Maria La Gorda / Cuba

Maria La Gorda

Maria La Gorda is situated in 4.5 hour trip to the west of Havana. This place and Corrientes bay, in particular, is one of the most secured areas in Cuba and one of the most well-preserved biosphere reserves in the world. It has more than 20 kinds of corals and lots of reef fish. Just several meters from the shore at 5m/16ft depth there are corals, gorgonarias and sponges among which lobsters, morays and crabs can be seen. At 10m/32ft depth corals form fantastical channels, passages and tunnels with vertical caves and steep walls covered with black corals.

At the dive center guests are offered to dive at more than 50 diving sites, but the most popular are the following: Paraíso Perdido (18-20m/59-65ft deep) has a lot of cracks on the wall where tiny fish hide. Ancla del Pirata (10m/32ft deep) is perfect for beginners. Here one may discover a huge 18 century’s anchor covered with corals. Las Tetas de María (20m/65ft deep) is presented by rocks rising from marine depths. The sandy bottom is covered with various hard and soft corals. Salón de María (30m/98ft deep) is a cave with a lot of sponges and colorful corals. The cave is a home for a great number of tropical fish. El Almirant’s (30m/98ft deep) walls are covered with sponges and hard corals. The walls have amazing bright blue background. Sometimes whales visit this dive site.

Location: The Caribbean Sea, south-western region of the Cuban Archipelago

What to see: There are amazing purple, pink, blue and green corals, angel fish, groupers, snappers, surgeon fish, jackfish, wrasses, crustaceans, barracudas, dog snappers, eels, eagle rays and stingrays. With luck, one can observe sea turtles, mantas and also whale sharks during winter time.

Depth: 30-60m/98-197ft

Currents: 1knot

Visibility: 10-30m/32-98ft

Season for diving: Diving is possible all year round. The water temperature varies between 24-30C/75-86F.

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