CUP 2018

Diving in Cuba.( Fat Maria and Bay of Pigs)

 

Maria la Gorda is the best Scuba Diving in Cuba - Peninsula de Guanahacabibes

Isolated and serene, Maria La Gorda "Fat Mary" is famed for its clear seabed, which many consider to be one of the richest in the Caribbean. Full of marine species and coral reefs of breathtaking beauty, ideal place to practice diving & ecotourism. Maria la Gorda is a lovely beach and the resort on the end of Cuba. Situated at the Currents Cape "Cabo Corrientes", which is formed by the long, curving Peninsula de Guanahacabibes.
Also known as International Diving Center or Haven for Bird Watchers, is loceted at the west end of the province Pinar del Rio, about 189 miles / 300 km west from Havana.


The beach is named from the Venezuelan aboriginal beauty, abandoned here by pirates. Maria allegedly gained quite a reputation for her charms. She's long gone, but the Maria la Gorda's sunsets are the best in Cuba.
The area is filled with legends of pirates that are borne out by the anchors, old cannon and other treasures that lie on the bottom of sea near peaceful Corrientes Cove. Cuba's westernmost tip, the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, holds a true natural treasure characterized by exuberant vegetation, fauna and flora.
The territory also treasures the imprint of Cuba's first inhabitants, who named the region Guanahacabibes. One of the last refuges of aboriginal communities fleeing from the Spanish conquistadors, who were known as Guanahatabeyes.

Internacional Scuba Diving Center - Maria la Gorda in Cuba, is the best among the Caribbean.
Maria la Gorda offer 39 diving sites of high level diving, some are still not named, all of them are less than hour cruise, some at even a few minutes away.
The most popular diving sites of Maria La Gorda:
17-Gorgonias Jardín "Jardín de las gorgonias" depth : 15 meters 50 feet.A shallow garden with an abundance of gorgonians sponges and corals.
25-Yemaya, depth :12 meters 100 feet.In the Santeria religion "Yemaya" is the Goddess of the sea. Tunnels purple vase sponges with colorful shrimps.
14-Salón de María "Maria's Lounge "Salon de Maria depth : 20 meters 60 feet The reef formed by a hole in the rock, coral or sponge growth around the cave.
16-Vanesa's Patio "El Patio de Vanesa" depth : 15 meters 50 feet.Couple of really big gouges in the reef.
5-Pirate's Anchor "El Ancla del Pirata" depth : 18 meters 60 feet.Wall with wide sandy channels, barracudas, nice corals and spectacular gorgonians.
8-Enchant "Encanto" depth :10 meters 100 feet.A wall with lots of tunnels and caves.
10-Aquarium "El Acuario" depth : 6 meters 22 feet.Relaxing dive patchy reef, shallow depth , as swimming inside a very large fish aquarium.
1-Lost Paradise "El Paraíso Perdido"depth : 30 meters 100 feet. Many big fishes, a wall dive. 

Bay of Pigs Bahia de Cochinos Cuba - Cienaga De Zapata Peninsula Biosphere Reserve.

The Bay of Pings,Zapata Wetland Place in Cuba where you don't need a boat to reach the scuba diving or snorkeling area, because the slope is so close to shore.Zapata Peninsula Park UNESCO has declared to be a biosphere preserve, and Ramsar site scuba diving in the open sea and in caves flooded with brackish water linked to the speleo lacustrian system.
International Scuba Diving Center Octopus, Playa Larga offer 13 diving and snorkeling sites, dives directly from the coast.There is a wall that drops 131 feet 40 meters down just 328 feet 100 meters from the coast.
Recommended diving sites of Playa Larga:
1-La Cuevas Los Peces. With speleo scuba diving in sinkholes and flooded caves. depth: 70 meter.
2-El Cenote , El Brinco. Where you can enjoy a spectacular diving forward for a platform that is between 100-150 meters in length and depth: Advances from 0 to 12 meters.

Internacional Scuba Diving Center Azul, Playa Girón 13 diving sites, dives directly from the coast.There is a wall that drops 131 feet 40 meters down just 328 feet 100 meters from the coast.
Recommended diving sites of Playa Giron:
1-Punta Perdiz.Where you can enjoy a spectacular diving forward for a platform that is between 100-150 meters in length and depth: Advances from 0 to 12 meters.
2-Alejo El Moro , El Ebano. Where is the coral reef where cracks appear, caves or canyons that run from the inside of the reef and go further down the wall.

Internacional Scuba Diving Center El Pirata , Caleta Buena: offer 19 diving sites for different levels of Scuba diving and depths of as much as 82 feet 25 meters, with speleo scuba diving in sinkholes and flooded caves.
Recommended diving sites of Caleta Buena:
1-La Corona de Maceo , Los Canones.
2-El Cabezo de Caleta Buena , El Alto de las Pailas.

 

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