The history of this grounded American ship is rich and varied. It was originally an oil tanker, but then used as a molasses tank. During World War Two it was equipped with guns and cannons, and during the Cuban revolution it served as a prison for soldier's captured by Che Guevara's army. More recently it has been converted to a 10-room hotel with a seafood restaurant, bar, and nightly entertainment.
This dolphinarium is just off the causeway as you enter Cayo Santa Maria. Visitors can take a catamaran cruise, go snorkelling, watch the dolphin show, and swim with dolphins in the beautiful waters surrounding the island. A bus makes the scenic rounds between the local hotels and the dolphinarium.
Situated west of Cayo Santa Maria, connected by a causeway to Cuba and the other islands, are Cayo Las Brujas and Cayo Ensenachos. Cayo Las Brujas is a stunning, unspoiled island with spectacular scuba diving. The island has just one hotel but the marina has a diving centre and rents out catamarans, sea scooters, and fishing boats. Head to Playa Salina, a remote stretch of pristine white sand lapped by bath-warm water. Cayo Ensenachos has two beaches, Playa Megano and Playa Ensenachos, as well as a luxury resort. Go snorkelling in the waters near the nautical centre for spectacular vistas of marine life.