A French Colonial gem on Cuba’s southern coast. The colonial town of Cienfuegos was founded in 1819 in the Spanish territory but was initially settled by immigrants of French origin. Its historic center was declared a World Heritage site by the UNESCO. It became a trading place for sugar cane, tobacco and coffee. Situated on the Caribbean coast of southern-central Cuba at the heart of the country’s sugar cane, mango, tobacco and coffee production area, the town first developed in the French neoclassical style.
The diving is best east of the bay zone in an environment of natural purity, with woods, caves and little hidden beaches. Its sea bottom has walls, tunnels and other accents, where massive coral heads help nurture a great variety of sponges, branch and feather gorgonians, sea fans and tropical shells.
Places to Visit
The Catedral de la Purisima Concepcion was first established as a church in 1833 and after some additions was granted cathedral status at the beginning of the 20th century. It has an impressive interior with an imposing altar of the Virgin Mary and beautiful stained glass windows featuring the 12 Apostles.
Tomas Terry Theatre
Founded in 1890 by a millionaire patron of the city, the external Spanish architecture gives way inside to a glorious ceiling fresco, intricate carvings and 950-seat auditorium carved from Cuban hardwoods. Enrico Caruso and Sarah Bernhardt performed here and the theatre still hosts performances by the National Ballet and Opera Companies of Cuba.
Many of Cienfuegos’ most famous buildings cluster round this lively central square, where prominent figures from the past are represented, including the square’s namesake Jose Marti in the heart of the central promenade. A great place to watch the world go by, the square also features an arch commemorating the constitution of the Cuban republic in 1902.
Palacio del Valle
This striking building was originally built in 1917 for a Spanish trader which over the years underwent a series of adornments in the form of elaborate carvings, soaring arches, murals and Moorish-style mosaic floors. Nowadays it functions principally as a restaurant, but you can wander freely around and take the spiral staircase up to the rooftop bar to enjoy the view.Located at the southern coast of the central region of Cuba, Cienfuegos has one of the best protected deep-water bays in the hemisphere. “The beautiful city of the sea” as it is also known, is treasured by the diving world with its abundance of coral reef arhipelagos that guards its coasts facing the Caribbean. Its excellence as to depth, sea protection and the presence of cays and inner inlets were, for the seafarers of old times, a safe port in the Caribbean. Today it is a perfect setting for the enjoyment of life on board and ashore.
The historic colonial City of Cienfuegos shows, in its unique architecture, the presence of the French “ fingerprint” in Cuba. Its historic center was declared a National Monument in 1995 by the National Commission on Monuments and in 2005 it was also declared a World ́s Heritage Site by the UNESCO.
DIVING CENTER FACILITIES
Faro Luna - This vast zone covers approximately 3.5 nautical miles. One of its principal attractions is its many caves, canals, and crevices that form mazes through which you can explore the wall. The “column type” coral formation called La Dama del Caribe (Caribbean Lady), is an outstanding feature, these coral formations are named in this way because of their height, elegance and majesty. There are also more than 10 well-preserved sunken ship wrecks which offer the chance to take extraordinary photographs.
Guajamico - This diving zone is located on the central southern coast of the island of Cuba, on the road that links Cienfuegos and Trinidad in an environment of natural purity, attractive woods, caves and little hidden beaches. Its sea bottom has walls, tunnels and other accidents, massive coral, a great variety of sponges, branch and feather gorgonians, sea fans and tropical fish.
Sport fishing in Cuban waters has always been a draw for professionals and amateurs. Thanks to Cuba's location, the deep basins and canyons of the Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico serve as ecological barriers in the distribution and movement of many species of fish. The great ocean currents allow a connection with pelagic oceanic species also contributes to the impressive variety of marine species.
It is important to know that Cuba develops sport fishing only under the method of “tag and release” (catch and release) according to the international trends for the preservation of species and environment.
Location: 22°02 ́.00”N;80° 27 ́.42”W
Communication by radio: VHF:16, 19
Depth: 3.5 meter
Marlin Marina Cienfuegos