Discover one of the most protected diving areas in Cuba, located just 4 hours away from Havana. With pearly-white sandy beaches, surrounded by palm trees, this site is located within the boundaries of one of the best-preserved biosphere reserves in the world. Perfect for Certified Divers and their companions.
Discover one of the most beautiful coral reefs in Cuba and one of Cuba’s premier dive areas. María la Gorda is on the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Marked by meticulous preservation and abundant flora and fauna, it’s a popular destination for nature lovers as well as divers. It’s located in Pinar del Rio province, just 4 hours southwest of Habana.
Due to its abundant marine life and extraordinarily beautiful corals, it is among the top ten coral reefs in Latin America.
Experienced divers descend through extensive and abundant vertical walls to coral nests, exploring tunnels and caves, and discovering remains of ancient Spanish galleons that once sailed the oceans from Cuba to Europe.
The diving participants must have valid international certifications (PADI, SSI, etc.) and their non-diving companions can snorkel in the coral reef. Non-diving participants receive a US$120 discount off the program price.

Program Duration: 4 Days/3 Nights

Program Includes:

  • 1 nights’ accommodation in Havana, breakfast included.
  • 2 nights’ accommodation at 3-star hotel in Maria La Gorda, all inclusive.
  • 2 nights’ accommodation in Havana, breakfast included.
  • Transfers Havana Airport – Hotel – Havana Airport.
  • Transfer Havana-Maria La Gorda-Havana.
  • Local and experienced drivers and guides.

Program does not Includes:

  • Round trip Air Transportation (United States-Havana-United States) paid separately. If you wish, Vemares can assist you.
  • Visa. Vemares can get it for you for an additional cost.

*NOTE: Price is based on double ocupancy, for single ocupancy a supplement must be paid.

  • Arrival at Jose Marti International Airport.
  • Pick up at the airport
  • Panoramic Tour of Modern Havana, with a stop at the Plaza de la Revolucion (Revolution Square). Here, you will see the Monument to José Martí, one of the most important figures of Cuban history and leader in the independence war against Spain. You will also pass the historic University of Havana, the Hilton Hotel and the American Embassy.
  • Lunch at a private restaurant (Paladar)
  • Dinner on your own
  • Optional Tours: Jazz Club or Havana Café – not included in the package

Maria La Gorda

  • 8:00 am transfer to Maria La Gorda. During the trip you will travel through the beautiful Cuban landscape, in the area where the best tobacco in the world is harvested. Lunch at a private restaurant in this area. You will stay at the Hotel Dive Center located on the beachfront. Breakfast, lunch and dinner will be here during your stay.
  • The name María la Gorda comes from the story of a beautiful woman abandoned by pirates. She survives and decides to take advantage of the privileged location of this site as it was an obligatory stop for pirates looking for shelter, potable water, food provisions and occasional entertainment. She started a business that was later named after her.
  • Diving in Maria La Gorda: The diving instructors speak English, and they will give you information about the diving center, available equipment, boats and dive sites to visit. The marine fauna in the area of Maria La Gorda is made up of typical inhabitants of the Caribbean Sea such as barracudas, lobsters, eels, angel fish, crabs, and so on. One can find other species such as sharks and rays, but in the months of May and June the sandy beaches are populated by nesting turtles; in August and September the time comes for whale sharks to take a dip in the bay between large shoals of tuna, they are also followed by other classes of sharks such as the hammer head, nurse or blue shark. One can find plants as a wide variety of gorgonians including Acroporas, Madrasis, Oculina, Diploria, Scolima, and many others, commonly known as sea fans grow abundantly in this area. They can grow to pretty huge dimensions in these waters. Maria la Gorda is a fantastic setting and has a rich marine life, coral reefs with an extraordinarily beautiful seabed, which makes this an ideal place for diving.
  • In the afternoon, you will have the first diving session. Non-diving companions will have the opportunity to snorkel in the coral reef.
School of snappers, Cayo Largo, Cuba

Maria La Gorda

  • Morning dive session.
  • Free afternoon.
  • Option of night diving -not included in the package
  • Early diving session
  • After breakfast departure to Havana.
  • Lunch at Casa del Campesino
  • After lunch tour Las Terrazas
  • Transfer to Havana
  • Evening, Parisien Cabaret at Hotel Nacional – Traditional Artistic Cuban Show

Parisien Cabaret:

  • Parisien Cabaret offers a great Cuban show . It is a fusion of Indoamerican, Hispanic and African cultures, that led to the Cuban culture. At the end of the show you get time for dancing.
Havana, ?uba - January 26, 2009: tourists at a cafe in the square in front of the San Cristobal Cathedral in Havana, Cuba. The church is considered one of the most beautiful in the Americas.
  • Tour la Habana Vieja (Old Havana), a World Heritage Site and the historic center of the old city. Visit the main plazas (squares): Plaza Vieja, Plaza de San Francisco de Asis, Plaza de Armas and Plaza de la Catedral.
  • Explore the Art and craft Market, where you will interact and share experiences with the talented local artists and get to know about their way of life.

Return trip to United States

  • Departure to the Havana airport and return flight to United States.

Contact Us

Email: info@vemares.com
Phone : 1 (800) 308-7023

Please, send all the correspondence to:
VEMARES, PO BOX 141660, MIAMI, FL 33134-1660

Main Office: Suite 2100, 1055 West Georgia Street, Vancouver, BC V6E 3P3, Canada

Miami branch: 801 Monterey St, Suite 202

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