Villa International Diving Center "María La Gorda"

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Accommodation Details

Type: Villa
Rooms: 71

Features

Beach . Nature

Hotel Chain

Gaviota Hoteles

Tourist Destination

Guanahacabibes, Pinar del Río

It's a true opportunity to discover the intricate places of this biosphere reserve and experience a paradise inhabited by many species of animals and endangered endemic species and where there remain still untouched small and sheltered beaches wrapped in pirates and hidden treasures stories.

Designed especially for divers, but is a wonderful option for echo-tourists and vacationers looking for a quiet and isolated place, the Centro Internacional de Buceo Gaviota "Maria la Gorda" is located at the westernmost tip of Cuba, the Guanahacabibes peninsula, near Corrientes Cape.

It is not known with certainty the identity of the person who gave name to it, if it was a Venezuelan indigenous brought into force on a pirate ship and then abandoned to their fate, or the daughter of a Spanish sailor who shipwrecked in the area, but Maria la Gorda (the fat Mary) settled down at the edge of the inlet streams, 143 km southwest of the city of Pinar del Rio and to survive, she began to provide food and fun to any ship which ventured that corner of Cuba, where it is assumed that over 100 sunken Spanish galleons lie, and where there is talk of fabulous hidden treasures such as the Mexican city of Merida.

Private, quiet and known for its clear sea beds, ranked among the top in the world and for many the best for diving in Cuba, the Canto del Veril marine platform is about 300m from the coast and its 50 dive sites are always nearby; here you can enjoy a marine flora of indescribable colors by the gorgonian varieties that inhabit them, as well as the contemplation of walls which are covered by black coral colonies, which constitute the largest reserve on the island. The marine life is abundant and surprising, mostly in August by the presence of whale sharks. More than 20 corals species, different sizes fishes, lobsters, crabs and eels can be seen frequently in these sea beds.

The villa is located in a mixed environment, where the lush forest and diverse wildlife are considered a natural refuge. Birds abound, more than a hundred native species nest in the place (especially the green woodpecker, the parrot and the tocororo) as well as numerous temporary residents. There are also a lot of live reptiles, amphibians and mammals (mainly iguanas, frogs, deer and jutías). Extremely abundant are invertebrates and a special attraction is the speleology-fauna, to which belong the hot caves, its main biotype. This region’s vegetation is endowed with diverse formations such as evergreen semidesíduos forests, coastal thickets, rocky coast and sandy coast vegetation, of lagoons, mangrove swamps and grasslands. Its flora reaches about 70 species of which 17 are endemic of district itself, among them is the smaller plant with flowers and fruits in the world which does not exceed 0.3 mm., demonstrating the varied landscape, one of the main attractions of the place.

Accommodation

The Village has 71 rooms of which 61 are doubles and 10 triples, all with private bath, air conditioning, minibar, telephone and satellite TV service. Of these, 51 are on the beachfront line, twelve have no direct sea view, and another 20 are inserted in the vegetation on the second beach line.

51 Standard Rooms

In beachfront with and without sea view, air conditioning, two or three single beds, private bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, safe and refrigerator.

20 Wooden Rooms

These are wooden rooms inserted into the vegetation, with air conditioning, private bathroom, telephone, satellite TV, safe, refrigerator, terrace or balcony.

Gastronomy

  • "Las Gorgonias" (The Rods) Buffet: Breakfast (07:30-10:00). Lunch (13:00-15:00). Dinner (19:30-22:00)
  • The Carajuelo: Lunch (12:30-16:00). Dinner (19:00-22:00). A la carte. Specializing in seafood
  • Snack Bar "Energio": 09:30 - until the last customer leaves

Services

  • Water Sports: Contemplative scuba diving, diving courses, tours of the bay, snorkeling outings, snorkeling from the beach, kayaks and pedal boats
  • Land Sports: Excursions in the nature reserve, beach volleyball, table tennis, and a badminton court
  • Beach: The entire facility is nestled in the coastal belt known as María la Gorda beach, with the most famous sea beds in Cuba
  • Games room: We do not have games room but we have backgammon, cards, scrabble and other board games available for rent
  • Special activities: There are various thematic nights during the week, dancing lessons, karaoke and live music, among other activities
  • Nightly entertainment: Our Bar offers a range of activities: participation nights, dancing shows, discos, etc
  • Honeymoon: It includes: Bottle of sparkling wine and flowers in room on arrival as a courtesy, maid service in the afternoon, extension of check-out time at no extra charge and subject to availability
  • Club house: Daily animation activities center, beach towels, snorkeling equipment, board games, books, tennis implements, from 9:00 to 17:30 hours
  • Disabled facilities: We have one standard room with wheelchair access. The hotel has ramps to bars, restaurants, beach and Reception access areas
  • Medical services: First aid medical services and medical services specialized in underwater diseases are offered 24 hours a day. In case of accident the client is air-transported to the nearest hyperbaric chamber (45 min, Naval hospital in Havana)
  • Shop: Open daily from 09:00 to 23:00 hrs
  • Beauty Salon: We do not have this service
  • Massage: Located in the medical service and available every day from 09:00-17:00 hrs., previous reservation
  • Tourism Desk: We do not have this service
  • Diving: Contact to the diving center on the beach
  • Internet: We offer this service from 08.00 to 22.00 hrs
  • Motor Rental: Daily from 09:00 to 17:00 hrs
  • Car Rental: Daily from 09:00 to 17:00 hrs
  • Post Office: We do not have this service
  • Photo Service: We do not have this service
  • Fax and Phone: 24 hours a day in the Reception

(*) All sports are subject to availability and weather conditions.

Best Offer for this Accommodation

Cabin – CP Plan
from $37.00 CUC per Pax per night
+ $23.00 CUC Single Supplement
Bookprices until 30.Jun.2017

Address

Península de Guanahacabibes
Cabo Corrientes , Pinar del Río
Cuba
21° 49' 8.8212" N, 84° 29' 44.736" W
Pinar del Río CU

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