Underwater Photography Contest - Maria la Gorda

Underwater Photography & Diving Contest at Maria la Gorda 2021

5 Days /4 nights, Cuba tour from/to Havana

Destinations

  • Maria la Gorda


Main attractions:

  • The largest festival of underwater photography in Cuba.
  • Dive in the UNESCO-Biosphere Reserve Maria la Gorda.
  • Enjoy white sand beaches and turquoise blue sea.
  • Explore around 26 coral reefs.
  • Live an unforgettable experience.

Discover 3 different dive regions of the Cuban south coast: In Playa Larga you can dive directly from the shore. The area is very attractive thanks to the steep oceanic cliffs near the coast. In Cienfuegos you explore a wonderful landscape of soft and hard corals, labyrinths and cliffs and in Trinidad beautiful reefs, as well as small wrecks. In addition to the great diving spots, you will also discover the lively capital Havana, the historically known Bay of Pigs and the colonial triangle: Cienfuegos, Santa Clara and Trinidad.

Day 1: Arrival Havana

Accommodation: Middle class hotel*** or similar in Old-Havana, Vedado or Miramar.


Day 2: Havana - Playa Larga

After breakfast, a small city tour through the Havana of the 19th and early 20th century: starting from the Revolution Square with the statue of Che Guevara and the monument of José Martí and other interesting sights during the city tour to the old town. Walking tour through the streets and squares of Old Havana, visiting many important places of interest: Plaza de Armas, Templete, Palace of the General Captains, Cathedral Square, Plaza Vieja, Hemingways "Bodeguita". After lunch, transfer to Playa Larga.

Included services:

  • city tour in Havana

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Playa Larga** or similar at Playa Larga.


Day 3: Playa Larga

Time for daily dives, relaxation at the beach, snorkeling or a walk in the beautiful nature.

Included services:

  • 2 dives daily, inclusive equipment

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Playa Larga** or similar at Playa Larga.


Day 4: Playa Larga - Cienfuegos

After breakfast continue to Cienfuegos, the "Pearl of the South" or the "city of a hundred fires", with its French colonial architecture. Upon arrival walk through the old town with the main square of José Martí and the nostalgic Terry theatre where Caruso once sang.

Included services:

  • city tour in Cienfuegos

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Faro Luna*** or similar in Cienfuegos.


Day 5: Cienfuegos

Time for daily dives, relaxation at the beach, snorkeling or a walk in the beautiful nature.

Included services:

  • 2 dives daily, inclusive equipment

Included meals: breakfast, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Faro Luna*** or similar in Cienfuegos.


Day 6: Cienfuegos - Trinidad

After breakfast continue to Trinidad, a UNESCO world cultural heritage site with one of a kind architecture. Upon arrival walk over the main square surrounded by the magnificent manors of the sugar barons.

Included services:

  • city tour in Trinidad

Included meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Club Amigo Ancón*** or similar in Trinidad.


Day 7: Trinidad                   

Time for daily dives, relaxation at the beach, snorkeling or a walk in the beautiful nature.

Included services:

  • 2 dives daily, inclusive equipment

Included meals: all inclusive

Accommodation: Hotel Club Amigo Ancón*** or similar in Trinidad.


Day 8: Trinidad - Santa Clara - Havana

In the morning drive to famous Valley of the Sugar Mills and visit the Iznaga slave tower, where you will receive a lot of historical information of the region. Then continue onwards to Santa Clara, the City of Che Guevara where he celebrated his biggest victory and found his last rest. Visit of the memorial of Che and walking city tour. Then transfer back to Havana.

Important: Climbing the slave tower at own risk. The mausoleum of Che Guevara is closed on Mondays and can be closed on other days without prior notice. Caribbean Tours assumes no guarantee for the opening times. However, the monumental memorial itself with an imposing statue of Che alone is worth a visit.

Included services:

  • visit to Valle de los Ingenios
  • entrance to the tower Manaca Iznaga
  • city tour in Santa Clara
  • visit to the mausoleum of Che

Included meals: breakfast, lunch

Accommodation: Middle class hotel*** or similar in Old-Havana, Vedado or Miramar.


Day 8: Havana

In the morning time for shopping or buying souvenirs. Around noon check-out and transfer (depending on flight time) to Havana airport. For guests with a beach extension in Varadero there is the possibility to book a private transfer from Havana to Varadero (please see Caribbean Tours rates).

Included services:

  • transfer

Included meals: breakfast

Services Included:

  • Private transfer in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • 7 nights at the mentioned hotels, according to availability.
  • Defined number of dives including the boat transfer to diving spots as well as oxygen tanks, weights and a professional diving instructor.


Services Not Included:

  • Optional excursions and shows incl. transfers.
  • All meals and drinks that are not mentioned in the program.
  • Personal expenses and tips.


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