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El Barco Hundido

"Jibacoa/Sparta Shipwrecks"

Location: El Colony International Scuba Diving Center

Maximum depth: 8m

The Jibacoa, a cargo ship, and the military ship Sparta lay in the bottom of the sea at this dive site. Sunk about twenty years ago, the ships were used for military target practice becoming eventually a favorite haunt for divers.

The Jibacoa is visible from the surface and the Sparta lies on its side complete with guns, ladders and anchor ropes. Schools of snappers are common sight here.

Both wrecks are covered with colored corals, algae and sponges. Crabs and sea urchins inhabit the wrecks as well. Colorful gobies, blennies and wrasses to add to the beauty of this site. Barracudas are usually seen roaming the waters surrounding the wrecks.

It is possible to enter both ships but your buoyancy control must be excellent to avoid damaging the corals and encrusting sponges. The low depth of this site allows for a lot of light to filter through making for a fantastic photo opportunity.

Welcome to my site dedicated to the Hotel El Colony and its related Marina and International Scuba Diving Center. I am "poco a poco" researching and updating it with the aim to provide as complete as possible record of the hotel's ancient and recent history; bearing in mind that the goings-on today may one day be of historical interest.

My site is NOT the official website of the current hotel operator, and is by no means endorsed by them; but I am grateful for their help with the research.

You can make from this site room reservations through the Bizloco eTravel System operated by Cubaism Ltd.

Best wishes for 2017

Nigel Alexander Hunt