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“Fabulous diving”
Review of Maria La Gorda

Maria La Gorda
Ranked #290 of 634 things to do in Cuba
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Reviewed January 12, 2009

December 21, 2008 - January 1, 2009
North Vancouver, Canada
We were a family of 4 divers who spent 10 days at the resort doing 3 dives a day. Had a fabulous time and thought
Orlando was a very professional dive master. If Spanish is not your first language there might be a language barrier
but being a qualified diver you should know your depths and limits. Seems that the dive shop has all new dive gear
– we brought our own. The dive sights were beautiful especially the tunnels and swimthroughs as well as the great variety in invertebrate life. Found the staff to be very helpful and considerate. Stayed in the forest rooms and was very happy with the daily cleaning. Food is basic but good and we had the buffet
During our stay. It is a small and quiet resort (which is exactly what we wanted) and did some great bird watching, especially the Cuban endemics. There was always lounge chairs available on the beach no matter what time of day you went to the beach.

3  Thank ficksburg
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Reviewed December 15, 2008

Group of 8 divers stayed at Maria la Gorda for one week. We had the unfortunate instance of one of our members experiencing an "undeserved" DCS hit, requiring an air evac to Havana and 3 chamber rides. He did not exceed his computer's limits but with other circumstances (diarrhea and dehydration) and diving close to the limits created the problem. The hyperbaric Doctor and the 4 instructors from our group all agreed it was an undeserved hit, not a diver error. We are all well travelled and experienced divers, we know that each diver and buddy is responsible for their own main safety, but dive operations should not have practices that may promote accidents.
The people are very accommodating, but they do not follow dive industry standards, i.e. no briefings; no check lists, no max depth and time parameters, the dive master is basically a guide to show the way along the reef. They do two deep dives each morning, both close to 100 feet, and another ‘shallow dive’ (anywhere from 30-60!) in the afternoon, most other places do the 1st deep and all of the next, shallow. They do not have water, juice etc available on the boats, nor a stretcher on the entire resort. They had oxygen bottles, but they were only ½ full.

The FOOD in the buffet restaurant, in my opinion, was horrible. The only saving grace was the omelet/egg maker for breakfast, as long as you watched how much oil he used. All but one of our group had diarrhea, two of us with severe abdominal cramps and dehydration. It was basically the same food every day, generally cold and greasy (or oily) chicken or pork, rice or potatoes, possibly beans, a few days had hamburg in a gravy and a fish cooked on the grill which was edible, stale bread, bad deserts, ½ the time the water for tea and coffee wasn’t hardly luke warm. They did also have an a la carte restaurant which was bit better but if you were on a package trip you had to eat at the buffet, or pay again for your food, there are no other options as the hotel is the only thing within 45 minutes.

We were in the cabins, they are basic but nice, kept very clean, good bed linens, with a nice bathroom, air conditioning works great. All rooms appear to have 3 single beds, but these were the most comfortable I ever had in Cuba, generally Cuban beds are like steeping on the floor, these were much better than that. We did have a few friendly visitors, a snake from up the shower drain, and a few geckos.

The sandy beach is beautiful, but there are a lot of sand fleas, swimming is excellent.

9  Thank MBRA538
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Reviewed June 16, 2008

We stayed in Maria la Gorda for 3 nights in June. We thought the diving and snorkelling were superb. The diving equipment is getting old, and many of the depth guages don't work - check the equipment before bringing it down to the boat, and ask for better gear if you can't read the dials. On the plus side, the dive masters/instructors were excellent and took very good care of the divers.

The accommodation is more than adequate - we stayed in the clean, airconditioned beach front rooms, so were able to fall out of bed and into the sea for an early morning swim. The view out from the patio at sunset was second to none - especially when accompanied by a cuba libre or pine dakyri.

Breakfast and dinner in the restuarant were edible, with just about enough variety to keep us happy for 3 days. Lunch was limited to cheese sandwiches, ham sandwiches or cheese and ham sandwiches! Bring a few snacks to keep you going if you aren't a fan of sandwiches.

I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Maria la Gorda as a place to stay for superb diving. I was worried before we went, based on some of the reviews on this website, but we (2 divers, 2 non divers) had an excellent time.

6  Thank deesmithIrl
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Reviewed December 23, 2007

if you are thinking of driving from havana to MLG, it takes about 5 hrs, roads are not bad, but there are very few directions. dont drive above the speed limit - you will get fined.
the chalets are much better than the accomodation on the beach front (ie dont ask for sea view - 5CUC extra). the dive instructors are excellent on par with those on the Red Sea. not much macro life but the corals are great. tip them after your dive , they are paid 30 CUC per month!!. the dive equipment on hire is getting old (we had all our dive gear) and so check it throughly before you start your dive.
the resort is ideal to unwind, 3 places to eat (includng the bar)and food is not bad.

4  Thank rina-menon
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