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Dive Review of Avalon/Tortuga in
Cuba/Jardines De La Reina

 
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Avalon/Tortuga, Feb, 2014,

by Alexander Smith, ON, CA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 7528.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was my first trip here. There were sharks on almost everydive. Reef, and Nurse are the most prominent, but sightings of many other species are quite common. The coral are the best I've seen in the Caribbean, tons of reef fish. It has been said the coral and animal life is as it was in the caribbean 50 years ago and I would tend to agree.
Surface intervals may be back on Tortuga or one of the many small Islands where you are greeted by many iguanas and Hutias looking for a handout. At least once during the week you'll get the chance to snorkel with the small (5-6ft) Crocs that suddenly appeared at the boat as we arrived.
Accommodations on the floating Hotel Tortuga were excellent with a great crew ready to assist with anything you need. Food is
excellent and daily fresh fish always part of the meals.
I even enjoyed the 6 hour bus ride through the country side to Jacaro
The 3 hour boat ride was a bit boring.
The Tortuga is in amongst mangrove 60miles off the southern coast of Cuba.
I celebrated my birthday there. They baked me a cake and the resident 12 foot crock Franco as he does most nights came by for the celebration. All in all it was a great dive vacation.
I spent 2 full days in Havana. It is a beautiful city although a bit run down. The old cars from the 50's brought back memories.
Websites Avalon   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River, Cuba, Belize, San Andres Island Columbia, Bonaire and Tobago.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 76-82°F / 24-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Have 300 to 500 lb at the boat.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments No rinse tanks on board but there was one at Tortuga.
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