Las Mandarinas Scuba Diving Site, Zapata Swamp. Cuba
- Destination: Zapata Swamp
- Open: Daily
- Address From: Zapata Swamp. Matanzas. Cuba
Description Scuba Diving Site and Center: Las Mandarinas Scuba Diving Site, Zapata Swamp. Cuba
Coral patch with diverse, greatly developed fauna, among which you will find various coral reef fish, moray eels, (Gymnothorax sp.), groupers and large schools of grunt (Haemuleon sp.), that eat out of the divers' hands.
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Car rental offices next to Las Mandarinas Scuba Diving Site
Playa Giron Car rental office
Playa Giron. Cienaga de Zapata. Matanzas
045984126 9,084km 143m
Las Mandarinas Scuba Diving Site is located in Zapata Swamp
The Zapata Peninsula, one of the most important ecosystems in Cuba and the largest swamp reserve in the Caribbean, is situated in southern Matanzas. It features exceptional species of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic.
The Montemar Great Natural Park is located in the peninsula. Here, you will find beaches, woods, mangrove swamps, rivers, lakes, flooded caves that open on the sea, natural pools and a seabed of particular beauty. In short, it is an ideal place for day and night scuba diving by both beginners and experienced divers, including the exploration of marine caves., One of the park's main attractions is its cave system, which extends along the coast for 70 km (over 43 miles). The roof of some of these caverns has caved in, turning them into semicircular lakes called "cenotes". The park is also an excellent place to go hiking, horseback riding and boating. In addition, many animals live here, and the international flyways of several kinds of birds go over the park, so you can see both native and migratory species. While in you are in the area, Guamá -a restored Taino Indian village on Laguna del Tesoro (Treasure Lake)-, the crocodile-breeding center and the Playa Girón (Bay of Pigs) Museum are musts.