Southeast of Havana and northeast of Holguin in eastern Cuba, the snorkeling at Playa Pesquero is a popular with local divers and tourists alike. This region of Cuban coastline includes Playa Pesquero in the west, Playa Esmeralda in the middle and Playa Guardalavaca in the east. Many consider the sites along this section of coastline to be the best on Cuba. As these snorkeling dive sites are more exposed than some others on Cuba, for the best diving conditions and visibility, it is important to get an early start before the winds kick up the surf.
Playa Pequero, also known as Playa Costa Verde or PCV for short, offers snorkelers water depths of around 10 feet with generally good visibility. Just keep in mind that the main reef is about 300 feet offshore. There are plenty of brain coral, sea rods, sea fans, sea worms and fire coral to observe. During Playa Pesquero snorkeling, you may encounter parrotfish, butterflyfish, flounder, scorpionfish, blue surgeonfish, queen angelfish, sergeant majors, moray eels, lion fish, squid and reef sharks.
The best snorkeling in Playa Pesquero is off the Blau Costa Verde Beach Resort dive shop. Off the dive shop, there is a metal ladder providing access on the rocky shore into the water. From the ladder, snorkel to the right for up to 250 feet for better snorkeling. Also, you can try about 500 feet offshore of the middle of Playa Pesquero where the reef starts, and then you can continue out another 200 feet to the outer edge of the reef where the water depth varies from 15 to 30 feet deep.
To reach the snorkeling on Cuba, fly into Havana Jose Marti International Airport located on the northwest side of the island. There are inter-island flights to the nearby Holguin Frank Pais International Airport (HOG).
Overall, Playa Pesquero is the 3rd most popular snorkel dive spot of all 16 snorkeling dives in Cuba.