Hotel El Colony is located in the bay of Siguanea, just 45 minutes away from Nueva Gerona airport, which is just 35 minutes from Havana by plane. This colourful hotel dates back to 1958, when it began life as a Hilton, with a casino. The El Colony Hotel is situated on a heavenly coral-colored beach of fine sand.
The diving sites are only accessable by boat. The boat & crew hire for the whole day is included with dive packages, BUT EACH DAY THE DIVING CENTRE NEEDS A MINIMUM OF 8 DIVERS. If you would like to start or join a diving group please go to the Hotel El Colony Forum
The spacious and sun-lit, but sparsely furnished lobby is enlivened by lime-green lounge chairs and has a small general store.
The 77 air-conditioned guest rooms and 24 bungalows have cool white tiles underfoot. All have satellite TV plus telephones. By day, guests can partake of various watersports, and cars can be rented for forays further afield. The nightlife is low-key, and the hotel is too far (about 45 kilometers) from Nueva Gerona to make a nocturnal sojourn a possibility.
Siguanea Beach is located on the shores of Siguanea Bay, on the central western coast of the Island of Youth. It is just 5 minutes away from Siguanea’s small airport and 35 minutes from Havana by plane. It is a 25 mile drive from Nueva Gerona brings.
On the beach is situated El Colony Hotel, with 77 air conditioned rooms, bathroom and TV. Restaurants, snack bar, sea bar and night club. Swimming pool, sport areas and watersports. Medical services. Telephone and international fax: Rent a Car. Horse riding and other activities are available.
Cuba's International Scuba-Diving Centre is located on a small Marina in Ensenada de la Siguanea. A multilock hyperbaric chamber is available at the Diving Center. A physician specialized in hyperbaric medicine is ready to provide preventive services and diving diseases treatment.
El Colony diving zone is located within the limits of the breath-taking paradise of Punta Frances Marine National Park. This comprises of 6 km. (4 miles) of coast, between Punta Pedernales and Punta Frances. The zone is very well protected with a remarkable environmental stability, thus having an exuberant reef development.
There are 56 attractive diving sites, some of them in areas of dense and colorful populations of corals, gorgonians and sponges. Others are located where the drop-off falls sharply, also more than 20 caves, passages and tunnels, coral hillocks and valleys are included.
The kind of fish varies from one site to another, so we can find schools of tarpons, spadefish, jacks, grunts, schoolmasters and yellowtail snappers. Nassau groupers, black groupers and barracudas are frequently found, also there are turtles, eagle rays and sometimes sharks. Among the most spectacular sites you can find are: Pared de Coral Negro, Tunel del Amor, Cueva Azul, El Pasaje Escondido, Cueva de los Sabalos, Piedra de Coral, EL Salto, Ancla del Pirata, Paraiso de las Levisas and Pequeno Reino.
Others diving zones are Los Barcos Hundidos, which are remains of sunken ships scattered on an extensive are between 6 and 9 meters (20 or 30 feet) deep, with many school of fish, including barracudas and stingrays, and a numerous sessile fauna attached to the ships. Los Indios, known for its vertical walls and big coral hillocks with sand beds, and Fuera de Limite, a peculiar place where the coral reef grows from the coast and falls into 15 meters (49 feet) deep, with big rocks full of corals, gorgonians, sponges and many coral fish.
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