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

April, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Robert M Symington, BC, CA (1 report, with 3 Helpful votes)
"Excellent trip and some of the best diving I have seen in 30 years"
Report Number 7829 has 3 Helpful votes
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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
Getting There
Overnight in Havana, 6 hour
bus ride and 3 hour boat ride

Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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  5 stars
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Boat Facilities
1 stars
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There is no dedicated area for UWP or facilties and we were left to o
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Value for $$
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3 stars   
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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.  

Gardens of the Queen is an offshore pristine reef in which I saw 
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