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Dive Review of Jardines Aggressor 1 in
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Jardines Aggressor 1: "Pristine Cuba Diving", Sep, 2016,

by Jeanne Reeder, MO, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 9159 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Sudan, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines, Palau, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Raja Ampat, Turkey, Saba, St. Kitts, BVI, Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Statia, Nevis
Closest Airport HAV Getting There St Louis - Houston - Mexico City (overnight) - Cuba Easy Route!

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 85 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions See report.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 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 4 stars
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Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 5 stars
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Comments The diving in Castro's private marine reserve, Gardens of the Queen, was chiefly pristine and full of life! This was in contrast to crumbling Havana. 'Tis a third world country in all ways, seems to work well with being self-sufficient, and is also fascinating & vibrant. In the 50s I joined a group of other teenagers on an Air Force base in Alaska collecting and sending money to Castro for The Revolution. I am delighted to see how well they put it to use. If you have an interest to go, I suggest you do so before American entrepreneurism gains foothold.

Ken Knezick, owner of Island Dreams Travel, led a group of twenty on this Cuban sojourn organized by Oceans for Youth Foundation, a USA based not-for-profit. Wayne Works Marine/Aggressor Fleet is one of several benefactors of the foundation. See Knezicks trip report: http://divetrip.com/cuba_dive_report.php

The one full day in Havana was organized & jam-packed with an informative lecture on the marine reserve, a well-led tour of Old Havana, government approved tasty dining, and markets to purchase souvenirs, cigars, rum and coffee. Of course wed all heard and seen photos of the old cars, but seeing them swept us back in time. Our residence in Havana, Iberostar Parque Central had an impressively ornate lobby/bar area. Rooms were of good size, clean, and the bed was comfortable. Just dont drink the water as its not potable.

Saturday morning early we set off for the six hour drive in a comfortable air conditioned bus to where the Jardines Aggressor 1 was docked. Two stops along the way eased our bladders and cramped legs. For most of the trip, the six-lane roads were in excellent condition, and had limited traffic of old cars, old buses, old trackers and horse-drawn-carts. The scenery was bucolic sugarcane, rice and corn fields; cattle, horses and buffalo.

The Aggressor had lunch ready for us shortly after arrival, a good sign of the fine hospitality which set the expectations for the tr ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Randall S Preissig in TX, US at Oct 18, 2016 06:18 EST  
Excellent Report! Thank you.
By Michael L Lewis in TN, US at Apr 18, 2017 14:58 EST  
Excellent report. I'm very sad to hear about the sewage dumping. Thank you.
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