Marlin Marina Santiago de Cuba
A port of Entry to Cuba when arriving from the Caribbean is Santiago de Cuba
Founded in 1515, Santiago was between 1522 and 1553 the first capital of Cuba. Successive waves of Spanish colonizers, African slaves, French and Creole immigrants from other colonies in the Antilles were shaping the unique idiosyncrasy of this southeastern region of the country. Recognized as the most Caribbean city in the island, it is host to one of the most genuine popular celebrations of the country; the Santiago’s Carnival, the Caribbean Festival and the Fiesta del Fuego (Fire Feast). Two of the sites that have been distinguished with the title of World ́s Heritage by UNESCO are found here: the San Pedro de la Roca del Morro Castle and the ruins of the first French coffee-growing settlements in Gran Piedra (Great Rock). There is also an important Master World ́s Piece of art of the Oral Immaterial Heritage: the Tumba Francesa (French Drum) as categorized by UNESCO in 2003. The region of Santiago de Cuba has in its sea and mountainous environment all the conditions to develop both cultural and eco- tourism.
Dive sites in this area:
It is characterized by high hillocks separated by narrow ridges, patched with beautiful fossil invertebrates that form caves and tunnels where shells, crustaceans and mollusks take refuge. There is a narrow marine platform that falls down 35 meters on a slight slope, then an abrupt vertical wall descends until more than 1,000 meters. In points near the sea bottom are the remains of the ships Vizcaya, Oquendo and Colón, warships that were part of the Spanish Fleet that was sunken by American ships in 1898 during the Spanish-Cuban-American war. They constitute a true Archeological Park of the National Underwater Cultural Patrimony.
CARISOL LOS CORALES
This area is characterized by high “mogotes” (rounded hills) separated by narrow buckets and big sheered corals that communicate through tunnels and channels. It is a narrow platform with slope and abrupt walls, where its prodigal and colorful subaquatic life consti- tutes a real submarine paradise. Among its more outstanding and abundant species are the gorgonians and the sea’s fans. In a same way the invertebrate fossils, shells, crustaceans and mollusks prevail. Wrecked ships exist in the vicinity of the diving center.
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.
Based on these favorable characteristics of our surrounding seas, on Friday, May 26, 1950, the “Ernest Hemingway” Marlin International Fishing Tournament was founded. Its purpose: to challenge the mighty Marlins which inhabit our waters.
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.
The best weather for people loving deep sea fishing is between May and June. Every year, according to the tradition started more than six decades ago, the Marina Hemingway is host to this international tournament.
Location: 19°58 ́18” N 75° 52 ́25”W
Communication by radio: VHF16, 72 HF2460, 2420 20
Depth: 4 meters