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Dive Review of Jardines Avalon III in
Cuba/Jardines de la Reina

 
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Jardines Avalon III: "Jardines de la Reina on Avalon III", Jul, 2023,

by Timothy C Barden, PA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 12505 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments The Jardines Avalon III is a new-ish (2019) boat that can handle 30 guests. Our group of 24 had the entire boat to ourselves for the week. Dive gear can be stored on the large dive deck or one of the two tenders (one large, one small) from which the diving is done. There are two tubs for rinsing dive gear as you get off the tenders and two fresh water showers for rinsing off. Thereís also a dedicated fresh water dunk tank for cameras and a large padded table with an air hose under the awning on the dive deck for camera storage. I like the overall boat design a lot. It is spacious and has been well maintained. As for safety, every level had at least two, separated access points (stairs) to another deck/open water. We had a sit down briefing the first night on safety protocols. Our life preservers in the cabin were stashed deep under the bed so we moved them to be more accessible but still out of the way. The staff was emphatic that battery charging should only be done on the receptacle banks in the lounge or on the camera table, NOT in our rooms. There was plenty of space. Phone charging was allowed in our cabin, but only if we were present. The cabin AC was reasonably quiet and we had adequate fresh water for showers and water pressure. There were no problems with the plumbing. The hot tub on the sun deck was available all week, but saw almost no use due to the warm water elsewhere (see below). The dining area and lounge were cozy without being cramped.

Our boat staff was first rate. I rarely gain weight on live aboard trips, but I did on this one! The chef did an excellent job to put out tasty meals from his small galley from breakfast through dinner. Breakfast: fresh fruit and juices, continental fare with eggs and bacon cooked to order. Lunch: soup, a fish and meat dish, sides and more fruit. Dinner: see lunch but more substantial, lobster or roast too. Donít forget a pizza snack a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean. Truk, Palau, Yap, Maldives
Closest Airport Camaguey Getting There AA Miami-Camaguey, then 3 hr bus ride

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 87-90°F / 31-32°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No solo diving, come back 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 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments See report for camera facilities. The dedicated dunk camera dunk tank is large enough for many cameras as is the padded camera table. There were plenty of receptacles inside for battery ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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