Snorkeling in Cuba


January 18, 2018

Written by Sophia Bass

Divers, scientists, marine-biologists and snorkelers like myself travel to Cuba to explore it’s vast marine ecosystem, home to magnificent coral reefs. Many snorkeling spots are accessible from the shore and contain a diverse array of marine life. Jardines de la Reina, about fifty miles south from the main island, was declared a Marine Natural Park in 1996. It is often known as the “Galapagos of the Caribbean.”

Atlantic Blue Tang, Rock Beauty, French Angelfish, Sergeant Major, and Stoplight Parrotfish are just a few of the many brilliant colored fish that are among Cuba’s coral reefs. The image below showcases a Spotlight Parrotfish, commonly spotted around Cuba’s coral reefs.


Calenta Buena is a popular protected cove with marine life and underwater rock landscapes. This is an ideal spot for beginners who want to stay close to shore. Located at the entrance of the Bay of Pigs, this excursion is in close proximity to Playa Giron and Playa Larga, two of Cuba’s beautiful beaches.

When I went snorkeling at Calenta Buena, I witnessed eels, shoals of fish, and starfish nestled under coral. I was happy to see that the majority of the coral reef had been preserved in the area. Scientists and marine-biologists continue to make efforts towards protecting these thriving Caribbean shores.

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