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Excursions available in Cayo Largo

In Cayo Largo, there is a good choice of excursions. Most of them are marine excursions. A great opportunity to discover the beauty of the Caribbean sea.

The excursions by boat or catamaran are from the Marina located in the village (10 minutes from the hotels). New excursions have been added and others are no longer available.

All these excursions are offered by foreign tour operators (Canadian, European, etc.) as well as Cuban tour operator like Cubatur.

It is mandatory to purchase your excursion from the tour operator who sold you your travel package, but it is suggested. Representatives who sell these trips are paid by commission.

If you do not like the representative, you are free to buy from other tour operators. It is always recommended to book your excursion early, as some are very popular and places are limited.

To select your excursion, you have three choices ...

  • Attend the meeting by the Tour Operator representative, which is usually the day after your arrival at the hotel.
  • Talk with a representative of the Cuban tour operator. They sometimes offer excursions that foreign tour operators do not have. There is no problem to book your excursion with Cuban Tour Operators.
  • Browse the excursion books that are located near the lobby. The description of the excursions is in Spanish, English and French (sometimes German and Italian).
  • For excursions outside Cayo Largo, it is required to bring your passport. You can pay either in cash (CUC) or credit card. Note that there is no ATM in Cayo Largo and the price does not include the tips for guide and driver. For a full day excursion, the average tip is 5 CUC for the guide and 3 CUC for the bus driver.

    VISA and MASTERCARD credit cards are accepted in Cuba, except those issued by U.S. banks such as American Express, Citibank, Capital One and MBNA. The excursion is charged in USD rather than CUC because it is not a currency that exists in the international market. The transaction is converted into USD at a ratio of one to one. You cannot get Convertible Pesos outside Cuba. Always bring with you Canadian dollars (or Euros) but NOT USD dollars because you will have to pay an extra 10%.

    Please note that since the spring 2014, Cuban Immigration systematically stamps all passports when entering and leaving the country. And also: as of May 1, 2015, the Cuban Departure Tax is no longer paid at destination. It should now be included in the price of your trip when buying a flight-only or package to Cuba.

    In October 2013 the Cuban Government announced its intention to eliminate their dual currency system (CUC and CUP). To the best of our knowledge, it seems like no schedule has been officially announced yet for this plan to eliminate the CUC and revalue the CUP; and so far (2015) there's no indication yet about when the CUC will be put out of circulation. More news to come.

    WARNING! If you want to cancel your excursion, it must be done 24 hours in advance. Otherwise, you will be charged a penalty fee, which could be up to 50% of the price. You must go to the lobby 10 minutes before departure time with your voucher in hand. DO NOT leave your room without the voucher as you may be refused to get onboard. Some excursions like the catamaran are weather permitting.

    Other excursions available ...

    Caribbean night

    Leaving: 19h15 / Return: 22h15
    Unforgettable evening under the bright stars at Playa Sirena. Seafood dinner accompanied by an afrocuban show and music. Transfers included.
    Price: 39 CUC

    Cayo Rico on pirogas

    Leaving: 8h30 / Returning: 13h30
    Snorkeling at the coral reef, visit the virgin island of Cayo Rico located west of Cayo Largo, open bar, chicken or fish lunch
    Price: 56 CUC
    Children: 28 CUC

    Half-day in catamaran

    Leaving: 14h / Returning: 19h30
    Visit Cayo Iguana, snorkeling at the coral reef
    Free time to swim at the natural pool, open bar
    Adult: 44 CUC
    Children: 22 CUC

    Normand & Lily

    Boat adventure

    Full-day catamaran cruise

    Deep-Sea fishing

    Scuba diving

    Visit the capital, Havana

    Sunset cruise

    During our trip in December 2009, we finally had the chance to see the wonderful hundred years old Llana tree. It is located in the west sector of the island. This tree is very important for the Afro-Cuban religion named Santaria.

    *** ATTENTION *** Especially in Playa Sirena we will find starfishes. These beautiful creatures are alive and die when exposed to air. For respect to marine life, do not take them out of the water. This applies to any other marine species. Remember there are fines of over $ 300 if you get caught in your luggage, corals and other marine species. Be respectful. It will be a shame to see these species disappear.

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