The diving stole the show. Clear water, pristine reefs and sharks galore.

Robin C.

Dive Cuba Aboard the All Star Avalon II

Cuba Liveaboard Dive Travel

Diving in Cuba is within reach! Travel to Cuba’s national marine park aboard All Star Avalon II. This enables U.S. divers to meet the following federal criteria:  to educate and build a participatory workshop program surrounding the sustainable management and conservation of the marine resources within Cuba. Travel through Cuba’s international airport in Havana is required for U.S. citizens. Visas are issued at the airport prior to departure.

Gardens of the Queen

Swim in Cuba’s pristine waters with silky, reef, hammerhead, blacktip, lemon and nurse sharks, Goliath grouper and an abundance of fish and macro-critters. Find healthy coral reefs without traveling half-way around the world. Snorkel with crocodiles. Trips include accommodations, diving, tanks and weightbelts, educational workshops, meals, snacks, beverages and eco adventures.

Highlights

Starting from: $4,100.00

  • Departs Jucaro on Saturdays to Jardines de la Reina Marine Park (Gardens of the Queen)
  • 7 nights all inclusive
  • Up to 22 dives including 2 night dives
  • Luxury accommodations with private baths, TVs 
  • Guest to crew ratio: 20 to 10
  • Eco adventures

Situated on the south side of the island of Cuba 60 miles from shore, Jardines de la Reina Marine Park (Gardens of the Queen) is an 840-square mile (2,170 km2) playground for an abundance of fish species, macro-critters, 6 species of sharks and colorful corals of all textures and shapes.

Because these nutrient-rich waters have been protected and are free of outside influences, its underwater inhabitants are extremely friendly and inquisitive.

The park is protected from wind and marine currents and offers a variety of dives including walls, reefs, tunnels, coral caves and canyons.

During your dive experience, you can see:

  • Schools of grunts, jacks and more jacks
  • Eels, turtles and eagle rays
  • Close encounters with schools of reef sharks, silky sharks and silver tarpon
  • Parrotfish, big black grouper and Goliath grouper
  • Tuna, cobia, mackerel, sea trout, channel crab, barracuda
  • Macro-critters:  anemones, nudibranch, blennies, decorator crabs, cleaning stations, banded coral shrimp

Dive Sites

With more than 80 dive sites in the Jardines de la Reina Marine Park (Gardens of the Queen), divers will discover an amazing pristine environment. Highlights of the cruise include:

  • Black Coral I and II
  • Boca de Piedra
  • Cuevo del Pulpo
  • Farallón
  • Finca de Pepe
  • Five Seas
  • Los Indos
  • Los Mogotes
  • Moñtana Rusa
  • Peruano
  • Pipín 
  • Vicente

Eco Adventures

  • Snorkeling with endangered crocodiles
  • Feeding furry native hutías and iguanas
  • Birdwatching
  • Exploring islands and inlets
  • Touring lagoon and mangrove channels
  • Sunbathing
  • Watching the sun set over the Caribbean Sea
  • Playing on the vessel’s water slide

Shark Diving

Discover the thrill of swimming with sharks in their native habitat.

Year-round Jardines de la Reina Marine Park (Gardens of the Queen), where fishing is not permitted, is home to 6 species of sharks:  Caribbean reef, silky, nurse, lemon, great hammerhead, blacktip and seasonally whale sharks.

The All Star Avalon II, a 4-story dive liveaboard, showcases Cuba's Gardens of the Queen Marine Park

The Vessel

The newest member of our fleet, All Star Avalon II is a 125-feet long (40m) scuba diving liveaboard. The four-level vessel offers 10 passenger state rooms (cabins), a dive deck with warm water showers, a lounge, a shaded alfresco relaxation space with seating, a main deck with  dining room and bar area and a sundeck with a Jacuzzi® and lounge chairs.

The vessel anchors in calm waters while divers are transported on specially designed power boats to dive sites. While traveling from port to the park, the vessel cruises at a speed of 12-knots allowing for a quick and stable ride. The All Star Avalon II combines a luxury experience with comfort in a casual atmosphere. 

Dive liveaboard All Star Avalon II dive tenders heading out for a dive.

The Crew

Getting you safely to the dive sites as quickly as possible is a priority for our crew. The bigger picture, though, is that the 10+ staff members of All Star Avalon II are engaging and service oriented. They promise to make your time aboard memorable including teaching you how to salsa and sway to the island beat.

A dive liveaboard is unique. Few recreational activities bring guests and staff together in a relatively small space for a concentrated amount of time. We demand and our team responds by being appropriately experienced, skilled and talented, professional, hospitable, safety conscious and positive people pleasers. 

Vacation time is limited and why you need to get the most of every day and hour. It takes a special crew to be “on” for extended periods of time and we believe you will agree our team delivers! 

Experience the
All Star Avalon II Adventure

Diver off the Cuban scuba diving liveaboard taking a picture of a black grouper
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FAQs

Yes, with prior arrangement, you can rent dive gear. For rental rates, click here. Please request these items on your Trip Application. All rentals must be ordered and paid in advance. No rentals or purchases can be made on the boat.

To learn more about the Blue Sanctuary program, click here.

All U.S. citizens are required to travel to Cuba via Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport (HAV). Transportation from Havana is via bus leaving early Saturday morning. Follow the instructions on the Trip Info page, below the Hotel section – Ground Transportation from Havana.

See the above link for more details.

Boarding the vessel can begin any time after 2:00pm. Typically the bus from Havana arrives after boarding begins.

The All Star Avalon II returns to port on Friday. Guests overnight on the vessel. U.S. citizens disembark by 9:00am on Saturday in order to board the bus back to Havana.

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