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Dive Review of Jardine's Aggressor I in
Cuba/Jardines de la Reina

 
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Jardine's Aggressor I: "Great diving in Jardines de la Reina", Nov, 2017,

by Bonnie MacKenzie, BC, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9989 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Saba, St Kitts, Turks and Caicos, Belize, Utila, Roatan, Costa Rica, Sea of Cortez, Cabo Pulmo, Palau, Catalina Island, Kona, Kauai, Maui, BC.
Closest Airport Getting There We didn't take the shortest route. Vancouver - Toronto - Havana by air. Then six hours by bus to the launching point for Jardine's Aggressor I. Then a six hour boat ride to the Jardines de la Reina.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 84 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 45 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions One hour limit per dive, regardless of air consumption.
Be back on boat with 500 psi.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Like many liveaboards, there was a dedicated camera rinse tank and camera table on the dive deck. One high pressure a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
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Beginners 5 stars
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Comments We really enjoyed our trip aboard the Jardines Aggressor I.

When the Obama administration loosened the restrictions on Americans travelling to Cuba a couple years back, an American dive buddy of ours immediately booked the 20 person Jardines Aggressor I through the Oceans for Youth foundation and Aggressor fleet. He proceeded to fill the boat with his dive buddies and family. We were happy to be included on the guest list!

As Canadians, we have no travel restrictions in Cuba. But Americans do, so the Aggressor fleet and Oceans for Youth developed a program so that American divers can visit and enjoy the Cuban waters too. It includes an educational component involving 4 short presentations throughout the week focusing on the marine environment in Cubas Jardines de la Reina (longest = 1 hour, shortest = 15 min) Being a fish geek and having an interest in marine science, I considered this to be a plus, not a minus. We also participated in a fish counting exercise. Each diver was assigned a fish (I had Yellowfin Grouper), and after each dive we reported our fish counts.

The program also included a day tour of Old Havana, and this was definitely a highlight of the trip for me. Our tour gui ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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