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

February, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by MB, VA, US
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 7543
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
French Polynesia, Saba, Utila, Fla Keys, Central Fla springs and rivers,
Tobago, Mexico, BVI, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Group went down together, surfaced together when anyone was below 10 Bar,
unless you used up your air very quickly, in which case you could surface
earlier and sit on the boat until the dive was finished.  
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):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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While I was there there the guy who wrote the first book on digital
underwater photog was there. I don't know if that affected things, but
there was ...
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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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Avalon emphatically said in advance emails when I was arranging my trip
that they did not feed the sharks. They did. On my boat, they did not, out
of respect for my sensibilities, which I had politely made clear before I
went. But the other boats fed the sharks, which they readily discussed
after each dive, and it was apparent in the shark behavior that they were
accustomed to being fed or having chum set out to attract them. (They
appeared the minute they heard the boat motor, circled the boat as we
descended, and approached divers during most dives, repeatedly and very
closely, within 1 meter - facing the diver head on, or approaching from the
rear directly, and only turning a ...
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