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International diving centre Marina Chapelin

Situated on the main resort strip in Varadero is the Marlin Marina Chapelin, a purpose built yachting marina, and home to the range of water craft for watersports excursions.
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International diving centre Marina Chapelin

Situated on the main resort strip in Varadero is the Marlin Marina Chapelin, a purpose built yachting marina, and home to the range of water craft for watersports excursions.

Also on the main marina is Barracuda, the largest dive centre in Varadero.

BSAC, SSI, ACUC and CMAS accredited, and complete with its own compressor and kit room, this is the home to 4 large, purpose built dive boats. Spacious, very powerful, and well equipped, these large boats will transport you to one of the 35+ dive sites in less than 30 mintues.

The multi-lingual and highly qualified staff, Eddie, Alfredo, Alex and Carlos to name a few, will welcome you warmly to their operation, ensuring that you are registered and equipped with the latest ScubaPro gear before embarking on the days diving.

From deep and dramatic wall diving to shallow canyons alive with corals, sponges and numerous crustaceans, to several fantastic wrecks (including a Russian Destroyer sitting upright at 25 metres, complete with deck guns, rocket launchers and torpedoes, and the picturesque stern section of a oil tanker teeming with life), you will see masses of schooling fish, including giant barracuda, giant morays up close, spadefish and snapper, together with an abundance of macro-life including tunicates, crabs and tiny cleaner wrasse, all in warm waters, in an un-crowded manner with great viz.

Don't forget too the regularly scheduled trip to the Bay of Pigs to dive some excellent wrecks and caves, and if caves are your thing, one hour away in the countryside of Matanzas you will find some excellent and fully ‘lined' caves to dive too. An additional ‘must-dive' is the Ojo del Megano Blue-hole – an underwater cave 70 metres in diameter in the nearby reefs of the Bay of Cadiz. The choice and variety of dive sites is massive here, and there are plenty of contingency sites too in the case of inclement weather.

And to top it all, as you base your diving on two dives per day, you will be back in your hotel for a late lunch! A third dive per day, and even night diving, are available subject to local demand and weather conditions.


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Accommodation in the area

  • Blau Varadero

    Blau Varadero 4* Blau Varadero

    The 4* deluxe Blau Varadero resort offers guests with fun and entertaining Cuba holidays in a privileged section of the stunning Varadero beach strip. The Blau resort promises unforgettable Cuba holidays for the whole family in a great beach location.

  • Paradisus Princesa Del Mar Resort And Spa

    Paradisus Princesa Del Mar Resort And Spa 5* Paradisus Princesa Del Mar Resort And Spa

    Submerge in a world of lavish touches and sheer elegance, at this beautiful Varadero resort providing top notch luxury Cuba holidays in a privileged stretch of the famed Varadero beach strip.

  • Iberostar Varadero

    Iberostar Varadero 5* Iberostar Varadero

    The astonishingly fabulous Iberostar Varadero is a grand resort offering unforgettable experiences to those staying at their resort during their Cuba holidays. Expect fun activities, top 5* service and attentive staff that make you feel right at home.

  • Breezes Bella Costa

    Breezes Bella Costa 4* Breezes Bella Costa

    The Breezes Bella Costa is a simple yet popular resort on Cuba's beautiful Varadero beach resort. Teaming with activities and things to do for everyone; this resort offers good value for money holidays in Varadero, where no family member will get bored.

  • Iberostar Laguna Azul

    Iberostar Laguna Azul 5* Iberostar Laguna Azul

    Standing out as one of the biggest (with a total of 814 rooms) and newest hotels in the lovely Varadero beach strip, the Iberostar Laguna Azul is a fabulous 5* All Inclusive resort combining good service, great entertainment and a wide range of facilites.

  • Sandals Royal Hicacos

    Sandals Royal Hicacos 5* Sandals Royal Hicacos

    The ultra-romantic Sandals Royal Hicacos is a deluxe hotel welcoming couples over 18 years old . This romantic resort oozes beauty and simplicity in a secluded area of Varadero Beach. Top 5* service is provided at the hands of friendly staff.


Scuba diving sites

  • Patrol boat 383 wreck - Varadero

    Patrol boat 383 wreck - Varadero

    Originally used as a coastal patrol boat, this 110 metre Soviet destroyer was retained by the Cuban Navy when the Russian navy left Cuba and sunk it as an artificial reef in 1996, she sits in clear waters, upright and intact a short trip from the marina.

  • Tanker wreck - Varadero

    Tanker wreck - Varadero

    Dropping down the shot line to 23 metres, you will be on the deck! The superstructure extends up above your heads, so even for those who are limited to 18 metres depth, there is still an opportunity to experience a big wreck in open seas!

  • Sharks coral head - Varadero

    Sharks coral head - Varadero

    At a maximum depth of 16 metres, this site is one of many that are perfect for the newly qualified diver, or indeed the experienced diver looking for something that is relaxing, yet delivers a great dive.



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