Saturno Cave

Just over 30 km southwest of Varadero is one of Cuba's truly impressive natural wonders - Cueva Saturno. The warm, crystal-clear waters that flood this underground cave are ideal for swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. And for those who dive beneath the placid surface, an underwater world of stalagmites, stalactites and impressive marine life await.

Located one kilometre south of the Vía Blanca and around 30 minutes by car from Varadero lies Cueva Saturno - a flooded underground cave filled with a dazzling pool of crystal-clear freshwater. The water temperature hovers at a pleasurable 20-22ºC while its exceptional clarity means you can stare far into the depths from surface level. Many people that make the trip here simply come to enjoy a leisurely swim in these bath-warm waters.

But for those keen on exploring this underwater world a little further, it’s possible to go snorkelling or scuba diving. Cueva Saturno reaches down to a depth of around 22m with beautiful formations of stalagmites, stalactites and a wide variety of marine life waiting to be discovered. The clarity of the water makes diving here a truly rewarding experience and there’s a variety of marine life to spot including blind shrimp, lobsters, barracudas, angel fish and green morays.

Snorkelling equipment can easily be hired out from the on-site rental shop, but if you’re keen on taking a dive you’ll need to pre-arrange this before your trip with one of the diving clubs in Varadero.

Travelling to Cueva Saturno

Although Cueva Saturno probably doesn’t warrant making a special trip to see, it does make an ideal stop-off if you’re travelling between Matanzas and Varadero or between Habana and Varadero. It’s perfectly possible to travel independently to Cueva Saturno and visiting this natural phenomenon is highly recommended if you’re close by. Alternatively, there are numerous tour companies in Varadero that include a stop here as part of longer organized trips.

There’s a small snack bar situated near the steps of the cave, so you can grab a light bite and enjoy one of the more impressive locations you’re likely to enjoy lunch during your time in Cuba.

Cueva Saturno is open every day from 8 am to 6 pm, but for the majority of that time it does get quite touristy. If you want to try and avoid the crowds and soak up the tranquillity of this subterranean wonder, it’s best to arrive early in the morning or later in the afternoon when tourists groups are a little thinner on the ground.

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