Celebrating Sharks in Cuba

Sharks, by Paolo Lora

Celebrating Sharks in Cuba

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.

Sharks, by Paolo Lora
Once a year, my dive buddy Wally and myself plan a scuba diving holiday. We usually try to visit a new place every time and this year the choice eventually fell on Cuba. Why?

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…


Er… That’s me… With Sharks…

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…


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    Posted at 17:03h, 23 December Reply

    […] time I could take off from work to cultivate my passion for travel. The highlight of the trip was scuba diving at the Jardines de la Reรฌna, said to be one of the best spots in the Caribbean, and there was only time to spend a couple of […]

  • Seb
    Posted at 14:37h, 28 March Reply

    You’ve taken some amazing snaps here. I’ve done diving in Egypt a few times as well, always wanted to try somewhere like Cuba or the Maldives.

  • Escaping Abroad
    Posted at 08:20h, 14 August Reply

    How could you not ever consider the Caribbean for diving! Other than Australia it’s probably the best in the world… especially Belize’s barrier reefs and the blue hole… that and Bonaire too! I’ve seen some pretty awesome videos of the red sea it does look pretty fun.

    • Simon
      Posted at 11:16h, 15 August Reply

      Well… You’re right but… It happens. Sometimes we get a wrong idea, or maybe it’s because in Europe apart from Belize there’s not much marketing on Caribbean scuba diving

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 22:34h, 11 April Reply

    You have been to Cuba, Simon?! I was just talking about how I am dying to go! Part of the allure is that it is forbidden to Americans and that makes it exciting! You must tell me about Cuba when we finally meet!

  • Traveling Ted
    Posted at 12:09h, 08 November Reply

    I thought Cuba was only known for cigars. Now I know better.

  • Lawrence Staab
    Posted at 17:56h, 13 August Reply

    Ya Baby! Now we are talking. Diving off Cuba is one of my main objectives. Thanks for sharing this.

  • Andy Hayes | Sharing Travel Experiences
    Posted at 00:36h, 08 August Reply

    Wow – incredible photos!

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 10:12h, 08 August Reply

      Thank you Andy! Indeed the photos are wonderful… Cause I’m not the one who took them… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Michael Schuermann
    Posted at 00:01h, 03 August Reply

    Great photos. Almost as if I’ve been in the dive myself. That’s still one country I would love to visit and soon. Wonderful post!

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 06:36h, 03 August Reply

      Thanks Michael. Are you also a diver? Anyway, Cuba is fascinating so if you can visit it, I’m sure you’ll love it!

  • Gray
    Posted at 12:49h, 02 August Reply

    Outstanding photos, Simon! Personally, I wouldn’t want to get that close to sharks, but I admire the courage of those of you who do.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 20:13h, 02 August Reply

      Thank you Gray. Indeed, I did not shoot the photos but tried to find awesome ones on the web. I usually don’t like being photographed, but the last picture is of me… with sharks… ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Juno
    Posted at 06:05h, 02 August Reply

    I honesty don’t believe sharks are not dangerous to divers, (Because I’ve never dont it!!! :D) but I believe you. You are brave lady!
    But sharks are really beautiful, aren’t they? Smooth skin (well, if you not touch it), beautiful move…
    Would want to try once. In Jeju maybe? ๐Ÿ˜€

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 20:12h, 02 August Reply

      Uhm… maybe not so brave! But indeed sharks are wonderful. In a way, they are so perfect… And fascinating…

  • David @ Malaysia Asia
    Posted at 19:22h, 01 August Reply

    Oh wow, I absolutely LOVE the shark pictures here! Makes me want to drop everything and go diving now! Moreover, I went to a Dive Expo here in Malaysia today ๐Ÿ™‚


    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 23:51h, 01 August Reply

      A Dive Expo? That’s interesting! Do you have good info on the best diving spots in Malaysia (for big stuff…)? I know Sipadan is one of the best places in the world, but access is so limited…

  • nothingprofound
    Posted at 17:46h, 01 August Reply

    You have guts, my friend. Although sharks do intrigue me, I wouldn’t relish getting too close to them in the water.

    • waitinginthedark
      Posted at 23:54h, 01 August Reply

      After a while you get used… ๐Ÿ™‚

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