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Aggressor: "Go to Garden of the Queen instead of Zapata", Aug, 2018,

by Gail M King, FL, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 28 reports with 24 Helpful votes). Report 10836 has 3 Helpful votes.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments I had been to Cuba's Garden of the Queen so when Aggressor offered a $1000.00 discount for a week diving the Walls of Zapata I booked it.Zapata diving did not compare to the wonderful diving in Garden of the Queen.Zapata has an outer & inner reef long as we dove on the outer reef line diving was ok with good vis & enough to keep me interested.Luckily,we dove here 3.5 days before we moved toward land & the inner reef which was dismal with poor vis & very little to see.The Zapata swamp is close.The cruise directer who was very rigid told us bad weather was expected & she didn't want the boat to rock.We had a thunder storm the night other stormy weather.The cruise directer did not dive so didn't matter to her where we dove.She was in control & let you know it.The boat & crew were good except for the cruise directer.Food was ok considering things are hard to get in Cuba.The cruise directer was at her worst when she told us at dinner that a $500 tip was expected from each of was a real turn off & totally against Aggressor policy.So forget Zapata & go to Garden of the Queen where the reefs are pristine,the boat is larger/newer,& the cruise directer is so much better.
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Palau, Fiji, Philippines, Australia, Galapagos, Socorro, Hawaii, Bahamas, Caribbean, Cuba, PNG
Closest Airport Havana,Cuba Getting There Flew Delta out of Atlanta.Their schedule times were best.Delta provides Cuban visa.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 84-84°F / 29-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-80 Ft/ 3-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All divers enter & exit water together & stay with guide in a loose group for about an hour.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large camera table & rinse bins
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