Villa María La Gorda Hotel & International Diving Center
María La Gorda
International Diving Center
Ideal place for scuba diving

Lost Paradise dive site at María La Gorda


Dive Site Paraiso Perdido in María La GordaDive Site Paraiso Perdido in María La GordaDive Site Paraiso Perdido in María La Gorda

"Paraíso perdido"

depth range:60-100 feet

location: (21 46. 154 N 84 31. 372W)

features: wall dive, strong currents, big fish.

A superb wall dive with lots of big fish and a variety of interesting swim-throughs and caves. The site is home to impressive shoals of jacks, tuna and barracuda, a number of stingrays, and all the usual reef species like snappers and grunts. This is a beautiful site, sadly only suitable for experienced divers, but with a stunning variety of views, aquatic species and geological formations. Visibility is usually in excess of 30m as is the maximum depth of the site.

The coral and fish in this area are delightful. Huge lettuce, plate and flower corals and a lot of sea fans, whips and rods, surrounded by large purple baskets and yellow tubular sponges are a common sight. The density of sponges and fans increases as you move closer to the wall, which begins at the depth of 30 meters and reveals a great deal of marine life. The wall has many interesting holes and crevices offering shelter to a variety of fish and invertebrates. Ascending along the wall to submarine terrace, you will find entry to shallower regions through sandy channels. It is common to see schools of blue tromp as well as angelfish, groupers, snappers and surgeons.

An awesome dive! So many big fish! Another wall dive, but there were so many more fish than at the other sites, possibly because this is one of the furthest sites from the dive Center. The dive began by passing through an undercut in the reef to get to the wall which emerged at about 18 metres. Huge shoals of jacks, tuna and a lot of barracuda can be seen.

Nigel Alexander Hunt

Welcome to my site dedicated to María La Gorda International Diving Center. I am "poco a poco" researching and updating it with the aim to provide as complete as possible record of the hotel's ancient and recent history; bearing in mind that the goings-on today may one day be of historical interest.

My site is NOT the official website of the current hotel operator, and is by no means endorsed by them; but I am grateful for their help with the research and supplying some of the photographs.

You can make from this site room reservations through the Bizloco eTravel System operated by Cubaism Ltd which has a direct contract with the current hotel operator.

Best wishes for

Nigel Alexander Hunt