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Dive Review of Avalon Cuban Diving Center/Tortuga in
Cuba/Gardens of the Queen

 
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Avalon Cuban Diving Center/Tortuga: "Tons of Sharks and Groupers", Jul, 2015,

by ROBERT PECORARO, NY, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8536.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Continental US, Hawaii, caribbean, Indo Pacific, Africa, Asia, South pacific, Antarctica
Closest Airport Havana Getting There Fly to Havana and overnight there. Bus pick up in the morning for a 6 hour drive and 3 hour boat ride to the mangrove area.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Buddy teams can dive their profile
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments No rinse buckets on the small dive boats. There was a rinse bucket on the Tortuga upon return. There was plenty of room for cameras on board the Tortuga ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments I 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 the US Treasury Dept. Avalon Cuban Diving Centers has several live boards that operate in the Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina). They are the on ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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