Cuba

Along Cubas wild south coast

Along the south coast of Cuba we feel like lonely explorers of uninhabited islands and untouched underwater worlds. The Jardines de la Reina, the Queen’s Gardens, rich in fish and corals, are a highlight of our underwater expeditions. We wrote an article about our discoveries in and above the sea on Cuba’s southern coasts.

Published in the magazine “Silent World”, issue 69.

https://silentworld.eu/heute-erscheint-die-neue-ausgabe-silent-world-3-2023/

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Sailing Log: Cuba to Mexico

Sailing Log: Cuba to Mexico

As we leave Cayo Largo and Cuba, we are not alone. El Russo, the employee of the turtle center, has given us twenty freshly hatched turtles. We pack them in a Tupperware and carry them back to Mabul. We cast off and finally we are sailing from Cuba to Mexico. One by one we drop the tiny ones into the sea near the coast. May they have an exciting, long life without shark encounters!

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Gallery – Cuba Diving II

Gallery – Cuba Diving II

When we arrive in Cayo Largo, which is southwest of Cienfuegos, we still have a small bill open with Cuba. The Jardines de la Reina should actually be full of sharks, but unfortunately we only got to see a total of two from a relatively long distance. In Cayo Largo we try our luck again – and we are lucky, very lucky! We dive with nurse sharks, grey reef sharks and white tip sharks in close proximity. The elegance of these animals is impressive, they seem to have a similar interest in us as we have in them. By the way, we are not on the menu.

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Gallery – Havanna

Gallery – Havanna

For the first time since we have been living on Mabul, we leave her alone in the marina in Cienfuegos and make our way overland to Havana. We spend a total of five days in a breathtaking and incredibly diverse city. Bitter poverty and dilapidated buildings are just one street away from the restored downtown where tourists and cigar sellers throng. We also take a tour of the surrounding area and get another deep insight into Cuba’s history, culture and society.

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Cuba’s wild south coast

Cuba’s wild south coast

As we approach Cuba on an early morning in May, after three days and three nights on the open sea, we immediately realize that everything is different here. In the bay off Santiago de Cuba, on the eastern edge of the big island, men drift across the water on truck tubes, a paddle in one hand and a fishing line in the other. The sailing itself should also be somewhat unusual here in Cuba.

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Gallery – Cuba’s South

Gallery – Cuba’s South

The passage from Santiago de Cuba to Cienfuegos is wild! Uninhabited islands, magical reefs, many fish, few people. Provisions are no longer for sale, but finally we fish – and how! – Moreover, the lobster fishermen take us along on the hunt. However, we spend a lot of time not hunting, but looking. We dive in the Jardines de la Reina, the Queen’s Gardens, on fish-rich, wonderfully intact reefs, where we encounter sharks, barracudas and doris.

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Gallery – Cuba Diving I

Gallery – Cuba Diving I

The Jardines de la Reina, the Queen’s Gardens, take our breath away. Coral bleaching seems to be a foreign word to the endless reefs in the south of Cuba. This is probably also due to the fact that the islands are all uninhabited and civilization seems far away. Only thanks to our diving compressor from Bauer Kompressoren we can do more than two dives.

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Gallery – Santiago de Cuba

Gallery – Santiago de Cuba

Coming from the Dominican Republic, we reach Santiago de Cuba after a large arc around Haiti, various thunderstorm fronts and three days and nights. Mabul is stuffed with provisions, as we have already heard that the current supply situation is precarious, especially since the pandemic. We spend four days in Santiago, immerse ourselves in Cuban (night) life and take our friend Christoph on board, who will accompany us for the next few weeks.

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