Habana. On the elevated deck next to the Cristo, you have a fantastic panorama view over the entire city center and the outskirts, the port entrance and a part of the harbor, the fort El Morro and the Malecon and also the seaside promenade of Havana. Here you can also clearly see why the city was built in this location and why Havana is the most important Pass-Through-Port for the gold of the new world. We underpass the port in a tunnel and drive along the Malecon into the city center of Vedado and then stop at the Hotel Nacional with its gorgeous park. From the 33rd floor of the Focsa and the highest building of the city, we can provide a breathtaking view over the skyline of Havana.

On a drive through the green lung of Havana with its many parks, we can show you the Miramar district in which 90% of the embassies are located. Most of them are situated in the countless beautiful mansions.

Here, we visit the famous artist Jose Fuster in his Mosaic-Street. He created a tribute to the Gaudí in Barcelona with his mosaic art. At the end of our tour we drive through the Sybone district, which is a suburb of Havana that is often compared to Beverly Hills. Afterwards we will reach your accommodation which is where the 5 – 6 hour long tour ends and also where you will be able to say that you experienced and got to know Havana for certain.
Note: The tour does not take place in a particular order and during Winter the program is subject to change due to the days being shorter.
Dinner will be at the accommodation or a Paladar.

Accommodation: Havana, casa particular/guesthouse B&B.

Incl.: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Tip for the evening: an independent evening walk along the Malecon (Promenade Havana).


Day 3: Havana - diving program

Pick up at 8:30 a.m. at your Casa Particular and drive to the diving base in Havana. Overview of the following dives. Briefing. Equipment check. Today, dive off-shore, 2 dives. A dive in the morning and a dive in the afternoon. Dinner in a paladar.

Accommodation: Havana, casa particular/guesthouse B&B.

Incl.: Breakfast, dinner.

Diving Havana

Day 4: Havana – Santa Clara - Cienfuegos – Trinidad

Breakfast. Pick-up at 8:00 a.m. Today we leave your accommodation in Havana and ride in a vintage car, eastward towards Santa Clara. In Santa Clara we visit the ‘Plaza de la Revolucion’ with the monument of Che Guevara. In the mausoleum, his remains, which were transferred along with those of his last comrades from the Bolivian jungle a few years ago, have found a final resting place. For the Cuban Revolution, this is now one of the sacred places. Santa Clara is known as ‘the city of Che’. The legendary guerrilla leader, Ernesto Che Guevara, joined the battle which accelerated the rebels triumph over the tyranny of Fulgencio Batista when he blew up the weapon-gazing train ‘Tren Blindado’ in 1958.

Santa Clara

Afterwards you can enjoy a city tour through the beautiful colonial city of Cienfuegos. The central square is the Parque José Marti, with its ornamental bushes, iron lanterns, shadow-lined kingspars, ornamental shrubs and shadow-giving royal palms. The theatre ‘Tomás Terry’ was inaugurated 1895 with the sounds of ‘Aida’. The magnificent building, which has a capacity of 920 visitors, captivates with its three-story balconies and lodges made of hand-painted pine wood and carved mahogany-decorated interiors. Next to the Cultural Center (Casa de Bienes Culturales) you will see the Cathedral ‘La Purisima Concepción’. The Gotteshaus (the house of God), whose 12 mighty windows symbolize the 12 apostles, was completed in 1870. Another highlight is the Palacio del Valle, which was built at the beginning of the 20th century and now houses the Museum of Decorative Arts.

Cienfuegos

Later in the afternoon we continue from the provincial capital of Cienfuegos to Trinidad de Cuba, one of the best-preserved colonial cities in America. Founded in 1514, the town was an important center of slave trade, the sugar industry and an influential cultural center. Short evening walk in the city center.

Accommodation: Trinidad, casa particular/guesthouse B&B.

Incl.: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Tip for the evening: Live Cuban music is played in several restaurants and bars in the city of Trinidad. It is a good would be to visit Casa de la Trova, where Cuban music is played by old and young bands and where Cuban and foreign visitors come to dance. (Optional)

Day 5: Trinidad - Havana

Breakfast. Afterwards, we enjoy a tour in Trinidad through the labyrinth of red house roofs, historic manor houses, artistically designed balconies, doors, and window blinds. Here the time seems to have stopped. The city, with its old cobbled streets and venerable colonial buildings, is one of the world cultural heritage sites. You will visit the central square ‘Plaza Mayor’, surrounded by many historical buildings. In the church ‘Parroquial Mayor de la Santisima Trinidad’ stands a famous Christ figure made of wood and a mahogany altar. Lunch is served in a local restaurant.

Trinidad City

After lunch, we drive to the valley of sugar factories ‘Manaca Iznaga’.

Around 50 sugar factories made this zone one of the most prosperous of the island towards the end of the 18th century. Today, ruins and remains of some sugar factories can still be visited. There you can also see the ‘Manaca Iznaga Tower’, which was built 1816 to monitor the slaves at work from 45 meters high. Its bell announced the beginning and end of the working day.

Sugar Mill Valley Trinidad

After a panoramic ride through the Valle de Ingenios, the journey goes back to Havana.

Accommodation: Havana, casa particular/guesthouse B&B.

Incl.: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 6: Havana - diving program

Pick up at 8:30 a.m. at your Casa Particular and drive to the diving base in Havana. Overview of the following dives. Briefing. Equipment Check. Today dive off-shore, 2 dives. A dive in the morning and a dive in the afternoon. Dinner in a paladar.

Accommodation: Havana, casa particular/guesthouse B&B.

Incl.: Breakfast, dinner.

Underwater Cuba

Day 7: Havana – Viñales

After breakfast, at about 08:30 a.m., you will leave for Pinar del Rio in the western part of Cuba, an area with a unique and fascinating landscape which is also the center of tobacco farming. The best tobacco in the world grows here. The province capital Pinar del Rio is characterized by the faded pink, green and blue whitewashed houses and brings peace to their visitors. Here you will visit the cigar factory ‘Francisco Donatén Vegueros’. Stopover at the farm ‘El Paraíso’, where you will get to know the kindness and hospitality of the farmers in Viñales.

Vinales Valley

The landscapes of Viñales Valley are of unique beauty. Here you will find more palm trees than anywhere else in Cuba. The scent of numerous tobacco plantations is in the air. Extensive, dense pine forests and mountains determine the character of this area. Lunch at a restaurant in the region. Panoramic drive through the beautiful tropical landscape of the Mogotes in Viñales Valley about 25km north of Pinar del Rio. Here you can admire the monumental rock painting ‘Mural de la Prehistoria’ and visit the cave ‘Cueva del Indio’ with its subterranean, milky-green waterways, where you can take a boat ride by the strange rock formations. At a stop at the viewpoint ‘Los Jazmines’ you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the beauty of Viñales Valley.

Return to Havana. Dinner.

Accommodation: Havana, casa particular/guesthouse B&B.

Incl.: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.


Day 8: Havana - Isla de la Juventud / Diving Resort

Breakfast. Early transfer to the airport; flight to Nueva Gerona/Isla de la Juventud (Treasure Island); then transfer to the hotel ‘El Colony’.

Check in at the hotel El Colony; lunch; check and complete the diving equipment, discuss the upcoming diving days; dinner.

Accommodation: Hotel El Colony, Isla de la Juventud.

Incl.: Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Hotel El Colony

Day 9: Isla de la Juventud

Breakfast. Diving trip with 2 dives.

Accommodation: Hotel El Colony, Isla de la Juventud.

Incl.: Breakfast, lunch on board, dinner.

Tip after diving: Enjoy the sunset at the bar with a mojito. (Optional)

Cuba Diving

Day 10: Isla de la Juventud

Breakfast. Diving trip with 2 dives.

Accommodation: Hotel El Colony, Isla de la Juventud.

Incl.: Breakfast, lunch on board, dinner.

Tip after diving: Excursion on the island, bookable through the hotel. (Optional)

Cuba moray

Day 11: Isla de la Juventud

Breakfast. Diving trip with 2 dives.

Accommodation: Hotel El Colony, Isla de la Juventud.

Incl.: Breakfast, lunch on board, dinner.

Tip after diving: Enjoy the sunset at the bar with a mojito and other divers. (Optional)

Fish Colony

Day 12: Isla de la Juventud

Breakfast. Diving trip with 2 dives.

Accommodation: Hotel El Colony, Isla de la Juventud.

Incl.: Breakfast, lunch on board, dinner.

Tip after diving: Excursion on the island, bookable through the hotel. (Optional)

Diving Canon

Day 13: Isla de la Juventud

Breakfast. Diving trip with 2 dives.

Accommodation: Hotel El Colony, Isla de la Juventud.

Incl.: Breakfast, lunch on board, dinner.

Tip after diving: Walk on the beach at sunset. (Optional)

Shark Colony

Day 14: Isla de la Juventud - Havana

Breakfast. Transfer Hotel Colony – Airport Nuevo Gerona.

Domestic flight: Isla de la Juventud – Havana.

Accommodation: Havana, casa particular/guesthouse B&B.

Incl.: Breakfast, dinner.

Airplane Isla de la Juventud

Day 15: Havana – Airport

Breakfast. Wander through Havana until your departure.

Transfer to the airport.

End of the trip

Services&Price

Diving Trip Havana & Isla de la Juventud                                                    

Price per person in a double room: 2166,00 EURO (for 2 persons)

Start: Daily, depending on bookings; guaranteed departure with a minimum of 1 participant (price for 1 participant on request)

Single supplement: 280,00 EUR

Included in the price:

  • 15 day/14 nights-tour starting in Havana
  • Welcoming service at the airport and transport to the accommodation
  • City tour through Havana with qualified English speaking guide
  • 2-day tour through central Cuba with qualified English speaking guide
  • Day trip Viñales/western Cuba with qualified English speaking guide
  • 4 dives in Havana, land and boat dive
  • 10 dives Isla de la Juventud with a dive boat
  • Bottle, air, weights diving master
  • 7 nights in Havana (Private Guesthouse) B&B
  • 1 night in Trinidad (Private Guesthouse) B&B
  • 6 night stay at Hotel Colony/Isla de la Juventud, Full Board
  • Flight: Havana - Isla de la Juventud - Havana
  • Transfers by land and by ship
  • Meals as indicated in the program
  • Drinks are optional and not included in all meals
  • Excursions and visits as indicated in the program
  • Travel security deposit

Not included in the price are:

  • Airport transfers on other days than the ones shown in the program
  • Accommodation other than the ones shown in the round trip program
  • Supplements of any kind
  • Dive Equipment
  • Costs of services outside the program offered
  • Optional excursions, excursions and services
  • Tips
  • Drinks in the paladares, casas, restaurants or other places
  • Tourist Tax Cuba and Handling Fee (30 EUR p.p.)
  • Tourist card for entry to Cuba (25 EUR p.p.)
  • Airport tax for departure (charged by the airline upon ticket purchase)

Accommodation

Accommodation on the island

Hotel El Colony - La Isla de la Juventud

About 46 km away from the island’s capital’s airport, in the south-western part of the island Isla de la Juventud, the hotel El Colony is located. The hotel consists of a twin-story wing with 53 rooms. This part of the hotel was built in 1958, before the revolution, and was now partly renovated.

Bungalow El Colony

In addition, the hotel has 24 modernized bungalows, some of them double-storied, located in the park. The rooms of the older bungalows were completely renovated, as well as the bathrooms, which were equipped with a large mirror, hair dryer, bathtub, shower, some with marble and other furnishings for high comfort. The rooms are new and furnished in a modern way. Now each room has a large TV, comfortable new beds, sitting area and air conditioning.

All bungalows also have satellite TV as well as a terrace or balcony, air conditioning and partial sea views. The bungalows are equipped for 2-3 people at a 3* standard. In the middle of the complex is the reception, the restaurant, the shopping area and the excursion office. There is an open-air bar by the pool. Meals are half and full board (basic quinine). Lunch can be taken on board of the dive boat during diving trips (only if boat is fully booked). In front of the complex there is a sandy beach with shallow bathing water. At the pool bar you can enjoy the bombastic sunsets with a Cuba Libre and let the soul dangle in a dreamy haze. An unforgettable experience!

Rooms El Colony

Diving Site

Diving in Havana

Experience Cuban nights in Havana – dive in Havana and bathe at the beaches of Playa del Este. This is the ideal holiday experience for many holidaymakers who love the ‘extraordinary’ and can be completely enchanted by this versatile ambience. Around Havana's coast there are a great number of very nice diving opportunities, which we have specifically selected for you and we would like to invite our diving guests to participate in our diving programs.

The diving area around Havana has a coast length of almost 100km and is a very interesting area for diving with a 3km long strip with countless coral reefs. Wreck enthusiasts are particularly welcome here, as these reefs include one of the most active and historic navigation routes in the Caribbean around Cuba which is centuries old.

The diving program in Havana offers beautiful coral reefs, steep walls, an anchor cemetery of colonial ships and famous wrecks. Diving happens from the land and with a small dive boat.

Diving Havana

La Isla de la Juventud - the island of youth

When, in 1494, Christopher Columbus discovered the Caribbean island during his second trip to America, he named it ‘La Evangelista’. Later it bore the name ‘The Devil's Island’. The current, official name of the island is ‘Isla de la Juventud’ (Island of Youth). The Island is also known by the name of ‘The Treasure Island’, named after Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel ‘The Treasure Island’, which was written here.

For centuries, the island was an important hub for English (Sir Francis Drake) and French pirates. They waited for the Spanish who were overloaded with gold and silver from South America, making their way to Havana. On their way through the Gulf of Mexico, they passed by the Isla de los Pinos (former name). Here you can still find indications of hidden treasures, gold coins and other treasures as well as wrecks of the captured galleons.

Like all the islands south of Cuba, the Isla de la Juventud belongs to the Canarreos coral archipelago. It consists of 672 islands and islets and is the second largest coral reef in the world. The archipelago stretches from Honduras to Cuba and to the Bahamas and is home to heavenly coral islands of incomparable beauty. Here you can also find the Isla de la Juventud with a total area of 2,199 square kilometers and its famous underwater reefs.

The diving is particularly important on Isla de la Juventud, which is why the International Diving Centre, affiliated with the Hotel El Colony, has been expanded to become one of the largest dive centers in the Caribbean for decades. With its own marina, several dive ships and a substantial number of scuba diving equipment, it is also one of the great diving bases of Cuba. Each diver will find unforgettable dive sites with its innumerable labyrinths, endlessly falling gigantic coral-steep walls, huge shoals of fish, several wrecks and spectacular large-fish encounters.

Diving Boat Isla de la Juventud

You can arrive either through our ‘Ruta de los Indios’ program by boat, from the small fishing port of La Coloma in West Cuba, or by flight from Havana to Nueva Gerona/Isla de la Juventud airport. Daily, there are 2 flights from/to Havana. Due to high demand and flights booked months before, your flight should be booked very early.

Reception by our local staff in Gerona port/airport. After a 50 minute drive across the island in a minibus we reach the diving resort El Colony.

Diving - Isla de la Juventud

The diving center El Colony is directly affiliated to the diving resort El Colony and has its own marina with several spacious diving boats for 12 to 18 divers. In the marina there is also the compressor filling-station, an equipment and utility room for small repairs, as well as a charging station for diving lamps (220 V). The 12 liter steel and aluminum diving bottles have DIN/INT connector. The diving equipment can be rented only with an advanced registration and is to be paid directly at the base. In the equipment room, you can safely store your diving equipment during your stay and dry it after the dives.

Hotel El Colony

As soon as you have checked into the hotel, the following days and the dives will be discussed with the diving staff. Guests can be accommodated either in new bungalows (sometimes two-storied) or in the newly renovated rooms of the hotel's main wing. Every morning after breakfast at 09:00 am, we take a minibus to the nearby harbor. From the port of colony, the waiting dive boats (capacity 12-18 people) cross the bay to the ‘Punta Frances’, which is about 18 nautical miles away (the former building ‘El Ranchon’, which was built on stilts, unfortunately was lost during the last hurricanes). The crossing takes about 1.5-2 hours, depending on the wind conditions. Once there, the dive groups are divided and the briefing (classification into dive groups after certification and logged diving experience) is made and then the way leads to the nearby dive sites. Usually there is 1 dive in the morning and one dive in the afternoon. Other requests upon arrangement (groups).

In the morning a deep dive is conducted to a maximum depth up to 40 meters. In the afternoon, the maximum depth at which the dives are done is 10 and 20 meters. Due to the protected location of Capo Frances the visibility is up to 40 meters most of the times without any notable currents. The 56 dive sites offer beautiful diving experiences, as at a depth of 10-12 meters, fantastically grown coral banks and deep sloping walls can already be seen. After the first dive we make s surface interval of approximately 1 - 1,5 hours. During this time, lunch is served on board and you can swim and snorkel to the nearby glorious white beach.

Diving Sites Isla de la Juventud

On the powder-white sand beach of Punta Frances, non-divers can also swim and snorkel. After the lunch break the second dive is performed. The return (approx. 1, 5-2 hours) to the hotel colony will not be later than at 17:00. Guests who have their own diving equipment can hang it in a drying room of the diving base, where it is also safely stored. Dinner is served at around 07:00 pm. Night dives are possible by arrangement with the dive base management. The departure for night dives is usually after 06:00 pm. (Arrangements for a late dinner can be done at the hotel). In the hotel you can also book excursions and order taxis on the Isla de la Juventud. Car and motorbike rental is possible.

Beach Hotel El Colony

To enjoy the sunset in the evening, you can drink your Cuba Libre at the pool bar. Unfortunately, the beautiful ‘Mojito-Bar’, which used to be in front of the hotel, was also destroyed by the hurricanes, but it will be rebuilt in the near future. In Nueva Gerona there is also a pressure balancing chamber and, if needed, a helicopter will bring someone in need to the big decompression chamber at the Naval Hospital in Havana.

Hotel El Colony Lobby

Diving on the Isla de la Juventud – The Treasure Island

The coral reefs are already starting at the shoreline; the most beautiful diving reefs are between 15 and 18 meters deep, very nice dive sites and many underwater caves on the steep drop downs, which draw up to 400 meters deep on this second largest coral reef in the world. The Canarreos reef is characterized by giant coral and gorgonian formations, of which more than 150 species were counted in front of the Isla de la Juventud alone. A huge population of tropical fish with almost 600 species can be found here. The guides of the ‘diving base colony’ have previously set 56 dive sites around the ‘Punta Frances’, so you can experience new interesting dive sites here again and again.

As early as 1980, the diving grounds of the Isla de la Juventud were declared a nature reserve and marine Park. Despite the fierce storms of the last few years, the coral reefs have recovered quickly. Compliance of the diving regulations is to be strictly respected and monitored here. The diving areas are therefore particularly well preserved. In the past few years, the diving company has restricted the diving for various reasons which brought very few divers to the area. This led to a natural recovery of the sea grounds of the Isla de la Juventud and as a result, a great variety of large fish has returned to this area.

Diving Cuba

The most beautiful dive sites

Black Coral Wall (depth 35m)

A wall with large amounts of black corals and a variety of sponges, fish, groupers and barracudas. Coral platform at 15m.

Macaw Valley (depth 40m)

Crowds of black corals and sponges, a lot of fish! Coral platform at 16m.

The View (depth 30m)

A vertical slope from which one we can observe the entire environment. Many black corals attract a lot of small fish. Coral platform at 16m.

The Incredible Hall (depth 40m)

A cave is filled with spring corals, many tarpons and many small fish and fish. Coral platform at 14m.

The Magical Kingdom (depth 35m)

Cave with a tunnel that goes into a canyon at 28m. You can see a large number of sponge species and many small fish and fish swarms.

The Tarpon Cage (depth 40m)

A cave (15-40m) with many sponges and tarpons. Often, sharks can be spotted here. Coral platform at 13m.

Tarpon

The Black Canyon (depth 40m)

A black canyon with many types of sponges, black corals, other coral species and many fish.

The Pirate Anchor (depth 40m)

A large double-stage ramps up at 16 m and 30 m depth. In the middle there is a pirate anchor. Rays and turtles often stay in this region.

Turtle Cuba

Muck's Paradise (depth 13m)

Many coral blocks in which lobsters, morays, crabs and small fish can be found.

Underwater Isla de la Juventud

The ‘Corsaire’-Anchor (depth 12m)

Here, one can find one of the narrowest silk corals in the Caribbean and a very large brain coral. Lots of fish and fish swarms! There is also a famous anchor.

The Little Kingdom (depth 7m)

Lots of small fish, crabs, lobsters, barracudas, tarpons and fish swarms.

‘The Round’ (depth 9m)

A round divided hill with a white sand surface in the middle. A slope with a large coral block with many fish species, crabs and many other things for the fine eye.

Tunnel of Love (depth 35m)

A small tunnel with unusual species of sponges and black corals. Another highlight is a sponge in the shape of a heart circled by black coral. Coral platform at 13m.

The Blue Caves (depth 42m)

Two caves (12-35m and 12-42m)! Both tunnels in the form of a chimney with perfect visibility. When you leave the caves, you dive into the blue vastness! Tarpons guard the cave entrances. Coral platform at 12m.

The Mysterious Cave (depth 35m)

A wondrous cave structure through which one should dive with lamp. You can see many tarpons, sharks, small fish and shoals of fish. Coral platform at 12m.

Fish Cuba

The Hidden Path (depth 35m)

A small hill in front of a wall and two tunnels with a length of 6m each. Lots of fish, black corals and beautiful sponges. Coral platform at 15m.

Gorgonia Hall (depth 40m)

On the wall you can see different types of fans, as well as black corals and many fish species.

The Deep Highway (depth 40m)

White sand between coral walls starting at 16m depth up to 28m. Many species of sponges, fish, rays, moray eels and nurse sharks. Coral platform at 16m.

The White Village (depth 40m)

A large area with white sand and coral blocks is home to many small fish, lobsters, sharks, crabs, morays and rays. Coral platform at 15m.

The Tarpon Bow (depth 14m)

A large coral rock arch divides 2 coral blocks in which lobsters, morays and crabs can be found. Tarpon swarms.

The Solitary Head’ (depth 11m)

A large boulder in the middle of a large sandy surface and many gorgonians. You can see morays, lobsters, nurse sharks and barracudas.

The King’s Crown (depth 40m)

Coral blocks in the form of a horseshoe. You can see morays and rays.

The Sunken Ship (depth 11m)

A small shipwreck that leans on a hillside. Many fish have found their home here.

Tips

Excursion tips: Please remember to bring solid footwear and appropriate weather clothing and always take enough drinks/ water with you on all of the trips. Do not forget the bathing suits.

Note: Changes in the program and accommodation are reserved. Excursions, guided tours and program sequences don’t have a regular schedule. The itinerary of the program sequences and day tours are determined by the guide. In the winter months, due to the short days, changes are often made in the schedule.

General information and program changes: Please note that sights, touristic attractions, dining facilities etc. can close last-minute and without prior notice. In such cases, within possibilities, an alternative of equal value will be looked for on the spot.

Non-divers: Can join the diving trip only in exchange for a fee if there is sufficient space on the boat and only accompanied by a diving partner. The snorkeling and bathing are done from boat.

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