Walls of Zapata, Bay of Pigs - 7 NightsZapata, Bay of Pigs
, was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2003. The Zapata peninsula contains the largest and most important wetlands in the Caribbean. During the 7-night Oceans for Youth Foundation People-to-People group educational program, divers can spend a week learning about this magnificent biosphere reserve. As part of the People to People Group Travel Program, Cuban specialists will host discussions and presentations on the marine environment, conservation, and the importance of this magnificient ecosystem.
Covering 1.5 million acres, the immense Zapata Biosphere Reserve includes marshes, mangroves, coral reefs and forests that includes crocodiles, birds, shellfish, turtles, and countless plants that make conservation in this region a top priority. The protected wetlands attracts thousands of migrating birds that use this area as a stopover when migrating between North and South America.
The area that surrounds this protective area will be your diving zone for the week. You will see walls covered with sponges, black coral, caverns, schooling fish macro life and more. Travelers will receive up to 5 dives per day and two on the last day of diving. All diving is from the mothership.
7 Nights Jardines Aggressor I - Zapata, Bay of Pigs Program includes:
- Saturday airport arrival transfer from Havana José Martí International Airport for flights arriving between 10:45 am - 3:30 pm. Guests are met during this time by a Cubatur representative who will assist is luggage then transfer to the Hotel Paseo. The pick up from Hotel Paseo to the Jardines Aggressor I is between 4 pm and 5 pm. It is a 3 hour drive to Playa Larga where the Jardines Aggressor I is located. (Travelers who do not make the transfer will need to make their own way - see the Know Before You Go for details).
- All meals starting with dinner onboard Saturday evening.
- 5 1/2 days of diving and a conservation program with marine experts.
- Disembarkation transfer Saturday morning back to Havana José Martí International Airport at 7:30 am (approximately 3 hours).