Marina Blue is a PADI Dive center located in La Cote des Arcadins since 2014 and the most complete and safest dive shop in Haiti. We offer adventure dives along La Cote des Arcandins and La Gonave and we also perform PADI courses and specialties. We are currently the only dive shop with a Dive instructor on site and with a dive store open every day of the week. All our equipment is almost as new conditions and professionally serviced every year.
Our boats are perfectably suited for Scuba Diving and our guided dives are perfomed by PADI professional divers. All our staff are certifified Emergency first responders and are trained for emergency situations.
While it is surrounded by other diving hotspots in the Caribbean, Haiti’s reefs rarely see scuba divers. As such, most of the sites found around the island are in pristine condition, seemingly unaffected by the coral bleaching that has devastated other Caribbean islands. A variety of wrecks, reefs and walls are just waiting to be discovered.
In addition to colorful reefs, Haiti is also home to a variety of wrecks. A small PT boat lies at a depth of 90 feet (27 meters) just off of Kaliko Beach, about 30 minutes boat ride from Marina Blue's wharfs. The wreck is neighbored by a fascinating wall creating a 2-for-1 dive. The Tina D and the Ellie Jeanne, both large boats, lie a bit deeper, making great dives for advanced and technical divers.
The most famous dive site in Haiti is Amani’s Zombie Hole, about a 50 minute ride from Marina Blue's wharf. Here the floor falls to 450 feet below sea level and the wall is covered in black coral and sponge tubes. The most sought after feature of this dive is the largest elephant ear sponge in the world. It purportedly survives at a depth of 130 feet (40 meters), but has not recently been seen, leading to rumors that it was pushed over the edge by a storm.
There is certainly enough diving to keep both beginners and advanced divers happy during a dive vacation to La Cote des Arcadins. It is important to book your adventure in advance. An unexpected benefit of visiting a place so far off the diving map is that dive sites are always being discovered and you might just be one of the first divers to ever see a newly discovered wreck. If it’s adventure you’re looking for, La Cote des Arcadins should be on your mind.
Much of Haiti’s marine life has been overfished in the last couple of decades, so fish sightings may not be as abundant here as elsewhere in the Caribbean. However, steps are being taken to create protected marine areas in the hope that the plentiful marine life that used to call the island home will soon return.
One thing you are sure to see in Haiti are beautiful and huge corals. The island is home to 35 species of coral and 12 types or gorgonians. In particular, the black coral and gargantuan elephant ear sponges stand out. In fact, the Zombie Hole is purportedly home to the largest elephant ear sponge in the world.
In addition to beautiful corals, you might also spot stingrays, eagle rays, reef sharks, barracuda, small schools of fish, moray eels and crabs. Of course, the invasive lionfish has created issues for the local ecosystem. If spotted, expect the dive master to kill this poisonous species.
|Boat dives||$100 US|
|Guided shore dive||$65 US|
|Additional tank||$20 US|
|Guided Night Shore dive||$80 US|
|Guided Night shore dive/ Stay & dive package||$70 US|
|Full equipment rental 1 day (No tanks)||$40 US|
|Additional day equipment rental||$20 US|
|Mask and Snorkel||$10 US|
|Weights||$ 1 US|
Choose your preferred date for the excursion or courses. If you wish to inquire about an activity that is not available or you are interested in our Stay & dive packages or just simply want to rent equipment, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org
*You must be a certified Scuba diver to book a shore dive
* If you want to try Scuba Diving for the first time, Discover Scuba diving is your activity