Bay of Pigs Tour
Bay of Pigs Tour, Cuba
The Bay of Pigs and Zapata Peninsula are one of the most important eco-systems in Cuba which is home to an impressive array of flora and fauna, many of which are endemic to the area.
Given enough time you will usually start by visiting the crocodile farm at Boca de Guama, before a cruise through the swamp at Laguna del Tesoro where there is a re-creation of a Taino Indian village made up of roughly 50 small thatched huts which are spread over several islets in the lagoon.
After lunch you head south to Playa Larga on the Caribbean coast at the end of the Bay of Pigs. This is one of the best beaches in the region which has some magnificent dive sites. Following the road along the bay you come to the Cueva de los Peces where a collapsed cave or 'cenote' has created a natural pool 70 metres deep which is ideal for snorkelling and is teeming with fish.
Just across the road you will have the opportunity to snorkel at some lovely spots in the Bay of Pigs with beautiful corals and colourful fish in the warm, crystal clear water.
Afterwards you continue to Playa Giron at the mouth of the bay where there is another attractive beach which was the site of the final battle between Fidel Castro's armed forces and the counter revolutionary army in April 1961. There is a small museum dedicated to the Cuban's victory which is worth a visit and is a good photo opportunity.