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Scuba Diving Cuba

Including Isla de Juventud

Diving Cuba articles, reviews, and reports from Undercurrent

Diving Cuba Overview

While American citizens can visit Cuba, passport warnings advise that it's "not recommended," and American companies cannot legally do business with Cuba because of a U.S. trade embargo. Most trips, therefore, are booked through Canadian or Mexican tour operators. Street signs in Cancun and Playa del Carmen offer four-day trips to Cuba for as little as $300 U.S.... Dive operations are generally well-run, causing resorts on Cayman and Cozumel to shake in their fins at the thought of Cuba opening up to the U.S. dive market....

Cuba Seasonal Dive Planner

Temperatures between summer and winter don't normally vary much more than five degrees in the Caribbean. The average temperature is about 80° year-round. Naturally, southern islands tend to be a little warmer than the northern ones. For example, Curaçao's southern location keeps its summer average at 83° and winter at 80°, while the northern Bahamas (Nassau) vary from a summer average of 81° down to a cool 69° average in the winter.

There is a wet and dry season, with most rain falling between May/June and October/November. However, location and topography, such as rain shadows created by mountains, can play an important role in local weather conditions. Keep in mind that those cold fronts in the U.S. that dip down from the north can keep right on dipping to most of the northern islands, bringing cool temperatures and rough water in their wake.

Two other important factors to consider in the Caribbean are tourist season and hurricane season. The off-season for tourism is roughly mid-April to mid-December. It can mean much cheaper prices (up to 60% less) than in the busy high season. Although hurricanes can develop any time of the year, the season is generally considered to be from July to November, with September the most likely month. Island folklore has it this way:

June, too soon
July, pass by
August, we must
Remember September
October, all over.

Diving Cuba Feature Articles and Reader Reports

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Cuba Dive Reviews

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Dive Operation Resort Name Area Reporter Dive Date
Aggressor Review [same] = DAVID C SCOTT 2017/10
Avalon Review La Tortuga Jardines de la Reina Laurie Pemberton 2017/02
Aggressor Fleet Review Jardines Aggressor Gardens of the Queen David Marchese 2016/11
Avalon Review Tortuga Jardines de la Reina Eric Eckes 2016/04
Cubandivingcenters Review Avalon 1 Jardines de la Reina Robert G Lutan 2016/08
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Diving Cuba Articles - Land Based

Cuba Tips, 7/16
Want To Dive Cuba? Want To Dive Cuba? -- Publicly Available, How Americans Do It, 4/16
Castros Dodgy Dive Suit, 4/16

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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

Diving Cuba Articles - Liveaboards

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

Cuba Dive Reviews

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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; just follow the links. -- BD

Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life Reef Life: A Must Have Guide to Tropical Marine Life
by Brandon Cole and Scott Michael

What? Another fish ID book when you thought Paul Humanns and Ned Deloachs were enough? Yes indeed, and while I rarely say this, Reef Life: A Guide to Tropical Marine Life is a must-have for the library of every traveling diver. And if you only want one ID book, this is it.

Click here to order through Undercurrent and you’ll get Amazon’s best price -- and our profits will go to save coral reefs.

Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas,
South Florida. Travel Edition of Reef Fish Identification: Caribbean, Bahamas, South Florida
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.

Click here to buy it at Amazon via our website -- our profits go to save the reefs.

Reef Fish ID Reef Creature ID Reef Coral ID

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%. You'll get the best prices has to offer, speedy delivery, and the knowledge that a large hunk of our profit will go to preserve coral reefs.

* 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%)

You might find some other books of interest in our Editor's Book Picks section.

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