Fly into Santa Clara Airport, clear customs and immigration. Your guide will meet you at the exit of the terminal. After loading your bags and getting acquainted, the first stop is to a local Cuban restaurant in Santa Clara. The ride from Santa Clara to Trinidad is approximately 2 hours. You will learn the history of the area you are going to be diving and visiting. Once you arrive at the Brisas Del Mar, your driver and guide will assist in getting you checked into the Hotel. The evening will be a tour of the city and dinner at a local Paladar in downtown Trinidad.
After breakfast, the group will head to the docks, located a short distance from the hotel. Cayo Blanco dive center in Trinidad not only offers boat-based dives with the locals, but it helps educate visitors on the healthy ecosystem Cuban waters have to offer. You will experience two dives and lunch. After returning to the docks and cleaning your gear, you will be able to go back to the hotel. The evening will be reserved for a nice dinner and show in downtown Trinidad, an experience you will never forget. The old Pirate
town is one of my favorite places in Cuba, with cobblestone streets and infrastructure designed to fortify against outsiders. It takes me back to history class and imagining what it was like back then!
TRINIDAD – CIENFUEGOS
After breakfast, your driver will pack your bags into the van. Leaving the dive gear last to pack. Along the route, you will stop in a small village called Guajimico, which is about 50 minutes west of Trinidad. This small village offers some of the most beautiful dive sites in Cuba. Guajimico has a boat-based dive operation that will be two dives and lunch on the water. After returning to the docks and cleaning your gear, you will continue driving west for approximately 40 minutes to Faro Luna in Cienfuegos. Faro Luna is a Hotel that also provides a dive operation for the city. Once arrived, you can get settled in and have the rest of the evening to yourselves.
After breakfast, you can head down to the docks. The dive center of Faro Luna is a boat-based dive center. Here you will experience two dives and a chance to learn about the history of how the locals have lived off the waters of Cienfuegos for many decades. Once back at the docks and your gear is cleaned up, you will have the opportunity to head into town to see the city of Cienfuegos as well as enjoy an amazing local Cuban cuisine for the evening.
PLAYA GIRON – HAVANA
After breakfast, your driver will pack your bags into the van. Leaving the dive gear last to pack. Along the route you will stop at a historical dive site called “Playa Giron” which is known for its battle of the “Bay of Pigs” and approximately 1.5 hours drive west of Cienfuegos. This dive site is a beach based dive and will be a very unique experience all on its own. The dive guides are locals and are very knowledgeable as well as experienced in the areas you will be seeing. This area is well known for the cave diving for more experienced divers. So feel free to ask about the possibilities of future cave diving opportunities. Once the dive is complete and the gear is cleaned up, your commute will be an additional 2.5 hours to Havana. This is the longest commute of the trip and allows the guide to speak about the history of Havana and learn about any questions you may have regarding the things you have seen and things you will be experiencing once in the capital city of Cuba.
When you make it to Havana, the driver and guide will assist you in unloading your gear and bags. While you are getting settled into the room, the driver and guide will hang up your dive gear to dry. The evening will be laid back because of your long commute. Dinner is a group activity and can be decided on once you arrive.
DAY TOUR OF TRINIDAD
After breakfast, the day is planned out for activities involving familiarization and education of the City of Havana. The driver and guide will take you into Old Havana for a walking tour and driving tour of the city. Lunch will be at a local Paladar and cocktails will be provided throughout the day. There are many things to see and learn about, so we ask that you communicate with the guide and ask questions, especially if there is something that you may want to learn more about. The evening will be reserved for you to rest, and have a nice dinner at a local restaurant.
After breakfast, the last full day in Havana will be for you to enjoy yourselves and have time to organize your things before the trip home. The driver and guide will be available if there are places that you were unable to cover from the day before. This is the time you can buy souvenirs to take home with you, or just relax in your room to recover from the full schedule of activities over the last week. Lunch and Dinner will be at local Paladars.
After breakfast, your driver will pack your bags into the van. You will have time for a morning cafecito prior to leaving for the airport. The driver and guide will take you to the airport and assist you through the check-in process of departure.