Your Guide to Diving Cuba
Including Isla de Juventud
All of Undercurrent's information on diving Cuba, including articles, reader reports, Chapbook sections, ...
Diving Cuba Overview
A huge island nation that forms the northern protective barrier of the Caribbean, it has numerous areas that have proved popular with Canadian and European divers during the past two decades. At the western end, Maria la Gorda (Fat Mary) has proved popular, while the Isla de Juventud (Isle of Youth) is devoted entirely to scuba diving with an impressive hyperbaric center. More recently, Las Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen), an area offshore to the south accessed by liveaboard, has earned the reputation for the best diving in the Caribbean, thanks to pristine reefs and a vibrant shark population. The entire island of Cuba was impacted in some way by twin hurricanes, Irma and Maria, of 2017.
Diving Cuba Reader Reports and Feature Articles
Latest Reader Reports from Cuba
from the serious divers who read Undercurrent
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Jardines Aggressor Report
in Cuba/Jardines de la Reina, Cuba
filed Mar 21, 2022 by Karen Garcia (Experience: Over 1000 dives)
JA is a spacious boat with an expansive dive deck, large tenders (max 12 divers). Lower level contains aft engine room with small pass... ... Read more
Avalon Cuba Dive Centers/Jardines Avalon III liveaboard Report
in Cuba/Jardines de la Reina
"Jardines de la Reina aboard the Jardines Avalon III"
filed Feb 1, 2022 by Emmette Murkett (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) Marine Sanctuary starting 60 miles off the southern part of Cuba is the largest, most prist... ... Read more
Avalon Outdoor Report
"Excellent diving, great crew"
filed Nov 16, 2021 by Marianne LeSage (Experience: 101-250 dives)
My huband and I were very impressed with the diving in Jardines de la Reine (Gardens of the Queen), which has been a Marine Reserve for... ... Read more
in Cuba/Garden of the Queen
"Exciting, adrenaline-filled diving with crocodiles and sharks."
filed Jul 31, 2021 by Geoff Fallon (Experience: 501-1000 dives, 5 reports, Reviewer )
It is both exhilarating and frightening to come within 12 inches of an eight-foot crocodile’s mouth, but the result is some amazing pho... ... Read more
Avalon III Report
in Cuba/Jardined de la Reina
filed Nov 30, 2019 by Frances Lewis (Experience: Over 1000 dives, 9 reports, Sr. Reviewer )
We were originally scheduled to be on the Avalon II, but were on the brand new Avalon III. There was a group of 14 from Uruguay, a coup... ... Read more
Complete Articles Available to Undercurrent Online
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Diving Cuba Articles - Liveaboards
|The Caribbean, Hawaii, the Galapagos, Florida, everybody sees sharks these days, 3/22|
Available to the Public
|Caymans, Cuba, French Polynesia . . ., plus hurricanes, shark dives and two remote sites worth the trip, 11/18|
|Avalon II, Jardines de la Reina, Cuba, is it the Caribbean’s best?, 3/18|
|Avalon II, Too, 3/18|
|A Tax-Deductible Dive Trip, but too good to be true, 10/17|
|Sick Divers, Macho Divemasters, travels in Egypt, Fiordland, Bonaire, the Bahamas... , 11/16|
|Cuba, by Land and by Liveaboard, two disparate diving worlds, 7/16||
Diving Cuba Articles - Land Based
|Diving in Cuba is Harder for Americans, 7/19|
|“I Very Quickly Realized It Was a Crocodile”, 1/19|
Available to the Public
|Easy Travel to Cuba, 3/18|
|Cuba Tips, 7/16|
|Want To Dive Cuba?, How Americans Do It, 4/16|
|Castro’s Dodgy Dive Suit, 4/16|
|Jardines de la Reina, Cuba, is it the marine paradise Anderson Cooper claims it to be?, 9/12|
|The Bay of Pigs, Cuba, easy living, easy diving, maybe even for Americans, 4/11|
|Travel to Cuba, 4/11|
|Cuba, Bonaire, Belize... , and a clever thief in Curacao, 1/07|
|The High Cost of Cuban Diving, 3/05|
|Legal Diving in Cuba, Another fish story?, 4/03|
|Real REEF Trips, 4/03|
|Show Me the Money , 4/03|
|Reaching the Reefs of Cuba, the U.S. Government is cracking down, 10/01|
|Cuba's Isla de Juventud, the thrill of diving forbidden water, 1/99|
Cuba Sections from Our Travelin'
Reader Reports filed for
Editor's Book Picks for Scuba Diving Cuba
Including Isla de Juventud
The books below are my
favorites about diving in this part of the world All books are
available at a significant discount from Amazon.com; just
follow the links. -- BD
Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
by Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach
Today's airline weight restrictions not only limit the amount of dive gear
and cameras you can pack for overseas trips, but also those valuable
prized marine life identification books. And with spotty Internet access
overseas, it's not like you can look a critter of or fish up easily
online. For the divers who still want a book in their hands post-dive to
look up the fishes they encounter, Paul Humann and Ned DeLoach are
offering "Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida." It's lightweight enough to thrown in your carry-on but
rugged enough to withstand frequent saltwater washings on board.
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World Atlas of Coral Reefs
by Mark D. Spalding, Corinna Ravilious,
Edmund P. Green, United Nations World Conservation Monitoring Center.
If there is one book that belongs in every traveling diver's library, this is
it. The superb World Atlas of Coral Reefs has everything you want to know
about the reefs from Costa Rica and Cuba to the Coral Sea and Cayman. The information
is specific and up to date. The photos, maps and layout superb. And the price,
for this 424 page, full color, hard bound volume, is a steal at $31.50
The Atlas was released in September by the United Nations World
Conservation Monitoring Center to document and conserve the world's coral reefs.
Clearly written with divers in mind, it's an invaluable resource for global
travelers. Here's what you'll find.
- 94 maps, including global maps of biodiversity and reef
stresses, regional maps showing 3-D bathymetry and high resolution maps showing
reefs, mangroves, population centers, dive centers and protected areas.
- 280 color photographs, showing reefs, wildlife, people and
places, Including 84 photographs taken from space by Shuttle astronauts.
- Text explaining the formation, structure and ecology of
coral reefs; their various uses and abuses at the hands of humans; and the
techniques used in coral reef mapping.
- Detailed texts describing the distribution and status of
coral reefs in every country.
- Data tables listing information on biodiversity, human
use, and protected areas. These include statistics on coral reef area, biodiversity,
fish consumption, and threats.
For example, you can learn about pollution damage to the reefs
at Providenciales and the lack of human impact, as well. Or, where extensive
bleaching took place in Honduras 1998. You'll read that Milne Bay in Papua New
Guineas has the most extensive reef system in that country and where, in Fiji,
the bumphead parrotfish and tridachna clams will not be found, thanks to overfishing.
The Reef Set: Reef Fish, Reef Creature and Reef Coral (3 Volumes):
Paul Humann ID Books
by Paul Humann, Ned Deloach
The three set fish, creature and coral ID books by Paul Humann are the unparalleled sources for information on Caribbean sea life and identification. Paul and his partner Ned Deloach recently released updated and expanded editions of each, with scores of new critters, even better photos, and information unavailable anywhere else. Why, the Reef Fish Identification book, at more than 500 pages, is 20 percent larger than the previous volume, which came out in 1994. Whenever I travel to the Caribbean, I tote all three books and spend my down hours figuring out what I saw and where to look to find rare creatures. Paul's splendid Reef Creature book (420 pages), covers sponges, nudibranchs, octopus, crustaceans, Christmas tree worms and plenty more. His Reef Coral ID book (276 pages) helps you identify all the hard and soft corals, spawning, and even the growth on top of corals, as well as algae and other plant life. Beginners may want to ID only fish, but I'd recommend that all three books be part of every diver's library. And, if you have an old set, by all means replace it. You'll be delighted at the additions and improvements. Each book normally retails for $40, but are discounted when you order here. And the boxed 3-volume set is available now at a bigger discount, up to 30%. Click below to buy them at Amazon:
* Reef Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas,
* Reef Creature Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas, and
* Reef Coral Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas
* The Boxed Set of all three (you can save up to 30%)
A Guide to the Coral Reefs of the Caribbean
by Mark Spalding
This book doubles as a guide to the natural history of the coral reefs and a diver's travel guide. In addition to providing information about some of the most popular diving and snorkeling, it also offers practical suggestions to divers who want to protect these sites. Author Mark Spalding, a coral reef scientist who has worked on coral reefs in over thirty countries, delves into the eco-problems with a focus on what each person can do to protect the reefs. The guide section covers 35 dive destinations with key information on the reefs, marine parks, remote places, and unusual species as well as excellent maps and a photographic field guide of the marine flora and fauna.
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There's a Cockroach in My Regulator
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