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Guasasa is a small, remote cove along Cuba’s rocky South coast. Its calm and translucent waters bordered by rocks make it look like a natural pool sheltering surgeonfish, butterflyfish and small moray eels. You will most probably be alone there as this is a secluded place, located far from the main touristic itineraries.

Guasasa rocky cove
View on Guasasa rocky “pool”

How to get to Guasasa snorkeling spot?

Guasasa is a small fishing village seemingly out of time, located 26km west of Playa Girón. The car trip from Playa Girón to Guasasa takes at least one hour on an unpaved road packed with potholes. One bus line also connects both places: it operates twice a day, generally early in the morning and around 8PM – check time schedules on site. On the coastal road from Playa Girón to Guasasa, you can also stop at the famous snorkeling spot of Caleta Buena (about 18km before reaching Guasasa). The cove is located about 200m after the crossing located at the village center.

Guasasa snorkeling map

Water entrance for snorkeling Guasasa

You will enter the water from a beach bordered with rocks. As rocks can be sharp, we advise to wear aqua shoes.

Guasasa cove snorkeling exploration

The spot is located inside an almost closed cove, communicating with the open sea only through an 80-meter large opening in the rocks. Sea is consequently very calm here, and ideal for snorkeling. Anyway, do not get too close to the cove’s entry where the sea can be rougher there.

Chain moray at Guasasa
Small moray eels are frequently spotted in Guasasa (here, a chain moray).

Inside the creek, water depth varies from 0.5 to about 3 meters, making this spot an ideal place to explore the underwater world from the water surface. The seabed is covered by rocks, numerous gorgonians and hard corals, notably elkhorn coral. Underwater life thrives in Guasasa, and you will be able to get close to dozens of different fish species, most of them rather tame. You will probably spot butterflyfish (notably foureye butterflyfish and banded butterflyfish), bluehead wrasse, striped parrotfish, jewel damselfish and many blue tangs, sometimes gathering in huge schools. Take a close look at the rocks and try to spot a small moray eel: this species is quite commonplace here.

Elkhorn coral at Guasasa
In the cove, the coral is in variable condition.

Restaurants and accommodation

There is only a small convenience store in Guasasa village.

Jump into Playa Santa Lucia underwater world in this video 👇 shot by Maima.

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  • Level required Beginner
  • Maximum depth10ft/3m
  • Water entranceFrom rocks
  • LifeguardNo
  • Visitor numbersLow
  • Access costsFree
  • Restaurants nearbyNo

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These snorkeling spots are accessible to beginners and kids. You will enter the water gradually from a beach, or in a less than 3ft. deep area. The sea is generally calm, shallow, with almost no waves or currents. These spots are usually located in marked and/or monitored swimming areas. It is not necessary to swim long distances to discover the sea life.

This level only apply when the spot experiences optimal sea and/or weather conditions. It is not applicable if the sea and/or weather conditions deteriorate, in particular in the presence of rough sea, rain, strong wind, unusual current, large tides, waves and/or swell. You can find more details about the definition of our snorkeling levels on our snorkeling safety page.