The crew was super helpful and fulfilled every request we made.
Experience the All Star Avalon II
The marine park is home to 80-plus dive sites giving divers plenty of options. With up to 22 dives each cruise including 2 night dives, we’ll brief you on how to make the most of each destination. We are the only dive liveaboard offering 4 dives/day in the Gardens of the Queen. The diversity in types of dives in pristine water can include – healthy reefs and walls – home to pelagics and macro-critters.
With our focus on the environment and conservation, we live this ethos while based in Jardines de la Reina Marine Park (Gardens of the Queen). Our eco-adventures include snorkeling, appreciation of the park’s wetlands as a migratory stop for birds and of the importance of mangroves to the underwater world.
Our reputation for comfort and safety are only to be outdone by high marks for our guest experiences. Stellar service from our fun-loving crew make our year-round cruises a dive vacation of a lifetime. Spacious cabins, some with port holes and others with large oceanview windows, along with gourmet meals – many with fresh seafood – set the stage!
At Jardines de la Reina Marine Park (Gardens of the Queen), its underwater residents flourish creating one of the largest populations of adult fish in the Caribbean. Divers will discover snapper, Goliath grouper, as well as 6 species of sharks – Caribbean reef, silky, nurse, lemon, great hammerhead, blacktip and seasonally whale sharks.
Colors abound with brightly hued sponges, sizable pilar corals, black corals on the wall, gorgonians and delicate laminar corals.
The unique underwater topography features walls with tunnels, caverns, giant ledges, all home to abundant marine life.
Our experienced and professional dive staff and guides are here to assist and assure your safety.
We provide plenty of opportunities for divers and non-divers to explore the park. With All Star Avalon II, get close to nature by:
- Snorkeling with an endangered species of crocodile
- Feeding indigenous endangered wildlife – cute hutías and iguanas
- Snorkeling among the mangroves – the nursery for many young fish
- Relaxing or sunbathing on a secluded beach
- Exploring a few of the archipelago’s 250 virgin coral and mangrove islands and inlets
- Touring a mangrove channel
- Enjoying a sunset cocktail cruise
- Playing on the boat’s water slide
Elkhorn corals are on the endangered list and critical to reef building. In one location in the park, they thrive in shallow waters making them accesible only to snorkelers. Other important corals also found here: brain, branching gorgonian sea fans, pineapple, star and starlet. An amazing discovery was the amount of pillar coral as well as porites, also known as branched fingers.
With more than one-million adjoining acres of wetlands, it is a the perfect resting spot for 68 species of birds as they migrate from North to South America.
Your dive trip includes three meals a day – breakfast, lunch and dinner. Breakfast is made-to-order. Lunch and dinner are prepared by our culinary team and served family style. Snack are available throughout the day. Meals showcase Cuban and international cuisine, using local ingredients, as well as vegetarian options, plus a variety of fresh seafood including lobster.
Guests can choose from one of several dinner entrees and wine selections. Seats are unassigned and everyone is encouraged to linger and get to know one another.
If you have special dietary needs or restrictions, please note such on the Trip Application form. With advance notice, our chef can prepare special menus, such as vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free, etc.
The bar opens for those who aren’t planning to go on a night dive. Beverage selections include soft drinks, bottled water, a selection of wines, beer and rum drinks.
Bacon, Meats and Cheeses
Choice of Cereals
Fruit Juice, Coffee, Tea
Soup of the Day – Chicken Soup
Grilled Chicken Breast
Flan, Rum Cake
Chocolate Cake with Ice Cream
Traditional Cuban Chicken and Potato Soup – Ajiaco
Cuban Black Beans and Rice –
Cristianos y moros
Roast Pork, Beef, Fried Fish
Brussel Sprouts, Yucca, Squash
Roasted Cauliflower and Broccoli
Sponge Cake with Ice Cream
Tres Leches Cake
Dive Equipment Rental
All Star Avalon II provides the following:
- Dive tanks – 80s (12L) and 100s (15L) (available upon request and in limited supply) – and weightbelts
Available for rent:
- Regulator – $60.00 per week
- Dive computer- $60.00 per week
- Dive light – $8.00 per dive
- Wetsuit – full – various sizes available- $50.00 per week
- Buoyancy compensator – various sizes available – $60.00 per week
- Mask, fins and snorkel – $50.00 per week
- Fins and booties – $35.00 per week
- Nitrox – $130.00 per week
How it works:
The Trip Application form is where you’ll order dive rental equipment.
Payment is required in advance and can be made with your final payment.