Meliá to host the 1st Underwater Photography Contest in Varadero

Meliá to host the 1st Underwater Photography Contest in Varadero

Attention divers! This time Meliá teams up with the Gaviota Marina to host the 1st Underwater Photography Contest to take place from the 1st up to the 5th of October 2019 in the country’s most celebrated beach, Varadero.

The contest includes two categories, Fauna, which will be mainly fish but not exclusively as a multitude of invertebrate species such as turtles, birds and large marine mammals may be included. The other category is Environment, where the purpose is to reflect the general aspect of different types of marine bottoms (coral reefs, sunken ships, algae prairie, sandy bottoms, etc.)

Important notice, participants must be certified divers by the member organizations of the RSTC or the CMAS and possess an updated aptness medical record.

There will be a first prize winner in each category. Prizes consist of a trophy designed by an artisan and a two people stay at one Meliá hotel in Cuba for each category.

The splendid Paradisus Princesa del Mar Eco resort rolls the red carpet in this event for you to come and discover the paradisiac nature of Varadero’s underwater scene. Its fantastic facilities await you in a warm welcome as they are the perfect lodging option in the event.

Its architectural design has been thought out to intertwine with the beautiful natural surroundings, giving you a very natural feel that recharges your spiritual compass, refilling your lungs with vital energy all in utter luxury.

Varadero is always recommended as one of the best places to dive in Cuba as it gives away a unique experience with its captivating marine life. Its underwater scene has exquisite, mysterious, very well preserved and safe marine bottoms.

Come and adventure yourself into excursions down in the coral reefs where you’ll be able to appreciate impressive coral formations home to a great deal of marine species.

On top of that you have the option of enjoying the world famous beach of Varadero. The enclave where the hotel is set possess 22 beaches stretching around 30 km. This heaven on earth is in constant demand by foreign visitors due to its perennial tropical light, its exotic and exuberant vegetation and the blue-turquoise colour of its waters.

When you make your reservation you will be getting an All-Inclusive hotel plan and daily transfers to the diving centre (3 days of immersion with the first daily immersion being free of charge). The boat, bottles, ballasts, instructor service and non-alcoholic beverages are also included as well as the welcome and prize awarding dinners.

For further information please check out the program of the event at