Travel Logs

 

Log Date: Thursday, Jul 26, 2018
Entry By: Cuba Travel Program Staff

 

Havana Program

 

Thursday 

Guests arrived to the Havana airport. The trip was fast and smooth. A Guide was waiting at the airport, gave a very detailed explanation about the program on the way to the hotel. The hotel was really nice. We met at ‪6:45 in the lobby to go to the restaurant. The name of the restaurant is Ivans House. The food was a great!

 

Friday

Breakfast in the hotel was really nice, ‪9 AM we had a meeting with Julio Baisre in a conference room for a presentation about the marine ecosystems. Julio is a well-known Cuban scientist who has dedicated his life to the conservation of the fisheries and the protection of the marine ecosystems. After the presentation, we went on a City tour where we visited the main squares of the old part of Havana. Beautiful architecture and we had a detailed explanation of our guide about history and Cuban way of life.

 

Lunch took place in a restaurant called Atelier in modern Havana.

 

After lunch we went in a bus tour in the modern area of the City, we visited the main areas and avenues revolution Square, Malecon etc. Some people decided to go back to the hotel stayed there for resting. Id night we had dinner at Casa restaurant it is a House in a residential area of the city. The food was great.

 

 

CAPTAINS LOG

 

CREW

CAPTAIN: Eric

CRUISE DIRECTOR: Yoel

ENGENEER: Victor

DECK SAILOR: Nowel

STEWARD: Yaisi, Yoanı

CHEF 1: Leo

CHEF 2: Junior

Dive Masters: Mike, Lazaro,Yordi,

Skiff drivers: Tender1 Elvis and tender 2 Gualberto

 

WEATHER

Vis: 90 ft.

Water temp: 87f

 

DIVE SITES

 

TENDER 1:

SUNDAY: La cana, Boca Anclitas, Boca Anclitas

MONDAY: Los Mogotes, Cueva del Pulpo, Luisa Reef, La Trampa

TUESDAY: Five Sea, Cabezo de la Cubera, Cabezo de la Raya, Cueva del Pulpo

WEDNESDAY: Black Coral2, Pipin, Intermedio, La Boca

THURSDAY: El Farallón, Caballones, Patricia, Finca de Pepe

VIERNES: Vicente

 

TENDER 2:

SUNDAY: Patricia, La Cana, Anclitas

MONDAY: Los Indios, Cabezo de la Cubera, Los Mogotes, Luisa Reef

TUESDAY: Black Coral 2, Cabezo de la Raya, Cueva del Pulpo, Cueva del Pulpo

 WEDNESDAY: Five Seas, Montaña Rusa, Finca de Pepe, Pius Reef

THURSDAY: Vicente, Anclitas, Pipin, Puente Grande

VIERNES: Farallón,

 

WEEK ACTIVITIES.

SUNDAY: OFY Presentation

MONDAY: Mangrove tour from Caballones, to Boca de Piedra, and jutias, iguanas in the Beach

TUESDAY: Snorkeling in Boca de Piedra Channel on the Way Back from the second Dive

WEDNESDAY: Mangrove Tour from Boca de Piedra, to Caballones

THURSDAY: OFY Presentation

VIERNES: OFY Presentation

 

STORIES:

 

SATURDAY:

Guests arrived from Havana around 10:30 pm very excited for seeing the boat and Diving. The journey to Jardines was almost 5 hours, but the sea was calm, guests prepared their dive gear while underway, waiting the first dive.

 

SUNDAY: Beautiful Morning although windy but improved with beautiful sun. Very exciting the first dive with Caribbean Reef Shark, also saw a huge eagle ray and sea horse, which are very difficult to see, also the Macro life and wonderful coral walls. Conservation is the key for the status of this paradise in the Caribbean

 

MONDAY: The weather was good, and just before the second dive guests were visiting Jutias and iguanas at the beach. In the afternoon the activity was snorkeling and could see quantities of small mangrove fish. Great dives in Boca de Piedra area.

 

TUESDAY:

Sunny morning, first dive black coral 2 one of the best in Jardines it is a coral reef formation with a lot of marine life an full of Caribbean reef sharks following divers wherever they go, on the way to the second dive we went to the beach then did two more dives, one of them at Octopus cave, a place where you can find a lot of interesting shrimps, crabs, nudibranch, and beautiful overhangs with coral formation.

 

WEDNESDAY: The boat moved back to Caballones Channel after the first dive in Boca de Piedra.

Cloudy morning, but with the incoming tide the water was very clear, first dive was full of sharks and other species like horse eye jacks, school of tarpon, this is the proper time to see them mating, yellowtail snapper, big   friendly barracudas watching every move.

Farallon, Caballones were also full of marine life. Diving with Silky Sharks was amazing experience for everyone.

 

THURSDAY:

It was cloudy and rainy but visibility was good and dives were amazing.

First dive was in Farallon there are coral mountains at the walls edge; the water was so clear seemed like being flying.

The boat spent the whole day in Caballones because of the weather conditions. Second and third dives were a success, although the day was cloudy.

 

FRIDAY:

After two dives in the morning with silky sharks the trip back to Jucaro, in the afternoon cocktail party and certificate delivery.