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

July, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by ROBERT PECORARO, NY, US
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
"Tons of Sharks and Groupers"
Report Number 8536
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Continental US, Hawaii, caribbean, Indo Pacific, Africa, Asia, South
pacific, Antarctica
Closest Airport
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

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Buddy teams can dive their profile  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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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 ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Dive Operation
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Shore Diving  
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4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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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
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