The Gardens of the Queen itinerary is a year round itinerary.
Your trip will depart from Jucaro - transfers to and from Havana are included in your package
The Gardens of the Queen includes 2 nights in Havana followed by 7 nights on board Jardines Aggressor 1
There are normally 4 dives a day apart from on your first and last day.
You will be met in Havana and be taken to your hotel to begin your Havana stay. Check in commences at 16:00
The Havana itinerary is a fixed programme:
Friday: Breakfast at hotel and conference about marine conservation programmes, visit to fortress of El Morro, lunch in Havana, afternoon cultural tour of Old Havana, 7 pm dinner at hotel with Cuban hosts and learn about Cuba’s marine conservation programs & Visit to a Cuban neighbourhood
Saturday: 7–7:45am Breakfast at hotel, 8 am transfer to Jucaro to board yacht for marine program with lunch on theyacht upon arrival at approximately 3 pm for boarding.
Gardens of the Queen
The dive sites in the Gardens of the queen are quite diverse. You will dive a range of sites over the course of your trip, depending on local conditions. The below are just some of the key highlight sites.
Many have a drop off or wall. At Octopus Cave the wall is packed with sponges and gorgonians, Pippin is a deep drop off with coral canyons, resident school of Silky sharks and Caribbean reef sharks , huge spotted eagle rays, tarpon, jacks, snappers, turtles. You also find big colonies of black corals. Avalon and Vincente see eagle rays flying along the wall.
Other sites have a more gentle topography. Cabezo de la Cubera is an isolated coral formation on a sandy bottom, popular for the enormous swathes of blue tangs and tarpon! FGoliath grouper are found at Five Seas, a purpose built wreck dive.
Cabezo de la Raya is a circular coral formation more than 30m. in diameter, forming bands of coral in the sand, with many sting rays in the sandy areas, nurse sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, goliath grouper, black and Nassau groupers, hawksbills, king mackerel, at the end the dive finishes at 15 ft. in a shallow wall full of reef fish, grunts, schoolmasters, parrots, barracudas, angelfish, blue tangs, mullet and nudibranch
4– 5 am transfer to Havana International Airport for arrival at approximately 12 noon. Most airlines require a 3 hour check-in prior to flight.