Cayo Santa Maria Snorkeling
The 5th most popular snorkel dive spot in Cuba.
Sunday 4 December 2016 06:49 GMT
East of Havana and west of Cayo Coco on the northshore of Cuba, the snorkeling at Cayo Santa Maria is well known for its 20 mile long stretch of coral gardens. Cayo Santa Maria offers shallow, clear waters providing habitat to reef fish, dolphins and sea turtles. Matter of fact, there are hundreds of fish species found off the north coast of Cayo Santa Maria including grunts, chub, sergeant majors, yellow snapper, barracuda, stingrays, triggerfish, lionfish, porcupine fish, butterflyfish and nurse sharks. With all of this, it is considered one of the best snorkeling spots in Cuba with its shallow reefs and huge coral formations.
The best Cayo Santa Maria snorkeling is found at the west end of the beach off shore of the Melia Buenavista hotel. Make sure to look for the small rocky island where you’ll find good coral along the eastern side. In addition, just west of Cayo Santa Maria, there is the relatively uninhabited island of Cayo Las Brujas, which offers scenic snorkeling off the remote northwest end.
To reach the snorkeling on Cuba, fly into Havana Jose Marti International Airport located on the northwest side of the island.
Overall, Cayo Santa Maria is the 5th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 18 snorkeling dives in Cuba.