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Also see the Cuba Diving Guide for relevant articles, an overview, seasonal info, ... Here are Cuba dive reviews of dive resorts and liveaboards throughout Cuba. These are unedited diving reviews filed by the serious divers who read Undercurrent. Assemble your own personalized collection of Cuba reports with our Mini Chapbook facility
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Jaradine Aggressor Y   NA   "Jaradine Aggressor - Oceans for Yout"
Jaradine Aggressor - Oceans for YoutThe Jardines Aggressor was reviewed in the July 2016 addition of Undercurrent. Based on my trip, the information in the review wa... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
8/2016   Jim Tompkins
1000+ Dives
 
Jardines Aggressor I Y   Gardens of the Queen   "Jardines Aggressor I"
Jardines Aggressor IHad a great week diving in the Queen's Garden, on the central/southeast coast of Cuba. The Jardines Aggressor I did not disappoint... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
8/2016   Kathryn S Roberts
1000+ Dives
 
Aggressor/ Parque Central Y   Jardines Gardens   "Jardines Aggressor I - Rec Dive Detroit trip - Cuba May 2016"
Jardines Aggressor I - Rec Dive Detroit trip - Cuba May 2016It was with a mild amount of trepidation that a group of avid divers from Rec Dive, Detroit booked the first voyage of the Cuban J... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
5/2016   Gary Russo
250+ Dives
 
Avalon/ La Reina Y   Jardines de la Reina   "Great Diving"
Great Diving[Nothing bad. Everything was spectacular. The boat, the food, the crew, the dive sites.... Full report  
5 stars
1 stars  
5/2016   Gabriel I. Penagaricano
500+ Dives
 
Jardines Aggressor Y   Gardens of the Queen   "Diving Cuba's Gardens of the Queen"
Diving Cuba's Gardens of the QueenFor those of us who've been diving for a long time, this trip to the famous Jardines de la Reina was an exciting trip back in time... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
5/2016   Tom Baker
1000+ Dives
 
Colony Hotel N   Isle de Juventud   "Isla de Juventud, Cuba "
Isla de Juventud, Cuba Excellent diving and very few people here. The coral reefs at Punta Frances are pristine. I saw a great variety and large numbers ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
3/2016   Joseph H. Saunders
100+ Dives
 
Avalon Cuba Diving Center/ Gerogiana Y   Gardens of the Queen   "Cuba's Sharks and Lion Fish"
Cuba's Sharks and Lion FishFour of us hooked up with Discovery Diving for five days under water in the Gardens of the Queen off the southern coast of Cuba. D... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
1/2016   James Filipczak
1000+ Dives
 
Avalon/Cuba Diving Centers/ Avalon II Y   Jardines de la Reina   "Mediocre diving in Cuba’s Jardines de la Reina"
Mediocre diving in Cuba’s Jardines de la ReinaAvalon II is a good enough liveaboard. It has a long central carpeted passageway leading from the dive prep area to a small loung... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
1/2016   Mr. Lee McEachern Jr
1000+ Dives
 
Avalon Diving/Ocean Doctor/ Tortuga floating hotel N   Jardines de la Reina   "Jardines de la Reina Tortuga Floating Hotel"
Jardines de la Reina Tortuga Floating HotelOcean Doctor runs sanctioned people-to-people trips to Cuba and works with the Cuban government to develop, improve and monitor oc... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
9/2015   Barry Zigas
100+ Dives
 
Villa Maria La Gorda N   [N/A]   "Not as awesome as I had hoped"
Not as awesome as I had hopedDiving in Cuba has long been on my bucket list, so I was really looking forward to it. However, it didn't live up to my expectati... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
9/2015   Jay Bitzer
100+ Dives
 
Cuban Diving Centers/ Avbalon Fleet II Y   Gardens of the Queen   "Avalon Fleet II Great Liveaboard in Cuba"
Avalon Fleet II Great Liveaboard in CubaWell maintained and run liveaboard, unusually large rooms with a large bathrooms. Food was sensational , flavorful and varied eac... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
8/2015   Alan J Stabile
250+ Dives
 
Avalon Cuban Diving Center/ Tortuga Y   Gardens of the Queen   "Tons of Sharks and Groupers"
Tons of Sharks and GroupersI went on a group trip in July. Since Cuba is not totally open yet for American tourists, I went on a license, pre-approved by th... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
7/2015   ROBERT PECORARO
1000+ Dives
 
Avalon Y   Cuba   "Avalon Jardin de la Reina"
Avalon Jardin de la ReinaWith no vacation plans for this year I was happy to find a new destination in www.undercurrent.org on Cuba, Avalon and the Jardine... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
5/2015   Michael Joest
1000+ Dives
 
Avalon Cuban Diving Centers/ Avalon II Y   Gardens of the Queen   "A trip back to the past -- in some ways good, some ways not so good"
A trip back to the past -- in some ways good, some ways not so goodWhenever we see images of Cuba, they show old U.S. cars from the 50s. Likewise, Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) is bi... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
2/2015   Greg White
250+ Dives
 
International Diving Centers; Marlin Dive Center/ Hotel Colony; Diving Center at Mari N   Isla de Juventud & Maria la Go   "Terrific Diving in Cuba"
Terrific Diving in Cuba Diving was terrific on Isla de Juventud. It's a long boat ride to get to the dive sites. Lots of tropical fish and healthy reefs.... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
2/2015   Jacob Rosenstein
250+ Dives
 
Avalon Dive Center/ Tortuga Y   Jardines de la Reina   Gardens of the Queens is far and away the best diving in the Caribbean, and the marine life present is comparable to top notch loc... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
8/2014   Eric Schindler
500+ Dives
 
Avalon/ Ocean Doctor Y   Jardines de la Reina   "Cuba - Land & Sea Adventure"
Cuba - Land & Sea AdventureI had wanted to go to Cuba for many years to visit the island and dive, long before the Anderson Cooper 60 Minutes feature. I had ... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
5/2014   Robert Nissenbaum
100+ Dives
 
Avalon/ Tortuga Y   Gardens of the Queen   "Excellent trip and some of the best diving I have seen in 30 years"
Excellent trip and some of the best diving I have seen in 30 yearsUtterly fantastic diving, some of the best I have ever seen and comparable in my mind to Sipidan Island of the 1990's. The trip o... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
4/2014   Robert M Symington
250+ Dives
 
Avalon/ Tortuga Y   Jardines De La Reina   This was my first trip here. There were sharks on almost everydive. Reef, and Nurse are the most prominent, but sightings of many ... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
2/2014   Alexander Smith
100+ Dives
 
Avalon/ Tortuga N   Jardines de Reina   Avalon emphatically said in advance emails when I was arranging my trip that they did not feed the sharks. They did. On my boat, t... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
2/2014   MB
<100 Dives
 
Avalon/ Tortuga N   jardines de reina   Tortuga is a beautifully outfitted barge turned into a hotel that looks much like a live aboard.This is a shark feeding operation,... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
2/2014   MBB
100+ Dives
 
Avalon Dive Centers/ Tortuga Y   Jardines de la Reina   This was my second trip here in 3 months, awesome place.....a real divers paradise. If shark action is what you are looking for ch... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
11/2013   Scott O'Born
250+ Dives
 
Avalon Full report N   Jardines de la Reina   Jardines de la Reina is mangrove/coral chain about 65 miles off the south coast of Cuba. It has been a marine park for about 20 ye... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
10/2012   Graham McGregor
250+ Dives
 
International Diving Centre/ Playa Blanca Full report N   Cayo Largo   Cayo Largo is an island off the south central coast of Cuba. It is strictly a vacation spot. No fishing village, no colonial archi... Full report  
2 stars
4 stars  
10/2012   chris Aston
100+ Dives
 
Blue World Diving Centre/ Paradisus Rio De Oro Resort Full report N   Holguin   The hotel Paradisus Rio Deo is probably the best in Eastern Cuba. It is a 5* operation: accommodation, beach, food. The hotel prov... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
1/2011   Bob Penhearow
<100 Dives
 
Eagle Ray Dive Center/ Sol Rio Luna y Mares Full report N   Holguin   This was my third time in Cuba, after Varadero and Santa Lucia. So the only big concern was with the food, Cuba being know for it... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
9/2009   Guy
500+ Dives
 
Jibacoa Full report N   [N/A]   [None]The only negative thing is that one of the dive masters when he knows that you are taking pictures will harass the wildlife ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
11/2008   Terry Bartley
100+ Dives
 
Shark's Friends/ several next door Full report N   [N/A]   This is a government owned operation like all businesses in Cuba, so not really motivated employees. The DMs were professional and... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
8/2008   Larry Polster
500+ Dives
 
Maria La Gorda Full report N   [N/A]   The accomodations are sparse and not very cozy. However the opportunity to congreagte at the bar (drinks were very cheap) and mee... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
7/2008   Gary Bergeron
250+ Dives
 
Meliá Cayo Guillermo/ Iberostar Daiquiri - Cayo Guillermo Full report N   [Ciego de Avila Province   Just 30 kms from Cayo Cocos (see my other report for same time frame and area), Cayo Guillermo is the cheaper but just as good ver... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
7/2008   Gary J Bergeron
250+ Dives
 
Tryp Cayo Coco Full report N   Ciego de Avila Province   Overall Comments: Small dive boat - had to carry tanks from dive shop to boat. Dive Master was top notch. This is an an all incl... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
7/2008   Gary J Bergeron
250+ Dives
 
Ancon Full report N   Trinidad   The good part of trip was the cost...one week all inclusive from Toronto was $370 Canadian plus taxes...the cost of diving for the... Full report  
1 stars
3 stars  
11/2006   Brian Verbonac
250+ Dives
 

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