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Dive Review of Cubandivingcenters/Avalon 1 in
Cuba/Jardines de la Reina

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Cubandivingcenters/Avalon 1: "The Caribbean as it was 30 years ago", Aug, 2016,

by Robert G Lutan, MO, US ( 2 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9356.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Sipadan, Lembeh Strait, Bunaken, Bali, Komodo NP, Belize, all over the Caribbean, Cozumel, Bahamas, Society islands, Fiji, Coral Sea, Cocos island, Papua New Guinea.
Closest Airport Havana Getting There 6 hour bus ride to Jucaro. Another 6 hour boat ride to the national park.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 84 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Basically we stay in a group of 8 to 10 divers per 2 divemasters. Dive depth was not over 80 to 100 feet with a maximum bottom time of 50 minutes.
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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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 5 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments Well, if you want to see big groupers, big tarpons and lots of sharks, then Jardines de la Reina is your place. Nowhere else in the Caribbean have I seen so many large/giant groupers on every dive. They are practically every where you look and the same goes for the sharks. Easily 10 to 20 sharks each dive. The bonus was when the dive master hanged the empty fish container just below the boat upon surfacing. You w ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By docbennettin , at Jan 06, 2017 20:41 EST  
Like to see some topside photos. Like a breakdown of costs.
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