Gardens of the Queen, Cuba

02/26/2020 - 03/07/2020

Dive an untouched marine park established by Fidel Castro himself! Located sixty miles off the coast, the “Jardines de la Reina” (Gardens of the Queen) are flush with beautiful coral reefs, clear water, sharks, and tropical fish. This is the Caribbean like it was many moons ago when Ernest Hemingway wrote “The Old Man and the Sea.” A unspoiled undersea paradise waiting for adventurous divers!

February 26 – 28: Havana side-trip  $1300

We’ll be staying in the heart of Old Town at the historic Hotel Inglaterra and touring the city. $1300.

Inclusions: Breakfast and lunch, any entrance fees (museums, etc.)


February 29 – March 7: Gardens of the Queen   $4200

Sharks, groupers, and crocodiles await you at Jardines de la Reina aboard the Avalon II.  Many of you DAN Members; here’s a great article written by Stephen Frink of Alert Diver (DAN’s magazine) talking about diving in Jardines de la Reina.

Inclusions: Transfers, all food and drink onboard, Nitrox, Conservation and Port fees.


Not included: Airfare (if you’re joining us in Havana you’ll fly to Havana on the 26th and home from Santa Clara on the 7th), dinners in Havana, tips.


Single cabin upgrade: add $2005

Non-diver: deduct $250


Contact Dan ([email protected]) for more information.



The cruise and land package fall under the category “People to People Educational Exchange.”

Legal documents, sample of the application form, sample of the authorization form, OFAC letter of permission, and itineraries can be downloaded here.



A minimum $1500 deposit is required to reserve your space on this trip. A second payment of $2000 is due August 1st. Final payment is due December 1st.  Cancellations are subject to a $300 processing fee.  Price is based on double occupancy.  Reservations and payments will be forfeited if full payment is not received according to the schedule.  No refunds can be made after August 15, 2019.


Payment Options:

Credit cards incur a 3.5% transaction fee by PayPal

Bank transfers can be done via Venmo (@Dan-Chua-WDA) or Zelle  ([email protected])

Checks can be made payable to:  Worldwide Diving Adventures (WDA)

Mail to this address:  PO Box 1019, Twin Bridges, CA 95735

INSURANCE:  Most divers-in-the-know use Divers Alert Network Dive Accident Insurance.  We also strongly encourage purchasing DAN Travel Insurance.  They offer competitive rates, and your money goes to a fantastic program. DAN has helped many of our guests (including ourselves) recoup money for medical expenses and lost dives from even minor maladies; unfortunately, we have also seen a few divers need helicopter rides to a decompression chamber.  Insurance gives you the ability to listen to symptoms which otherwise you might ignore.

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