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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.

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 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

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 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 N/A
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UW Photo Comments No dedicated camera area, but plenty of room in cabins to play with cameras. ... 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 N/A
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Beginners 3 stars
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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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Elaine morsein 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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