JARDINES DE LA REINA MARINE PARK
Jardines de la Reina was declared a Marine Park in 1996. Together with the Cuban Sciences and Environment Ministry, this area has been preserved for future generations as a complex network of untouched marine ecosystems. It has been regarded by many knowledgeable scientists and organizations as a reference of what is the original status of a coral reef; as it was found by Christopher Columbus in the times of the discovery.
The biggest populations of adult fish in the Caribbean, Sharks, Snappers and Groupers; Jewfish up to 400 pounds are an everyday experience. Sharks are one of the main attractions and you can see them everywhere. You can easily dive with 6 different species: Silkies, Reef, Lemon, Black tip, King Hammerhead and nurse sharks. From July to November you have the chance to swim with Whale Sharks. Gardens of the Queen is certainly one of the last virgin reefs known by man. Dive and snorkel sites are well protected from the winds and sea currents. Visibility is more than 40 meters. There is a wide variety of fish and corals.
You will spend 7 nights onboard, exploring the spectacular Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) National Park, located 60 miles off the southern coast. During the week, Cuban specialists will host nightly discussions and presentations on the marine environment, conservation, and the importance of this magnificient ecosystem. Interactive exchanges will discuss how Cuba has maintained one of the healthiest marine ecosystems in the Caribbean.
The Yacht – Port: Jucaro, Cuba
Located south of Ciego de Avila and 60 miles north of Gardens of the Queen.
A wide range of budgets are catered for on LiveAboard.com, from the budget conscious to the complete luxury! Extra costs that may be incurred are National Park Fees, Inscription Fees and discretionary tips for the crew.
Diving in Cuban waters offers something for everyone, catering for all experience levels. Most liveaboard tours will not request a minimum number of dives – just an open water qualification. It’s advisable to bring your log book and certification card so that the crew are aware of individual divers’ comfort.
Normally tourists will require a VISA or a tourist card to enter Cuba, and passports need to be valid for the duration of the stay. There are exceptions to this, however, so please do check prior to booking.
Designed with comfort in mind, the MV Avalon I has 8 air-conditioned cabins on board. Each tastefully decorated cabin has a private bathroom, comfortable bed, TV and telephone.
The MV Avalon I Cuba has a relaxing lounge area with comfortable sofas, desk and PC and also features a sun deck with jacuzzi, ensuring perfect relaxation throughout your stay. The large dining area is on the upper deck of the MV Avalon I Liveaboard, with a corner bar to sip on a cocktail as you wait for dinner. The cuisine is a mix of the best Continental Italian fare and delicious seafood and traditional Cuban dishes, with lobster being a specialty aboard the MV Avalon I.
The best scuba diving in Cuba takes place in the Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) Marine Park. Due to its remote location it is only accessible via liveaboard, so the diving is pristine and relatively unexplored with lots of shark action. The M/V Avalon I is the perfect choice for your liveaboard diving vacation to explore the untouched dive sites of Cuba. Contact us today to secure your place.
|Gardens of the Queen||Deluxe
|January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020||$3600|
|January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2021||$3800|
Included: VAT, Accommodation, Tanks, Weights, Belts, Dive master services, All meals, Towels Provided
Excluded: Inscription Fee (includes port fees and local taxes): 182EURO, Equipment rental: $175 (to be paid in advance), Transfers ($100USD), Tips: recommended min. 10% (to be paid locally on the boat), Conservation Fee: 91EURO (to be paid upfront) NOTE: for Americans traveler, a license issued by ECO Outings is mandatory (approx. USD 100)
Payment Terms & Conditions
To guarantee your reservation we require an initial deposit. * Initial deposit NON-REFUNDABLE.
Port Júcaro, Cuba
Jardines de la Reina
Port Júcaro, Cuba