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The Tortuga is a floating steel house boat that is permanently anchored in a protected channel in the Gardens of the Queen National Marine Park. She is the original Avalon fleet liveaboard, and comfortably accommodates a maximum of 25 guests in 8 ensuite cabins across 2 decks. She is stable and provides divers with similar experiences to the other Avalon fleet Cuban liveaboards.

Length: 110 feet / 34 meters
Beam: 40 feet / 12 meters
Cruise: stationary
Divers: 25
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Cuba Liveaboard Diving Trips with Tortuga

Avalon transfer boats will take you from the port of Jucaro to the Tortuga. On arrival you check into your cabin and savor your first meal that Avalon is so well known for. While your day away on the large open air deck, sipping cocktails from the bar and get to know fellow divers who you will share your 6 night Cuban liveaboard diving trip with.

In the evening dinner is served in one of the 2 dining areas. Quench your thirst at the bar that offers a wide selection of wine and spirits available for purchase. Divemasters will be on hand to share their extensive knowledge about the dive sites and provide guidance on diving with the large number of sharks that call Jardines de la Reina Marine Park home.

Breakfast is an early morning affair in preparation to depart for the first dive via the speedy dive tenders. Excursions to the many small islands between dives give guests the opportunity to marvel at the myriad of beautiful flora and fauna, or work on their tan on one of the uninhabited golden beaches. You will return to the Tortuga to enjoy a scrumptious lunch and to discuss the afternoon plans.

After an additional afternoon dive or 2, you again return to the houseboat to share diving videos and pictures in the air-conditioned saloon. Alternatively, chill in the liveaboard's large outdoor shaded seating area while sipping frozen mojitos. Be sure to bring along your personal smart devices and keep connected with loved ones back home or post jealous worthy diving pictures on your social media accounts via the free Wi-Fi onboard the Tortuga.

The Tortuga is a great option for budget conscious divers or for those who don't want to wait to dive one of the best Caribbean diving areas. The low numbers of liveaboards operating in the area and the popularity of this Cuban destination ensures that spaces on liveaboards are booked up well in advance.

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Scheduled departures, prices, destinations, durations...

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April 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Apr 7 Apr 6 Jardines de la Reina 15 US$ 3,245
29 Apr 5 May 6 Jardines de la Reina 15 US$ 3,245
June 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
10 Jun 16 Jun 6 Jardines de la Reina 15 US$ 3,245
July 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
1 Jul 8 Jul 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
8 Jul 15 Jul 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
15 Jul 22 Jul 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
22 Jul 29 Jul 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
29 Jul 5 Aug 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
August 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 Aug 12 Aug 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
12 Aug 19 Aug 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
19 Aug 26 Aug 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
26 Aug 2 Sep 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
September 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Sep 9 Sep 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
9 Sep 16 Sep 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
16 Sep 23 Sep 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
23 Sep 30 Sep 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
30 Sep 7 Oct 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
October 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 Oct 14 Oct 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
14 Oct 21 Oct 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
21 Oct 28 Oct 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
28 Oct 4 Nov 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
November 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
4 Nov 10 Nov 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
11 Nov 18 Nov 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
18 Nov 25 Nov 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
25 Nov 2 Dec 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
December 2017
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
2 Dec 9 Dec 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
9 Dec 16 Dec 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
16 Dec 23 Dec 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
23 Dec 30 Dec 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,245
30 Dec 6 Jan 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
January 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
6 Jan 13 Jan 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
13 Jan 20 Jan 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
20 Jan 27 Jan 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
27 Jan 3 Feb 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
February 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Feb 10 Feb 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
10 Feb 17 Feb 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
17 Feb 24 Feb 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
24 Feb 3 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
March 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
3 Mar 10 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
10 Mar 17 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
17 Mar 24 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
24 Mar 31 Mar 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
31 Mar 7 Apr 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
April 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
7 Apr 14 Apr 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
14 Apr 21 Apr 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
21 Apr 28 Apr 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
28 Apr 5 May 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
May 2018
DepartReturnNo. of
nights
DestinationNo. of divesPrice
(per person)
5 May 12 May 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
12 May 19 May 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
19 May 26 May 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600
26 May 2 Jun 7 Jardines de la Reina 18 US$ 3,600

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More Trip Details...

Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, 6 drinks per day (includes beer, wine, cocktails, soft drinks and 2L mineral water), Wi-Fi access, 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) (maximum 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). Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival in US$ cash.

Optional extras: Return transfer to/from Jucaro (beginning 1 July 2017), private divemaster US$ 1,200 (subject to availability), additional dives on request, dive insurance, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks (other than those included above). 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 (it 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 early 2015 the United States federal government announced a change in rules for their citizens to visit Cuba. The small island nation is a mere hour flight from Florida, however booking a flight their 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 journey to Jucaro Port, in Cuba's Ciego de Avila province. Your transfer to the Tortuga will take approximately two-and-a-half hours from Jucaro Port aboard one of two Avalon transfer boats. 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.

Diving Environment: A 3-5mm full length wetsuit is the most common exposure suit choice for Cuban water temperatures: Summer 80-84°F / 27-29°C, Winter: 68-72°F / 20-22°C. You can expect minimal currents, fantastic visibility of approximately 98ft / 30m and depths from 33-130ft / 10-40m. Dive sites display a variety of sea grass meadows and a healthy assortment of corals. Unique to the area is the possibility of diving with up to 6 different types of sharks on the same dive. Caribbean reef sharks and silky sharks are very common. You may also encounter leopard, bull and hammerhead sharks. Fish carcasses are employed on the shark dives. Whale sharks cruise the waters from July through November. A diverse assortment of fish are encountered on dives, such as eagle rays, groupers, tarpons, snappers, parrotfish, schools of jack fish as well as southern stingrays and turtles. 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 approx. 28% of the published price.

Dive clubs and group discounts: There are group discounts available for groups of 14 guests 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...
There are 8 Standard cabins that accommodate a maximum of 25 guests on the Tortuga. Cabins are neat and functional, with individually controlled air conditioning, windows for natural lighting and private en-suite bathrooms with hot water showers. Guests are advised to bring their own adapters. There are 7 cabins on the upper deck; 5 are triple cabins with a bunk bed and a single bed, and 2 are quad cabins with two pairs of bunk beds in each cabin. A double bed cabin is located on the middle deck.

All the liveaboard cabins have:
  • Air-conditioning
  • Windows or portholes
  • Toilet, hot water shower and hand basin
  • Towels & soap
  • Bedside reading lights
  • Cabinet and shelves
  • Bedding
  • Space for luggage
  • Lifejackets
  • Round and flat 2-pin mains outlet 110 & 220 Volts - 24 hours per day
No. of toilets / showers - 8 / 8 - hot water

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Crew, Facilities, Dive Courses...
The crew of 10-12 usually comprises (depending on the occupancy):
  • 1 Cruise leader
  • 4-6 Instructors / Divemasters
  • 1 Engineer
  • 2 Cooks
  • 2 Maids / Bartenders
3 Motorized dive tenders, each with a capacity for 8-10 passengers - Dive platform, camera table and rinse tanks - Air-conditioned saloon and dining room with bar, TV, DVD and music system - Fish ID books, diving magazines - Computer - Satellite internet via WiFi - Open air, shaded social and dining deck with bar - Sun deck with chairs - Fresh water brought from shore

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Menu, Cuisine Type...
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in the air conditioned dining area or the large open air deck. An appetizing mix of Cuban inspired dishes and the best of Continental Italian cuisine are prepared to a high standard for guests enjoyment. Lots of lobster is featured on the menu, together with chicken, pork, beef, salads and fruit. Make sure to leave some space to indulge when desserts are served. 6 beverages are provided free of charge per day (including 2 liter mineral water, beer and soft drinks). The bar is stocked with beer, wine, spirits, fruit juices and soft drinks that are available to purchase.
  • Continental Italian and traditional Cuban favorites; 3-5 different dishes per sitting.
  • Waitress service in one of the 2 dining areas.
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks between, including afternoon pizza.
  • 6 beverages per person, per day (including coffee, tea, soft drinks, beer, wine, cocktails and 2L mineral water) and snacks are provided free of charge.
  • Additional beverages are available for purchase onboard the liveaboard.
  • 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 cruise. On the last day of the trip guests are served breakfast, if the return cruise time is extended, lunch will be provided.

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Technical Specifications...
  • Built in 1997, refurbished in 2008
  • Size - 110ft x 40ft (33.5m x 12m)
  • Top speed - not applicable
  • Cruising speed - not applicable
  • 2 x Generators
  • 2 x Bauer Kap-15 Coltri compressors 32
  • 12 liter aluminum tanks with DIN & Int. fittings
  • 12 liter steel tanks with DIN & Int. fittings
  • Electricity - 110V/220V - 24 hours per day
  • Water capacity - water provided from shore
  • Fuel capacity - not applicable
  • Waste storage tank

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Navigation, Safety Features...
  • No life rafts
  • 3 x motorized dinghies each with 2 x 150 HP Yamaha engines
  • No radios
  • Emergency evacuation plan
  • Searchlight
  • Advanced medic first aid box, staff are MFA/EFR trained
  • 3 x 50 liter Emergency oxygen
  • 30 life jackets throughout
  • Fire alarms and 5 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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