Holguin is located 680 km East from the capital, Havana. This is the third largest city in Cuba with 1,5 million inhabitants.

Columbus discovered Cuba in Gibara (Holguin) on October 27th, 1492. The international airport is located about 1 hour drive from the hotels in Guardalavaca and 2½ hours from Playa Covarrubias.

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Varadero is the most visited destination in Cuba for its beautiful beach, wide variety of hotels, excursions and nightlife.


Snorkeling in Holguin

Although Holguin is not considered as a paradise for the underwater world, there are good places for snorkeling. The proximity of corals from the beach greatly helps people to discover this activity and appreciate the beauty.

No need to pay for an excursion. We snorkeled in the areas of Playa Esmeralda and Playa Pesquero.

Please note the area south of Playa Pesquero is located near a small river and shallow water sometimes become blurred, and you can no longer see the bottom. We spent hours in the north sector and saw many nice creatures.

Unfortunately, in September 7th, 2008, Hurricane Ike hit Holguin with a level 3. The damage was considerable and the seabed is no exception. The corals are damaged, but most striking is the quantity of debris (branches) that litter the bottom.

For those who have no equipment, you can borrow gears at the nautical center of the hotels for a period of one hour per day for free (note during the low season, you can keep the equipment up to 16 h). There are beach showers at every hotel. Remember that the salt drying on the equipment greatly reduces the life of your gears. It is important to rinse the mask, snorkel and palm after each use.

As everywhere in the world, corals are victims of global warming, but also of tourist activities. The latest enemy on the list ... suntan lotion !

Be careful not to rub the corals (especially fire coral), because they cause severe skin irritation with a burning sensation. A little trick! Wear a sweater during your dives, you will have protection in case of « close encounter » and will help preserve the coral limiting sunscreen use (no need for your back, but watch the back of the thighs and neck).

Respect the marine life, do not leave starfishes or any other species out of the water.

Remember there are fines of $ 300 if you have in your luggage, corals and other marine species. Be respectful! We do not want to see these species disappear.

We were very surprised to see a Lionfish in the Atlantic waters, not its native habitat. Hurricane Andrew is the cause. From six fishes of an aquarium in Florida that are found in the Atlantic in August 1992, there are now over one million, and they are not a harmless fish. Click HERE to see a video on the lionfish (in French).

Goldentail Moray


Smooth Trunkfish

For several years, we took underwater photos with a digital camera (40 meters). The results are better than disposable cameras, but it is still difficult to aim, especially when the sea is rough. For many years, we took underwater photos with a digital camera in a seal casing (40 meters). The results are better than the disposable cameras, but it is still difficult to aim especially when the sea is not calm.

In October, 2008, we purchased our fourth underwater camera, a Pentax Optio W60 camera resistance to cold, shocks and up to 4 meters WITHOUT a casing.

An essential tool, but with compromise. The results are interesting, but it is necessary to practice a little to obtain beautiful clichés. Since that time, we bought the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 and recently a Olympus Tough TG-1. Visit the Camera section of our neptune.destilino.com website.

We take underwater photos and we love sharing them with people through our multiple websites. As we have hundreds of files from many sites, it became tedious for visitors to access all our photos and videos.

In 2008, we put online a website dedicated exclusively to the marine world. It includes fish, corals, other specimens and information on our digital underwater cameras and other stuff. A tribute to this wonderful world, but yet so fragile..

The lovers of the colorful underwater world will appreciate a visit to our website and see hundreds of photos and few videos.

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