Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes
X
 

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

 
Other Cuba reports
Subscriber Content Preview
Active subscribers go here Subscribe Now

Avalon/La Tortuga: "Cuba!", Feb, 2017,

by Laurie Pemberton, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9480 has 1 Helpful vote.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Plan to spend some time in Havana - there is much to see (besides the old cars!). The people in Cuba are friendly, warm, and positive. Lots of history, culture, architecture, music, and more. Wear some good walking shoes, and take a tour of the city and area. Good food. The island has lots of vegetation. The bus ride from Havana lets you view the countryside and rural side of life.

Diving in Jardines de la Reina is good. Very healthy reefs, lots of fish. We saw no fishing line, no trash, and no bleaching of coral. The shark experiences are special.

Diving is from skiffs. Crew changes tanks for you. Nitrox is not available at La Tortuga (Feb 2017). We had 3 dives per day - two morning, one afternoon. There are no night dives.

Crew on La Tortuga is customer service oriented. There were 3 chefs, and the presentation of the food was noted.

Come with an open outlook, and don't be in a hurry.
Websites Avalon   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caymans, Turks&Caicos, Cozumel, Curacao, StKitts-Saba, Florida, California, Sea of Cortez, Socorro, Palau, Yap, Fiji, Bali-Komodo, Raja Ampat, Wakatobi, Cuba
Closest Airport Getting There bus from Havana takes 6-7hrs, then ~3hr boat ride to La Tortuga at Jardines de la Reina

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions We had 1-2 guides with a group of 6-8 people, but the guides were just that and not restrictive.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Separate rinse tanks for cameras, but then took equipment to our rooms for charging, changing batteries, etc. There really was no "camera designated area" on the boat.
Was this report helpful to you?
Report currently has 1 Helpful vote
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 65 dive reviews of Cuba and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

 

Want to assemble your own collection of Cuba reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home


Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!


Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2020 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.05 seconds