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Dive Review of Avalon/Tortuga in
Cuba/jardines de reina

February, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by MBB, VA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
French Polynesia, Honduras, BVI, Tobago, Saba, Isla Mujeres, Fla Keys,
central Florida springs and rivers, Turks and Caicos, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All go in a group with the divemaster.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
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Dove from small boats or zodiacs. Separate rinse bucket and table for
cameras upon return. Divemaster is a well known local photographer so
plenty of help and facilities.  ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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Tortuga is a beautifully outfitted barge turned into a hotel that looks
much like a live aboard.This is a shark feeding operation, though they said
when asked when I reserved that was not the case. They did not feed from
the boats I was on, but did from the others. The difference in the shark
behavior was significant. The sound of the engines alone brought them;
almost every dive they were circling on descent and ascent. Great for
videography if you want to video a circus show, but not if you want to see
natural reef behavior. The sharks were also overly interested in humans
compared to non- fed animals. It was often only possible, even with a wide
lens, to get ...
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By sethresnik at Mar 15, 2015 23:33 EST  
Excellent review, framed in a cultural and political context.  Thanks.
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