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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.

The Yacht – Jardines Aggressor I
Port: Jucaro, Cuba
Located south of Ciego de Avila and 60 miles north of Gardens of the Queen.

Built and maintained to SOLAS shipping standards.

  • Length:  110 ft.
  • Beam: 22
  • Passengers: 20
  • Crew:  6
  • Boarding:  Saturday afternoon
  • Disembark: Saturday 4  a.m.
  • up to 27 dives

The Yacht – Jardines Aggressor II

Port: Jucaro, Cuba
Located south of Ciego de Avila and 60 miles north of Gardens of the Queen.

Built and maintained to SOLAS shipping standards.

  • Length:  135 ft.
  • Beam: 25
  • Passengers: 24
  • Crew:  12
  • Boarding:  Saturday afternoon
  • Disembark: Saturday 4  a.m.

The Yacht – AVALON I 

Boat specifications Description
Year renovated 2014
Lenght 40 meters
Top speed 15 knots
Cruising speed 10 – 12 knots
Max guests 20
Number of cabins 10
Bathrooms 10
Tenders 2 mt x 12 mt – 2 Jamaha 150 each
Builder Sea Craft Dynamic Shipbuilders. Designer: Dynamic Shipbuilders
Dimensions LOA: 107′ Beam: 22′ 6″ Draft: 5’6′
Bridge Clearance 35′
Engines Detroit Diesel HP: 550

The Yacht – AVALON II 

Boat specifications Description
Year renovated 2014
Lenght 40 meters
Top speed 15 knots
Cruising speed 12 knots
Max guests 20
Number of cabins 10
Bathrooms 10
Tenders 2 mt x 12 mt – 2 Jamaha 150 each

OPTION 1:Walls of Zapata, Bay of Pigs

New Cuba Travel Program

Saturday – Saturday Starting March 31, 2018

In 2003, Zapata, Bay of Pigs, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Zapata peninsula contains the largest and most important wetlands in the Caribbean. During the 7-night Oceans for Youth Foundation People-to-People group educational program, divers can spend a week learning about this magnificent biosphere reserve. As part of the People to People Group Travel Program,  Cuban specialists will host discussions and presentations on the marine environment, conservation, and the importance of this magnificient ecosystem.

Covering 1.5 million acres, the immense Zapata Biosphere Reserve includes marshes, mangroves, coral reefs and forests that includes crocodiles, birds, shellfish, turtles, and countless plants that make conservation in this region a top priority. The protected wetlands attracts thousands of migrating birds that use this area as a stopover when migrating between North and South America.
The Yacht – Jardines Aggressor I
Port: Jucaro, Cuba
Located south of Ciego de Avila and 60 miles north of Gardens of the Queen.
Built and maintained to SOLAS shipping standards.

Arrival to Cuba
Havana José Martí Airport (HAV) or Varadero Int’l Airport (VRA)
Travelers will arrive Saturday to Havana or Varadero and be met at the airport and transfered to a  4-star hotel for the night. A group dinner will be hosted Saturday night.  Sunday morning at 4 a.m. everyone will be picked up at the hotel for an approximate 3 hour drive to Playa Larga to board the Jardines Aggressor I. After boarding, it is three hours to the dive site. The week will include 5 1/2 days of diving with the Jardines Aggressor I returning back to port Saturday morning.

Departure
Saturday morning travelers will have a continental breakfast then depart the Jardines Aggressor I at 9:30 am for an approximate 3 hour bus ride back to the Havana José Airport or Varadero Airport.

OPTION 2: Gardens of the Queen (7 nights)

Jardines Aggressor I

Starting in March 2018, there will be two Cuba Travel Program options on the Jardines Aggressor II. 

7 nights to Gardens of the Queen
9 nights – 2 nights in Havana and 7 nights to Gardens of the Queen

Cuba Travel Program II: The Cuba Travel Program II offers 8 days/7 nights arriving into Santa Clara or Camaguey, Cuba on Saturday for transfer to the Jardines Aggressor II and departing from Santa Clara or Camaguey, Cuba on Saturday. (Includes 7 liveaboard nights on Jardines Aggressor II)  

For travelers on the Cuba Travel Program II, you will spend 7 nights onboard the Jardines Aggressor II  liveaboard 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 – Jardines Aggressor IIPort: Jucaro, Cuba
Located south of Ciego de Avila and 60 miles north of Gardens of the Queen.

In Jardines de la Reina, our season is year round (SATURDAY-SATURDAY)

A normal week includes 17 dives from Sunday to Friday; return to the mainland is on Saturday morning at around 09am. It is possible to book extra dives on request.

Diving schedule is usually at the discretion of the customers following the instructor’s suggestions with 3 daily dives. 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. There is no chance for loneliness; dive guides and crew are available every single minute.

During the 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.

Night dives available

What is Included:

  • 7 nights double occupancy
  • 3-4 daily dives (including night dive)

What is not Included: 

  • Conservation fee
  • Registration fee
  • Rental equipment
  • Gratuity
Jardines Aggressor I & II (USD Per Person)
Gardens of the Queen
Deluxe
7 Nights
Master
7 Nights
January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018 $3999 $3999
January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020  $4399 $4399
Jardines Aggressor I (USD Per Person)
Walls of Zapata, Bay of Pigs
Deluxe
7 Nights
Master
7 Nights
 March 31, 2018 – August 31, 2018 (Intro Offer)  $2699  $2699
 September 1, 2018 – December 31, 2020 $2999  $2999

 

Land Package (For 9-night programs only)
2 Nights Iberostar Parque Central, Havana and Transfers
Double per person
January 4, 2018 – December 27, 2018 $1479
2019 and 2020 land package rates to be announced. tba
Avalon I
(USD Per Person)
01/01/17 to 30/06/18 $3800
Avalon II
(USD Per Person)
01/07/18 to 31/12/19 $4000

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