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Dive Review of Avalon/Tortuga in
Cuba/Gardens of the Queen

 
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Avalon/Tortuga: "Excellent trip and some of the best diving I have seen in 30 years", Apr, 2014,

by Robert M Symington, BC, CA ( 1 report with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7829 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Belize, Bonaire, Curacao, Honduras, St Lucia, St Vincent Grenadines, Cayman, British Columbia, Ontario, Alberta
Closest Airport Havana Getting There Overnight in Havana, 6 hour bus ride and 3 hour boat ride

Dive Conditions

Weather Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 60 to 110 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We all dove as a group and would enter and exit the water at the same time. The 6 in my group all dove at about the same level which worked well.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There is no dedicated area for UWP or facilties and we were left to o ... 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
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Utterly fantastic diving, some of the best I have ever seen and comparable in my mind to Sipidan Island of the 1990's. The trip out was long and tiring but the experience was well worth it. I highly recommend the stop over in Havana before or after as it is well worth the few days I spent touring it. Luisa Sacerdote of Avalon booked all the hotels, transfers and diving and I thank her for her help and the seamless holiday.

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