Authorities from the Cubanacan hotel group are seeking to boost contemplative diving in Cuba's shores by designing attractive circuits including water sports, a source from the sector said.
The Information Chief of Cubanacan group, Miguel Bruguera, told Prensa Latina during the recently held Nature Tourism Workshop in the Zapata Swamp and Segundo Frente that for tourists who prefer this kind of recreation, there are offers throughout the national territory. For the western zone, for example, the Levisa Key circuit (Pinar del Rio), Zapata Swamp (Matanzas) and Havana are of special interest, the official added. This circuit, he explained, has the peculiarity of including the Zapata Swamp, which is almost the only place in Cuba from which contemplative diving can be practice along the coast without using a boat. Once you reach 200 meters from the shore, there is a so-called wall depth of up to 100 meters, where divers can contemplate the seabed, he revealed. Diving enthusiasts in eastern Cuba can also enjoy a circuit with different points in the geography of that part of the country. There you can dive in Santa Lucia in Camagüey, Covarrubias in Las Tunas, Marea del Portillo in Granma and Santiago de Cuba, stated Bruguera. Santiago de Cuba is very attractive due to the well-known naval battle during the Cuban-Hispanic-American war and you can see more than five sunken ships in the Bay of Santiago. Bruguera considered that the excellent condition of the wrecks favors the practice of contemplative diving not only for the most experienced tourists but also for beginners, thanks to their proximity to the coast. In Santa Lucia (Camagüey), there is also an International Diving Center where nautical activities take place with a kitesurf polygon and the peculiarity of the only shark show in the country, he noted. It also offers other recreational options such as seafaring at Playa Bonita and snorkeling at the coral reef, the second largest in the world after the one in Australia.