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Diving in La Habana

From the cobblestone streets to the rippling sea, La Habana is a lovely city that offers scuba divers plenty of opportunities to discover fascinating dive sites with tremendous history.

Diving in La Habana

Quick facts

La Habana usually attracts visitors who are craving a taste of the combination of city and beach life, but the scuba diving here is surprisingly underappreciated. If you have a little time, there are some excellent sites that are well worth exploring.

Some of the most excellent sites are wreck dives. There is an abundance of advanced wrecks to see, a favorite being Coral Island, an old merchant ship that is completely encrusted in marine life. The Sanches Barcastegui is a stellar spot to find larger sea life, especially big game fish.

Popular, and with good reason, the Boca de Caldera is a gorgeous coral garden, shallow and clear. There are plenty of caverns to stick your head into, where you can find octopi and tiny reef fish.

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What to see

In addition to the many colorful fish that frequent the reefs, you can run across large fish like tarpons and huge groupers. Wild sponges and corals are the norm, busied with activity. Massive brain and elkhorn corals with surprise you, as well as the terrific gorgonians, which house interesting creatures.

Because there is very little pollution affecting these waters, the reefs are healthy and vibrant.

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Area

La Habana, colloquially known as Havana, is the capital of Cuba. Lying on the fringe of the Caribbean, Cuba is a Spanish speaking nation of intense beauty and tumultuous history.

Strung along the seaside, Havana borders the Gulf of Mexico, found on Cuba’s northeastern coast. La Habana was founded in the 16th century, and was a crucial stopping point for galleons during their dangerous voyages through the pirate laden seas. Today, Havana is the largest city in Cuba, by far.

To many, La Habana seems trapped in time. Old cars straight out of the 1950’s roll down the ancient cobblestone streets, meticulously maintained and preserved. The colonial architecture is charming and welcoming, housing cafés and museums, aplenty.

Other attractions

Spend some time in Old Havana, where the quaint architecture has been painstakingly maintained. The Plaza de Armas is a place of huge historical significance, so take a stroll through the square. El Malecon, the seaside boardwalk, is another spot that isn’t to be missed. Here you will come across young lovers necking in the sunset, and people peddling their wares. Authenticity is the name of the game, here.

Getting there

Flying into the city of La Habana is the most cost effective way to get to anywhere in Cuba. There are tons of taxis in Havana, zooming here and there, honking all the while.

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