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Cabins

5

Length / Width

33 m / 7 m

Year built

 

Rental equip.

FREE

Internet

NO

Nitrox

YES ($)

Highlights

  • A floating platform for ecotourism and marine education, fully equipped to support classroom-at-sea programs
  • Experience the wonder and privilege of observing endangered species such as elkhorn coral and nesting hawksbill sea turtles
  • Make use of the large teaching space, complete with laptop hookup, projector screen and library of ID guides, natural history books and videos
  • Snorkel on deep and shallow coral reefs, seagrass, lagoon systems and mangroves, and explore the spectacular Gardens of the Queen
  • Knowledgeable Cuban marine biologists guide your daily expeditions, and you can participate in seminars on ocean zones and coastal communities
  • This trip is suitable for any high school (aged 15 yrs or older), and offers four optional dives for certified divers
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Booking process

1. BOOKING

Once we receive your booking, we double check availability with the dive operator and reserve your spot

2. CONFIRMATION

We usually get back to you within 24 hours to confirm that your booking is final

3. 48H FREE CANCELLATION PERIOD

You then have 48 hours to take care of other travel arrangements. Your credit card will only be charged after that period

Payment & cancellation

Payment terms

  • Now: 0%
  • 48 hours after booking confirmation: 50%
  • 120 days before trip start: 100%

Cancellation fee

Free cancellation for 48h after confirmation

  • 20% of the total booking amount will be charged if you cancel more than 120 days prior to arrival
  • 40% will be charged if you cancel between 120 and 91 days prior to arrival
  • 100% will be charged if you cancel less than 91 days prior to arrival

Cabins

Description

The M/V Oceans for Youth vessel designed as a sustainable exploration and educational platform that supports ecosystem monitoring in the Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba.

You are invited to join the adventure as part of the official Oceans for Youth Foundation's authorized by the Cuba "People-to-People" Program.

The EcoExploration Program is for any group interested in experiencing multiple land and sea areas of the Gardens of the Queen National Park while Snorkeling shallow Reefs, Lagoons and Seagrass Meadows, navigating through extensive Mangroves on small, private boat tours and discovering pristine beaches guided by local Marine Biologists. This adventure also has optional Scuba Diving (maximum of 4 scuba dives at two sites during a typical one-week charter).

What you can expect

The M/V Oceans for Youth is equipped and staffed to support 'Classroom-at-Sea Programs' for field-based educational opportunities.

The M/V Oceans for Youth is a 100-ft. motor vessel designed as an ecotourism and educational platform that supports Cuban marine research and natural resources monitoring in the Gardens of the Queen National Park, Cuba. It was built for safety and stability, there are three diesel-powered engines providing a top cruising speed of 10 knots.

The M/V Oceans for Youth sleeps up to 24 passengers with a crew of 8. Four separate, semi-private curtained areas each sleep four comfortably in two sets of bunk beds; each bunk has an assigned storage area, individual light and privacy curtain. The central bunk area sleeps eight in single bunks with privacy curtains and individual lights; and there is ample storage for all personal items and gear. All sleeping areas are airconditioned.

There are four marine heads, two private hot showers and two freshwater deck showers. There is a roomy, air-conditioned Dining Area/Salon and a Sun Deck with lounge chairs and picnic tables. Diving and Snorkeling amenities include a large Dive Deck, equipment rinse tubs, camera table with low-pressure air hose, and two fresh water showers. Boat voltage is 110 everywhere with 3-prong or 2-prong plugs in the bathrooms for hair dryers.

Field sites include the following habitats: deep and shallow Coral Reefs, Seagrasses, Lagoon systems, Mangroves and Barrier Islands. All field excursions are from tenders. 

The Classroom-at-Sea Program is for any High School (age 15 or older), College, University, Scouting or other educational groups interested in studying marine biology or ecology in the field. Participants will spend 7 nights on the vessel exploring the spectacular Gardens of the Queen National Park, located 60 miles off the southern coast of Cuba.

Throughout the week, your hosts will be Cuban Marine Biologists who guide your daily expeditions and give daily seminars about the wildlife, habitats, and the ecological importance of each. The theme of the week will focus on how Cuba's conservation and management efforts in the National Park have maintained one of the healthiest marine ecosystems in the Caribbean.

The provided course curriculum, “Dynamics and Conservation of Cuban Coastal Ecosystems” is field-based and is taught by Cuban Scientists working and conducting field studies from on board the vessel.

Daily seminars topics focusing on Cuba's marine ecosystems include:

• Ocean Zones and Coastal Communities

• Lagoons and Mangroves

• Seagrasses and Coral Reefs

• Oceanographic Processes and Coastal Ecosystems Interactions

• Fisheries Management and Coastal Ecosystems

• Marine Protected Areas Management

• Jardines de la Reina Management Plan – Development and Implementation

All seminars are taught to the appropriate group's academic level, i.e. High School or University – Undergraduate or Graduate level. A one-week course provides seminars at the Introductory Level (best for High School and Undergraduate Students) and a two-week course (best for Graduate Students) provides seminars at the Advanced Level.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES

The menu onboard is varied and plentiful, with a variety of locally sourced fresh fruit and vegetables, local Cuban cuisine including fish, beef, pork, and chicken. If you have any special dietary restrictions, please be sure these are noted when completing your on-line GIS (Guest Information System) form. All meals are served buffet-style.

You will awaken to coffee or tea, fresh fruit, hot breakfast entrees and fruit juice. Lunches feature homemade hot soups, hearty entrees and fresh fruit. Dinners include salads, vegetables, seafood, beef, pork, or chicken with a fresh, homemade dessert. Once onboard, please speak to the Chef about any special needs. Please also note that some special dietary requests may not be available due to the remote nature of this location.

The boat’s drink selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, and coffee. Passengers of legal drinking age may bring aboard alcoholic beverages for personal consumption. Due to local regulations alcohol will not be served while the boat is in port. Drinking and Ssnorkeling/Scuba Diving do not mix. Once you consume alcohol, you are invited to enjoy the vessels hospitality for the rest of the day.

How to get there

Please refer to logistics section of each itinerary to find detailed info on how to get there.

  • Please note the travel regulation is recently changed and U.S. citizens are not allowed anymore to travel to Cuba
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Deck Plan

DIVING SERVICES

For your safety

  • Fire Alarm
  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Life Jackets
  • Life Rafts
  • Emergency Oxygen Kit
  • Emergency Positioning Radio Beacon

Diving gear

  • Tanks With Int (Yoke) Valves
  • Nitrox ($)
  • Rental Equipment (Free)

Languages spoken

  • English

Diving Facilities

  • Battery Charging Station
  • Warm-Water Showers
  • Fish Id And Diving Books

Boat Amenities

Activities

  • Land Excursions

Sports & Watersports

  • Snorkeling

Great for families

  • Movies

Food & drink

  • Buffet
  • Alcohol

Amenities & services

  • Air-Conditioning
  • Spacious Diving Platform
  • Separate Zodiac/Dhoni

Facilities

  • Lounge/Tv Area
  • Equipment For Kids
  • Uk (3 Pin) Power Sockets

Payments

  • Cash

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