Characteristics of Maria La Gorda Diving Sites

Maria La Gorda Cuba Dives

The Maria la Gorda diving zone is also known as the Ensenada de Corrientes. It is one of the most protected seascapes in Cuba, located within the limits of one of the best preserved Biosphere Reserve in the world. It has an amazing coral reef maturity located just a short distance from the coast and thus ideal for snorkelers or amateur divers. Incredibly, from just 5 meters (16 feet) divers can see immense isolated patches of coral with an abundant sessile fauna, especially gorgonians and sea fans, along with more than 20 other species of coral and lots of small and medium size fish. Lobsters, morays and crabs are frequently spotted in the crevices and small caves making up the coral seabed. From ten meters (33 feet) deep coral growth begins to join together, increasingly taller formations, thus forming a chain of giant coral hillocks cut by channels and passages, with walls falling sharply to greater depths.

Maria La Gorda Diving Offers

This coral wall is punctuated with attractive structures such as holes, tunnels and vertical caves, where divers can easily locate beautiful black coral colonies, big tubular branch or cup shaped sponges and even two meters tall (6,5 feet) gorgonians. Among the fish that move along the massive coral wall are; barracudas, jacks, dog snappers, eels and schoolmasters, you can also see eagle rays and stingrays. And with a little bit of luck you can observe some enormous mantas and whale sharks.