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Dive Review of Aggressor/Parque Central in
Cuba/Jardines Gardens

May, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Gary Russo, MI, US (1 report, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Jardines Aggressor I - Rec Dive Detroit trip - Cuba May 2016"
Report Number 8919 has 2 Helpful votes
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Galapagos, Palau
Closest Airport
Getting There
Detroit to Charter flight from
Miami.  Had to wait 2 hours
for our bags in Havana 

Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth and dive duration was suggested.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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The vessel was setup well for photographers with rinse tanks and dry
tables.  The skifs needed t ...
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It was with a mild amount of trepidation that a group of avid divers from
Rec Dive, Detroit booked the first voyage of the Cuban Jardines Aggressor
in Dec 2015 for a trip at the end of April 2016.   At the time Americans
traveling to Cuba had travel restrictions, no credit card access, no
cellular service, no Wi-Fi, no Internet and no DAN Insurance.  The allure
of seeing Cuba while it was still in its genuine state was the primary

After months of waiting the Rec Dive group finally left for Cuba, flying
from Detroit to connect with a charter flight from Miami.  The flights were
uneventful but the Havana airport didnt seem quite ready for tourists.  We
had to wait two hours for bags.  The Oceans for Youth staff met us at the
airport and took us to the Parque Central Hotel.  It was modern, clean, had
a nice rooftop pool and a decent breakfast.  Best of all it was located
near the Parque Central square and an entertainment district a few blocks
away.  We attended a 2 hour conservation presentation by a retired marine
biologist who helped setup the marine sanctuaries in Cuba starting in 1996.

Then we toured the city by bus and were amazed by the 1950s cars and Art
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By ronda57 at Jun 04, 2016 18:38 EST  
I seriously doubt that feeding sharks in Cuba brings all the sharks in from
the rest of the Caribbean, yes sharks sense a struggling fish and blood
from a great distance but from Cayman etc. is a little much. But what is
completely believable is this behavior is something that benefits the
Aggressor Fleet. For sure has nothing to do with environment.
By grusso57 at Jun 28, 2016 07:24 EST  
I don't think that their practice brings in ALL the sharks from the
Caribbean but it does seem to entice a decent amount of sharks and groupers
to live in the reefs rather than in the unprotected waters outside the
reserve.  FYI I wanted to correct the Detroit Dive shop is REC DIVING !!
Sorry Jim and Diane !
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