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Dive Review of Avalon Dive Center/Tortuga in
Cuba/Jardines de la Reina

 
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Avalon Dive Center/Tortuga, Aug, 2014,

by Eric Schindler, AZ, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 7722 has 4 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving [Indonesia, Palau, Maldives, Caribbean venues, etc
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Very professional, respectful. Guide led dives for as long as you want to stay down and have sufficient air
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 We are not photographers, but plenty of space on board for accommodating cameras, etc. Staff are supportive of needs ... 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 N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Gardens of the Queens is far and away the best diving in the Caribbean, and the marine life present is comparable to top notch locations in the Western Pacific/Coral Triangle and Indian oceans. The highlights are dive encounters with sharks unlike any other. Caribbean reef sharks, Silkies, nurse sharks abound and accompany you on every dive. The largest fish I have ever seen -- a goliath grouper guestimated to be over 600 pounds, relatively healthy corals, including some color (this was peak ocean temperature ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Jeff Moore in FL, US at Oct 07, 2014 19:58 EST  
How many dives per day/week?
By Jeff Moore in FL, US at Oct 07, 2014 19:59 EST  
How many dives per day/week?
By Eric Schindler in AZ, US at Oct 08, 2014 10:43 EST  
Jeff, the package is for five days of diving, three dives per day. It is possible to add extra "twilight" dives for a stated $40 per. Night dives are technically not allowed, but our twilight dive started late enough to transition from dusk to darkness
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