Top 5 beaches
Discover Cuba's most magnifi-
Explore Cuba's diverse and fascinating history
Spacious courses for golfers to improve their swing.
Scuba Diving Holidays in Maria la Gorda
Maria la Gorda is well known for offering some of the best Scuba diving holidays the island has to offer. The reefs are wonderfully healthy, the marine life is abundant and varied, and combining this with the tranquil setting above water makes the location one of the best places to visit for an all-round holiday experience. Those visiting Cuba wishing to relax and take in the scenery alongside their diving holiday will definitely find this an exciting place to visit.
Maria la Gorda is located in the Pinar Del Rio province of Cuba, a scenic 4 1/2 hours drive from Havana past banana, sugar cane and tobacco plantations, giving it delightful views for those non-diving holiday makers. The area surrounding Maria la Gorda is a national park which also extends out into the sea, making for some wonderful views and exotic wildlife to see. Many exotic birds including black vultures, land hermit crabs, a variety of lizards, iguanas, and other birds including storks and woodpeckers are all there to be seen on your scuba travels, meaning you can take in plenty of above water wildlife, as well as the amazing variety beneath the sea. Maria la Gorda's coast is home to a beautiful, remote bay and a sandy white beach lined with palm trees.
On arriving at the resort at Maria la Gorda to commence your scuba travels, you'll find the solitude of the place striking, and be amazed by the incredible beauty of the beach which is a picture-perfect paradise. Maria la Gorda is very small, limited to the dive centre, a bar, two restaurants, a shop, a handful of apartments on the beach front and some wood cabins set back in the trees. The dive centre is efficiently run and the guides give excellent briefings, trying very hard to ensure you get the most out of your scuba diving holiday. The restaurants are pleasant and the lodgings are basic, but comfortable, but the only real reason to stay at Maria la Gorda for more than a few days is if you are on a scuba diving holiday - beyond the natural beauty of the place there is very little else to do other than relax on the beach or snorkel in the clear blue waters.
Holiday scuba diving at Maria la Gorda is enjoyed all over the sweeping bay with dive sites 10 to 20 minutes' journey from the main centre by boat. There is a shallow area that gently slopes away from the beach for a short way before suddenly dropping steeply to several thousands metres below sea level on a near vertical plane, creating some impressive walls cut with tunnels and caverns where the huge drop provides an awe inspiring sense of weightlessness. Nerve racking for beginners, but an unrivalled experienced for veteran divers!
Maria la Gorda is an unmissable stop on your Cuban scuba travels.
Discuss your tailor made Cuba diving trip with our experts - call 01438 310099.