A rare chance to visit Cuba
Where we are diving
Your chance to dive the famous Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen), as spectacularly beautiful and wild as when Columbus named it over 500 years ago. Covering more than 837 square miles, Gardens of the Queen is one of the largest and healthiest marine parks in the Caribbean. The protected area allows no more than 300 divers a year, so the marine life doesn’t fear humans and their natural curiosity creates unbelievable close encounters. Sightings of silky sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, whale sharks, jewfish, and hawksbill turtles are common. Our Trip Leader is Frank Wells.
Where we are staying
Our trip starts with two days in Havana at the Hotel Parque Central, where we’ll spend time sightseeing and soaking up the Cuban culture. We’ll transfer to the liveaboard Avalon II, which accommodates 20 guests over four decks. The 10 staterooms include en-suite bathrooms. Fare includes Cuban cuisine and fresh seafood. Join the group in the dining lounge for meals, or relax on the shaded deck, or head up to the sun deck and enjoy the Jacuzzi. Between the first and second dive, the dive tenders make excursions to pristine beaches for sunbathing. We’ll also explore the dense mangrove areas of the Gardens of the Queen, perfect for wildlife spotting. Included in the trip is time with local marine biologists learning about the marine park.