The Catamaran Cruise from Cayo Santa Maria is sold at all hotel receptions and costs 79 CUC for adults and 36 CUC for children. A bus comes to collect you at your hotel and take you to the marina which is only 10 minutes away. The catamaran cruise is great fun and offers a fantastic experience as it visits neighboring islands, islets small keys. Dolphin’s frequently join the boat and play in its frontal wake, quite a spectacle! The cruise takes you past the American San Pascual ship, close to Cayo Santa Maria, which ran aground. During the Ernest Hemingway years, she served as stranded hotel, resting on the seabed. Then, in the late ’90s, the ship was revitalized and her 10 cabins, bar and restaurant were brought back from the brink and put into service as a scuba diving hotel. Today she is just empty.
Snorkeling is offered near a small key, just above the vibrant reef below, where you can dive into the warm and transparent waters to see some of the sea life, coral and vibrantly colored fish on the second biggest coral reef of the world. There is beach time in a secluded virgin beach where a lobster or chicken lunch is served. The price includes an open bar and music during the journey. The Cayo Santa Maria Catamaran Cruise starts at 9:00 am till 4:30 pm and is well worth the price and great for the whole family.