For a long time I did not consider the Caribbean as a possible diving destination. I have experienced wild scuba dives during amazing live aboard in the Red Sea – mostly Southern Egypt and Sudan – and the stunning colours and biodiversity in South-Eastern Asia and couldn’t imagine the Caribbean Sea offering neither corals and colours nor schools of fishes.
I was totally wrong.
We wanted to see ‘big stuff’ and according to the information gathered by my friend Wally Cuba was a good place to spot sharks. Thus, end of May we left to start our wild journey to the ‘Jardines de la Reìna‘.
Every time I think back at that diving holiday in Cuba I feel astonished, because everything I experienced was so much beyond my expectations!
In many diving spots corals were stunning (although less coloured compared to the Red Sea) and I saw lots of sharks – mostly silky, lemon and reef sharks – big ones and babies, so close that I sometimes felt a little anxiety, I must admit.
Still, sharks are so incredibly fascinating. They hold like a sort of magnetic power…
Since the ‘Jardines de la Reìna’ is a Marine Park and a strictly restricted area, marine life is largely uncontaminated.
However, the local practice of shark feeding (something that made me think a lot and upon what I will write in a coming post) is no doubt contributing in attracting sharks at the main diving spots.
The wild scuba journey to Cuba’s ‘Jardines de la Reìna’ was anyway an amazing experience, that I would recommend to every scuba diving passionate. And while moving from a diving spot to the other, there’s the chance to lay for a while on the white sand of untamed beaches or have a swim in the pristine blue water.
And if you can manage to add a couple of days, don’t miss to visit La Havana. Such a charming place…