El Barco Hundido
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.