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Dive Review of Avalon Cuba Dive Centers/Jardines Avalon III liveaboard in
Cuba/Jardines de la Reina

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Avalon Cuba Dive Centers/Jardines Avalon III liveaboard: "Jardines de la Reina aboard the Jardines Avalon III", Jan, 2022,

by Emmette Murkett, AL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 11857 has 4 Helpful votes.

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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 N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) Marine Sanctuary starting 60 miles off the southern part of Cuba is the largest, most pristine and least visited marine sanctuary in the Caribbean. It has been on my bucket list since I saw Stephen Frink’s pictures in Alert Diver Magazine. It certainly did not disappoint! Only two dives out of twenty-four had no sharks. Most had 6-9 grey sharks and many had at least a couple of silky sharks as well. The greys would zoom in and out of our group and got to the point of being actually annoying. The silkies usually hung out under the boat. I had to push one out of the way to get to the boarding ladder.
I saw more grouper in a week than I have seen in other parts of the Caribbean in the last ten years. At three sites, we had a Goliath Grouper hang out with us and actually ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Avalon Cuba Dive Centers   Jardines Avalon III liveaboard

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Cozumel, Xcalak, Banco Chinchorro, Bimini, Southern Bahamas, Red Sea, Gulf of Mexico, US rivers and springs, Florida Keys, Belize, Culebra, Roatan, Cuba
Closest Airport Havana Getting There Fly to Havana, take a bus to the port at Jucaro

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80-85°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Cuban law requires a dive guide for every six divers. All dives are guided.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments The dive deck had two camera tables with power strips and there was a fresh rinse tank just for cameras. The lounge had a 60" tv with HDMI inputs ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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