Explore great scuba diving sites in the Buenavista Biosphere Reserve

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The waters around Cayo Santa Maria are part of the Buenavista Biosphere Reserve. All fishing and marine harvesting are highly regulated here and as a result, the shallow reefs and deep drop-offs around the islands make up one of Cuba's healthiest marine ecosystems.

The island's structure and clear protected water means there are mild currents and thriving marine life. Year-round water temperatures average 27 C and visibility easily reaches 30 metres! With almost 500 species of fish and 200 varieties of coral and sponges, there's also plenty to see.

The 24 established dive sites range in depth from 20 to 30 metres. They feature coralline gardens, caves, vertical walls, tunnels and shipwreck remains. Some of the top dive sites include Fragoso, Cobo, Frances Frenchman's, Las Brujas "Witches," Borracho Drunkard's, Espanol de Afuera, Los Diablillos "Little Devils" Ensenachos and Santa Maria Cay.