With 20 km of stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters, it is easy to see why Varadero is Cuba's premier beach resort. This spectacular beach is set on the narrow Hicacos Peninsula on the northern coast of the island. Varadero offers modern hotels, excellent facilities and a superb selection of bars and cafes.
WHY WE LOVE DIVING IN VARADERO
Great recreational diving on healthy reefs
Labyrinths and tunnels, with plentiful marine life
Exceptional wrecks, including the P383, the Russian Destroyer!
Diving in Varadero
The diving here is top notch, well established dive centres offer good boats, highly educated and professional staff, quality equipment and safety doesn’t need to be questioned. We pick you up and drop you off at your hotel, and the rest is about the diving itself. Diving in Cuba is governed by the ACUC (CMAS) accreditations, although Varadero also has BSAC and SSI qualified Instructors and guides too – you will be in good hands!
Diving here is done in the mornings, with 2 tanks available each day. Leaving your hotel after breakfast, you will be back for a late lunch, meaning you won’t abandon any non-divers in your party, and get the best opportunity to relax or take in the local culture as well as get some great diving in too!
There are over 50 dive sites of the immediate coast of Varadero, and they don’t disappoint. From shallow reefs and loads of shallow wrecks, to deeper more challenging site such as the wreck of the Sleterea (a 150m tanker) and the former Russian Destroyer, the P383, there are plenty of sites to choose from.
The P383 wreck is exceptional. 97 metres long, sitting upright and intact at a maximum depth of 24m, this is one of the most popular dives in Varadero. With little penetration options other than the bridge, the real draw to this wreck is the equipment on board.
Winter average of 27°C / 81°F
Spring average of 28°C / 82°F
Summer average of 32° C / 90°F
Flights from LONDON
Transport from HAVANA
GMT - 5 hours
For the more experienced and adventurous diver, therein also an inland cave system a mere 45 minutes away - diving here is subject to availability and qualification, but it is well worth doing!
Winter average of 26°C / 79°F
Spring average of 26°C / 79°F
Summer average of 28° C / 82°F
25 to 50m / 80 to 160 ft average