Snorkeling Jibacoa, Cuba
(Gibsons, B.C., Canada)
I'd like to recommend snorkeling Jibacoa, Cuba as a great destination.
We recently spent four days snorkeling at Jibacoa. We did not stay at the all-inclusive resorts of The Breezes, or Tropico, but a little farther down the beach at Campismo Los Cocos, (where the Cubans go).
The food was not that good, but we knew that... we were there for the snorkeling, over the coral, which was fantastic.
The best coral reefs are located just off of the two all-inclusive resorts. A few minutes of swimming out, and there you are, in wonderful coral. The best spots to explore are the outer reef edge, where there is the drop off, from about 2-3 meters depth at top, to about 10-12 meters down to the sand, at the bottom. Lots of tunnels, grottoes, and fish.
Also, if you take a little trip with the guides, (about $5), they will take you to see cannons and huge old anchors embedded in the coral.
The only down side is that due to the location on the windward side of Cuba, there can be red flag days when the waves are too high. Luckily for us, the entire time we were there, the conditions were excellent.
I highly recommend this spot. I am diver/snorkeler with over forty years of experience, and have gone diving in the Pacific Northwest, in Canada, in the south of Argentina, in the south of Chile, also, in Belize, and the Caribbean coast of Mexico.
Jibacoa is one of the nicest spots I've seen. Another spot I've been to in Cuba for snorkeling is at Playa Ancon, near Trinidad. This is more sheltered than Jibacoa, but Jibacoa has the advantage of great snorkeling right off the beach. :-)
Hope you enjoy it sometime, as we did.
Remember, don't touch the coral.