Snorkelling in Cuba

We went on a catamaran boat tour in Varadero, Cuba, this past Xmas. We were first taken out to a concrete pen in the middle of the ocean to swim with some dolphins. I’m not a bleeding heart animal activist, but that whole experience felt wrong. It was also a case of false advertising. A dolphin did some tricks for us and we got to touch it, but we never got in the water and swam with it. After that we stopped at a coral reef for some snorkelling.

Everyone put on a small floatation belt, masks and snorkels were handed out, and we jumped off the end of the boat after receiving not a word instruction. We just jumped into the water, the warmest ocean water I’ve ever been in.

This is the part where I nearly died.
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Cuban Chocolate

If you like chocolate, make sure to bring your own before you go to Cuba. We couldn’t find any kind of quality chocolate there. Even in the resort’s buffet hall, few of the desserts had chocolate, only some chocolate syrup for ice cream or cakes. (Most of the desserts were nevertheless delicious.)

I bought this box of chocolates at a little shop on the resort thinking, “Okay, Nestlé, they make half decent chocolate,” but I was wrong. It was chocolate flavoured goo.

Next time I’ll tell you about my snorkelling adventure in Cuba.

UPDATE (March 21/11): I just noticed that I wrote about the lack of good Cuban chocolate already: Bus Tour to Havana, Cuba. Oh well. It’s still good to know. You might want to bring a few rolls of your favourite toilet paper too, especially during any trips in Havana. (You’ll see.)

Posts about our trip to Cuba are filed under Varadero.