THE ISLAND NATION’S SEA BOTTOM IS ONE FOR THE BOOKS, AND FOR THE CHANCE TO DISCOVER THIS MUCH, EXCELENCIAS TRAVEL COMES UP WITH MUSTDO WATER ACTIVITIES FIT FOR ANY SCHEDULE
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Entering Cuba's turquoise waters, for the first time or after many times, triggers the same pleasure among those who visit the largest Caribbean island, recognized this year by the Bounce tourism platform as the world's third best destination for snorkeling. Trailing just behind Australia and the Maldives, the archipelago won the position - shared with the U.S. - thanks to its well-known underwater values, spread over an area of coral reefs of 3,020 square kilometers and with some 1,103 species of fish, 44 of them endangered. More than 500 diving destinations, with 39 International Diving Centers, make up the Cuban panorama for exploring the depths of the sea, according to the Ministry of Tourism's website. The aquatic depths of this archipelago are memorable and just to accompany you in your discovery, Excelencias Travel offers nautical activities to help you organize an itinerary in which nothing is overlooked. We suggest a wide range of proposals that include single and double dives, as well as packages of 4, 6, 8, 8, 10 and more complete introductions to the ocean. We also offer the possibility of hiring double tanks, diving plus companion, night and cave dives, and boat and motorboat rentals for exclusive immersion. Booking full day supplements in Cayo Rosario, Cayo Sigua or Cayo Blanco, and visits to Punta Francés, are also part of the packages, in which there is no lack of adrenaline, which guarantees in a special way the Boat Adventure by team. AT EACH CUSTOMER'S LEVEL For all levels of apprenticeship we also make available to customers offers such as Discovery, which is contracted for the Tarará Diving Center and includes two hours of theory and a dive. It includes an instructor, boat, equipment, kit with didactic material, theory classes and exercises in a swimming pool and/or open sea. No certificate is issued. On the other hand, the Scuba Diver / Diver includes one pool class, two hours of theory and two open water dives. The certification awarded to the diver is valid for dives up to 12 meters. Open Water / Open Sea is another offer, although this is done with an international ACUC certificate, and involves 9 to 14 hours of theory, three pool classes and open sea dives. You can also access courses of First Aid Provider, Rescue or with an Open Water Instructor, with international ACUC certificate, whose package includes for 20 days: 100 hours of theory, 100 hours in pool and 18 dives. For those who are not interested in diving, there are proposals for specialties such as diving science, equipment technique, diving computers, diving with sharks, diving at altitude and nitrox. THE MAGIC OF GOOD FISHING The wide variety of Excelencias Travel's catalog allows you to satisfy the most exquisite tastes and also some popular ones like deep-sea, bottom and fly-fishing. We set sail for an exclusive virgin beach around 9:00 a.m., an hour of snorkeling in the Barrier Reef. Lunch, on board, is usually lobster enchilada, rice, fruits, bread, salsa and coffee, accompanied by an open bar. Each boat usually carries up to four fishermen with fishing equipment (rods, sinkers, sinkers, rappels, bait and chairs) and a certain number of companions. Deep-sea fishing can be done year-round on moving boats with artificial bait, and although each species has its own season, the most common species are: castero, emperor, marlin, bonito, albacore and yellowfin tuna. On the other hand, bottom fishing uses traditional reefing and natural bait. With the boat anchored and using sinker and hand lines, snappers, cuberas, jocú, high snapper, tuna, sharks, sierras, sobacos, sobaco, jiguaguas, gallegos and barracudas can be caught. In the case of fly fishing, it is done in low boats prepared for this purpose and in shallow waters where bonefish, permit and tarpon are fished, the latter only from April to August. Fly fishing uses the Tag and Release method. We close with the most romantic offer: the Sunset, which includes the transfer from the hotels to the embarkation point and inserts as part of the program the welcome on board, music, animation and walks along the coast of Santa Lucia, bojeo by the Boca inlet in front of Playa Los Cocos and anchoring in the area of Mégano. We return after sunset. As many types of offers as there are travelers and ocean lovers, offers our catalog, in which Cuban destinations as distinguished by their elegance and natural beauty as the coasts of Holguín, Matanzas, Cienfuegos, Sancti Spíritus, Camagüey, Ciego de Avila, Santiago de Cuba and Havana display their best proposals.