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Dive Review of Avalon/Tortuga in
Cuba/Jardines de Reina

 
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Avalon/Tortuga, Feb, 2014,

by MB, VA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 7543.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving French Polynesia, Saba, Utila, Fla Keys, Central Fla springs and rivers, Tobago, Mexico, BVI, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 100 to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Group went down together, surfaced together when anyone was below 10 Bar, unless you used up your air very quickly, in which case you could surface earlier and sit on the boat until the dive was finished.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments While I was there there the guy who wrote the first book on digital underwater photog was there. I don't know if that affected things, but there was ... 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
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments Avalon emphatically said in advance emails when I was arranging my trip that they did not feed the sharks. They did. On my boat, they did not, out of respect for my sensibilities, which I had politely made clear before I went. But the other boats fed the sharks, which they readily discussed after each dive, and it was apparent in the shark behavior that they were accustomed to being fed or having chum set out to attract them. (They appeared the minute they heard the boat motor, circled the boat as we descended, and approached divers during most dives, repeatedly and very closely, within 1 meter - facing the diver head on, or approaching from the rear directly, and only turning a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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