Cuba in a Nutshell - The Cuban archipelago is situated in the most occidental part of the isolated Caribbean. Cuba's nature is rich and inquisitive. The flora is marked by the endemic and assorted qualities of its plant groups, with the orchids, desert flora and palms being the highlighted ones. The extravagance and endemism of Cuba's fauna is endless. The marine life and wetlands, living fossil, endangered species and essential coral reefs are known to have an extraordinary value and worldwide acknowledgement.
Water Temperature: Vary from around 22°C (72°F) in December to 29°C (84°F) in July
Visibility: 20 - 40 m (65 - 130 feet)
Weather: Climate varies slightly during the year. Drier season (December- mid April): 73 to 77°F (23-25°C); Height of summer (August): 83°F (28°C)
Pipín - At the mooring buoy, the reef is 15 meters deep, forming impressive canyons and caves that run perpendicular to the coastline until they reach 24 meters of depth at the edge of the drop-off. At this point, the reef is very colorful and alive, with huge schools of grunts patrolling the border of the abyss; many jacks; silver tarpons in groups of 10-50 coming straight at you and then making a swift turn 5 inches away from your mask, along with turtles, eagle rays flying near the wall and sometimes a lonely three-meter-long great hammerhead coming up from the deep to take a quick look at the divers and then disappearing into the blue. In the meantime, as divers go around the canyons, a group of 10-12 silky sharks keep swimming close to the surface near the boat; then, during the safety stop, they come to get an eyeful of the divers.
Farallón - This is one of the best dives in Jardines de la Reina. Farallón is a giant coral mountain 17 meters deep at the top and divided into four parts by tunnels that run across and end at a white sandy bottom of 29 meters. These tunnels are about 30 m. long, 3 m. wide and 10 m. high, with an opening at the top that allows the sunlight to pour through, creating a spectacular show of light and shapes, giving the diver the feeling of flying across another world. Same species as in Pipín plus the reef shark (Carcharinus perezi) swimming close to the bottom.
Vicente - Dive along the drop-off, with coral mountains at the edge descending from 20 m. to 40 m. and then to the abyss (800 m.). Visibility is more than 40 meters. You can find massive black coral colonies in the wall; also, the mysterious and shy great hammerhead shark (Sphyrna mokarran) sometimes emerges from the blue to show its incredible body shape and elegance.
Black Coral I and II - These two dives are the most exciting! Minimum depth is 24 meters on top of the reef, then a sandy bottom at 30 m. Channels run across the reef perpendicular to the coast, until they reach the drop-off; at this place, there is a resident population of more than 30 reef sharks (Carcharinus perezi) that get very close to the divers (sometimes 10 inches away from the mask). After 15 minutes of breathless watching at these creatures while they swim around, the dive continues close to the coral formations and sandy channels with sleeping stingrays (Dasyatis americana), parrotfish, big black groupers and tons of jacks swimming near divers until the end of the dive.
Topside & Non-Diving Activities
✓ Great beaches
✓ Tours, rides, circuits and excursions around different tourist destinations of the island
✓ Sailing, sports fishing, water skiing and snorkeling
✓ Bird watching, hiking, diving, sports fishing, outdoor horseback riding, caving, mountain biking or rural tourism
✓ After-dark entertainment scene
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