Avalon Fleet II

Destination: Cuba

Gardens of the Queen, Jardines de la Reina | From $542++/night

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Avalon II is a brand new state-of-the-art vessel, larger than Avalon I with 10 staterooms, that started operating since April 2014.

NOTE: Due to current US government-imposed sanctions on Cuba, we are unable to take new reservations. Please contact us for more information or to get you booked on a trip to a similar destination.

 

 

Location

Divers booked on the Avalon will board at the port of Júcaro. The trip to Jardines de la Reina lasts 5 hours.

 

Dive Overview

The underwater paradise is all that comes into the mind when you first enter the water, the vertical walls covered with brightly hued sponges, the huge Pilar Corals (Montastraea Annularis), the black corals extending the branches in the contrasting blue water, many species of gorgonians, fragile laminar corals (Agaricia sp.) showing its beautiful shapes through crevices, canyons and caves built along thousands of years of invertebrates work, converting tons of calcium carbonate into architecture masterpieces, all this combined with one of the biggest fish diversity and biomass of the Caribbean makes each dive an unforgettable experience.

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Avalon Fleet II Accommodation Details

Avalon Fleet II has 10 deluxe, comfortable staterooms air-conditioned, with individual thermostats. All cabins have private bathrooms and 1 Bunk bed (double lower, single upper). The vessel has an overall capacity of 20 passengers and 9 crew members.

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General Facilities

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Avalon Fleet II Boat Features

  • Laundry Service
  • Leisure Deck
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • TV in cabins
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Hot Tub

 

Avalon Fleet II Dive Facilities

  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse hosts
  • Shaded dive deck
  • Tenders for diving
  • Separate rinse for u/w camera
  • Camera table 
 

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Schedule & Rates

Avalon Fleet II Schedule & Rates

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2019 SCHEDULE & RATES

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24-Aug-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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31-Aug-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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7-Sep-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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14-Sep-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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21-Sep-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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28-Sep-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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5-Oct-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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12-Oct-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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19-Oct-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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26-Oct-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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2-Nov-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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9-Nov-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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16-Nov-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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23-Nov-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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30-Nov-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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7-Dec-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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14-Dec-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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21-Dec-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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28-Dec-2019

7

Jardines de la Reina

$3,800

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2020 Schedule & Rates

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4-Jan-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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11-Jan-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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18-Jan-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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25-Jan-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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1-Feb-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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8-Feb-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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15-Feb-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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22-Feb-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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29-Feb-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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7-Mar-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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14-Mar-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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21-Mar-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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28-Mar-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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4-Apr-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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11-Apr-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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18-Apr-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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25-Apr-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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2-May-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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9-May-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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16-May-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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23-May-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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30-May-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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6-Jun-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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13-Jun-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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20-Jun-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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27-Jun-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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4-Jul-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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11-Jul-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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18-Jul-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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25-Jul-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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1-Aug-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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8-Aug-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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15-Aug-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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22-Aug-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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29-Aug-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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5-Sep-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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12-Sep-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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19-Sep-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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26-Sep-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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3-Oct-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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10-Oct-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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17-Oct-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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24-Oct-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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31-Oct-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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7-Nov-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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14-Nov-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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21-Nov-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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28-Nov-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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5-Dec-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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12-Dec-2020

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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19-Dec-2020

7

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$4,000

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26-Dec-2020

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$4,000

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2021 Schedule & Rates

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2-Jan-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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9-Jan-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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16-Jan-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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23-Jan-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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30-Jan-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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6-Feb-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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13-Feb-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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20-Feb-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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27-Feb-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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6-Mar-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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13-Mar-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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20-Mar-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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27-Mar-2021

7

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$4,000

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3-Apr-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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10-Apr-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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17-Apr-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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24-Apr-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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1-May-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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8-May-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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15-May-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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22-May-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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29-May-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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5-Jun-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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12-Jun-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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19-Jun-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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26-Jun-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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3-Jul-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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10-Jul-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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17-Jul-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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24-Jul-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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31-Jul-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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7-Aug-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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14-Aug-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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21-Aug-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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28-Aug-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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4-Sep-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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11-Sep-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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18-Sep-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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25-Sep-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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2-Oct-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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9-Oct-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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16-Oct-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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23-Oct-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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30-Oct-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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6-Nov-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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13-Nov-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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20-Nov-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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27-Nov-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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4-Dec-2021

7

Jardines de la Reina

$4,000

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11-Dec-2021

7

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$4,000

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18-Dec-2021

7

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$4,000

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25-Dec-2021

7

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$4,000

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Inclusions

  • Air tanks, weights, weight belts
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/departure date
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer and/or wine)
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water, tea and coffee)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Dive guide service
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour and Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

 

Exclusions

  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance (cancellation insurance)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Nitrox fills
  • Marine park fees/Port fees
 

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For more information on other departure dates that are not listed above and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at 310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

 

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Dive Information & Destinations

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Diving in Jardines de la Reina

The "Gardens of the Queen", are a complex network of untouched marine ecosystems that have been regarded by many knowledgeable scientists and organizations as a reference of what is the original status of a coral reef as Christopher Columbus found it in the times of the discovery.

The underwater paradise is all that comes into the mind when you first enter the water, the vertical walls covered with brightly hued sponges, the huge Pilar Corals (Montastraea Annularis), the black corals extending the branches in the contrasting blue water, many species of gorgonians, fragile laminar corals (Agaricia sp.) showing its beautiful shapes through crevices, canyons and caves built along thousands of years of invertebrates work, converting tons of calcium carbonate into architecture masterpieces, all this combined with one of the biggest fish diversity and biomass of the Caribbean makes each dive an unforgettable experience.

The amazingly healthy mangrove system provides nursery area for young fish populations, filtering the water that goes to the reef together with the seagrass beds (Thalassia testudinum) and in return receiving from the reef protection against the open ocean wave energy, all interconnected in a very fragile network that here keeps its variety, richness and splendor intact.

The biggest populations of adult fish in the Caribbean, Sharks, Snappers and Groupers, Jewfish up to 400 Pounds are an everyday experience.

Avalon Diving Center is the only operation in the area, and hosts no more than 900 divers per year. Dive sites are well protected from the winds and sea currents. Visibility is more than 40 meters. The dive center is well equipped with new compressors, nitrox blenders and quality equipment for rent.

 

SAMPLE ITINERARY: 8D/7N JARDINES DE LA REINA

  • Duration: From Saturday to Saturday for 8D/7N each week.
  • Airport: If possile, please fly to the minor airports, like Santa Clara, Camaguey, Cayo Coco. Where the group transfer will be included. If guests arrive in Havana / Jucaro, there will be extra transfer surcharge.
  • Daily Routine onboard: The day begins with a wakeup call at 7:00 am, coffee/tea ready, breakfast at 7:15 am. Our diving instructors are ready to go diving from 8:00 am. Fast diving boats are used to reach diving spots having the opportunity to explore different sites each day and enjoy the view of mangrove channels, virgin beaches, birds and other exuberant fauna during the trips. 
  • During the dive briefings, our experienced instructors will explain every detail of the dive, from what will be seen in a particular spot to the correct behavior while diving with sharks or highlights of the area and special characteristics of the marine life present. After the first dive, surface interval in one of the beautiful beaches. Second dive and, at midday, boats will return for lunch, the third dive will be done in the afternoon. And if possible, we will make a night dive or sunset dive. 
  • Together with the instructor, arrange time for afternoon dives or for excursions through the lagoon and mangrove channels. Coming back to the live aboard, it is time to drink a frozen “mojito”, enjoy the afternoon pizza and talk about the dives. Around 8:00 pm, dinner is served and, like a family, everyone gets together around the table. Evening time next to the bar, to watch photos and videos while breathing the sea atmosphere, it’s time to plan with the instructors what will happen next day.

 

The Ultimate Sharks Paradise

Diving with sharks is one of the main attractions in Gardens of the Queen. There are resident populations of “Caribbeans” and “Silkies”, in some spots is absolutely guaranteed to have more than 25 curious sharks swimming around during the dive, at least 6 different species can be seen: Very abundant: Caribbean, Nurse and Silky sharks, occasional: Lemon, Blacktip, Great and Scalloped Hammerhead and the amazing Whale Shark.

 

 

AVALON FLEET PROGRAM

Program includes transfers from/to the Santa Clara or Camaguey Airport to Jucaro Port (2 1/2 hours) where the Liveaboard departs from. Transfers are included for flights arriving by 6 pm Saturday at both airports. Guests arriving before may wait for the transfer. Clients arriving by their own to Jucaro will board around 6 pm. Clients booked on Tortuga need to arrive to Santa Clara or Camaguey airports on Friday, so to be able to take the transfer on Saturday morning.

Diving will start on Sunday morning through Friday.

Marine Biologists working with Avalon will be speaking with the clients about Marine conservation and Gardens of the Queen unique ecosystem.

Saturday 9:30 am: disembark and transfer to Santa Clara or Camaguey Airport.

 

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Boat Specifications

  • Built in: 1980
  • Upgraded for operation in: 2014, refurbished every 2 years
  • Size: 130ft x 23ft (40m x 7m)
  • Top speed: 10 knots
  • Cruising speed: 9 knots
  • Engines: 3 x 550 HP Detroit diesel engines
  • Generators: 2 Onan generators
  • Compressors: 2 Bauer compressors + Brownie nitrox maker TM system
  • Water tanks: 12 liter aluminum tanks with DIN & Int. fittings
  • Watermaker: 2 x 1,500 liters per day

 

Practical Information

  • Time Zone: GMT-5
  • Local Currency: CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos)
  • Language Spoken: Spanish and English
  • Electricity: 220 & 110 V
  • Payment Onboard: Cash

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Photos provided by Amos Nachoum, Michael AW, Greg Lecoeur, Scott Johnson and Xavier Safont  

 

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