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Snorkeling in Playa Esmeralda, Holguin, Cuba

Skill Level:
All
Visibility:
10 - 30 m/32.8 - 98.4 ft
Cuba nestles at the crossroads of the Caribbean. Whether you are a nature lover or a culture vulture, it is certain that Cuba will enchant you with its unparalleled beauty. Havana is the capital city of Cuba and the largest one in the Caribbean with many places of historical interest, including castles, museums and cathedrals. The climate here is classified as tropical, with an average temperature of 69.8 °F/21 °C in winter and 80.6 °F/27 °C in summer.

Guardalavaca is a coastal town, located in the Holguin Province of Cuba. It is a popular tourist destination, due to its unspoilt landscape of exceptional beauty and pristine beaches with white sand and warm, turquoise waters. Playa Esmeralda is a long sandy beach with crystal, clear waters.

The spot is situated close to Guardalavaca and about an hour’s drive from Holguin airport. Playa Esmeralda is an excellent dive site that enchants divers and snorkelers at almost any time of the year. Sea lovers are able to see interesting coral reefs and an abundance of soft and hard corals in a short distance from the shore. There is also a vast number of reef and pelagic fish and many tropical Caribbean species of all sizes and shapes.

Visibility is generally good and ranges from 10 m/32.8 ft to 30 m/98.4 ft. The average water temperature is around 27 °C/80.6 °F in summer and around 24 °C/75.2 °F in winter. Last but not least, the dive site is appropriate for snorkelers of all skill levels, due to the shallow waters.

How to Get to Destination

BY CAR FROM Havana
796km/495.1mi, 9h 34mins
Head north. Slight left to Via Blanca. At the roundabout , take the 3rd exit towards Via Blanca. Continue towards Carretera Central de Cuba / Paso Superior. Continue to follow the Carretera Central de Cuba. Slight left at Vía Blanca. Stay left. Turn right Autopista Nacional. Turn left into the Autopista Nacional. Turn right at the Abel Santamaría. Turn left into Agapito Moya. Take the first right turn. Turn left at the Félix Varela. Sharp left at Carretera Central / Carretera Central de Cuba / CC. Turn left toward Carretera Central de Cuba. Continue straight Carretera Central de Cuba. Turn right onto Route 402. Turn right at Carretera Central de Cuba. Slight right toward Carretera Central de Cuba. Continue straight Carretera Central de Cuba. At the traffic circle, continue straight to stay on the street Carretera Central de Cuba. Turn left into Martí. Slight right toward Av de los Libertadores. Turn left into Avenida XX Aniversario. Go through one roundabout. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit to Route 241. Continue towards Carretera Guardalavaca. Slight left.
BY CAR FROM Holguin
55.8km/34.7mi, 47mins
Head southeast on Narciso Lopez to Frexes. Turn left at the second intersection to Martí. Slight right toward Av de los Libertadores. Turn left into Avenida XX Aniversario. Pass 1 roundabout. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit to Route 241. Continue towards Carretera Guardalavaca. Slight left.
BY AIR
Jose Martí International Airport,
800km/497.6mi 9h 35mins drive
BY AIR
Frank País Airport,
65.9km/41mi 1h drive.
BY TRAIN

The main train operator in Cuba is Ferrocarriles de Cuba that serves all the provincial capitals. Unfortunately, the official website does not exist.

Schools

If you are interested in trying out this amazing sport in this spot press the request button so as to give you more information and prices.

BOOKING REQUEST
Kiteboarding Intermediate Course Level 2 – 8 hrs, Guardalavaca-Holguin
/ Cuba, Holguin

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air. Landing and takeoff Kite Position of the Kite in the window, Relaunch the Kite from the water, Basic body rag in both directions, Advanced management of a kite end power zone. Bodydrag in downwind and upwind Bodydrag with a board Theory of water starting Evidence departure from the water.

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460
2 person / 400€ - 3 person / 360€ - 4 person / 310€
Kiteboarding Discovery Course Basic 2 hrs, Havana
/ Cuba, Havana

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite.

 

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145
2 person / 115€ - 3 person / 85€ - 4 person / 70€
Kiteboarding Discovery Course Level 1 – 3 hrs, Havana
/ Cuba, Havana

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air.

 

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195
2 person / 175€ - 3 person / 130€ - 4 person / 110€
Kiteboarding Intermediate Course Level 2 – 8 hrs, Cayo Guillermo
/ Ciego de Avila, Cuba

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air. Landing and takeoff Kite Position of the Kite in the window, Relaunch the Kite from the water, Basic body rag in both directions, Advanced management of a kite end power zone. Bodydrag in downwind and upwind Bodydrag with a board Theory of water starting Evidence departure from the water.

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460
2 person / 400€ - 3 person / 360€ - 4 person / 310€
Kiteboarding Intermediate Course Level 3 – 12 hrs, Guardalavaca-Holguin
/ Cuba, Holguin

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air. Landing and takeoff Kite Position of the Kite in the window, Relaunch the Kite from the water, Basic body rag in both directions, Advanced management of a kite end power zone. Bodydrag in downwind and upwind, Bodydrag with a board, Theory of water starting, Evidence departure from the water, Self Rescue. Departure from the water kiteboarding short distance, Change direction, Kiteboarding in all directions.

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610
2 person / 510€ - 3 person / 480€ - 4 person / 450€
Kiteboarding Discovery Course Level 1 – 3 hrs, Guardalavaca-Holguin
/ Cuba, Holguin

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air.

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195
2 person / 175€ - 3 person / 130€ - 4 person / 110€
Kiteboarding Intermediate Course Level 2 – 8 hrs, Havana
/ Cuba, Havana

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air. Landing and takeoff Kite Position of the Kite in the window, Relaunch the Kite from the water, Basic body rag in both directions, Advanced management of a kite end power zone. Bodydrag in downwind and upwind Bodydrag with a board Theory of water starting Evidence departure from the water.

 

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460
2 person / 400€ - 3 person / 360€ - 4 person / 310€
Surf Course Basic 6 hrs, Havana
/ Cuba, Havana

Description: Once the technique is learned, you can try how emotional is riding a wave at the time you learn the balance and upwards managing techniques of your surf board.

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170
2 person / 140€ - 3 person / 110€ - 4 person / 90€
Kiteboarding Intermediate Plus Course Level 2 – 9 hrs, Guardalavaca-Holguin
/ Cuba, Holguin

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air. Landing and takeoff Kite Position of the Kite in the window, Relaunch the Kite from the water, Basic body rag in both directions, Advanced management of a kite end power zone. Bodydrag in downwind and upwind, Bodydrag with a board, Theory of water starting, Evidence departure from the water, Self Rescue.

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495
2 person / 435€ - 3 person / 405€ - 4 person / 375€
Kiteboarding Single 1 hr Course, Guardalavaca-Holguin
/ Cuba, Holguin

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level.

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85
2 person / 80€ - 3 person / 65€ - 4 person / 60€
Kiteboarding Intermediate Plus Course Level 2 – 9 hrs, Cayo Guillermo
/ Ciego de Avila, Cuba

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air. Landing and takeoff Kite Position of the Kite in the window, Relaunch the Kite from the water, Basic body rag in both directions, Advanced management of a kite end power zone. Bodydrag in downwind and upwind, Bodydrag with a board, Theory of water starting, Evidence departure from the water, Self Rescue.

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495
2 person / 435€ - 3 person / 405€ - 4 person / 375€
SUP Rental, Havana
/ Cuba, Havana

SUP Board – 1 hr – 23€

SUP Board – 2 hrs – 37€

SUP Board – 4 hrs – 55€

SUP Board – 1 day – 70€

SUP Board – 2 days – 90€

SUP Board – 3 days – 125€

SUP Board – 4 days – 150€

SUP Board – 5 days – 175€

SUP Board – 6/7 days – 200€

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23
Kiteboarding Discovery Course Basic 2 hrs, Guardalavaca-Holguin
/ Cuba, Holguin

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite.

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145
2 person / 115€ - 3 person / 85€ - 4 person / 70€
Kiteboarding Discovery Plus Course Level 1 – 6 hrs, Guardalavaca-Holguin
/ Cuba, Holguin

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air. Landing and takeoff Kite Position of the Kite in the window, Relaunch the Kite from the water, Basic body rag in both directions, Advanced management of a kite end power zone.

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375
2 person / 305€ - 3 person / 265€ - 4 person / 240€
Kiteboarding Discovery Plus Course Level 1 – 6 hrs, Cayo Guillermo
/ Ciego de Avila, Cuba

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air. Landing and takeoff Kite Position of the Kite in the window, Relaunch the Kite from the water, Basic body rag in both directions, Advanced management of a kite end power zone.

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375
2 person / 305€ - 3 person / 265€ - 4 person / 240€
Kiteboarding Single 1 hr Course, Havana
/ Cuba, Havana

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level.

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85
2 person / 80€ - 3 person / 65€ - 4 person / 60€
SUP Rental, Cayo Guillermo
/ Ciego de Avila, Cuba

SUP Board – 1 hr – 23€

SUP Board – 2 hrs – 37€

SUP Board – 4 hrs – 55€

SUP Board – 1 day – 70€

SUP Board – 2 days – 90€

SUP Board – 3 days – 125€

SUP Board – 4 days – 150€

SUP Board – 5 days – 175€

SUP Board – 6/7 days – 200€

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23
Kiteboarding Single 1 hr Course, Cayo Guillermo
/ Ciego de Avila, Cuba

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level.

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85
2 person / 80€ - 3 person / 65€ - 4 person / 60€
Kiteboarding Discovery Course Level 1 – 3 hrs, Cayo Guillermo
/ Ciego de Avila, Cuba

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air.

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195
2 person / 175€ - 3 person / 130€ - 4 person / 110€
Kiteboarding Intermediate Course Level 3 – 12 hrs, Cayo Guillermo
/ Ciego de Avila, Cuba

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air. Landing and takeoff Kite Position of the Kite in the window, Relaunch the Kite from the water, Basic body rag in both directions, Advanced management of a kite end power zone. Bodydrag in downwind and upwind, Bodydrag with a board, Theory of water starting, Evidence departure from the water, Self Rescue. Departure from the water kiteboarding short distance, Change direction, Kiteboarding in all directions.

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610
2 person / 510€ - 3 person / 480€ - 4 person / 450€
Kiteboarding Discovery Plus Course Level 1 – 6 hrs, Havana
/ Cuba, Havana

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air. Landing and takeoff Kite Position of the Kite in the window, Relaunch the Kite from the water, Basic body rag in both directions, Advanced management of a kite end power zone.

 

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375
2 person / 305€ - 3 person / 265€ - 4 person / 240€
Surf Course Mini 3 hrs, Havana
/ Cuba, Havana

Description: During this course you can learn the water safety technique and how to impost a wave ride.

 

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110
2 person / 90€ - 3 person / 70€ - 4 person / 50€
Kiteboarding Intermediate Course Level 3 – 12 hrs, Havana
/ Cuba, Havana

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air. Landing and takeoff Kite Position of the Kite in the window, Relaunch the Kite from the water, Basic body rag in both directions, Advanced management of a kite end power zone. Bodydrag in downwind and upwind, Bodydrag with a board, Theory of water starting, Evidence departure from the water, Self Rescue. Departure from the water kiteboarding short distance, Change direction, Kiteboarding in all directions.

 

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610
2 person / 510€ - 3 person / 480€ - 4 person / 450€
Kiteboarding Intermediate Plus Course Level 2 – 9 hrs, Havana
/ Cuba, Havana

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite. Controlling Trainer Kite on air. Landing and takeoff Kite Position of the Kite in the window, Relaunch the Kite from the water, Basic body rag in both directions, Advanced management of a kite end power zone. Bodydrag in downwind and upwind, Bodydrag with a board, Theory of water starting, Evidence departure from the water, Self Rescue.

 

+ More
495
2 person / 435€ - 3 person / 405€ - 4 person / 375€
SUP Rental, Guardalavaca-Holguin
/ Cuba, Holguin

SUP Board – 1 hr – 23€

SUP Board – 2 hrs – 37€

SUP Board – 4 hrs – 55€

SUP Board – 1 day – 70€

SUP Board – 2 days – 90€

SUP Board – 3 days – 125€

SUP Board – 4 days – 150€

SUP Board – 5 days – 175€

SUP Board – 6/7 days – 200€

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23
Kiteboarding Discovery Course Basic 2 hrs, Cayo Guillermo
/ Ciego de Avila, Cuba

Description: At this level, you will practice various skills on land that will transfer to the water for the next level. Skills covered include assessing the wind and the physical location, using the safety systems, managing proper equipment set-up, and first control of the training kite.

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145
2 person / 115€ - 3 person / 85€ - 4 person / 70€

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