Cuba’s most famous liveaboard diving destination, the Jardines de la Reina (a.k.a. Gardens of the Queen) is a reef shark mecca with healthy coral reefs and the opportunity to snorkel with crocodiles.
Diving in the Jardines de la Reina showcases a highly protected area with colorful reefs and a plethora of large marine life. 230 islets spread out 50 miles (80km) from Cuba’s south coast, this scuba diving wonderland boasts the world’s third largest coral reef, guaranteed shark sightings and mighty crocodiles. On a liveaboard, you can expect to see so many Caribbean reef and silky sharks that you may get bored of your toothy friends. On the other hand, you’ll also have the opportunity to snorkel with crocodiles, if you dare! The only way to dive in Jardines de la Reina is by liveaboard. Typical dive safaris last 7 to 9 days, and the best time to dive here is from November to April.