Hanukkah in Cuba - jardines de la reina
A journey back in time. The Gardens of the Queen in Cuba are the "pearl" of the Caribbean and allow divers to explore the coral reef just as it was 100 years ago. One of the few places in the world where you can see a healthy and pristine ecosystem, thanks to the isolation of this marine area from the outside world, during the last century. Even today, there are only around 1,000 divers annualy in this slice of heaven.
If you happened to skip the video above, it's well worth watching it and listen to every word these people have to say about this amazing place.
The Gardens of the Queen are an underwater paradise. The water visibility reaches 30 meters and above. The diving conditions are extremely comfortable. Deep walls all covered with colorful sponges and corals are the typical set up. The main attraction is, of course, the abundance of sharks. There are about 6 species of sharks roaming around, those are the Silky shark, Caribbean shark, Lemon shark, Blacktip shark, Hammerhead shark and Nurse shark.
Join us for this magical adventure during the Hanukkah celebration in one of the most unique places on earth. Just as the miracle of Hanukkah lasted Eight days – we will enjoy the miracles of the underwater world during our Eight days on our home on the water – Avalon 1.
This is the first group ever gathering Jewish divers from all over the world, in one trip. Be part of it!
Dates & Price
Trip dates: 19-30 December 2019.
Day 1: Landing on the night of the 19th, from there we will move to the hotel (3-4 stars) in an excellent location.
Day 2: (20.12.19) A local guide will take us on a tour of the main sights of the city, showing Cuba's familiar symbols such as colorful antique cars, salsa dancing and Cuban cigars.
Day 3: (21.12.19) Departure in the morning and drive south towards the ship. Arriving and sailing on the magnificent Avalon 1.
Day 4-9 (22-27.12.1919): We will take a cruise of 7 nights / 8 days, including 6 days of diving (about 18 dives in total) at the best sites of Cuba.
Day 10: A trip to Havana and another night at the hotel.
Day 11: An independent morning in the magical Havana.
The price of the trip: 4500 US dollars
The price includes:
Liveaboard on the Avalon I
Port taxes and reserve fee - $ 300
Full economy on the cruise
English and Hebrew - speaking guides
Underwater photography guidelines by Alon Zehngut
Transfers from the airport to Havana, and from there to the ship and back in a fully comfortable, air-conditioned car.
3 nights in a double room at a Havana hotel including breakfast,
Guided tour in Havana
Price does not include:
Rental of diving equipment
Meals in Havana.