Off the southwest coast of Cuba, the snorkeling at Cayo Largo offers healthy reefs with diverse marine life to explore. The best snorkeling off Cayo Largo is on the south/southwest side of the island, and there are both shore-accessed and boat-accessed sites. During Cayo Largo snorkeling, you may encounter lobsters, moray eels, spotted eagle rays, sea turtles, barracuda, snapper, chub, blue tang, damselfish, lion fish and sharks. The waters off Cayo Largo are known to be exceptionally clear and support over 600 types of very healthy corals in shallow waters.
There are three main snorkeling dives at Cayo Largo. First, there are shore-accessed coral reefs off Hotel Villa Soledad on the southeast side of the island. Second, there is another shore-accessed snorkeling site located off Punta mal Tiempo near Playa Paraiso on the southern point. There have been some reports that the coral at Punta mal Tiempo was quite smothered with sand from recent tropical storms, so the health isn’t quite what it used to be. Third, there is a boat-accessed snorkeling dive site located southwest of Cayo Largo that is sometimes called Canal de Barracuda where you will find long east-west running coral reef formations.
In addition to those snorkeling dives, if the surf is very calm, there is some good snorkeling to be found off Sol Cayo Largo and Villa Lindamar. Many of the snorkelers coming to Cayo Largo also enjoy the full day catamaran snorkeling trips.
To reach the snorkeling on Cuba, fly into Havana Jose Marti International Airport located on the northwest side of the island.
Overall, Cayo Largo is the 1st most popular snorkel dive spot of all 16 snorkeling dives in Cuba.