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Cenote Diving, Snorkelling, and Swimming in Cuba

Diving into majestic flooded caves is a special experience of the Caribbean

Best time: all year round

Cenote Diving, Snorkelling, and Swimming
Cenote Diving, Snorkelling, and Swimming

Cenotes are usually associated with Mexico. Cuba also boasts a few exciting spots for diving and swimming. If you are on holiday in Varadero, one of the most popular Cuban resorts, make sure to visit Cueva de Saturno (Saturn Cave), just 20 km away from the town. It is a part of the complex system of caverns. Cueva de Saturno is a natural underground cave filled with fresh turquoise water. You can swim and snorkel among stalagmites and stalactites. Diving into a 20 meter hole is also interesting to see underwater rock formations, galleries, blind cavefish and cave shrimps. You'll also find an equipment rental post and a snack bar on-site, but diving tours should be booked in advance at one of Varadero dive clubs. The best time to visit Cueva de Saturno is in the early morning before the flocks of tourists reach the spot. It's open to visitors from 8 am to 6 pm.

Cueva de los Peces (Cave of the Fish), located between Playa Larga and Playa Girón about two hours from Havana, and other spectacular water-filled cenotes are available around Zapata Peninsula for swimming, snorkeling or diving. Some of these caves are 60-70 m deep. You can rent all the necessary equipment on the spot.

Cenotes provide some of the best diving experience in Cuba year round. It might be less crowded during the rain and hurricane season though.

Practical info

Where can visitors find Cueva de Saturno and what is it like?

Located 20 km away from Varadero in Cuba, the Cueva de Saturno is a natural underground cave that contains fresh turquoise water. Visitors can choose from activities such as swimming, snorkeling, or diving while exploring underwater galleries and rock formations. Additionally, the site provides rental equipment, diving tours, and a snack bar. When visiting, it's recommended to book diving tours in advance with one of the Varadero dive clubs for convenience. Show more

What sights can divers see in Cueva de Saturno?

Diving in the Cueva de Saturno offers a chance to explore underwater rock formations such as stalactites and stalagmites, all of which can be found in the freshwater pool. One can dive into a 20-meter hole to get a glimpse of hidden underwater natural wonders. The area is also home to cave shrimps and blind cavefish, which can be spotted in their habitat. Swimming and snorkeling are available for visitors who want to take it easy. Show more

What time of day and year is best to visit Cueva de Saturno and why is it recommended?

It's best to visit Cueva de Saturno as early in the morning as possible, as this is before the crowds arrive. The site is open from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM. To avoid the rush completely, one could attend during the year-round rain and hurricane seasons. Regardless of the time of year, booking diving tours in advance with one of the local dive clubs is a great idea to secure a spot and get the most out of the experience. Show more

What is the maximum depth one can expect when diving in the caves found around the Zapata Peninsula?

Divers can expect to dive into caves of exceptional depth when exploring the underwater sites around the Zapata Peninsula. Depths of up to 60-70 meters are possible. The Cueva de los Peces, located near Playa Larga and Playa Girón two hours from Havana, is a well-known cave that is a must-see attraction. Visitors can enjoy using rented diving equipment to explore these unique underwater caves that offer year-round diving opportunities. Show more

Is diving equipment available for rent on-site when exploring Cuba's cenotes or should visitors bring their equipment?

Visitors are not required to bring diving equipment when exploring Cuba's cenotes as diving equipment is readily available on-site, including at the Cueva de los Peces. Equipment rentals come with reasonable prices and high-quality gear that allows for the best diving experience. Moreover, tourists can book snorkeling or diving tours with local clubs to explore Cuba's extraordinary undersea world. Pre-booking diving tours is essential to secure spots and have enough gear for everyone. Show more

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