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International diving centre Marlin Barracuda

Situated in downtown Varadero you will find, right on the beach, Barracuda Varadero. A BSAC, SSI, ACUC and CMAS accredited dive centre, this is the centre for inland excursions for cave diving, trips to the Bay of Pigs and other destinations.
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International diving centre Marlin Barracuda

Situated in downtown Varadero you will find, right on the beach, Barracuda Varadero.

A BSAC, SSI, ACUC and CMAS accredited dive centre, this is the centre for inland excursions for cave diving, trips to the Bay of Pigs and other destinations.

It is also home to Barracudas’ own medical centre and decompression chamber, complete with a staff of hyperbaric medicine specialists. A café and beachfront restaurant and bar complete the facilities.

Most importantly, this is also the home of the dive school, and has some of the best training facilities, including a purpose built multi-level training pool, that we have seen in the Caribbean.

Air conditioned classrooms and the training pool provide the base for you to complete the theory and ‘confined’ water diving elements of your ACUC Open Water Diver course (an internationally recognised scuba certificate) before you graduate to the Marina at Chapelin to complete the Open Water dives before graduating. The sheltered coffee bar and restaurant area right on the beach are also used for the theory training – after all, this is supposed to be a sunshine holiday!

Then, the underwater world is your oyster!


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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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