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History, nature, entertainment, culture – whatever Cuba does, it is done with passion, and the key to a successful visit to the island is to completely lose yourself in the country’s unique heritage. Live life the local way and feel the authentic Cuban heartbeat conveyed by its spellbinding rhythms, passionate heritage, fascinating history, but also its irresistible fumes of rum and cigars!
The country abounds with sites that are rich in natural beauty, historical meaning, and cultural expression and that, all together, shape the unique, colourful, vibrant, and incredible landscape that is Cuba. From colonial era plantations to more recent times of revolutions, literature icons to guerrilla leaders, picture-perfect beaches to coffee plantations tucked in the mountains, the island is simply a large, varied and exciting playground to explore and enjoy.
The absence of boat traffic in Cuba makes it the perfect destination for undisturbed and unlimited off-shore water sports. On the north eastern coast of the island, the popular tourist hangout Guardalavaca offers crystal clear waters and pristine beaches, making it an ideal spot for swimming, snorkelling, diving, and wind surfing, with thousands of fish and marine species to admire.
With such an abundant marine environment and no less than a thousand ship wrecks to explore, it is not surprising that Cuba is such a popular spot amongst divers. The underworld landscape here is composed of an impressive network of caves featuring profusely decorated vertical walls, tunnels, channels and cliffs, offering stunning day and night dives, where you’ll come across some of the thousand species of fish that inhabit the Cuban waters.
Along with the fish, Cuba’s underwater gardens are home to no less than 200 kinds of sponges (including cup, branch, and tubular), about 60 varieties of coral (527 miles of coral reef), as well as numerous molluscs, crustaceans, gorgonians, algae and Common Sea Fans. Located just off the northern coast of central Cuba, Jardines del Rey Archipelago (or Sabana-Camaguey Archipelago) is the island’s most important reef and, stretching over 280 miles, is also the second largest reef in the world. Divers will also enjoy the exceptional conditions at Cuba-Colorados, Jardines de la Reina and Canarreos.
In terms of diving conditions, the large island is surrounded by a wide insular shelf of 26,190 square miles providing calm waters averaging at a year-round temperature of 24 to 28.5oC, and with visibility ranging from 65 to 130 feet.