Avalon Fleet I is a deluxe standard liveaboard runs by Avalon Fleet, it offer weekly dive trips to the Gardens of the Queen, it can accommodate 18 - 20 guests.

Vic

05/01/2016

For all divers who want to dive in a pristine area we can recommend diving with Avalon 1. We enjoyed our stay on this floating "hotel" very much, service and food is excellent. Dive guides...

Description

Boat

Avalon Fleet I is an intimate, comfortable and stylishly designed yacht, where each space is created to provide its guests with maximum comfort and safety. This yacht is 40 meters long, 7 meters wide, with cruising speed at 10 - 12 knots. Inside the yatch. The boat has the perfect balance of substantial exploration capabilities and a unique and noble style. It guarantees all guests a pleasant, exciting and exclusive voyage through Jardines de la Reina.

Onboard, the beautiful pickled oak interior decor has an open and contemporary atmosphere. There is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge with a set of large inviting sofas that form the central setting and also a desk TV, DVDs and PC station. This is where you will do much of your socializing. On the corner, is an intimate dining area with a glass table, just in front, there is a nice bar.

On the upper deck, the large open dining area is surrounded by comfortable sofas inviting to sit before dinner to 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.

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.

Avalon Fleet I usually served meals on the upper upper where there’s a nice breeze. Dining on board combines the style of the best Continental Italian cuisine with delicious seafood and traditional Cuban favorites like rice and beans, black bean soup and fried bananas. Lobster is our specialty and is served in a variety of ways. For those who like something different, chicken, pork and beef are also available. Salads and different fruits are served in every meal. Desserts feature our famous Cuban caramel custard, rhum-flavored cakes, cookies, puddings, pies and many others. Vegetarian and kosher meals are served on request with many different choices available. Onboard beverages available are: Bottled mineral water, sparkling and tonic water, various soft drinks, juices, beers, rums, whisky and excellent wines (6 beverages/day are included in the package).


Cabin

Avalon Fleet I has 8 comfortable guests cabins, it can accommodate 18 - 20 guests per trip :

All cabins have air-conditioner, comfortable beds, TV, cabin telephone, electricity plugs(220 volts and 110 volts), as well as storage in drawers.

2 Triple Cabins (#1, 2):
Located on the main deck, each have 3 single beds (2 of them are in bunk style), en-suite bathroom, port window.

1 Twin Cabin (#4):
Located on the lower deck, comes with 2 single beds (Side by side), en-suite bathroom, port window.

3 Double Cabins (#3, 5, 6):
Located on the lower deck, each have with 1 king sized bed, en-suite bathroom, port window.

2 Twin Bunk Cabins (#7, 8):
Located on the lower deck, each have 2 single beds in bunk style, bathroom shared between the two cabins, port window.


Diving

  • Usually 4 dives per day including night dive.

  • Only 2 dives will be provided on the last diving day.

  • No dive provided on the day of arrival and departure.

  • All diving will provide experienced guide to lead the dive.


Other Informations

  • Nitrox:Not available at the moment
  • REBREATHER Dive:Not available at the moment
  • Dive Equipment Rental:Available, rate on request, must book in advance
  • Dive insurance:Divers travelling aboard must have valid dive insurance
  • Wi-Fi Internet :Not available at the moment
  • Laundry Service:Available with additional charge
  • Massage Service:Not available at the moment
  • Payment on board:By cash (USD/Euro/CUC)
  • Crew Number:8, including 2 dive guides

Itineraries

Gardens of the Queen 8D/7N

Duration :
From Saturday to Saturday for 8D/7N each week.

Airport :
If possile, please fly to the minor airports, like Santa Clara, Camaguey, Cayo Coco. Where the group transfer will be included. If guests arrive in Havana / Jucaro, there will be extra transfer surcharge.

Daily routine onboard
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.

During the dive 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, the thrid dive will be done in the afternoon. And if possible, we will make a night dive or sunset dive.

Together with the instructor, arrange time for afternoon dives or for excursions through the lagoon and mangrove channels. Coming back to the live aboard, it is time to drink a frozen “mojito”, enjoy the afternoon pizza and talk about the dives. Around 8:00 pm, dinner is served and, like a family, everyone gets together around the table. Evening time next to the bar, to watch photos and videos while breathing the sea atmosphere, it’s time to plan with the instructors what will happen next day.


Dive Sites

There are more than 80 dive sites in the Gardens of the Queen, and yet more to be discovered, all dive sites are well protected from wind and marine currents. Here are some of the most prominent dive sites are detailed hereunder :

Pipín : It's a drop-off wall dive with many coral canyons, resident school of silky sharks, Caribbean reef sharks, many jacks, silver tarpons in groups of 10-50, eagle rays, sometimes a lonely three-meter-long great hammerhead coming up from the deep to take a quick look at the divers and then disappearing into the blue. Around the coral canyons, there are always 10-12 silky sharks keep swimming close to the surface near the boat.

Farallón : This is one of the best dives in Jardines de la Reina. It's a giant coral mountain 17 meters deep at the top and divided into four parts by tunnels that run across and end at a white sandy bottom of 29 meters. These tunnels are about 30 m long, 3 m wide and 10 m high, with an opening at the top that allows the sunlight to pour through, creating a spectacular show of light and shapes, giving the diver the feeling of flying across another world. Same species as in Pipín plus the reef shark swimming close to the bottom.

Vicente : Dive along the drop-off, with coral mountains at the edge descending from 20 m. to 40 m. and then to the abyss (800 m). You can find massive black coral colonies in the wall, large groupers, Caribbean and silky sharks. The mysterious and shy great hammerhead shark sometimes emerges from the blue to show its incredible body shape and elegance.

Black Coral I and II : These two dives are the most exciting! Minimum depth is 24 meters on top of the reef, then a sandy bottom at 30 m. Channels run across the reef perpendicular to the coast, until they reach the drop-off; at this place, there is a resident population of more than 30 reef sharks that get very close to the divers. On the sandy channels there are sleeping stingrays, parrotfish, big black groupers and tons of jacks.

Avalon : Frontal edge of the reef wall, full of big black coral colonies, and depth gorgonians, groupers, silky and Caribbean reef sharks, massive iridescent sponges, is a very colorful wall, eagle rays are seen here very often, also goliath groupers, hammerhead occasionally. Some impressive canyons in the deeper areas of the wall.

There is an area back in the mangroves where dive operators over many years have developed a relationship with a few resident American crocodiles. Less aggressive than the infamous Nile and Australian crocodiles, American crocodiles are normally shy, but not in the Gardens of the Queen.

This is an absolutely magic environment of clear water (at high tide anyway), with abundant seagrass below and mangrove forest above. If an over/under photo with a crocodile is on your wish list, there may be no better place on the planet to get one.

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Destinations Cuba
Facilities Camera station, Jacuzzi, Laundry, Fishing gear
Languages spoken English, Spanish

Schedules & routes

Date Duration Destination Departure - Arrival Price
27/07/2019 to 03/08/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
03/08/2019 to 10/08/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
10/08/2019 to 17/08/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
17/08/2019 to 24/08/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
24/08/2019 to 31/08/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
31/08/2019 to 07/09/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
07/09/2019 to 14/09/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
14/09/2019 to 21/09/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
21/09/2019 to 28/09/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
28/09/2019 to 05/10/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
05/10/2019 to 12/10/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
12/10/2019 to 19/10/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
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26/10/2019 to 02/11/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
02/11/2019 to 09/11/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
09/11/2019 to 16/11/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
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07/12/2019 to 14/12/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
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21/12/2019 to 28/12/2019 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
28/12/2019 to 04/01/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
04/01/2020 to 11/01/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
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25/01/2020 to 01/02/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
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21/03/2020 to 28/03/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
28/03/2020 to 04/04/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
04/04/2020 to 11/04/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
11/04/2020 to 18/04/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
18/04/2020 to 25/04/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
25/04/2020 to 02/05/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
02/05/2020 to 09/05/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
09/05/2020 to 16/05/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
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20/06/2020 to 27/06/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
27/06/2020 to 04/07/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
04/07/2020 to 11/07/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
11/07/2020 to 18/07/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
18/07/2020 to 25/07/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
25/07/2020 to 01/08/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
01/08/2020 to 08/08/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
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15/08/2020 to 22/08/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
22/08/2020 to 29/08/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
29/08/2020 to 05/09/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
05/09/2020 to 12/09/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
12/09/2020 to 19/09/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
19/09/2020 to 26/09/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
26/09/2020 to 03/10/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
03/10/2020 to 10/10/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
10/10/2020 to 17/10/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
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24/10/2020 to 31/10/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
31/10/2020 to 07/11/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
07/11/2020 to 14/11/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
14/11/2020 to 21/11/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
21/11/2020 to 28/11/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
28/11/2020 to 05/12/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
05/12/2020 to 12/12/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
12/12/2020 to 19/12/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
19/12/2020 to 26/12/2020 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
26/12/2020 to 02/01/2021 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail
02/01/2021 to 09/01/2021 7 nights Cuba Jucaro Port - Jucaro Port From $3,600.00 Detail

Prices & conditions

Destination Duration Cabin Price
Cuba 7 nights Double Twin From $3,600.00

Included

  • Air tanks & weights & weight belts
  • Daily housekeeping service
  • Land transfer on arrival/depature date
  • Alcoholic beverages (beer or/and wine)
  • All meals & complimentary beverages (water & tea & coffee)
  • Soft drinks in bottles and/or cans
  • Dive guide service
  • Dinner on final evening
  • Land tour & Island visit
  • Boat accident insurance

Not included

  • Dive courses on board
  • Crew gratuity
  • Dive equipment rentals
  • Dive insurance
  • Travel insurance ( cancellation insurance)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Marine park fees/Port fees

Useful information

Cuba

Period : Liveaboards run trips year round. The ocean that surrounds Cuba is full of little unexplored reefs where grouper and sharks are resident and visible all year. Visibility is always between 30m-40m.

Visa's : Tourist who travel to Cuba need to get the appropriate visa called Tourist Card and a valid passport having 6 months validy after the return tiket. Depending on your nationality, have a check online with the representative Cuban Embassy or consulate.

Climate: the climate of Cuba is semitropical or temperate. The average minimum temperature is 21° C (70° F ), the average maximum 27° C (81° F ). The trade winds and sea breezes make coastal areas more habitable. Cuba has a rainy season from May to October.

Water: The temperature of water varies in the limits of 24°-28°S during the year, the coldest conditions are encountered in the winter months from December until February.

Flights: Main air gates of Cuba International Airport named of Jose Marti (HAV) is located near Havana. From Havana there are different Taxi and land tour offered at the arrival.

Currency: In Cuba two currencies are used - nonconvertible (CUP) and converted (CUC) Cuban of peso. Cuban currency is NOT traded internationally, so you can’t buy it in advance and have to convert once your arrived.

Clothing: On diving liveaboard is ideal to carry light air clothing, which also proposes protection from the tropical sun; for the cooler or rainier evenings you can also pack a jumper and light raincoat.

Plugs: Joints of the type A/B/C/L, 110V, 60Hz. In the majority of hotels and onboard the liveaboards you will find either 110V or 220V so be aware before plugging our electrics.

Diver's reviews (1)

Vic, 05/01/2016

For all divers who want to dive in a pristine area we can recommend diving with Avalon 1. We enjoyed our stay on this floating "hotel" very much, service and food is excellent. Dive guides are very experienced, diving was great as expected.

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