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Dive Review of Avalon III in
Cuba/Jardined de la Reina

 
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Avalon III: "Sharks!", Aug, 2019,

by Frances Lewis, MI, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 11337 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We were originally scheduled to be on the Avalon II, but were on the brand new Avalon III. There was a group of 14 from Uruguay, a couple from Washington, a couple from the Netherlands and we 3 singles. We got individual cabins when we boarded as there was so much extra room. Meals were buffet style, but the individual food needs of guests were always catered to. Diving was from two individual smaller boats with our group of 7 with our own guide. We never went to the same site with both groups. Ample dive deck, 2 camera tables, separate rinse tanks. My buddy lost her dive bag on the way so had no gear other than her mask. The boat outfitted her for free. I wouldn't go again in Aug/Sept. The water was too warm and the visibility wasn't as good as a previous May trip. We had a couple of spectacular storms and, were a bit concerned that Dorian would close Miami airport. The guide was baiting the sharks for the professional photographer from the Netherlands who was in our group and, I'm not a fan of baiting sharks. We also got lots of Goliath grouper and other grouper though. Made for some exciting diving. Night diving was curtailed by the weather - I think there was only one completed.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, FL, CA, Hawaii, Mexico, Britain, Australia, S. Pacific, Maldives, Caribbean
Closest Airport Santa Clare Getting There AA from Miami

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy, surge, no currents
Water Temp 86-87°F / 30-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 40-70 Ft/ 12-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
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 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat was well set up for photographers and, our dive guide did his best to accommodate the specific needs of a professional photographer who came on the trip to make shark and crocodile photos.
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