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

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Avalon/Tortuga: "Jardines de la Reina May 2018", May, 2018,

by Rob Unruh, ON, CA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 10303 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The diving here is still amazing and the reefs are in very good shape. More fish and coral cover here than in any other Caribbean location I have been. The diving highlights for us were the Caribbean reef sharks and silky sharks that are present on every dive except our first check out dive.....and on that dive there is a resident Goliath Grouper. Continuing with the hightlights are multiple other Goliath Groupers, many black groupers and Nassau groupers on every dive. Don't forget about schools of Jacks, tarpon, eagle rays, southern stingrays and whiptail stingrays, Hawksbill turtles, moral eels and large schools of Porkfish, grunts, goatfish, etc. We saw some rare (for us anyway) small reef fish including Black Hamlet, Butter Hamlet, Yellowbelly Hamlet and two Golden Fairy Basslets. A final highlight was being able to snorkel with Tito, a 10 foot crocodile who lives around the Tortuga. Dive masters, boat captains and all the staff were fantastic and very friendly. An amazing diving trip! Only downside was that it took us two days travel by plane, taxi, van and boat to get from Havana to Jardines de la Reina.
Websites Avalon   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cuba, Grand Turk, Bahamas, Costa Rica, Cabo Pulmo, Cozumel, Galapagos, Hawaii, Grand Cayman, St Lucia, Ontario
Closest Airport Santa Clara Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-70 Ft/ 12-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Follow dive master's breifing
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

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 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No dedicated camera area, but plenty of room in cabins to play with cameras.
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By Elaine Morse in CO, US at Aug 18, 2018 17:22 EST  
I would like to know more about the trip from Havana.
By report author: Rob Unruh in ON, CA at Aug 22, 2018 10:39 EST  
We flew from Toronto to Havana on Thursday (landing at midnight), and stayed in a hotel in Havana overnight. 3 hour taxi ride from Havana to Santa Clara and overnight in hotel there on Friday. 2 hour taxi ride form Santa Clara to the marina in Jucaro on Saturday morning. 3 hour boat ride out to Jardines de la Reina on Saturday afternoon. Arrived at the Tortuga floating hotel at about 6:00pm on Saturday. You might not have to do all that travel depending on what flights into Cuba you can get. Some will go directly to Santa Clara....just didn't work out for us. Long trip to get there, but very worth it!
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