Located 60 miles south of Cuba is the Jardines De La Reina (Gardens of the Queen) National Park. Encompassing a chain of 250 pristine coral and mangrove islands it's widely considered to offer the healthiest reefs found anywhere in the Caribbean alongside abundant populations of shark species.
Underwater topography ranges from fringing corals reefs to seagrass beds which play host to a diverse range of marine life from large pelagics to small colourful reef fish and critters. The vibrant reefs are characterized by fields of soft corals and Gorgonian fans. Marine life highlights include enormous huge Goliath Grouper, schooling snapper and beautiful angelfish. We should encounter sharks during the safari as well as eagle rays and Hawksbill turtles.
Snorkeling in Cuba by liveaboard is an outstanding opportunity to experience the country at it's best.
This group charter (24 snorkelers) is on board the ‘Jardine Aggressor II Liveaboard’ offering 6 days of adventure where each day will offer something different below the surface. We will be travelling safari style to remote reefs to snorkel the very best sites that the Cuba has to offer, as well as ensuring there is enough time top side to relax and enjoy our comfortable liveaboard yacht.
Snorkelling in Cuba has a variety of marine habitats located throughout the park including beautiful coral gardens in the shallows to sea grass beds and eerie mangrove channels all of which offer a wealth of diverse snorkeling experiences and marine life encounters.
During the week, Cuban specialists will host nightly discussions and presentations on the marine environment, conservation, and the importance of this magnificent ecosystem. Interactive exchanges will discuss how Cuba has maintained one of the healthiest marine ecosystems in the Caribbean.
As an optional addition we offer the chance to arrive 2 days before the liveaboard departure day and experience some of topside Cuba with 2 hotel nights at the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel in Havana. During these two days you will attend presentations with Cuban scientists and marine experts and visit the Fortress of El Morro and Habana Vieja as well as seeing the cultural beauty of the city before spending a week on the Jardines Aggressor II liveaboard.
May 26th 2020 – Arrive Havana (Optional)
Welcome and pick-up at Havana International Airport is between 10:45am – 3:30 pm, transfer to hotel, check in 4 pm and dinner at 7 pm with Cuban hosts to learn about Cuba’s marine conservation programs.
May 27th 2020 - Havana (Optional)
In the morning our trained, English-speaking guides, will meet us in the hotel lobby and take us out for a tour of the
Old Town. This will be done on foot as most of Old Havana is pedestrianised and it will take in the principal plazas and
colonial buildings and fortifications whilst hearing about the history of the city. After seeing the Old Town the group
will be collected by six restored Classic 1950s Old American Cars (Cadillacs, Pontiacs, Chevrolets, or similar) and taken
to see the rest of the city including the vast Plaza de la Revolucion and the former home of Ernest Hemingway which
is now a museum. There will also be a cruise along the famous panoramic seafront drive known as the Malecon, and
lunch will be provided in a typical Cuban restaurant (included in the cost).
The evening will be free at your leisure.
Overnight Hotel Inglaterra
May 28th 2020 – Havana – Cienfuegos - Trinidad (Optional)
This morning our private transportation will arrive with our local English-speaking guides to collect us for our departure
to the old colonial port city of Cienfuegos on Cuba’s south coast (adjacent to the Bay of Pigs). Cienfuegos has both
French and Spanish colonial architectural influences and is one of Cuba’s friendliest cities (many Cubans, if asked what
the nicest city in the country is, will answer Cienfuegos).
You’ll have a tour of the city on arrival before heading, after lunch, on to Trinidad – a highlight of any visit to Cuba as
any guidebook will confirm and which is about an hour further down the coast. On arrival you’ll have a tour of Trinidad
before having a free evening to eat at one of the many small restaurants in the town and perhaps then head out to
one of the live music venues in Trinidad.
Overnight Grand Hotel Iberostar
May 29th 2020 – Trinidad - Camaguey (Optional)
After breakfast, you’ll visit some more of the attractions in Trinidad and the surrounding area before heading towards
the city of Camaguey – a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are two routes you can take to Camaguey, one via the
lovely small colonial city of Sancti Spiritus (which has a beautifully restored historic centre), the other via the city of
Santa Clara (where Che Guevara is buried and there is a huge mausoleum and museum about his life). The group can
decide which route they’d prefer and, if necessary one or two vehicles can take one route and the others the other
route. Either way you’ll arrive in Camaguey in the late afternoon.
Overnight Hotel Santa Maria
May 30th 2020 – Camaguey – Santa Cruz del Sur - Embarkation
This morning we’ll have a comprehensive tour of Camaguey including all the main plazas, several interesting churches
and the Cathedral, as well as the attractive local food market which is also in the historic centre of town.
After the tour, we will be collected by representatives from the Oceans of Youth project for our transportation to our
liveaboard and where we begin our snorkeling tour of the Jardines de la Reina. Lunch will be served on the yacht after arrival at approximate 3pm boarding.
May 31st - 05th June 2020
Snorkeling in the Gardens of the Queen and marine programs with Cuban biologists and experts.
June 6th 2020
4 – 5 am Transfer to Havana International Airport for arrival at approximately 12 noon. Most airlines require a 2 hour check-in prior to flight. Travelers will stop for lunch on the way to the airport.
The Jardine Aggressor II is a 135ft world-class liveaboard yacht complete with 12 cabins which come equipped with private bathrooms, showers and air conditioning. The onboard menu features chef- prepared international cuisine catering for all dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free etc), as well as offering soft drinks, beer and wine complimentary. All guests are welcome to bring a bottle of their favourite liquor if they chose to.
As well as a spacious lounge, the ship has a large sun deck, bar, grill and hot tub with internet service available through the satellite system. At night presentations will be hosted in the lounge, as well as the opportunity for night snorkeling, movies and games. A small library of books for exchange is also maintained onboard.
The ship comes complete with a crew of 12 on hand to ensure comfort and satisfaction for all guests. Most of our snorkel excursions are made from the deck at the rear of the yacht and equipped tender for easy pickups from snorkel sites when needed. The tour will also be fully escorted and hosted by a member of our team.
Mastercard and Visa are both accepted onboard.
US $4399.00 / £3520 per person (Twin/Double Share)
Please note we can no longer accept PayPal as a payment method for confirming this tour.
Flight options leaving from the UK to Cuba's Santa Clara Airport (SNU) has regular flights routing indirectly via Montreal (YUL) with an average travel time of 12 hours.
From the US many flights route directly from the major hubs with an average travel time of 1-2 hours to both Santa Clara (SNU) and Camaguey (CMW) airports.
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Enquiry for Cuba Snorkeling Safari
Snorkel Venture | Dive Safari Asia Ltd
Travel Trust Association Q0087
Registered Company 9473142 | 2015
Phone: 0117 369 0443
4.6 Paintworks, Bath Road, Bristol, BS4 3EH