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Dive Review of Jardines Aggressor I in
Cuba/Gardens of the Queen

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Jardines Aggressor I: "Jardines Aggressor I", Aug, 2016,

by Kathryn S Roberts, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 9008 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Had a great week diving in the Queen's Garden, on the central/southeast coast of Cuba. The Jardines Aggressor I did not disappoint: great crew, great food, and fun diving. All dives are from tenders. We had a full boat, with 20 divers, so there were 10 on each tender. Two divemasters for each group. Dives were led by DM, with other DM following to be sure no one went astray, but there was no "herding" of the group. If you were slow to take photos, as I was on most dives, the rear DM patiently waited. Sharks, sharks, and more sharks on most every dive. Lots of groupers, snappers, a few turtles, couple of eagle rays, lots of small tropicals and macro photo ops. Vis ranged from 35-70', with recent heavy rains leaving some particulates in the water. Minimal current. Water was warm at 88 degrees F. We were lucky to have rain on only two evenings, after diving was done for the day. The trip we were on included an initial day in Havana, with a morning lecture by a marine biologist, followed by a tour of Havana. Didn't get to spend much time at any one place in Havana, due to tight schedule, but the day was fun. The only bad part of the trip was the bus ride from Havana to the boat, and the return to Havana. 6+ hours on a bus - not fun. The boat was nice and roomy, salon was on the middle deck, and dining room was on upper deck, with an outside seating area around the hot tub. The sun deck was way to hot in August, with no shaded areas available. The only time it got much use was on the last day - for gear drying. Crew was terrific, obviously very excited to be part of the Aggressor family, and very excited to have a boat full of Americans. Food was good, and plentiful. Local beer, and decent wine was available, along with Ama's wonderful Mojito's!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Florida and all over the Caribbean, Fiji, Hawaii
Closest Airport Havana Getting There Cayman Air from Miami was our best option. LONG day to/from the boat, having to take a bus from Havana. Bus trip approx. 6+ hours. Day in Havana was good.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm
Water Temp 88-88°F / 31-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 35-70 Ft/ 11-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions All dives led by DM, one in front and one in rear. While not really your "own profile", the slow pokes who like to look for photo ops (me and my buddy), were not rushed to keep up with the group.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Good camera table, with air hose and small towels for drying. Crew handled cameras to/from the tenders. Large fresh water rinse tank.
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