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Dive Review of Aggressor/Parque Central in
Cuba/Jardines Gardens

 
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Aggressor/Parque Central : "Jardines Aggressor I - Rec Dive Detroit trip - Cuba May 2016", May, 2016,

by Gary Russo, MI, US ( 1 report with 3 Helpful votes). Report 8919 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Australia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Galapagos, Palau
Closest Airport Havana Getting There Detroit to Charter flight from Miami. Had to wait 2 hours for our bags in Havana

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth and dive duration was suggested.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

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 4 stars
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UW Photo Comments The vessel was setup well for photographers with rinse tanks and dry tables. The skifs needed t ... 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 4 stars
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Beginners 5 stars
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Comments It was with a mild amount of trepidation that a group of avid divers from Rec Dive, Detroit booked the first voyage of the Cuban Jardines Aggressor in Dec 2015 for a trip at the end of April 2016. At the time Americans traveling to Cuba had travel restrictions, no credit card access, no cellular service, no Wi-Fi, no Internet and no DAN Insurance. The allure of seeing Cuba while it was still in its genuine state was the primary draw.

After months of waiting the Rec Dive group finally left for Cuba, flying from Detroit to connect with a charter flight from Miami. The flights were uneventful but the Havana airport didnt seem quite ready for tourists. We had to wait two hours for bags. The Oceans for Youth staff met us at the airport and took us to the Parque Central Hotel. It was modern, clean, had a nice rooftop pool and a decent breakfast. Best of all it was located near the Parque Central square and an entertainment district a few blocks away. We attended a 2 hour conservation presentation by a retired marine biologist who helped setup the marine sanctuaries in Cuba starting in 1996.
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By ronda friend in CA, US at Jun 04, 2016 18:38 EST  
I seriously doubt that feeding sharks in Cuba brings all the sharks in from the rest of the Caribbean, yes sharks sense a struggling fish and blood from a great distance but from Cayman etc. is a little much. But what is completely believable is this behavior is something that benefits the Aggressor Fleet. For sure has nothing to do with environment.
By Gary Russo in MI, US at Jun 28, 2016 07:24 EST  
I don't think that their practice brings in ALL the sharks from the Caribbean but it does seem to entice a decent amount of sharks and groupers to live in the reefs rather than in the unprotected waters outside the reserve. FYI I wanted to correct the Detroit Dive shop is REC DIVING !! Sorry Jim and Diane !
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