CUBA: Jardines de la Reina Liveaboard Expedition
Sharks, Crocodiles, and pristine Cuba's Coral Garden
Jardines de la Reina is a chain of remote pristine islands located off Cuba’s southeastern coast. Amazing encounters with different species of sharks, American saltwater crocodiles, huge schools of fish, and incredibly healthy reef and soft corals full of marine life.
7.4. - 15.4. 2023
About this Trip
Guests: 7 guests
Duration: 9 days
Boat: 180ft/55m boat with huge dive deck and camera tables
Number dives: 18-20 (number of days in the water: 6)
Food: Food and drinks are all included during the expedition on the boat
Conditions: Outside temperature: 30°C, water temperature: 28°C
Skill requirement: OWD
Pick up location: Havana Airport Cuba
Accommodation: 1 day in a 4-star hotel, during the expedition in comfortable cabins for two with en-suite bathrooms
Jardines de la Reina is considered one of the best managed marine reserves in the world. The number of divers is strictly limited to a few hundreds each year to protect the pristine marine ecosystems of these waters.
On this exclusive liveaboard expedition, you will have three dives each day to explore the amazing variety of marine life that call this place their home. This place is known for stunning shark encounters. As soon as you emerge your face in the crystal clear water you will start seeing Caribbean reef sharks coming to check you out and early in the morning, you can look forward to big groups of silky sharks in the open blue.
One of the main events in Jardines is without a doubt the encounter with American crocodiles. These ancient creatures silently swim within the maze of mangroves or wait motionless for their prey. If the conditions are good and the behaviour of the crocodiles is calm, we can jump to the water and snorkel with them in between our dives.
The Jardines’ pristine environment is a perfect place to spot Loggerhead turtles, Green turtles, Hawksbill turtles, spiny lobsters, green morays, southern stingrays, huge groupers, barracudas, and many more. The reefs around this area are untouched, covered with vibrant soft coral, colorful sponges, and extremely healthy hard coral full of reef fish. Our private instructor will be with you on each dive and explain to you everything about the shark behaviour, the fragile coral ecosystem, and its importance to our oceans. Jardines de la Reina is definitely the place to be for any adventurous diver.
Our mission is to protect the underwater world, educate people of all generations and explore the treasures the ocean hides in its depths. Our conservation activities are our top priority and we fund them through expeditions like this, and if you join us, you will help us move our vision one step further.
Encounters with different shark species: schools of silky sharks, caribbean reef, nurse, blacktip and other reef sharks, if lucky even the majestic whale shark
Swimming with American crocodiles
Big populations of fish including snappers, tiger, and goliath groupers weighing up to 180 kgs
Eagle rays and stingrays
Loggerhead turtles, green turtles, and Hawksbill turtles
One of the healthiest coral reefs in the world, with vibrant soft and hard corals, and big formations of colorful sponges
Mangrove nursery areas with young fish populations
Night dive on the reef pulsating with life
Havana - Meeting and accommodation
We will pick you up at the airport and we will drive you to the hotel.
Accommodation: 4-star hotel, Havana
Trip to Jucaro and boarding the boat
Early morning, we will make a trip to Jucaro in a private minibus. In Jucaro, we will board the 180ft/55m boat with 20 fully-equipped cabins, each has its own en-suite bathroom, daily housekeeping, and individually controlled heating and cooling. The boat has large deck areas for relaxing, a big dive deck, and camera tables. In the afternoon we will take a boat ride along the mangroves and complete a check dive to make sure all equipment is in good shape.
Accommodation: liveaboard vessel
Day 3 – 8
Liveaboard Expedition in Jardines de la Reina
Each day, we will enjoy 2-3 dives on various dive sites plus one night dive during the trip. For the whole trip, you will have a private diving instructor and guide who will explain to you all about shark behaviour and the importance of the fragile coral ecosystem.
Jardines de la Reina is truly a paradise for divers. You can look forward to encounters with Caribbean reef, silky, nurse sharks, lemon, blacktip, great hammerhead, and bull sharks. We will dive with gracious sea turtles and admire huge grouper fish. The variety of healthy marine life and the untouched walls full of corals and sponges are living proof of the importance of the marine protected areas.
Accommodation: liveaboard vessel
End of the expedition
Return to the mainland for disembarkation at approximately 9 am. Transit to Havana.