Cuba

Jardines de la Reina Marine Park is one of the biggest treasures of the Caribbean, in a bigger scale can also be considered as one of the world’s best-preserved marine areas. Within Jardines de la Reina marine park the only allowances in the marine park are for Bonito fishing in the south of Jardines (blue water fishing, Open Ocean) and Lobster fishing with artisanal means.

All Caribbean marine regions are interconnected exchanging energy and matter, the migrations of fish, turtles, larvae’s, birds, etc. This involves many areas from the east coast of the US to the Gulf of Mexico and from Bermuda to Lesser Antilles, the North Coast of Sur America and more, all ecosystems are interdependent in this region. This Archipelago "Gardens of the Queen" comprises a whole set of islands, keys, islets and banks located south the Gulf of Ana Maria at the southeastern section of the country.

The Gulf of Ana Maria is one of the largest and most habitat-diverse shelf areas of the place, covering the waters south from provinces Camaguey, Ciego de Avila and Sancti Spiritus. The Gulf is the deepest here (20-25m in some areas) surrounded by the main island in the north, and the "Jardines de la Reina" Archipelago in the south (hundreds of mangrove islets and keys) spreading from east to west.

Extensive sea grass beds and muddy areas as well as numerous patch reefs cover the gulf; an array of islands and barrier reefs separates the gulf from the Caribbean Sea. Mangroves fringe the islands and mainland. All these conditions combine to provide abundant populations of seabirds, reptiles and the Caribbean’s richest marine biodiversity and biomass.

The "Gardens of the Queen", are a complex network of untouched marine ecosystems that have been regarded by many knowledgeable scientists and organisation as a reference of what is the original status of a coral reef, the underwater paradise is all that comes into the mind when you first enter the water, the vertical walls covered with brightly huge sponges, the black corals extending the branches in the contrasting blue water, many species of gorgonians, fragile laminar corals showing its beautiful shapes through crevices, canyons and caves built along thousands of years of invertebrates work, converting tons of calcium carbonate into architecture masterpieces, all this combined with one of the biggest fish diversity and biomass of the Caribbean makes each dive an unforgettable experience.

The amazingly healthy mangrove system provides nursery area for young fish populations, filtering the water that goes to the reef together with the seagrass beds and in return receiving from the reef protection against the open ocean wave energy, all interconnected in a very fragile network that here keeps its variety, richness and splendour intact.

You will find the biggest populations of adult fish in the Caribbean as Sharks, Snappers and Groupers, Jewfish up to 400 Pounds are an every day experience. Sharks are one of the main attractions and can be seen everywhere. It is possible to dive with 6 different species: Silkies, Reef, Lemon, Black tip, Great Hammerhead and Nurse sharks and from July to November is easy to swim with Whale Sharks.

Recommended Diving Liveaboards

Avalon Fleet 1

From 578 USD/Day
Avalon Fleet I is one of the top luxury boat in Cuba, it offers diving liveaboard trips to divers all around the world to discovery the beautiful yet mysterious underwater world around Cuba. ### (...)

Avalon Fleet 2

From 613 USD/Day
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Giorgiana

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Georgiana is a brand new and beautiful liveaboard launched in 2013 and equipped for safety and comfort, it provides divers the chance to dive in the most amazing dive site in the turquoise waters (...)

Halcón

From 360 USD/Day
Halcón is a luxury liveaboard in traditional 70's style, it has been recently refurbished. It's the perfect choice for charter group of 12 divers who want to explore the underwater world of Cuba. (...)

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La Reina

From 360 USD/Day
La Reina is a comfortable sixty-nine foot yacht, it offers liveaboard trips to Jardines de La Reina Marine Park in Cuba every Saturday to Friday with excellent crew on board. It can cater a max (...)

Tortuga

From 449 USD/Day
Tortuga is a steel houseboat anchored in a protected channel, so it never moves, same as the floating hotels. While guests at Los Jardines de la Reina, accommodations are provided primarily on (...)

Vision III

From 192 USD/Day
Vision III is a beautiful Sailing yacht, it provides unique dive liveaboard trips around the Los Canareos Archipelago in Cuba, it is perfect for a small group of 6 divers to charter. ### (...)

Cayman Aggressor 4

From 253 USD/Day
Excellent visibility and calm, crystal clear warm water has made the Cayman Islands a scuba diving favorite for decades. Every week, Cayman Aggressor IV divers explore the walls and ship wrecks (...)

Bahamas Aggressor

From 196 USD/Day
Bahamas Aggressor (formerly Carib Dancer) is a professional dive yacht running by Aggressor Fleet, it offers a weekly dive liveaboard trip in the Bahamas, it can max. host 14 guests per trip. (...)

Bahamas Master

From 308 USD/Day
The Bahamas Master is a beautiful steel vessel offering diving trips in the Bahamas. It can host 16 passengers maximum on board. ### Liveaboard **The Bahamas Master** is a beautiful steel yacht (...)

Cat Ppalu

From 211 USD/Day
Cat Ppalu is a sailing liveaboard catamaran offering charters trips from Nassau to the Northern Exumas in the Bahamas. It can accommodate up 12 passengers in 6 cabins. ### Liveaboard **Cat (...)

Aqua Cat

From 187 USD/Day
Aqua Cat is one of the luxury diving liveaboards of the Bahamas, it offers diving cruise trips from Nassau to the remote islands of the Exumas, and especially the Exuma Cays Land and Sea Park, (...)