Western Cuba – Jan. 9 – 18, 2021

Scuba Shack is teaming with Cuba Scuba for this once in a lifetime all-inclusive trip to the western side of Cuba. Fly with us to Havana and then make your way to Guanahacabibes where you will experience the culture and uniqueness of what has been a mysterious country. This is a special trip celebrating Guanahacabibes becoming a Hope Spot by Dr. Sylvia Earle’s Mission Blue Foundation and nominated by PADI.

Your 10 dives on Cuba’s West side will be in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve with presentations by marine biologists prior to your marine ecosystem, topography discovery, fish abundance survey, coral nursery care, and debris dives.

You will have the opportunity to interact with the local population in La Bajada village, take an ecological guided hike, visit a world class tobacco farm, go on a historical guided tour of Havana, visit a historical Havana market, experience the nightlife and meet local artists.

Trip Price

Experience all this for*:

  • Double Diver – $4,195
  • Single Diver – $4,795
  • Non-Diver – $3,995

A $500 non-refundable deposit will hold your spot. Your second payment of $2,000 will be due June 30, 2020 with final balance paid by September 30, 2020.

Included in this trip is round trip ground transportation from Scuba Shack to JFK, roundtrip airfare from JFK to Havana, nine nights (one night Havana 5-star hotel, four nights at a 3.5 star resort and remaining nights at private bed and breakfast), 10 dives over four days, all meals, all cultural activities, all transportation, and English speaking guides.

We are excited to be offering this unique travel opportunity as part of our 2021 incredible travel program.

Dive and travel insurance is required.

*Based on current airfare – any adjustments will be made with final payment.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – Saturday, January 9, 2021

  • Depart Scuba Shack for JFK
  • Flight from JFK to Havana
  • Arrive Havana Jose Marti International Airport
  • Welcome cocktail dinner with live music
  • Stay at Melia Cohiba 5-star hotel

Day 2 – Sunday, January 10, 2021

  • Breakfast followed by transfer to Guanahacabibes (5.5 hour bus)
  • Box lunch on the way
  • Welcome cocktail party and briefing with Cuban marine professionals
  • Buffet dinner
  • A/C accommodations amid the Jungle Biosphere Reserve

Day 3 – Monday, January 11, 2021

  • Breakfast including presentations of Overfishing Recovery Results and Shark Research
  • One tank dive (Marine Ecosystems)
  • One tank dive (Topography Discovery)
  • Buffet lunch
  • One tank dive (Fish Abundance Survey)
  • Dinner celebration in local village of La Bajada
  • A/C accommodation amid the Jungle Biosphere Reserve

Day 4 – Tuesday, January 12, 2021

  • Breakfast including presentations of Coral Nursery/Coral Farming
  • One tank dive (Marine Ecosystems)
  • One tank dive (Topography Discovery)
  • Buffet Lunch
  • One tank dive (Coral nursery cleaning and care)
  • Buffet dinner
  • A/C accommodations amid Jungle Biosphere Reserve

Day 5 – Wednesday, January 13, 2021

  • Breakfast including presentation on plastic pollution
  • Two tank dive (Dive for Debris)
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon beach clean-up with locals of La Bajada village
  • Dinner
  • A/C accommodation amid Jungle Biosphere Reserve

Day 6 – Thursday, January 14, 2021

  • Breakfast including no blue, no green flora y fauna presentation
  • Two tank dive
  • Lunch
  • Optional ecological guided hike/trek let by biologist team
  • Farewell dinner celebration
  • A/C accommodations amid the Jungle Biosphere Reserve

Day 7 – Friday, January 15, 2021

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to Pinar del Rio (2 hours)
  • Visit world class tobacco farm
  • Transfer to Havana (2 hours) with discussion on Cuban culture
  • Dinner in Havana
  • Stay in private owned B & B, Havana Mansion

Day 8 – Saturday, January 16, 2021

  • Breakfast in your casa – meet with a local Cuban entrepreneur
  • Historical guided walking tour of Havana
  • Visit a historical market
  • Lunch in a local private restaurant
  • Private evening cultural night life exploration
  • Dinner in a local private restaurant
  • Stay in private owned B & B, Havana Mansion

Day 9 – Sunday, January 17, 2021

  • Breakfast in your casa
  • Meet with local artists
  • Lunch at a local private restaurant
  • 1 hour private antique car ride through Havana
  • Farewell dinner
  • Private evening cultural night life exploration
  • Stay in private owned bed and breakfast, Havana Mansion

Day 10 – Monday, January 18, 2021

  • Depart for airport
  • Flight from Havana to JFK
  • Return from JFK to Scuba Shack