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Cruise date: 14 to 21 April 2018
CRUISE DIRECTOR: ALBERTO
DECK SAILOR: Nowel
CHEF 1: Ramon
CHEF 2: Leo
Dive Masters: Michael , Yoelvis ,
Skiff drivers: Elvis and Gualberto
Visibility: 90 f
Guests arrived to the Havana airport. The trip was fast and smooth. Amistur Guide was waiting at the airport, gave a very detailed explanation about the program in the way to the hotel. The hotel was really nice. We met a 6:45 in the lobby to go to the restaurant. The name of the restaurant is Ivans house he was a great food.
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 dedicated his life to the conservation of the fisheries and the protection of the marine ecosystems, it was really interesting. 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 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. At night we had dinner at Casa restaurant it is a House in a residential area of the city. The food was great.
Sunday: PATRICIA , FINCA DE PEPE , PIUS REEF ,ANCLITAS ( Night Dive )
Monday: FARALLON, PERUANO , LA CANA , DARK REEF .
Tuesday:PIPIN , BOCA DE PIEDRA , MARIFLORES , LUISA REEF.
Wednesday: BLACK CORAL 2 , LOS MOGOTES , LA TRAMPA , LAS CRUCES .
Thursday: BLACK CORAL 1 , FIVE SEAS , CABEZO DE LA CUBERA
Friday: CABALLONES , LOS SABALOS .
TENDER 2 :
Sunday: LA CANA , PIPIN, PERUANO , ANCLITAS ( Night Dive )
Monday: FINCA DE PEPE , CABALLONES, BOCA DE ANCLITAS , DARK REEF.
Tuesday: FARALLON , MARIFLORES , OCTOPUS CAVE , LA TRAMPA .
Wednesday: FIVE SEA , LAS CRUCES , LUISA REEF , LAS CRUCES.
Thursday: BOCA DE PIEDRA , CABEZO DE LA RAYA , LA CULEBRA ,
Friday:PATRICIA , INTERMEDIO .
Sunday: OFY Presentation.
Tuesday : Mangrove tour ,Croc visit .
Wednesday: Visited jutias and iguanas in the beach .
Thursday : OFY Presentation.
Friday: Mangrove tour
They arrived from Havana around 2 pm very excited for to see the boat and the crew ,the journey to Jardines was almost 5 hours the sea was calm ,everybody prepared his dive gear waiting the first dive of the program .
Beautiful morning in caballones beach, after breakfast everybody were on time for the general briefing on deck dive. First dive was in Patricia and La Cana in the next two dive everybody enjoyed beeing in the water with the Caribbean and Silky Sharks. In the afternoon after lunch , they received a very interesting presentation by Tony Cardenas about the geography of Jardines. The Night Dive was very interesting for all of them, they saw a huge Crab, Lobster, Squid and another species. Tomorrow will be another day for diving.
Another day in Caballones beach , the sunrise was beautiful and the day lovely to dive, today the group was excited for living another adventure , all the dive sites in caballones have a great diversity ,you can find spices like a hogfish, Groupers, Basslet special the golden Fairy very beautiful , shark all over like Caribbean reef and silkys it is really sensational, for the ones that like coral reef ,we have a beautiful coral wall with different kind of sponges and corals like a Elkhorne coral , the pristine and the healthy of this made it unique in the Caribbean .
Today a windy and cloudy morning because of winds blowing from the north passing by jardines , but anyway the first dive was amazing , full of silkys shark as usual in caballones , after that the boat move to Boca de Piedra and they made a mangrove tour on the tender was very exciting and beautiful to see the inner lagoons and channels , the rest of the they we stayed in Boca de Piedra.We went to see the croc but never show up we will try tomorrow again. The highlight of the night was Tre grill on the sundeck with the color of the sunset an the skill of our chef who made the best lobster in cuba .
Beautiful morning today the sun is shining and the water is like a cristal , first dive they saw a Wiptail Stingray this piece it is unique in the Caribbean they were fascinate about it , the amount of Caribbean shark are always impress there are like park ranger patrolling the group majestic creature a beauty of the evolution .
Cloudy morning today , late night yesterday rained but anyway good to day special with the incoming tide the water is very clear , first dive full of shark and other spices like horse eyes jack , scull of tarpons , yellow tail snipers , the looneys barracudas and also the macro life , the rest of the day was beautiful cabezo de la cubera and la culebra there are also full of marine life , we tried to see the crocodile today again but he did’t show up no lucky this week .
Last day in paradise , as last diving day the group was taken to a goliat grouper place, an endless coral terrace plenty of sea life, big gorgonians and massive corals all over, big barrel sponges and many fish, good way to make good memories on everyone on board