Where is it? The westernmost part of Cuba, in the Great Natural Park Guanahacabibes, declared a UNESCO Natural Biosphere Reserve. A remote and beautiful location.
Getting there: Collective bus service no longer operates to this destination. WoWCuba can pre-book Viazul buses between the Havana and Pinar del Rio terminals and combine that with prepaid taxis between Pinar del Rio and Maria la Gorda (and vice versa). Some clients book their own Viazul bus tickets and then negotiate taxis locally on arrival at the station in Pinar del Rio. Others prefer to visit Viñales on their return rather than going directly back to Havana. Many of our independent/individual travel clients instead opt for a rental car which affords them more local exploration opportunities enroute and once in the remote destination.
Accommodations: María la Gorda Hotel 55 air conditioned rooms, with cable tv, minibar, private bath, safety deposit box and International telephone service.
Located within the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, national park and reserve of the biosphere. There are two dive zones, one to the north and the other to the south. The configuration of the bottom is scaled, allowing multilevel diving. All sites are within a short distance from the shore and just minutes from the hotel. Abundant black coral walls, flora and and fauna in excellent condition, no currents due to its geographical position, diving facilitated all year round. Caves in the ocean and on land for practicing cave and cavern diving.
Frequency: The dive sites are very close to the hotel. The dive boat goes out three times daily. Night diving departures depend on demand.
María La Gorda Dive Center
Prices in USD
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Dive Reservations/Minimum Booking Requirements:
No Fee: For WoWCuba clients booking hotel, car rental reservations or tour packages. No minimum dive requirement.
Agency Service Fee applies: For diving only (minimum 10 dives/each)
Includes: weights, tanks, boat, dive guide.
Excludes: add’l equipment rental, gratuities.
Requires: presentation of international dive certification and foreign passport. Cuban nationals require previous National Coast Guard authorization to board dive vessels.
Note 1: up to 3 daily dives available in this destination, specific locations pending weather conditions.
Note 2: If your dive destination involves domestic flight services, WoWCuba suggests keeping in mind that domestic flight schedules in Cuba are irregular and subject to last minute changes. It’s recommended not to fly within 24 hours of your last dive so avoiding planning/programming any diving on your last day in the destination is prudent.
Dive Courses in María La Gorda Dive Center
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|Open Water Referral||238.80|
Includes: Includes: all theoretical (except for referral courses) and practical equipment, boat, dive guide, 4 dives.
Requires: Presentation of foreign passport, signed medical waiver and 2 1″X1″ photos. Cuban nationals require previous National Coast Guard authorization to board dive vessels. Divers completing Advanced (or superior) courses must present their current certification and logbook. Referral course students must bear their duly signed theory/pool paperwork for local presentation.
Note: Total open water/advanced course time is normally 3-5 days, pending weather conditions. WoWCuba recommends a minimum of 4 nights in the destination to avoid disappointment. Referral courses involve 2 half days of dive departures, but do take possible inclement weather into consideration when forming your travel plan to avoid disappointment. If the selected destination involves domestic flights, planning for an extra night is wise. It’s recommended not to fly within 24 hours of your last dive so avoiding planning/programming any diving on your last day in the destination is prudent.