Scuba Diving in Jardines del Rey

Jardines del Rey consists of several tiny islands off Cuba’s Atlantic coast, about 250 miles (450 km) from Havana. The islands include Cayo Coco, Cayo Guillermo, Cayo Paredón Grande, Cayo Romano, Cayo Guajaba, Cayo Sabinal, Cayo Santa Maria and Cayo Cruz.

It is said that Diego Velazquez was who from 1513 and 1514 baptized this group of cays as Jardines del Rey (Gardens of the King), honouring Fernand The Catholic, King of Spain in that epoch, and as a response to Admiral Christopher Columbus who in his second trip around the island called the archipelago located in the central-southern coast of it as Jardines de la Reina, honouring Queen Elizabeth.

There are four scuba diving centers and 30 diving sites along 20 miles (32 km) of coastline. In its warm, clear water, that is between 16.5 and 131 feet (between 5 and 40 m) deep, you can see Parrotfish, Grunts, Yellowtail Snappers, Queen Angelfish and a great variety of underwater plants.

Jardines del Rey Scuba Diving Center

The coral reef, at a depth of 10-30 meters and over 10 km long, has such an abundance of fish that dives might believe they are in an aquarium. This site is practically unmatched in the world. Large shoals of tarpon, jacks, spadefish, big snappers, groupers, sharks and barracudas provide a special attraction to the diving activities.

Scuba Diving Centres on Cayo Guillermo

Diving Center - Jardines del Rey
Marinas Puertosol
Villa Océano, Cayo Guillermo, Morón, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba
Phones: (53 33) 30-1738 / 30-1637

Diving Center - Meliá Cayo Guillermo
Cubanacán Náutica
Hotel Meliá Cayo Guillermo, Morón, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba
Phone: (53 33) 30-1627

Diving Center - Sol Club Guillermo
Cubanacán Náutica
Hotel Sol Club Cayo Guillermo, Morón, Ciego de Ávila, Cuba
Phone: (53 33) 30-1760

Cayo Guillermo Scuba Diving CentresCayo Coco Scuba Diving Centres

Scuba Diving Centres on Cayo Coco

Diving Center - Blue Diving
Cubanacán Náutica
Hotel Meliá Cayo Coco, Morón Ciego de Ávila, Cuba
Phones: (53 33) 30-8179 / 30-8180

Diving Center - Coco
Cubanacán Náutica
Hotel Tryp Cayo Coco, Morón Ciego de Ávila, Cuba
Phone: (53 33) 30-1323

Technical Specifications

  • Operator : Cayo Coco - Guillermo
  • Diving Zone : Archipiélago Jardines del Rey
  • 30 Dive Sites or Dive Places
  • 8 Instructors
  • Instructors Certifications: CMAS, SSI, PADI
  • Boats: Small boat for 5 pax and Dive Boat 31 foot, 12 Pax.
  • Average of Annual Visibility: 30 horizontal meters
  • Average of the Annual Temperature: 28 ° Celsius
  • Compressor: 2 Bauer k-14
  • The first aids: Qualified medical staff and resuscitation equipment that includes oxygen on board and in land
  • Nearest Recompression Chamber: In 2 hours by helicopter (Havana).
  • Kind of bottom : Coral reefs, caves, walls and shipwrecks. Plenty of species.