Diving the South Coast

Cuba’s south coast is filled with many different dive sites. You will find Jardines de Reina, also known as the Galapagos of the Caribbean way offshore, with countless islands and reefs. South of Havana you will find Isla de la Juventud, which is Spanish for the Isle of Youth; this place is also known by divers as Treasure Island, due to the famous novel with the same name that was written in this place; Isla de la Juventud is filled with colorful reefs, significant drop-offs, and plenty of wrecks. The small island of Cayo Largo has plenty of beautiful reefs and fine sandy beaches. Other must-visit places with incredible beaches and charming towns are Playa Giron and Playa Larga. History abounds on this side of the coast, with famous adventurers like Christopher Columbus having explored it. Easy shore dives, perfect for beginner divers can be found all around the south coast, as well as reef dives and cenote diving for the more adventurers. This area is famous for its spectacular shark encounters and amazing underwater views with colorful corals, diverse marine species and brilliant sponges. Friendly wild dolphins in their natural habitat can also be found here, as well as crocodiles swimming among the mangroves.

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Wildlife in South Coast

Most avid divers go to Jardines de la Reina for the famous shark encounters; however, the biodiversity in this place is fantastic. Be prepared to encounter silky, hammerhead, reef, black tips, leopard, bull, and whale sharks. The typical reef fish species of the Caribbean such as queen, gray, and french angelfish, green moray eels, drum fish, trumpet fish, filefish, damselfish, among others, as well as huge groupers, 200-300 pound Jewfish, eels, turtles, and rays are some of the marine species divers can admire in the south coast. Slowly swimming among the mangroves, you might see crocodiles.

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Whales
Humpback Whale
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
Common Seahorse
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Molluscs
Octopus
  Jan - Mar Apr - Jun Jul - Sep Oct - Dec
Whales
Humpback Whale
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
Common Seahorse
Fishes
Moray Eel
Angelfish
Butterfly Fish
Barracuda
Lionfish
Wrasse
Puffer Fish
Molluscs
Octopus

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