Cubanacan promotes diving in Cuba with new circuits and tours

Posted: 06-Dec-18 08:19

Cuban hotel and tour group Cubanacan is making efforts to reinforce Cuba's position as a world-class diving destination by designing tours that include the chance to explore some of Cuba's most desirable dive spots. The island is encircled with marine reserves and boasts some of the region's most vibrant coral reefs with mature fish and fragile species not found elsewhere.

Cubanacan promotes diving in Cuba with new circuits and tours

New scuba diving tours and circuits including key dive spots in Cuba are being offered by the country’s state-owned Cubanacan Group to boost the Caribbean island’s profile as a diving destination. Cuba is known to have some of the healthiest marine eco-systems in the region with vibrant coral reefs and mangroves harbouring fragile species not found elsewhere, many of which are in government-protected reserves.

At a recent Nature Tourism Workshop held in Cuba’s Zapata Swamp in the southern Matanzas province and Segundo Frente in the northern part of Santiago de Cuba province, Cabanacan’s Information Chief Miguel Bruguera said the company has tailored tours to include diving. Tourists wanting to try recreational diving in Cuba can find offerings throughout the country.

For Cuba’s western region, for example, there’s the Cayo Levisa circuit in Pinar del Rio province that includes northern cays teeming with underwater life. The Zapata Swamp in Matanzas province and Havana are also of special interest, said Bruguera.

The Zapata Swamp, he explained, is one of the only places in Cuba where you can do shore diving without using a boat. Around 200 metres from the coast, there is an underwater drop-off with a reef wall encrusted in coral reaching down to almost 100 metres to the seabed.

According to Cubanacan, diving enthusiasts visiting eastern Cuba can join a circuit to explore the diving highlights of the region including Santa Lucia in Camagüey, Covarrubias in Las Tunas, Marea del Portillo in Granma and Santiago de Cuba.

Bruguera said that Santiago de Cuba is a very attractive dive spot due to the well-known naval battle during the Cuban-Hispanic-American war and you can see more than five sunken ships in the Bay of Santiago. The excellent condition of the wrecks makes the site perfect for wreck dives not only for the most experienced tourists but also for beginners, thanks to their relatively shallow depth and proximity to the coast.

In Santa Lucia, there is also an International Diving Centre that offers other nautical activities such as kite-surfing, seafaring at Playa Bonita and snorkelling at the offshore coral reef, which is the second largest in the world after the Great Barrier Reef.

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