Because of its beautiful seabed and fascinating legends of buried treasure, the Isle of Youth is the second largest in the Cuban archipelago, an absolute must for scuba divers both experts and beginners.
Moreover, Punta Frances (Frenchmanís point) National Marine Park, the training base for outstanding Cuban driver and multiple-record-holder Deborah Andollo and the setting for many an underwater photography contest, has become a favorite location for scuba divers from all over the world. In an area around 2.3 square miles, 6 square kilometers in size, the diversity of the seabed has attracted a notable wealth of marine fauna, and the wall and tunnel scuba diving is excellent.
Here, you can explore the remains of shipwrecked vessels and see many fish, such as Tarpons, eagle or whip rays, Parrotfish and barracudas, plus Helmets, Spiny Lobsters and even large turtles, on occasion.
The international scuba-diving center offers specialized medical services, has a multiple-place hyperbaric chamber and is linked to a pleasant hotel. It is 26 miles 42 km
by road from Nueva Gerona, capital of the island municipality, where there is another 124 miles 200 km from Havana, to which it is linked by both air and sea.