This fantastic Cuba snorkeling trip offers some of the very best snorkeling in the Caribbean. Join this snorkel only group aboard a 135 foot world-class liveaboard yacht, that will explore the extraordinary reefs of the Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) National Park, in Cuba. Stunningly healthy reefs, abundant reef fish populations, larger fish species and pelagic viewing opportunities are just some of what you can look forward to. And if you are traveling from the U.S. or Canada, it is a short flight.
This trip is being run by our partner and friend Ben and his team. Based in the U.K., they are experts at running amazing excursions, and have a great appreciation for the underwater world.
This seven day liveaboard adventure utilizes the Jardines Aggressor II as your comfortable home base on the water. You will be part of a 22 snorkeler group plus two guides from Ben's team.
Snorkeling in the Gardens of the Queen you will have a chance to explore beautiful shallow coral gardens, alive sea grass beds, unique mangrove channels full of marine life, and see larger fish species and pelagics, like sharks.
In the evenings there will be discussions and presentations by your Cuban hosts about the successful ongoing conservation of this magnificent ecosystem.
If you are interested in extending your trip, to explore the very unique culture and other national parks of Cuba, a four day land tour extension is in the works. Ask Ben's team about this option in the contact form below.
The country of Cuba is located in the Caribbean Sea directly south of the Florida Keys and the Bahamas. And Jardines De La Reina (Gardens of the Queen) National Park is located 60 miles south of Cuba.
It's an easy destination to get to from North America. There are many direct flights from North American hubs to both Santa Clara (SNU) and Camaguey (CMW) airports. Flight times can be as short as 1-2 hours.
From the UK, flights connect in North America and continue on to Santa Clara Airport (SNU) in Cuba.
The Gardens of the Queen National Park encompasses a chain of 250 pristine coral and mangrove islands, over 150 miles long. It is the largest protected marine park in the Caribbean, and since its creation in 1996 the fish populations have increased by up to 30 percent. Mangroves provide a healthy nursery for fish, and massive bait balls support big populations of larger fish and sharks.
The park is widely considered to be the home of the healthiest reefs found in the Caribbean.
Included in your trip will be a minimum of three 60 minute snorkeling sessions per day with lots of flexibility for more, including night snorkeling opportunities.
You can expect a range of underwater topography including fringing coral reefs where you will find colorful reef fish and critters along with large pelagics. The healthy reefs have both soft and hard corals including beautiful sea fans. It is likely you will come across immense Goliath Grouper, schooling snapper, and beautiful angelfish. You should encounter sharks as well as eagle rays and Hawksbill turtles, too.
And yes, in the mangroves you may have the opportunity to snorkel with crocodiles, a truly unique experience.
Your temporary home for this trip will be the Jardines Aggressor II. It is a 135 foot liveaboard yacht with 12 guest cabins. Each cabin has air-conditioning and a private bathroom with a shower. 10 deluxe cabins are on the lower deck and two cabins with balconies are on the main deck. Room requests are taken on a first come first served basis.
All meals are included and prepared by a chef. The menu offers a variety of international options and courses and can be altered for your dietary needs (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.). Soft drinks, beer, and wine are also included.
The ship features a large lounge, a roomy sun deck, a bar, and a hot tub. There is satellite internet service available. The evening presentations will take place in the lounge.
Daily snorkels will be made either from the rear end of the main deck or from a tender with ladders into the water.
We expect this charter to fill quickly. Your spot is reserved with your deposit of $400 US per person. Contact Ben below for deposit instructions.
May 23-30, 2020 - Two double occupancy cabins available.
May 30 - June 6, 2020 - One double occupancy cabin available.
$4399.00 US per person (Twin/Double Share)
Individual travelers - Ben will happily find someone of the same sex for you to share a room with. If he cannot find you someone, no single supplement surcharge will apply.
Ben and his U.K. based team are the organizers and leaders of this trip (more about them below). Galen & Nicole from Tropicalsnorkeling.com are promoting this trip, but all signups, trip organization and payments are made to and managed by Ben's team. TropicalSnorkeling.com does receive a referral fee in exchange for promoting the trip, at no extra cost to attendees.
How to Sign Up or Learn More?
Use the contact form below to contact Ben and his team to request more information about them and express your interest in signing up. They will get back to you shortly with full details.
Ben contacted us about his upcoming new snorkeling trips, and we were very excited to go on them and share them with you. We have spent a lot of time emailing and video conferencing with Ben (his company is in the U.K.) to work out the details of what is being offered, and to get a good feel for how we get along, which is very well indeed!
He and his team have around twenty years of experience guiding and diving in Asia and beyond, and eight years running his own business (which gets great reviews). He started offering snorkeling specific trips because he was aware that snorkelers often get the short end of the stick when thrown in with divers. He and his team love the freedom and low stress of snorkeling, and are very aware of the different needs of snorkelers versus divers, in terms of the reef depth, and calm surface conditions needed.
All of his trips are small groups of 12-18 guests, or with a similar ratio of snorkelers to guides. And for where they visit, and how packed they are with experiences, they are very affordable.
His company is licensed and insured. They have never cancelled a trip, and all funds are held in a trust until the trip is completed giving you 100% financial security if they or any of their suppliers go out of business before the trip happens.