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Dive Review of Jardines Aggressor II in
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Jardines Aggressor II: "Cuba on Jardines Aggressor II", Dec, 2017,

by Masako Satake, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 10136 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Overall, the diving was the best in the Caribbean, mainly because we had close and frequent encounters with so many sharks and groupers, creating great photo opportunities. Some of the groupers were unbelievably friendly. According to our dive master, they are used to be fed lionfish by divers.
A highlight of the week was snorkeling with a crocodile. We have crocs in our backyard lake and other nearby nature parks in Florida, but never had a chance to photograph them underwater.
The boat was new, clean, and spacious. Our cabin, a balcony suite, was probably the best cabin we’ve ever had on our 20+ liveaboard trips. It had a large bathroom and ample storage space.
The food was very good, but (fresh) vegetable/fruit selection was lacking. Service and attitude of the crew were excellent, as in the case of most liveaboards.
During the entire week, while at sea, we had no cellphone or internet. No outside news. It was refreshing.
I have strong feelings that this liveaboard operation may not last long, considering its cost of over $1,100 per night for a couple (excluding park fees of $290 pp), which is expensive for a Caribbean liveaboard, and possible tighter trade embargos on Cuba by the Trump administration. The fact that we only had 7 guests (of the 24-diver capacity) during the week may already be an indication. Airport pickup arrangement could be improved.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Worldwide
Closest Airport Santa Clara Getting There One hour flight from Ft. Lauderdale

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas no currents
Water Temp 83-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100- Ft/ 30- M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute dive led by dive master(s)
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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 [None]
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