Jardines de la Reina, or the Gardens of the Queen, is the largest Marine Nature Park in the Caribbean.
"Jardines de la Reina" was named by Christopher Columbus after Queen Isabella of Spain, and has been a National Park since 2010; located about 90 miles south of the mainland of Cuba, this area has been preserved as a complex network of untouched marine ecosystems.
A unique marine protected reserve, the Gardens of the Queen is suitable for all levels of diver and non-diver, though the minimum age requirement is 15 yrs old.
This beautiful destination is home to a variety of eco-adventures, including diving, snorkeling, paddle boarding, exploring mangroves, crocodile encounters, iguana and jutia encounters, and bird watching.
During your diving week, you'll be involved in participatory environmental projects that tie perfectly into the diving plan and the eco-tour activities, supporting long-term sustainable conservation.
As part of this program, you will receive a certificate of participation and completion, as well as a complete itinerary of activities that qualify you for legal travel under the US General License of Humanitarian Projects.
There are more than 80 dive sites in these protected areas, and Avalon Cuban Diving Center is the only company licensed and authorized to operate within them.
Jardines Avalon Fleet consists of four vessels that offer a similar level of accommodation with the same amenities:
- Jardines Avalon II
- Jardines Avalon III
- Jardines Avalon VI
- Jardines Avalon FII
For capacity reasons, your vessel allocation will be determined upon check-in and it is not possible to select a specific vessel.