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Dive Review of Cuban Diving Centers/Avbalon Fleet II in
Cuba/Gardens of the Queen

 
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Cuban Diving Centers/Avbalon Fleet II: "Avalon Fleet II Great Liveaboard in Cuba", Aug, 2015,

by Alan J Stabile, NY, US ( 1 report). Report 8591.

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

Accommodations 5 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 $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Well maintained and run liveaboard, unusually large rooms with a large bathrooms. Food was sensational , flavorful and varied each day and most important on time. Crew and dive staff were knowledgeable, attentive and responsive to all our needs. There were a lot of large sharks and groupers and a full range of marine life and the corals were healthy and abundant which is why I went to Cuba. Wide range of dive sites but short distances to travel. My dive buddies traveled from many parts of the world for the same reasons I came to Cuba and none of us were disappointed. I only wish the travel issues were not as they presently are especially the 8 hour trip from Havana to the port of Jucaro.
Websites Cuban Diving Centers   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving I have been diving since 1999 and have been to Australia, Galapagos, too numerous to mention Caribbean destinations.
Closest Airport Havana Getting There Back Door

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 78-83°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions We were diving nitrox on every dive and we were left to our own judgement and reliance upon our computers for the most part, our dive times ranged from 45 minutes to over an hour.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

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 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The liveaboard was not really set up for photographers in that the water baths were not big enough for more than a few cameras and there were no tables dedicated to just cameras. I am not a photographer but this was apparent to me. The spacious forward lounge had good electronics for viewing videos and images shot that day and crew was helpful.
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