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Halcon
From US$ 348 per day
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Length
21m
69 ft
Max 12
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At a glance...
  • Cruises around Jardines de la Reina
  • Maximum of 12 only divers
  • 6 complimentary drinks per day
  • Communal bathrooms
  • Access to the internet from sister ship
  • Steel-hulled boat

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The Halcón is the perfect affordable option for small groups of divers wishing to dive the remote, liveaboard only, pristine dive sites of the Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) National Marine Park. With a maximum of 12 divers, guests will enjoy personal service by the professional crew of 8 during their Cuba liveaboard diving tour.

Recently refurbished, the steel-hulled Halcón retains her classic 70's styling and is one of the smaller boats in the Avalon Fleet. However, she provides scuba divers with comfort, good food and great service, including 6 complimentary drinks per day. In the evenings the Halcon anchors in one of the many sheltered lagoons or mangrove channels in the archipelago.

The pleasant, air conditioned lounge area is ideal to share diving videos and pictures with fellow tour guests, via the entertainment facilities. These include TV, DVD and sound system. At the end of the day, Halcón's divemasters will happily assist with fish identification while you contemplate the next day's diving over sunset cocktails on the liveaboard's wide bow.

The day's diving begins on the second day of the charter after a breakfast fit for kings. Guests step into the dive tender with their wetsuits where their scuba gear is conveniently prepared and waiting. After the first dive, you can explore the mangroves, islands and beaches. If snorkeling with American salt water crocodiles is on your bucket list, this may be your opportunity! The dive tenders whisk you back to the liveaboard after the 2nd dive for a well-earned delicious lunch. 1 or 2 dives are usually enjoyed in the afternoon before returning to the liveaboard for pre-dinner drinks.

The efficient staff return the diving equipment and cylinders to the Avalon Diving Center in the marine park for rinsing and to refill the tanks in preparation for the next day's diving. The Dive Center is close to Halcon's sister liveaboard, Tortuga. You can make the short transfer to the Tortuga with the dive tender and access the Internet on your personal device. The diving tour includes 15 dives (weather permitting). Additional dives are available on request, however night dives are not permitted in the marine park.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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November 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
25 Nov 2 Dec 7 Jardines de la Reina 15 US$ 2,785
December 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Dec 9 Dec 7 Jardines de la Reina 15 US$ 2,785
16 Dec 23 Dec 7 Jardines de la Reina 15 US$ 2,785
23 Dec 30 Dec 7 Jardines de la Reina 15 US$ 2,785
30 Dec 5 Jan 7 Jardines de la Reina 15 US$ 2,785
January 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
6 Jan 13 Jan 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
13 Jan 20 Jan 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
20 Jan 27 Jan 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
27 Jan 3 Feb 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
February 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Feb 10 Feb 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
10 Feb 17 Feb 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
17 Feb 24 Feb 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
24 Feb 3 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
March 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Mar 10 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
10 Mar 17 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
17 Mar 24 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
24 Mar 31 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
31 Mar 7 Apr 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
April 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 Apr 14 Apr 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
14 Apr 21 Apr 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
21 Apr 28 Apr 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
28 Apr 5 May 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
May 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 May 12 May 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
12 May 19 May 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
19 May 26 May 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
26 May 2 Jun 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
June 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Jun 9 Jun 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
9 Jun 16 Jun 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
16 Jun 23 Jun 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
23 Jun 30 Jun 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
30 Jun 7 Jul 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
July 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 Jul 14 Jul 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
14 Jul 21 Jul 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
21 Jul 28 Jul 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
28 Jul 4 Aug 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
August 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Aug 11 Aug 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
11 Aug 18 Aug 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
18 Aug 25 Aug 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
25 Aug 1 Sep 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
September 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Sep 8 Sep 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
8 Sep 15 Sep 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
15 Sep 22 Sep 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
22 Sep 29 Sep 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
29 Sep 6 Oct 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
October 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
6 Oct 13 Oct 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
13 Oct 20 Oct 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
20 Oct 27 Oct 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
27 Oct 3 Nov 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
November 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Nov 10 Nov 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
10 Nov 17 Nov 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785
17 Nov 24 Nov 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 2,785

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More Trip Details...

Special offers: There is a great 3 +1 free offer on selected dates for Halcon. Check out our Halcon specials for more details. Offer expires: 23 Dec 2017

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, 6 drinks per day (includes beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks and mineral water), transfers from selected hotels in Havana to and from the boat, dives (as detailed in the trips above, night dives are not available), experienced Spanish and English-speaking divemaster(s) (max number of 6 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.

Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Scuba equipment rental (US$ 175 full set, per trip, torch US$ 8 per night dive), it is compulsory to use a dive computer: please bring your own, port taxes (US$ 200) to be paid in advance, conservation fee (US$ 100) to be paid in advance, gratuities (min US$ 200 is compulsory, crew prefer this in Euro). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival in CUC cash.

Optional extras: Additional dives on request, private divemaster US$ 1,200 (subject to availability), dive insurance, alcoholic and soft drinks (other than those included). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.

How to get there: Jardines de la Reina (or the Queen's Gardens) is an archipelago that is made up of over 600 cays and islands (the area was named by Christopher Columbus in honor of the Spanish Queen, Isabella of Castile). It lies in the Caribbean Sea and parallels the Cuban coast for about 93 miles (150 km). The domestic part of your journey to the archipelago begins in Cuba's capital city, Havana.

You can fly directly to Havana's Jose Marti International airport from a number of cities. These include London (Virgin Atlantic), Moscow (Aeroflot), Toronto (Air Canada), Cancun (Interjet) and Mexico City (Aeromexico). Alternatively you can choose from a selection of airlines that provide connecting flights (Swiss Airlines, Air France, KLM, Air Europa, Iberia, Emirates, Cathay Pacific, Air China, Qatar Airways, or Avianca).

In mid June 2017 the President of the United States announced amendments to the Cuban Sanctions Programme. These amendments will change the rules for their citizens to visit Cuba. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) will issue it's regulatory amendments in the coming months. If you currently have a booking to dive Jardines de la Reina, the amendments will not affect your booking. Please see the USA Department of the Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) FAQ page. If you are intending to book a diving cruise in Cuba, USA citizens can still travel to Cuba under the 'group people-to-people' option. A group of USA citizens have to be booked on the same cruise. We can confirm this at the time of your booking.

The small island nation is a mere hour flight from Florida, however booking a flight there is not as direct. A number of airlines now offer flights, however tickets are sold as charter flights through travel services. Flights are available to Havana from New York on JetBue and Sun Country Airlines. Alternative routes are from Tampa and Fort Lauderdale with ABC Charters and JetBlue or Baltimore with Island Travel & Tours. Americans traveling to Cuba will need passports and visas, a traveler reservation form and a signed affidavit (inquire with your booking agent for these forms). The requirements for US citizens to travel to Cuba are changing constantly, please ensure that you have the most current information at the time of booking your cruise. For more information see the U.S Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs website.

Arrival/Boarding/Departure: You need to be in Havana by Friday night. From Jose Marti International Airport, you can take a taxi to your pre-booked accommodation in Havana. The ride will take approximately 20-30 minutes and should cost 20-25 CUC one way. Agree on the price first, most taxis have meters, however they are rarely used. Ensure that you have accommodation reservations for at least one night before and 1 night after your liveaboard cruise (Havana hotels are booked up well in advance. Airbnb is highly recommended). A representative from from Cuban Diving Centers will collect you at a very early 04:00 hrs from the Parque Central Hotel (or another agreed upon location at the time of your booking) for your complimentary 5-6 hour bus transfer to Jucaro Port, in Cuba's Ciego de Avila province. You will board the Halcon liveaboard at approximately 09:00 hrs for the 3 hour voyage to Jardines de la Reina National Park. On the last day of the trip, you will cruise back to Jucaro Port, travel via return complimentary bus and will arrive in Havana at approximately 20:30 hrs. The last dive of the trip will be around 14:00 hrs on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.

Non-diver rate: US$ 220 off the published price.

Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a cabin or pay a supplement of 100% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: There are group discounts available for groups of 10 divers and above. Please contact us for more details.

Whole boat charter rate (per night): Whole boat charter rates are available. Please contact us for more details.


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Cabins, Berths, Showers, Bathrooms...
Accommodation aboard the Halcon is comfortable and functional. The 6 cabins are on the lower deck, have portholes for natural lighting and share 3 bathrooms. 4 cabins have bunk beds and 2 have double beds. Guests are advised to bring their own adapters.

All the liveaboard cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Porthole
  • Shared bathroom: toilet, hot water shower and hand basin
  • Towels and soap
  • Bedside reading lights
  • Cabinet and shelves
  • Bedding
  • Shelves
  • Life jackets
  • Space for luggage
  • Round and flat 2-pin mains outlet 110 & 220 Volts - 24 hours per day
  • No. of toilets / showers - 3 / 3 - hot water

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    Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
    The crew of 8/9 usually comprises (depending on the occupancy):
    • 1 Cruise leader
    • 2-3 Instructors / Divemasters
    • 1 Captain
  • 1 Engineer
  • 1 Cook
  • 2 Maids
  • 2 Motorized dive dinghies - Dive platform, camera table and rinse tanks - Air-conditioned saloon with bar, TV, DVD & music system - Fish ID books, diving magazines - Open air social and dining area - Sun deck on the bow of the liveaboard - Internet is available on Halcon's sister liveaboard, Tortuga.

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    Menu, Cuisine Type...
    Guests are assured of the same delicious food on each of the Avalon Fleet liveaboards, irrespective of the size of the vessel. Dining aboard the Halcón includes Cuban favorites featuring beans and bananas that are served alongside the best of Continental Italian cuisine. A wide selection of fresh fruits, salads and the house specialty, lobster, is served daily with chicken, pork and beef. Desserts are a highlight.

    Notable mention should be made of Avalon's famous Cuban caramel custard and Caribbean rum-flavored cakes. Dining is usually enjoyed on the flydeck where guests enjoy island scenery and cooling breeze. During inclement weather, meals are waitress-served in the air-conditioned dining area. Limited complimentary beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks and mineral water are included. If you fancy a pre-dinner aperitif or wine with your meal, they are available for purchase from the Halcon's well stocked bar.
    • Continental Italian and traditional Cuban favorites; 4-5 different dishes per sitting.
    • Waitress service in one of the 2 dining areas.
    • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks (including pizza) in between.
    • 6 complimentary beverages per person, per day are provided. These include coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails and 2 liters mineral water. Additional mineral water and drinks are available for purchase. Snacks are provided free of charge.
    • Vegetarian, kosher, halal and allergic diets are catered for - please advise us of special requirements in advance.
    • The dining service begins with lunch, snacks and dinner on the first day of the tour. On the last day of the cruise guests are served breakfast, if the return cruise time is extended, lunch will be provided.

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      Technical Specifications...
      • Built in year 1964
      • Size - 69ft x 16ft (21m x 5m)
      • Top speed - 12 knots
      • Cruising speed - 10 knots
      • 2 x 450 HP Detroit 71 diesel engines
      • Cummins Onan generator
      • Electricity - 110V/220V - 24 hours per day
    • Compressors, tanks and rental diving equipment are kept at the Avalon Diving Center and available for all the Avalon Fleet of liveaboards
    • 2 x Bauer Kap-15 Coltri compressors
    • 12 liter aluminum tanks with DIN & Int. fittings
    • 12 liter steel tanks with DIN & Int. fittings
    • Water capacity - 2,000 liters
    • Watermaker - 800 liters per day
    • Fuel capacity - 4,500 liters

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      Navigation, Safety Features...
      • No life rafts
      • 2 x 150 HP Yamaha motorized dinghies
      • Radios
      • Global Positioning System (GPS)
      • Radar
      • Fishfinder
      • Emergency evacuation plan
      • Searchlight and horn
      • Bilge pump alarm
    • Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB)
    • Advanced medic first aid box
    • Staff are MFA/EFR trained
    • Emergency oxygen, 10 liters onboard, additional on the sister ships
    • 15 life jackets throughout
    • Fire alarms and 4 extinguishers throughout
    • Medical insurance is MANDATORY in Cuba
    • Customer dive insurance is NOT provided. It is suggested that divers have dive insurance due to the remoteness of the location and the high cost of emergency evacuation services. - see our insurance program for a competitive quotation

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      Halcon
      From US$ 348 per day

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      Max 12
      21m
      • Cruises around Jardines de la Reina
      • Maximum of 12 only divers
      • 6 complimentary drinks per day
      • Communal bathrooms
      • Access to the internet from sister ship
      • Steel-hulled boat

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      Tortuga
      From US$ 406 per day

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      Max 25
      Free Wi-Fi
      34m
      • Anchored in Jardines de la Reina
      • Cabins with private bathrooms
      • 6 free drinks per day, including beer, wine and cocktails
      • Steel hulled boat

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      Avalon I
      From US$ 588 per day

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      Max 18
      37m
      • Cruises around Jardines de la Reina
      • Cabins with TVs and DVD players and private bathrooms
      • Sundeck with Jacuzzi
      • Complimentary sunset aperitifs
      • Large boat
      • Can access the internet from sister liveaboard
      Avalon II
      From US$ 675 per day

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      Max 20
      Nitrox
      40m
      • Cruises around Jardines de la Reina
      • All cabins have private bathrooms
      • Sundeck features a large Jacuzzi
      • 6 alcoholic servings per day are included
      • Can access the internet from sister liveaboard
      • Large boat