Cayo Levisa (Levisa Key) is one of the hundred uninhabited keys that form the archipelago of Los Colorados, near the north coast of Cuba’s western end. An outcrop of the coral barrier, Levisa Key is about 75 kilometers off the coast of Pinar del Río
The 2500-meter white sand beaches located on the north coast of Levisa are all the more attractive because the place is very secluded and can only be reached by ship.
In order to get to Levisa Key you need to take a boat in Palma Rubia, in the municipality of La Palma. It is a nice trip that takes about 20 minutes. There are two trips per day: one at 10:00 am and the second one at 5:00 pm. The price of the trip is CUC 15.00. There is a parking lot next to the jetty.
Horizonte Cayo Levisa hotel is surrounded by a natural environment, practically virgin, where you can find the coral reefs belonging to the coral barrier of Los Colorados, one of the biggest of the world. Thanks to its exceptional natural conditions, Cayo Levisa is a diving paradise.
The diving area begins almost at the key shore and the coral reef is huge, colorful and very well preserved. The reef is home to many species. At some points about 8 meters (26 feet) under the surface, one can find massive formations of star coral and brain coral, sea fans and feathered gorgonians. There are more than 500 species of fish; such as black breams, wreck fish, red snappers, jocuses, moray eels and lobsters. A very particular allurement is the presence of mollusks of the genus Trigonia, the most ancient living fossils found in Cuba.
Large coral formations of flat coral of up to 10 meters (33 feet) of diameter predominate between 15 and 30 meters (49 and 98 feet) under the surface, providing a beautiful spectacle of submarine architecture. Coral ridges and hills are also to be found. One of the most attractive spots is San Carlos’ Crown, a vast zone of camellones (coral ridges) that converge in sand-beds with coral hills where bull rays and stingrays live. In certain periods of the year shoals of red snappers, wreck fish and cuberas get together to spawn in these sand-beds.
Other diving spots also not to be missed are The Pirate’s Sword, The Mysterious Chain and Hell. There are 23 explored diving sites altogether.
From the key you can visit other interesting tourist sites in the province, such as the Guanahacabibes Peninsula –listed as a reserve of the biosphere by UNESCO–, Rosario Range and Viñales Valley, the latter listed as Cultural Landscape of Humanity by UNESCO.