Isle of Parrots, The Isle of Pirates, The Isle of Treasure,
The Isle of Pines and nowadays, The Isle of Youth are the
different names that this island has received. Columbus discovered
it on his second journey to the New World. It is located at
80 km. (50 miles) Southwest from Cuba and can be easily reached
by sea or air.
Isle of Youth is one of the most picturesque sites in Cuba,
specially for those who are fond of natural beauties, because
more than a half of is territory virgin, with a host of endemic
its Southern coast, surrounded by the most pure Caribbean
Sea, there are coral reefs of incredible beauty, with wonderful
landscapes, and on the Western part you can find a breath-taking
paradise in the Punta Frances Marine National Park.
Colony diving zone is located within the limits of this Park,
comprising 6 km. (4 miles) of coast, between Punta Pedernales
and Punta Frances, this zone is very well protected with a
remarkable environmental stability, thus having an exuberant
are 56 attractive diving sites, some of them in areas of dense
and colorful populations of corals, gorgonians and sponges.
Others are located where the drop-off falls sharply, also
more than 20 caves, passages and tunnels, coral hillocks and
valleys are included.
kind of fish varies from one site to another, so we can find
schools of tarpons, spadefish, jacks, grunts, schoolmasters
and yellowtail snappers. Nassau groupers, black groupers and
barracudas are frequently found, also there are turtles, eagle
rays and sometimes sharks. Among the most spectacular sites
you can find are: Pared de Coral Negro, Tunel del Amor, Cueva
Azul, El Pasaje Escondido, Cueva de los Sabalos, Piedra de
Coral, EL Salto, Ancla del Pirata, Paraiso de las Levisas
and Pequeno Reino.
diving zone are Los Barcos Hundidos, which are remains of
sunken ships scattered on an extensive are between 6 and 9
meters (20 or 30 feet) deep, with many school of fish, including
barracudas and stingrays, and a numerous sessile fauna attached
to the ships. Los Indios, known for its vertical walls and
big coral hillocks with sand beds, and Fuera de Limite, a
peculiar place where the coral reef grows from the coast and
falls into 15 meters (49 feet) deep, with big rocks full of
corals, gorgonians, sponges and many coral fish.
Diving Center is located on a small Marina in Ensenada de
la Siguanea, 24 km. (15 miles) from diving sites, so the typical
daily program consists in two morning divings, lunch in a
cozy restaurant on the sea, and enjoyment of a near beach
A multilock hyperbaric chamber is available at the Diving
Center. A physician specialized in hyperbaric medicine is
ready to provide preventive services and diving diseases treatment.
Colony Hotel is the lodging place with 77 air conditioned
rooms, bathroom and TV. Restaurants, snack bar, sea bar and
night club. Swimming pool, sport areas and wastersports. Medical
services. Telephone and international fax: Rent a Car. Horse
riding and other activities are available.
de Coral Negro Dept 35 meters
This site is famous for its black coral found at a depth of 100ft..
Brightly colored tube and small basket sponges as well as magnificent
coral formations including elkhorn, staghorn and brain are spread
out throughout the wall. These waters are inhabited by tarpon, snappers,
hamlets and queen parrotfish, yellowtail and gray angelfish. Moray
eels can also be found in wall crevices
Azul Dept 40 meters
Descending to a depth of 130ft. you find a hole in a rock about
10ft. diameter covered with small silver glassfish. This is tarpon
territory. From the hole you head out to the outer wall fascinated
by the contrasting blues. The water in the gully appears as grayish
blue; within the hole it has a dark blue hue, almost black, and
looking out past the wall the sea turns into a bright turquoise
this point you ascend up the face of the drop off where you see
all kinds of gorgonians.
life becomes more abundant when you approach the top of the wall.
The excellent visibility of this site may encourage novice divers
to be overconfident and take a deeper dive than they are mentally
ready for. A dive this depth is only recommended for advanced divers.
Shipwrecks Dept 8 meters
The Jibacoa, a cargo ship, and the military ship Sparta lay in the
bottom of the sea at this dive site. Sunk about twenty years ago,
the ships were used for military target practice becoming eventually
a favorite haunt for divers. The Jibacoa is visible from the surface
and the Sparta lies on its side complete with guns, ladders and
anchor ropes. Schools of snappers are common sight here. Both wrecks
are covered with colored corals, algae and sponges. Crabs and sea
urchins inhabit the wrecks as well. Colorful gobies, blennies and
wrasses to add to the beauty of this site. Barracudas are usually
seen roaming the waters surrounding the wrecks.
is possible to enter both ships but your buoyancy control must be
excellent to avoid damaging the corals and encrusting sponges. The
low depth of this site allows for a lot of light to filter through
making for a fantastic photo opportunity.
Cabezo de las Isabelitas Dept 8 meters
site is a photographer's delight. There is so much marine life in
this site you will be overwhelmed with choices. Marine Life just
waiting to be fed or photographed.
down directly from the buoy, you reach a large number of coral outcrops
surrounded by sand. A multitude of tropical fish swim around star,
lettuce leaf and brain coral heads.
you approach the wall, the topology of the underwater terrain becomes
more rugged with a greater density of marine life such as snappers,
goatfish, parrotfish, hamlets, angelfish and trumpetfish. The colorful
green tip anemones share the coral heads with tube and vase sponges.
sandy channels sloping sharply to the end of the wall and searing
their way through bright coral formations make this dive memorable.
Largo del Sur
del Sur Isla de la Juventud
Phone: +53 45 48213 - 214 / 4-8133
de Siguanea, km. 41 Isla de la Juventud
Phone: +53 46 98181 / 98282
Location: 21°36’ N, 82°57’ W
del Sur Isla de la Juventud
Phone: +53 45 48213 - 214 / 48133