Scuba diving and tour in Cuba

“Vibrant both above and below the water, this tailor made tour takes you diving in Cuba's best reefs, then continues across the island to explore its landscapes and culture.”

Highlights

Havana | Viρales | Diving in Maria La Gorda | Diving in the Bay of Pigs | Soroa | Las Terrazas | | Trinidad | Santa Clara | Che Guevara Memorial | Sierra Escambray | Optional night dives | Optional salsa classes

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Departure information

This trip can be tailor-made and departures can be arranged all year. The sample itinerary below can be modified to your personal wishes including departure date, duration, accommodation used & how long you spend in each destination.
Our top tip:
Stay in casas particulares (homestays) where possible - you'll get a wonderful insight into Cuban life, and make firm local friends.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
Hotels or homestays on request.
Solos:
This tour can be tailored for groups with a tour leader as well as for solo travelers.
Included:
Accommodation, listed activities, diving sessions, guides if requested. Car rental is not included.
Meals:
Breakfasts included if staying in hotels.
Vouchers
Accepted

Responsible tourism

Scuba diving and tour in Cuba

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Local providers make use of locally grown and produced food (with lower food miles) on the offered journeys where possible. We are offering vegetarian/plant-based and low dairy foods when requested and available (which reduce CO2 emissions). We reduce transport emissions by offering activities as daywalks, multiple trekking programmes, biking and horseback riding. Latinamerica Journeys offers walking vacations with an interesting blend of nature experience with cultural activities, bicycle vacations & full horseback riding journeys in the Andes. We make use of solar energy on the trekkings, and horseback riding journeys. Travelers are stimulated to use solar energy as well wherever it applies on outdoor travels. Staff & guides are locally contracted to reduce international travel. The staff in office, your private driver-guide and your tourguides for escorted grouptravels they love healthy vegetarian foods, they love the planet and participate in reducing CO2 emissions.

Environment

Scuba diving: In Cuba you are always diving under guidance. Your guides are well trained, speak English, respect the ecological marine systems and will ask the same of you. The operator is a certified PADI Advanced Open Water Diver and can help you with all your questions about diving in Cuba. At Maria la Gorda and Cabo San Antonia you are diving within the National Park of Guanahacabibes, and the fragile ecosystems are even more protected. These beach places are situated in the extreme west of Cuba, are quiet remote, quiet and usually only visited by enthusiastic divers or a few beachlovers. The impact on nature is therefore very minimal. Together with the diving locations at Isla de Juventud they belong to the best diving locations of Cuba and are regarded as the 4th best places of Latin America for diving. In the National Park of Guanahacabibes you can also make guided daywalks to see and experience the flora and fauna of the park with specialised nature guides, and visit some caves where the earliest habitants from the mainland created their living on Cuba a long time ago. On booking you receive a Cuba Manual from us in which we assist the individual traveler to have a perfect enjoyable vacation, that has a minimal impact on nature and has social benefits for the local people that travelers are involved with at their journey.

Community

These Cuba tours are designed & offered by ecological guides who work & live in Latin America, and have been guiding in the Caribbean for many years. They can arrange all details of your travel and design special tailor made travels for Cuba. These Cuba tours give a unique insight into the Cuban nature & culture, and with booking you support a small local operator. This company supports several families with children with clothes, medicaments, books, second hand luxury articles, purchases of their handicrafts, and donations for constructing materials and improving their housing.

On our Cuba tours all walks and treks are guided by local ecological guides and organized by local organizations. A vacation to Cuba off the beaten tracks with local guides brings income to local Cuban people and their families. The Cuban people are very aware that it is important to take care of its beautiful nature, as it is one of the main attractions for tourists, and tourism is the main income nowadays of Cuba. By making use of ecological excursions during your travel on Cuba, you support the people to continue with taking care of their natural reserves. When you visit farmers during your excursion, we ask participants, if appropriate, to donate luxury articles like ballpoints, soap and shampoo, buy some coffee and/or leave a donation. When you make use of local accommodation in the form of casas particulares, you directly support that family and make sure that the income gets ploughed back into Cuban society.

In East Cuba you can collect clothes, shoes and toiletries to donate to a Cuban organization, which supports people from the countryside with no resources. You can also leave clothes, mountain shoes, toiletries or other articles with your local guides after the excursion.

This operator empowers a womens coffee cooperation and NGO in the Andes of Venezuela. Their vision is to provide solidarity to the entire coffee community in the area, striving to improve the quality of the life of children and families of the coffee communities. With this vacation and all our tailor made travels in Latin America you support local families on your destination of travel and you make it for us possible to support mothers and children in the Andes of Venezuela through this cooperation and NGO. Through their different programs the cooperative aspire to offer training technique in administration, management, accounting, among others and offer scholarships to students and subsidies to primary schools in rural coffee communities, as well as inspire to new forms of community economic organization.

16 Reviews of Scuba diving and tour in Cuba

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Reviewed on 15 Dec 2018 by

Superb, beyond expectations!!… The great guide, the cave La Batata, the friendliness of the people! Read full review

Reviewed on 01 May 2018 by

Definitely the friendly hosts at the casa particulars, so happy & helpful, given my limited Spanish, that made it even better in a way, so we both had to 'work' at communicating. The historical areas w/ good guides, helped to bring history alive. The scuba diving at the Bay of Pigs was ok, but the divemasters were very good, so good for father-son vacation Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2017 by

Meeting the Cuban people was the highlight. Very enjoyable trip. Read full review

Reviewed on 07 Mar 2017 by

The most memorable was 50 miles offshore Scuba Diving in the Garden of the Queens...this is a healthy reef with sharks to nudibranchs. The soft corals where beautiful waving in the current with the reef fish. We had a wonderful trip and will be returning to Cuba and diving the Gardens. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Oct 2016 by

Excellent, enjoyable, thought-provoking. So glad we went, but should have stayed longer! Read full review

Reviewed on 21 Feb 2016 by

The most memorable part was the few days spent in Trinidad. Truly beautiful city, lots of restaurants, good nightlife, and great location for day trips to beaches or mountains. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Aug 2016 by

A stimulating adventure rather than a relaxing vacation Read full review

Reviewed on 26 Apr 2015 by

The most memorable parts of the vacation were... diving in the Bay of Pigs (wrecks, rays, turtles, amazing coral)... by chance being in Vinales during its local festival with street stalls, funfair, live music and dancing...It really was the vacation of a lifetime. Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Sep 2015 by

Great time for all, with a balanced programme that was enjoyed by everyone in our family. Read full review

Reviewed on 28 Feb 2015 by

Book it know! Wonderful memories, felt like you were participating in a movie from the fifties. bB living / eating in private houses our vacation benefited local people. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Feb 2015 by

Casa Particular owners will certainly benefiting from our 6 weeks visit (one bedroom renting for a day is more than one month salary of a doctor). National Parks visits will help conservation. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Aug 2014 by

The most memorable parts of the vacation were drinking rum, smoking cigars and listening to music at Buena Vista Social Club Read full review

Reviewed on 22 Apr 2014 by

There have been several memorable part. The diving and the beach at Punta Frances. the beach and sea at Maria la Gorda and the old part of Havana were the most memorable parts. Very nice with a good organization upfront and on location. I can recommend it without any constraints. Read full review

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2012 by

The most memorable parts were: Being in Havana, and going to the carnival. Diving with sharks at Jardines de la Reina...It really has everything. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Apr 2012 by

The vacation was fantastic as a whole! We had a good taste of the atmosphere in Cuban life. The cities were beautiful, with music on every corner, the rural villages were adventurous and the diving and snorkeling was phenomenal. Read full review

Reviewed on 08 May 2011 by

Best experience was Caleta Buena diving center near Playa Giron - beautiful place and very friendly staff. Fantastic vacation - we would definitely return and we have recommended Cuba to our friends. Read full review

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