Diving in North Coast

The North Coast is a unique diving destination with important dive sites such as Cuba’s capital city, Havana and the most frequently visited area of the country, as well as Jardines del Rey, an archipelago made of famous cays such as Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Coco, and Cayo Romano, Cayo Romano, Cayo Paredon Grande, among others, and a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. The reef that surrounds the north coast has a great diversity of marine life; however, it’s not as spectacular as the southern coast. A wreck diver’s dream can be found here, as this place is full of both easy and advanced wreck dive sites. The north coast is also known for being one of the areas with the most abundant history of any port of call in the Caribbean. This history-rich place with healthy and vibrant reefs that can be found further east along the north coast in Jardines del Rey, which is Spanish for The King’s Gardens. Diving in the north coast you will find friendly old turtles, different shark species, parrotfish, yellowtail snappers, queenfish, moray eels, as well as many kinds of sponges and coral reefs. Diving the north coast of Cuba, you can also expect friendly encounters with wild dolphins.

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Wildlife in North Coast

Diving along the northern coast of Cuba, you’ll see unique reef formations including pinnacles, caverns, small caves, and tunnels. The marine species that inhabit these stunning reefs include large outcroppings of elk and staghorn coral, plus massive brain coral, as well as the common Caribbean reef fish species such as yellowtail snappers, queen angelfish, gray, and french angelfish, green moray eels, drum fish, trumpet fish, filefish, damselfish, and many others. Pay close attention to spot friendly turtles, tarpon, and huge groupers. Some of these areas are also famous for being home to dozens of sea lions.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Dolphins
Bottlenose Dolphin
Sharks
Great Hammerhead Shark
Lemon Shark
Silky Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Nurse Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Rays
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Electric Ray
Skate (fish)
Turtles
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Reptiles
Crocodile
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Common Seahorse
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Tarpon
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Conger eel
Jackfishes
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Trumpetfish
Flounder
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Crustaceans
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Dolphins
Bottlenose Dolphin
Sharks
Great Hammerhead Shark
Lemon Shark
Silky Shark
Whitetip Reef Shark
Blacktip Reef Shark
Nurse Shark
Grey Reef Shark
Rays
Reef Manta
Eagle Ray
Stingrays
Electric Ray
Skate (fish)
Turtles
Leatherback Sea Turtle
Green Sea Turtle
Loggerhead Sea Turtle
Hawksbill Turtle
Reptiles
Crocodile
Seahorses and Pipefishes
Common Seahorse
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Tarpon
Sand Eel
Snake Eel
Conger eel
Jackfishes
Scorpionfishes
Snapper
Surgeonfish
Sweetlips and Grunts
Parrotfish
Soldierfish
Triggerfish
Damselfish
Goatfish
Porcupine Fish
Box Fish
Trumpetfish
Flounder
Molluscs
Octopus
Squid
Crustaceans
Shrimps
Lobster
Crab

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