Cuba Bike & Dive

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Cuba Bike & Dive

Maria La Gorda diving zone lies in Cuba’s Pinar del Río Province, on the westernmost point on the island. Located in Guanahacabibes Peninsula, one of Cuba’s most protected areas, with an amazing coral reef development. The area is ringed with over 50 diving sites, accessible within 1 hour cruise. María la Gorda is considered among the top ten places in Latin America, due to its abundant marine life and extraordinarily beautiful corals.

Earlier in the tour, take a comprehensive tour of Havana and visit Viñales Valley, known for beautiful landscapes and various activities including; hiking, cycling, horse riding. Visit Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve and Orchid garden. Visit San Diego de los Banos village and travel to Maria la Gorda, known as one of the best diving destinations in Cuba.

TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 10-DAY CUBA BIKE & DIVE ADVENTURE…
And, experience Vinales Valley with diving in María La Gorda.
 

What We Love
  • Visit Viñales, known for Karst Mountains that rise 400m above the valley. 
  • Maria La Gorda is famed for its clear seabed, one of the richest in biological terms.
  • Dive in crystal-clear and warm waters in some of Cuba's finest dive sites.
  • Travel any day – shorten or lengthen the tour to suite your wishes.
  • This tour is designed to provide maximum outdoor experience.
What to Know
  • This is an active tour and includes biking and diving activities.
  • We carefully select the world's local activity providers in each destination.
  • We offer 24/7 support to give you complete peace of mind during your holiday.
  • We strongly recommend that you take travel insurance for this holiday.

Review

After a brief exploration of Havana, we will bike towards the beautiful Viñales Valley in western Cuba. The valley is surrounded by Karst cliffs that hold numerous caves, inside which are dripstone and rock art. Although much smaller in size in comparison to China's Yangshuo, Guilin, but cycling into this valley is a spectacular sight.
 
Continue to Maria la Gorda: This remote enclave is located in western Cuba and has about 39 Scuba-diving sites off the Guanahacabibes Peninsula. Isolated and serene, Maria La Gorda is famed for its clear seabed, which many consider to be one of the richest in Cuba in biological terms. Here, you can see many species of coral, including the largest colony of Black Coral in Cuban waters; gardens of gorgonians; sponges; a large wall studded with grottoes; and Barracudas, Dog Snapper, Schoolmasters and other kind of Snappers. The international scuba-diving centre has its own lodging in Pinar del Rio Province.
Getting There

Virgin Atlantic is the only airline operating direct scheduled flights to Cuba, with two services a week from Gatwick.

Various airlines fly to Havana from London via European cities, including Madrid, Paris, Amsterdam and Rome. Air France is the most versatile option, with daily flights from London Heathrow to Havana via Paris. Iberia and KLM also fly from Heathrow, via Madrid and Amsterdam respectively. Other airlines flying direct from European cities include Cubana, KLM, Air Berlin and Air Europa. Though Cubana tends to offer the least expensive flights on the market, they have a justified reputation for overbooking, overzealous enforcement of the baggage weight limit.
 

 
Cuba Bike & Dive Cuba

Cuba Bike & Dive

Vinales Valley & María La Gorda Diving  
(10 Days – Travel Any Day)


Day 1 – Arrive
Havana Meet and greet on arrival at Havana airport and transfer to your hotel in the heart of historic Old Havana.

Day 2 – City Tour
Havana After an early breakfast at the hotel we visit Old Havana, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Enjoy a city tour by bike, then lunch at Meson de la Flota Restaurant. Free time for handicraft shopping in the market before returning to the hotel.

This evening we'll dine at Havana's most elegant restaurant, Cafe del Oriente followed by a Cuban Mojito at the Bodeguita del Medio, one of Hemingway's favourite watering holes.
(B, L, D)

Day 3 – Transfer
Las Terrazas / Soroa Transfer by coach to outside of the city and then start cycling inland to the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve. Our ride ends at Soroa Hotel, where we have lunch at the entrance to the waterfall. Free afternoon to explore the hotel facilities, orchid gardens, massage services, hiking or horseback riding.
Overnight at Soroa Hotel (B, L, D)

Day 4 – Bike Tour
Viñales Valley Take a short coach transfer to the village of San Diego de los Banos, where tough riders can add 10 km/6.2 mi of climbing on today’s ride. For moderate cyclists, we’ll drive to the highest point of La Guira Park and begin at Los Pinos. Beautiful landscapes dot our route to Viñales, declared a Natural National Monument.

Lunch in Cueva de los Cimarrones before checking into La Ermita, Los Jazmines or Rancho San Vicente. We recommend a trip into the village this evening to check out the local musicians.
Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 5 – Bike Tour
Viñales Valley Today we cycle through the valley bordering the Sierra del Infierno to Pons. Continue 8 km on a dirt road to Pan de Azucar visiting a local family to see how a rural Cuban family lives. This province is noted for growing the best tobacco in the world. Return by coach to Viñales area for lunch at Rancho San Vicente. After lunch, try out the mud masks, mineral baths or massage service or visit the great natural botanical garden. Dinner in the village of Viñales at Don Tomas.
Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 6 – Diving Centre
Maria la Gorda Transfer to Maria la Gorda hotel and diving centre. The 3-hr overland journey takes you through west Cuba’s countryside and towns with time to stop-over for a lunch. The afternoon and evening are free for you to enjoy at your own leisure.

The hotel and diving centre is located at the most westerly point of Cuba – on the Guananahacabibes Peninsula – at the most beautiful beach on the Gulf of Mexico. The diving centre is within the complex which includes a restaurant, bar and entertainment. Deep-sea game fishing and car rental is also available on request.
Overnight at Villa Maria La Gorda (B)

Day 7 to 9 – Diving Centre
Maria la Gorda Enjoy two immersions dives per day and spend the remainder of your time at leisure to enjoy the miles of deserted beaches and tropical sunsets.
Overnight at Villa Maria La Gorda (B)

Day 10 – Depart
Havana Transfer to Havana City. Enjoy time at your own leisure to further explore and take in its vibrant nightlife. We suggest going to the famous Tropicana Cabaret as an optional event (B)
 

 

Make this your holiday

  • Exclusive Tour: your own private multilingual guide throughout the trip  
  • Price Guarantee: costing 25-30% less than similar tours of the same flexibility and quality
  • Tailor Made: customised itinerary to create your dream holiday
  • Duration: shorten or lengthen the tour to suit your wishes
  • Dates: depart and return whenever you choose
  • Hotels: change hotel grade to suit your budget
  • Group Discounts: call 020 8350 6199

When to go Cuba is an all year round destination and there isn't a bad time to visit Cuba. It has primarily a tropical climate where temperature rarely falls below 27 degrees C (81 F) and reaches a maximum 32 C (90 F) and although hot all year round, there is a very pleasant breeze.

There are only two seasons: the hot and rainy season runs from May to November (May-June are the wettest months) and the dry season (winter) runs from December to April. It is the time when Europeans go there in pursuit of the southern sun. Avoid the peak hurricanes season (September-October) and the busy periods (July and August) when the Cubans take their holidays.

Visas Make sure you get the right visa for your visit. As well as tourist visas, there are other visa categories for different types of travellers. If you’re entering Cuba as a tourist, you’ll need to get a tourist card before you travel.

Passport validity: Your passport should be valid for the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.