In the Guanahacabibes Península located in the extreme western province of Pinar del Rio, you will be surprised by the diversity of one of the region’s best conserved natural landscapes and ecosystems as well as 15 kilometres of beaches in its natural state with areas of extensive coastal vegetation. Of them, the most famous is Maria La Gorda with one the best equipped International Diving Center in the whole country.
Guanahacabibes is a National Park and was declared a Biosphere Reserve in 1987 by UNESCO with a surface of 1200 square kilometres. The peninsula’s access can be by road or vessels. The region is ideal for nature tourism, observation of flora and fauna, diving, among other water sports. It has a rich fauna among them birds, butterflies, iguanas, wild pigs, crabs, deer and as the rest of the country there are no dangerous animals or plants to man.
The diving area in Maria La Gorda, in the Corrientes Ensenada, is one of the most protected in Cuba with incredible coral reef. The valley of black coral has coral walls those measures approximately 100 meters long making of this area a diving paradise. It has also abundant mysterious caves, and remains of Spanish galleons sunk. A few meters from the shores, you can see different species of sharks and a variety of fish, among them, tuna.
In addition to diving, snorkelling, excursions and boat rides, you may experience deep sea fishing and submarine photography. For rookie divers there are courses with experiences and specialized trainers. There are also boat rentals in the marina.
The cabins with garden view are roomy and well equipped, with air conditioning, satellite TV and a classic interior. All cabins have a balcony or terrace and well-appointed and spacious bathrooms (with shower).
It is recommended that if you are diving in Cuba you take your own kit with you. The minimum kit you should take is a dive computer or own depth gauge so that you can confidently monitor your dive. Cuba is a poor country and dive centres may not be ran to the standard that you are familiar with elsewhere. It is also important to thoroughly check kit before each dive, be aware of your limits and not be afraid to ask the dive guides to stay shallow or slow down if you do not feel comfortable.