Post Last Modified – December 05, 2021
Outstanding Scuba Diving In Varadero Cuba
One of the things I still love to do when taking a tropical vacation, is to spend a day scuba diving.
Ive had the pleasure over the years of diving in many parts of the world, and spending a day Scuba Diving In Varadero Cuba was excellent!
Our Scuba Diving And Snorkeling Tour
My wife is not a scuba diver, but does enjoy 🤿 snorkeling and coming along while Im out on the water on a diving excursion.
Many of the dive shops in and around Varadero offer excellent dive packages, where non divers can also join in on the fun. Usually, it’s for a very minimal extra charge, but definitely worth it!
I selected a popular dive package in this region, with 🐠 Atlantis Varadero Dive Shop. What they offered, looked perfect for the two of us.
Their package included;
✔A 2 tank reef and wreck dive by boat;
✔Snorkeling for non divers;
✔Buffet lunch at Cayo Blanco Island;
✔Transfers to and from our hotel.
As I only dive now when traveling and because Im not as young as I used to be, I enjoy diving at comfortable depths to 100 feet maximum.
This dive was perfect for this, and the wreck we were going to be diving on, was at about 80 feet maximum.
Prices (at time of post):
Buceo Plus – Certified Divers – 99.00 cuc
Snorkeling Plus/ Companion – 79.00 cuc
A Look At Our Scuba Diving And Tour Excursion
Hotel Pick Up And Drop Off
With all the different tours taken while in Varadero, our scheduled pick up times at our 🏨 hotel, were as planned. This was no exception and our 🚌 driver was right on time!
It was just a few minutes ride to the small marina, where our 🛥 boat would be departing from.
After arriving at the marina, required forms were completed, and dive gear and wetsuit were gathered for departure.
To the dismay of other divers, we did have to wait for at least 30 to 45 more minutes for our boat to arrive at the dock. This gave me a chance to meet and have a picture taken with the manager of the Dive Shop I made our booking with.
2 Excellent Boat Dives
After our delay, we were then on our way to our first dive location, which was at least 30 minutes away.
It was nice to feel the 🌊 ocean breeze after waiting in the ☀ hot sun, relax and enjoy the view on our way out!
It also gave us a chance to meet our fellow divers who had also joined this tour.
The two dives were excellent!
Water was crystal clear, warm and lots to see. The wreck dive was great!
It was an old steel tug boat and now acting as an artificial reef. There was abundant of 🐠 marine life in and around the submerged vessel.
These were two wonderful dives, that were just perfect for beginner or intermediate divers. Or even experienced divers like myself, that prefer not to deep dive any longer.
My wife really didnt get an opportunity to snorkel at these locations, because of the depth we were at for our dives. The water was quite choppy as well at the time.
This was a little disappointing, as we were told there would be great 🤿 snorkeling for her at both these sites.
If you are booking a dive/snorkel package, make sure youre going to a dive location where snorkeling is easily accessible, and shallow enough for them to enjoy.
Lunch At Cayo Blanco
After our two dives, it was then off to the 🏝 Island of Cayo Blanco for our buffet lunch.
Located about thirty minutes by boat from the Varadero area peninsula, this island is a very popular and extremely touristy destination!
This is where the ⛵ catamaran tour excursions from Varadero end up, making the island very crowded with tourists.
We only had a short time for lunch, so we didnt really have a chance to explore the island for what its known for pristine white sand 🏖 beach and crystal clear waters!
As for the buffet? Well, not quite what we expected.
Its an open buffet for all the tours arriving to the island, not a lunch exclusive to us.
The food was disappointing to say the least. Hot dishes were cold, canned vegetables, limp salad and so on. Im sure you get the jist.
There was an open bar with 🍺 cold beer, so that was a bonus!
Huge loud music 🔊 speakers were on the beach outside the buffet area. If youre looking for peace and quiet on a small island paradise, dont bother!
This is more of a party type atmosphere with lousy food. The open all inclusive bar seemed to be the main attraction here!
The Dolphin Experience
After lunch and just across from the island, was the 🐬 dolphin experience. Theres an enclosed dolphin pen, where you get an opportunity to get up and close with the dolphin.
The trainers also put on a show for everyone to watch.
The short trainers show and feeding was quite entertaining. Although captive, it appeared the dolphins were well looked after in their enclosure.
It was a nice way to finish off our dive package excursion.
✔Pick up at our hotel was as scheduled;
✔Dive equipment supplied was in good shape. We did bring our own masks, snorkels and fins with us;
✔The dive sites chosen for our dives were excellent. The dives were not deep, the marine life and the wreck we dove on were great;
✔The dive boat was an older deep sea fishing vessel. Comfortable, but crowded with divers, crew and equipment;
✔Staff were friendly and supplied a cooler with cold water;
✔Dolphin experience was entertaining.
👎After arriving at the dock and fitted with wetsuit and equipment, we were kept waiting for up to an hour standing around for departure in the hot sun;
👎Dive master did not go over any safety procedures with us prior to entering the water on our two dives. There were no instructions as to where we were diving or what we were going to see.
This could have made novice divers a little uncomfortable, not knowing what to expect or not having a safety briefing;
👎The boat was not equipped with a proper ladder for divers, making it extremely difficult climbing back up into the boat after each dive;
👎The dive sites selected were not appropriate for snorkeling, as was mentioned to us.
The water was too deep for my wife to enjoy any time in the water to snorkel, and see any marine life or reefs.
👎Lunch on the island was very poor, but the beer was cold!
👎After arriving back to the dock, we had to wait at least 30 minutes for our shuttle bus to take us back to the hotel.
For me, the dives were very enjoyable and the equipment supplied was in good condition. It was a fun outing on the water for the two of us, but things certainly could be improved overall for a professional dive shop in Varadero.
This is our personal experience and feedback on our day spent on this dive tour. I would definitely recommend checking out other reviews on TripAdvisor, or any other review sites before booking your dives.
I’ve listed the Official Cuba Tourist Board’s link below to their website for your convenience. It’s filled with excellent information to assist in your travel planning to this beautiful Island in the Caribbean.
Safe and Healthy Travels!
✨ Did You Know
“The Daiquiri Cocktail Was Invented In The Historic La Floridita Bar In Old Havana, Cuba.”
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