Discovering Cayo Blanco

I would like to share this short article about a full day tour that we did to Cayo Blanco, near Trinidad. To clarify, this Cayo Blanco is different from the other cay with the same name near Varadero.

Depart from Trinidad

We started the tour at 9.30 am, we sailed from Marlin Marina in a catamaran over the beautiful Caribbean waters.

turquoise water cuba

On your way to the first stop for snorkelling you can relax on the nets or sit down in the shade. We had a free bar where you can spoil yourself with a local beer or refreshment. Note: There are no shops in the marina or Cayo Blanco so if you would like to bring a snack or water you should buy it in Trinidad.

catamaran to cayo blanco


Closer to Cayo Blanco cay, we had 45 minutes in the water for snorkelling. We highly recommend to bring your own snorkel mask and you can wear the fins from your tour company. However, if you use the mask that the company offer you, we recommend to give bring small shampoo and rinse well the inside of the mask well to improve visibility.

The reef is nice, it is better to do it on a sunny day when there is better visibility in the water. There are nice corals and we saw many different fish…

Lunch and Wildlife

After the snorkelling, the crew brought us to Cayo Blanco where we had a paella which was delicious with chicken and shrimp and also a salad and vegetables as sides. We had an open bar with local beverages including beer and Cienfuegos (something similar to coca cola) to drink as much as we want.

cayo blanco near Trinidad

If you enjoy seeing animals in their natural habitat, you should have a look at this friendly Hermit crab. There are hundreds of them on the island and they will not harm you.


Besides the hermit crabs there are the Iguanas.

Free time on Cayo Blanco

We had 1 hour free on the island, so we decided to sit down and enjoy the view with a nice cold beer. If you want, you will have plenty of time to do some more snorkelling just off the the island to explore the underwater marine life.

Otherwise you can find a spot on the sand to chill or read a book.

One of our favourite things to do is just to sit down and listen to the sound of the waves

Two things worth to mention are: firstly, the boat did not have enough life jackets for everybody in the catamaran(I asked for one for snorkelling). If you need one, make sure you get yours before the crew start sharing the fins and masks. And second, the facilities in this virgin island are very basic, we suggest to bring your own toilet paper and hand sanitizer.

At the end of the afternoon, you will sail back to the marina and you will be back in Trinidad by 4pm.

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Getting to Cayo Blanco

The Marlin Marina Trinidad is located about 15 km south of Trinidad on the Peninsula Ancon. From Trinidad center, a taxi will bring you there in about 20-30 minutes (taxi fare is approximately 10 CUC one way). Make sure you arrive at the marina before 9am to board the catamaran.

High season: Adult 50 CUC
Low season: Adult 45 CUC

Departure: 8:30 am
Return: 4 pm

What is included

  • The bar (national drinks) on board is open and drinks are included.
  • Snorkel equipment is on board
  • A lunch of seafood is served on the island, Cayo Blanco

What it is not included

Roundtrip transfer between your hotel and the marlin marina

Our suggestion on what to bring:

  • Swimwear and towel
  • Sun protection: Sunglasses, hat, and sunscreen
  • Waterproof Camera
  • Cash in small denominations for tips
  • Snorkeling gear (if you prefer to use your own)

Documents required for this excursion

Your passport and voucher printed by your tour company that you received after booking this tour.

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Have you had any questions about Cayo Blanco or Cuba? let us know in the comments sections below.

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About Thomas Cummins

Thomas has a Data Management background, but he has always loved traveling and exploring the world. Photographer and husband, he has travelled over 29 countries and lived in Ireland and Australia. He has a passion for doing and sharing information of small and long hikes, mountains and outdoor activities around the world.

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