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Maria La Gorda Scuba Diving Center

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 or exclusive ground transfers are available through WoWCuba from Havana (~ 4.5 hours each way) as part of your travel package. 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. Wrecks from the 18th century, flora 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.

The Scuba Diving

Scuba diving in this wonderful place of the Island of Cuba where the Caribbean International Diving Center Maria la Gorda is placed is ideal for contemplative diving. These bottoms are marvelous to practice underwater photography since the transparency of the water allows a visibility of up to 30 meters deep longitudinal 25 and 30 meters, where the water temperature between 24 degrees Celsius in the months of December to February and turns 30 in August.

Within the marine life that inhabits these funds, we can highlight some typical examples of these waters as barracudas, parrot fish, lobsters, moray eels, grouper, snapper, angel fish, crabs, etc. Species such as sharks, rays, turtles, are occasionally seen as not typical of the area, although in the months of May and June you may see some turtles in small sandy beaches.

Yemayá: Depth: 12-33m. Common species from coral reefs are good developed. At the top of the wall are observed fish typical of this area as barbers, snapper, large grouper  and small fish charismatic high value for the activity. The invertebrates are well represented large sponges observed on the western edge of the wall, corals and gorgonian populations well developed.

Encanto: Depth: 18-25m. At the top of the wall are observed typical fish of this portion like barbers , snapper , large grouper, barracuda and small fish charismatic high value for the activity, it may occasionally observe sea turtles. The invertebrates are well represented large sponges observed on the wall, reef-building corals (Hermatipic corals) and gorgonians populations.

Acuario: Depth: 6m. Coral reefs are well developed. Typical reef fish are observed in patches as angels (angelfish), damselfish barbers, snapper, large grouper and small fish charismatic high value for the activity. The invertebrates are well represented observed many species of sponges, corals and gorgonian populations well developed.

Cadena misteriosa: Depth: 30m. During the tour of the wall it could be seen many invertebrates such as gorgonians, sponges of great development and black coral colonies (black coral). Fish are well represented merely observing large grouper, snapper, and small charismatic fish. Occasionally you can see sea turtles.

Almirante: Depth: 30m.Coral reefs and sea species well developed. At the top of the wall are observed fish typical of this area as angelfish, parrotfish, barbers, snapper, large grouper  and small fish charismatic high value for activity. The invertebrates are well represented observed large sponges, corals and gorgonian populations.

Cabezo de Marcel: Depth:17m. During the tour of the site you can see an abundance of invertebrates such as corals (mainly brain and staghorn corals coral). The most common species of fish: Grouper (Grouper), snapper (snapper) and reef fish like charismatic angelfish, parrotfish and chromis (Damselfish).

Las cuevas de Pedro: Depth: 25 m. Typical common species of coral reefs with good development. At the top of the wall are observed fish typical of this area as angels (angelfish), barracudas, parrotfish, barbers, snapper, large grouper  and high value small fish charismatic for activity. The invertebrates are well represented observed large sponges, corals and gorgonian populations.

El laberinto: Depth: 17m. Flora and fauna: The coral reefs hermatypic or formers are well developed. Common fish species typical as angelfish, barracudas, parrotfish, barbers, snapper, large grouper and small fish charismatic high value for the activity

Jardín de las Gorgonias: Depth: 15 meters. Typical common species of coral reef well developed. Fish are seen as typical in this system: angelfish, barracudas, parrotfish, barbers, snapper, large grouper and small fish charismatic high value for the activity. The invertebrates are well represented observed large sponges, corals and gorgonian populations (be a fan) well developed.

Salón de María: Depth: 25m. The species of coral reefs are well developed. Usually you can see angelfish, barracudas, parrotfish, barbers, snapper, large grouper and small fish charismatic high value for the activity. The invertebrates are well represented observed large sponges, corals and well-developed populations of gorgonians

El paraíso perdido: Depth: 30m. There is coral reef well developed. At the top of the wall are observed fish typical of this area as angelfish, barracudas, parrotfish barbers, snapper, large grouper and high value small fish charismatic for activity. The invertebrates are well represented observed large sponges, corals and gorgonian populations.

Mobbie Dick: Depth: 30 m. At the top of the wall are observed fish typical of this area as angelfish, Damselfish, barracudas, parrotfish, barbers, snapper, large grouper and fish charismatic small high value for the activity. The invertebrates are well represented observed large sponges, corals and gorgonian populations (be a fan) well developed especially in the upper slope. We wait for them in Center of Diving María La Gorda

María La Gorda Dive Center-Prices in USD

Valid to 31/10/2015

Dive 1 2* 5 6 8 10
Prices 38  142  162  222 266
Dive 12 15 20 Noctunas
Prices 284 357  443  48

*: Same departure

**: Separate departures

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)

Included: Tanks, weights, boat and dive guide

Not Included: Wetsuit, mask, fins, regulator, BCD and night diving equipment (available for rental locally)

Note: Divers must bring their dive certification and foreign passport presentation is required for boarding boats.

Dive Courses in María La Gorda Dive Center

Valid to 31/10/2015

Dive Courses
Prices in USD
Introductory 1 54
Introductory 2 77
Open Water 430
Advanced 296
Stress & Rescue 238
Open Water Referred 220
Master Diving Dive 413
Dive With 887
Each Speciality 177
Snorkeling 54

Includes: International certification (ACUC, SSI), dive instructor, boat, dive equipment, dive kit with didactic and other materials, classroom sessions, pool session, 4 open water immersions.

Note: For dive activities, presentation of international dive certification or logbook demonstrating dive experience is required. If these documents are not presented, completion of an introductory dive course is compulsory. For international certification courses, 2 “1X1” photos and a signed medical waiver are required.

Technical Specifications

Name: Maria la Gorda International Dive Center

Operator: Gaviota

Address: Guanahacabibes Peninsula, Sandino, Pinar del Río, Cuba

Dive Sites: 50

Distance from Accommodations: Within hotel complex

Quantity of Instructors: 8

Course Certification School: ACUC

Daily Capacity: 100 in two departures

Boats: Two 41-ft yachts (Playa Roja, Yemaya) with dual Volvo Penta

motors and capacity for 28 divers each X 2 yachts

Average Annual Visibility: 30 horizontal meters

Average Annual Temperature: 28° Celsius

Quantity of Dive Sites: 50

Nearest Hyperbaric Chamber: 45 minutes by helicopter to Havana

Services

Coral reef diving: Yes

Wall diving: Yes

Wreck diving: No

Cave diving: No

Night diving: Yes

Nitrox Service: No

Equipment rental: Yes

Classroom: Yes

Dive Courses all levels: Yes

Instructor courses all levels: Yes

Specialty courses: Yes

Photography/Film developing service: No

Training tank (pool): No

Specialized Store: No

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