AVALON I I DEC 2020 I 7 NIGHTS I GARDENS OF THE QUEEN I CUBA

AVALON I I DEC 2020 I 7 NIGHTS I GARDENS OF THE QUEEN I CUBA
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AVALON I. This vessel has a beautiful open and contemporary atmosphere. The intimate salon area provides elegant dining and has a bar. A roof-top Jacuzzi, grill and amazing panoramic views of the ocean are included! NON US CITIZENS ONLY.



HIGHLIGHTS

  • 7 Nights, 18 Dives
  • Languages on board – Spanish English
  • Dive the famous Jardines de la Reina Marine Park
  • One of the biggest treasures in the Caribbean and best-preserved marine areas
  • Dive with Caribbean reef sharks, silky sharks, large groupers, eagle rays, and more
  • Sea grass beds, patch reefs, mangrove fringes and barrier reefs
  • Optional snorkeling with small crocodiles
  • Night dives available for a generous tip to your guide
  • Snorkellers welcome
  • Spacious sun deck with whirlpool
  • Full gear rental available
  • Cuban/Italian Management

SERVICES ON BOARD

  • Dives from two tenders
  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves Tanks With Din Valves Din/Int Adapters Nitrox ($) Rental Equipment ($)
  • Battery Charging Station Warm-Water Showers Fish Id And Diving Books Spacious Dive Deck
  • Air-Conditioning Lounge/TV Area US Power Sockets Movies
  • Land Excursions Snorkelling Fishing Whirlpool
  • Buffet Vegetarian Food- all meals and snacks, water tea coffee included
  • Alcohol and soft drinks are available to purchase on board
  • Payments on board - Cash
  • Fire Alarm Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit First Aid Kits
  • Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon

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Departure: 05/12/2020
Arrival: 12/12/2020
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 20
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Jucaro - Jucaro
Departure: 12/12/2020
Arrival: 19/12/2020
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 20
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Jucaro - Jucaro
Departure: 19/12/2020
Arrival: 26/12/2020
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 20
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Jucaro - Jucaro
Departure: 26/12/2020
Arrival: 02/01/2021
Duration: 7 nights
Spaces available: 20
Harbors (Departure - Arrival): Jucaro - Jucaro
Departure Arrival Duration Spaces available Harbors (Departure - Arrival)
05/12/2020 12/12/2020 7 nights 20 Jucaro - Jucaro
12/12/2020 19/12/2020 7 nights 20 Jucaro - Jucaro
19/12/2020 26/12/2020 7 nights 20 Jucaro - Jucaro
26/12/2020 02/01/2021 7 nights 20 Jucaro - Jucaro

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THE AVALON I

The liveaboard Avalon I comes with air-conditioned cabins, comfortable beds, a Whirlpool on the Sun Deck and an exotic food menu. Built for luxury diving, the liveaboard Avalon I has all the amenities to make your diving vacation easy and enjoyable.

The beautiful pickled oak interior decor has an open and contemporary atmosphere. The lounging area is a large Salon with a set of large inviting sofas that form the central setting and also a desk and PC station. Clean, modern lines combined with a moderate, natural and warm colour turn this space into an area that feels like a cozy classical salon. The soft carpet combines remarkably well with the walls. The cushions on the sofas spice things up and give the overall ambiance a subtle edge. In a corner, an intimate Dining Room with a glass table invites for elegant lunches and dinners; just in front, there is a nice Bar. Beside the Bar, a comfortable staircase takes us to the Lower Deck.

OUR CABINS

Avalon I has great accommodation for up to 18 guests in 8 Staterooms: two Staterooms adjacent to the Main Salon, four Staterooms on the Lower Deck and two staterooms on the Middle Deck. All Staterooms are luxurious and have private bathrooms, hot water, comfortable beds, TV, telephone and A/C.

AMENITIES

On the Upper Deck, the large Dining Area is surrounded by comfortable sofas to relax before dinner and enjoy a Cocktail while watching the sunset. There is a large Bar on one corner with a music system and well equipped to prepare all kinds of Cocktails, and also to assist in the preparation and service during dinner. Beside the Bar, a glass door leads to the Captain’s Bridge, including a nice bathroom and crew cabin. At the end of the large dining room, the stairs lead to the roof, to an open area with Jacuzzi, a majestic Grill, chairs and an excellent panoramic view. Meals are usually served on the Afterdeck where there’s a nice breeze

FOOD ON BOARD

Dining on board combines the style of the best Continental Italian cuisine with delicious seafood and traditional Cuban favourites like rice and beans, black bean soup and fried bananas. Beverages available on board are: Bottled mineral water (2 lt/day included in the package), sparkling and tonic water, various soft drinks, juices, beers, rums, whisky and excellent wines.

The Chef on the Avalon is excellent. The day starts with a hearty breakfast. Lunch and dinners are primarily fresh fish. Lobster is our speciality and is served in a variety of ways. For those who like something different, chicken, pork and beef are also available. Salads and different fruit are served at every meal. Desserts feature our famous Cuban caramel custard, rum-flavoured cakes, cookies, puddings, pies and many others. Vegetarian and kosher meals are served on request with many different choices available.

DIVING IN THE AREA

The liveaboard Avalon I offers guests the opportunity to dive in sites rarely seen by other Divers with one of the most experienced liveaboard operators in Cuba, Avalon fleet is a Cuban/Italian management company.

Jardines de la Reina Marine Park is one of the biggest treasures of the Caribbean, on a bigger scale can also be considered as one of the World's best-preserved Marine Areas. The importance of its protection goes beyond the Cuban Waters jurisdiction, as the connectivity between marine ecosystems has international importance.

Diving and excitement abounds at the third-largest reef in the Caribbean, boasting the region’s best Shark Encounters and an amazing variety of marine species.

DIVING WITH US

The layout of the liveaboard Avalon Fleet I is spacious and comfortable, a big Dive Deck houses gear storage, camera table and rinse bins for electronic and non-electronic equipment.

Guests will have ample opportunity to explore the land areas of the Gardens of the Queen. Dense Mangroves are perfect for wildlife spotting. Journey through the small waterways in order to find the area’s endangered Cuban Crocodiles. If conditions are perfect, you’ll even have the opportunity to snorkel with these crocodiles. Be sure to bring your camera. You’re going to want a snap shot of that toothy Crocodile smile.

TRIPLE BED CABIN

Stateroom is luxurious and has a private bathroom, hot water, comfortable beds, TV, telephone and A/C. Please enquire for price for third person. This room has 1 bunk and 1 single bed

  • Size:  -
  • Beds:  1 bunk + 1 single
  • Max occupancy:  3
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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TWIN BED CABIN

(Note: Picture shows the triple cabin) Stateroom is luxurious and has a private bathroom, hot water, comfortable beds, TV, telephone and A/C.

  • Size:  -
  • Beds:  2 Twin
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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BUNK BED CABIN

(Note: Picture shows triple cabin) There are 2 Bunk Bed Cabins and they have a shared bathroom with the other bunk bed cabin, hot water, comfortable beds, TV, telephone and A/C

  • Size:  -
  • Beds:  1 Bunk Bed
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  Yes
  • Private bathroom:  No
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

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DOUBLE BED CABIN

Stateroom is luxurious and has a private bathroom, hot water, comfortable bed, TV, telephone and A/C

  • Size:  -
  • Beds:  1 Double
  • Max occupancy:  2
  • Shareable:  No
  • Private bathroom:  Yes
  • Air Conditioning:  Yes

MOST RELEVANT INFORMATION

  • The trip begins in Jucaro and ends in Jucaro
  • The closest airports to the harbour are Abel Santamaria (SNU) and Ignacio Agramonte Intl (CMW)

EMBARKATION AND DEPARTURE

  • Pickups from Havana are in the early morning and come with an additional charge
  • Pickups from Santa Clara and Camaguey are in the afternoon
  • Check in on the boat is in the afternoon at 18:00
  • The vessel is equipped with US power sockets
  • Accepted payment methods on board: Cash 
  • DIN/INT adaptors are available on board

ARRIVAL AND DISEMBARKATION

  • Your last dives will be on the second to last day in the morning
  • It is your responsibility to ensure you respect the 24 hour no-fly time after your last dive!
  • The boat docks back in Jucaro at night on the penultimate day
  • Check out and disembarkation is around 09:00 on the last day.

EXTRA INFORMATION

  • Please carefully check the requirements for travelling to Cuba.
  • Transfers from / to Havana need to be reconfirmed.
  • The price for the transfer is usually around 75-100 USD pp/way and also depends on how many people are on the transfer. You will get a quote from the operator on request
  • For pick ups / drop offs from/in Havana, please keep in mind that pickups are restricted to hotels and not possible from private accommodations like casa particulare, Air bnb etc. If you should stay at such a place the operator will inform about the nearest possible pickup option
  • The transfer Havana-Jucaro takes around 7 hours
  • Transfers from/to Santa Clara airport (SNU) and Camaguey airport (CMW) and hotels in Santa Clara and Camaguey are usually possible, but availability and costs need to be reconfirmed by the operator upon request
  • If the operator can’t organize a transfer from Santa Clara / Camaguey on special trips, you would need to take a taxi to/from Jucaro port (it takes around 2,5 hours and the costs are around 150 CUC)
  • The pickup times will be reconfirmed only a few days before the trip starts (it depends on the arrivals of the other passengers as well)
  • Be aware that in Cuba it is not easy to arrange transfers flexibly. So if you have transfer requests from/to other locations than the above, you would need to take a taxi to and from the boat

ITINERARY GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Approx. 18 dives
  • For this itinerary you require Open water certification - No minimum logged dives.
  • Enjoy diving in Jardines de la Reina, a protected marine park with a diversity of sea life from eels, rays and turtles in the muddy areas to the amazing biodiversity in the patch reefs
  • From the variety of sea life in the Mangrove fringes to the vast schools of fish and pelagics inhabiting the barrier reefs, this untouched marine environment is spectacular
  • Diving schedule is usually at the discretion of the customers following the instructor’s suggestions
  • Dive guides and crew are available every single minute.
  • Night dives available for a generous tip to your guide
  • Excursions to pristine beached for sunbathing
  • You can even snorkel with Crocodiles between dives

PROGRAM

DAY 1

  • Transfer to boat * please review logistic section.
  • Check in early afternoon
  • Meet the crew, welcome briefing, assign cabins, prepare equipment
  • Lunch is served on board
  • 5 hours trip to reach Jardines de la Reina

DAY 2 - 7

Daily Diving logistics

  • Fast boats will take you to the diving sites, you will have the opportunity to explore different sites each day and enjoy the view of the mangrove channels, virgin beaches, birds and other exuberant fauna during the trips.
  • During the briefings, the dive guides will explain every detail of each dive, dive site highlights, correct behavior while diving with sharks.
  • Diving schedule is up to 4 dives per day
  • It is possible to book extra dives on request.
  • Return to mainland is on Friday

DAY 8

  • Last day of the trip
  • Boat arrives in Jucaro at around 9:30 am
  • Check out from boat
  • Private transfer to Havana, local hotel or to departure airport

About Jardines de la Reina diving

  • Depth: 16 - >130 ft (5 - >40m)
  • Visibility: 50 - 130 ft (15 - 40m)
  • Currents: Gentle to moderate
  • Surface conditions: Often calm, dive sites are not far from the liveaboards that are anchored close to lagoons
  • Water temperature: 73 - 84°F (23-29°C)
  • Number of dive sites: <30
  • Distance: ~125 miles (200 km) southwest of Havana (6 hours road transfer, plus 3 hours boat transfer)

Dive Sites

  • Black Coral I and II - These are the shark dives at the Gardens of the Queen and there are often lots and lots of sharks present. Silky sharks and Caribbean reef sharks, which are the most numerous, are not generally aggressive unless they feel threatened
  • Farallón - Considered to be one of the best dives in Jardines de la Reina. This site is a magnet for pelagics, large schools of grunts, jacks and silver tarpons. Turtles, rays, silky sharks and Caribbean reef sharks
  • Pipín - This is where the big boys play. Schools of jacks and even bigger schools of tarpons, numbering 10-50, cut jagged lines in the ocean. A lone, patrolling hammerhead may make a cursory inspection of the dive party before disappearing back into the blue. Groups of silky sharks (up to 12) arrive to view the scuba divers on their safety stop
  • Vicente - This is the Queens Gardens' drop off site characterized by its large vertical wall. Spectacular coral gardens welcome divers and vibrant coral interspersed with massive black coral colonies and all their inhabitants can be observed
  • El Galeon - An old galleon and a nearby fishing boat. The former has been around long enough to have been well and truly colonized by the sea
  • Anclitas - Hawksbill sea turtles are often spotted here, along with barracuda, stingrays, tarpons, Caribbean spiny lobster, tiger grouper, soapfish, hogfish, and saucereye porgy
  • Cabeza de la cubera - Meaning 'Snapper’s head', this site features, surprise surprise, many varieties of snapper, as well as grouper

INCLUDED

  • Full board including all meals, tea, coffee, up to 6 beverages per day (beer, soft drinks, mineral water)
  • Dive package
  • Island tours
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Return transfer Santa Clara or Camaguey airport to Jucaro port (arriving by 18:00 on Saturday)

NOT INCLUDED

  • Conservation fees: USD 100
  • Port fee: USD  200
  • Transfer from/to Havana airport or local hotel and the boat: USD 100 per transfer
  • Rental equipment full set 200 USD per week
  • Dive computer: 60 USD per week.
  • Tips for the crew (recommended)
  • Alcohol
  • Havana airport transfer
  • All supplemental purchases made on the liveaboard Avalon I must be paid with cash. Credit cards are not accepted. Please keep in mind that Euros are the best currency to bring to Cuba

CANCELLATION POLICY

What if I need to cancel my booking?

Your reservation request is obligation free and you can cancel anytime within the first 72 hours. During this time you can easily find matching flights and get answers from our reservations team to any further questions you may have. After you have confirmed and paid for your reservation, the following cancellation policy applies:

  • 30 % is non-refundable
  • Between 120 days and 90 days before the trip = 70 % is refundable
  • 90 days before the trip = no refund

In case of cancellation the refund will be transferred to your bank account, credit card or paypal account within 10 business days

BEFORE TRAVELLING

  • Make sure you meet the country's requirements corresponding to your nationality
  • Make sure your passport is valid at least six months after the date you plan to visit the country
  • Diving insurance is mandatory for divers of all ages on all of our trips: bring your certificate as proof
  • It is strongly recommended to have travel insurance that is appropriate for the type of diving holidays you are going to do
  • Check the electrical standards (such as which plugs are used) in your destination country before travelling and bring the appropriate adaptor if necessary.
  • The itinerary and the number of dives are indicative and are subject to weather conditions and conditions: safety is always first
  • All divers must provide their diving certification card
  • Diving computers are compulsory
  • Local rates, fuel surcharges, distance rates, port fees, etc. may change without notice due to changes in government policy, changes in the price of oil, etc. The changes are beyond our control and the increases must be paid if the boat requests them. We will endeavour to inform you of any changes as soon as possible. A change in these rates does not entitle you to cancel the trip.

 

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