Maria la Gorda is a beach located on Guanahacabibes Peninsula in Cuba and washed by the Atlantic Ocean. It is part of a biosphere reserve included in the UNESCO list. Here you will see a white beach with crystal clear water. Divers know this beach as a place with pristine nature. The underwater landscape includes vertical walls, canyons, tunnels and caves. You can find ancient anchors, cannons and shipwrecks on the bottom, which have become home for underwater creatures. Maria La Gorda is a fantastic place embellished with corals, including rare black species.
You can reach Maria La Gorda from the International Airport of Havana or Varadero. From there you should take a bus or taxi to Pinar Del Rio.
The pleasant tropical climate of Maria La Gorda is suitable for year-round dives, except the rainy season (May to October). The most comfortable time for visiting the resort is the dry season, which lasts from November to April. The air temperature during this time is between +24-30 °С, and the water warms up to +22-28 °С. October is a month of heavy rains and thunderstorms.
Reefs, a cave and walls with caverns are the main dive spots of Maria La Gorda. The most visited site is Paraiso Perdido with fantastic corals found at a depth of 18-30 m. The following dive sites are especially interesting: Ancla del Pirata with a huge anchor of XVIII century, Las Tetas de Maria with incredible rock formations and colourful corals, El Salon de Maria with caves, El Almirante with walls covered with sponges and Gorgonians.