There’s excellent diving offshore of Havana. The Gulf Stream and Atlantic Ocean currents meet west of the city, where many ships have been sunk through the centuries. The so-called “Blue Circuit,” a series of dive sites, extends east from Bacuranao, about 10 kilometers east of Havana, to the Playas del Este, where there’s a decompression chamber at Hospital Luis Díaz Soto (Vía Monumental y Carretera, Habana del Este, tel. 07/95-4251).
Centro de Buceo La Aguja (Marina Hemingway, 5ta Av. y 248, Santa Fe, tel. 07/204-5088 or 07/271-5277, fax 07/204-6848, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) rents equipment and charges CUC30 for one dive, CUC50 for two dives, CUC60 for a “resort course,” and CUC360 for an open-water certification.
The Centro Internacional Buceo Residencial Club Habana (5ta Av., e/ 188 y 192, Rpto. Flores, tel. 07/204-5700, Mon.–Fri. 7:30 a.m.–7 p.m., nonmembers entrance CUC20) also has scuba.
© Christopher P. Baker from Moon Cuba, 5th Edition