Liveaboard Review

The alluring steel-hulled vessel MV Avalon II is the newest addition to the well-known fleet, Avalon Liveaboards. The esteemed fleet is not only popular but also offers an exclusive cruise to the Gardens of the Queen – Jardines de la Reina. The incredible marine park Jardines de la Reina is a cluster of islands, keys, and reefs in the Caribbean region. Scientists have declared it as the best-preserved marine eco-system, which offers the largest range of the fish population. Only 900 fortunate divers get a chance to dive at the iconic dive sites per year. The remote site is full of wonders and is only accessible through liveaboard.

Our Overall Review

Things we like:

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    Many people were happy with the immaculate condition of the liveaboard
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    Divers said the water was clear and full of marine life
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    A couple of people noted that the cabins and lounge were spacious
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    Some people commended the chef on delivering great food throughout the trip
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    A lot of people said this is a trip that they will repeat
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Things we don't like:

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    A couple of people noted that there wasn't any designated smoking areas
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Diving on the MV Avalon II in Cuba


MV Avalon II

The 40 meters (approx. 130 feet) ultra-modern liveaboard was built in 2014 and has been challenging the vigorous waves of the Cuban water. Guests of the Avalon II are pampered with the utmost care and luxurious facilities, which make their dive cruise adventure a memorable one. You can avail of the opportunity to visit the surface areas during the land excursions on the Jardines de la Reina. The Mangroves offers exclusive chances to spot the wildlife of the Caribbean. Explore the compact waterways to search for the Cuban Crocodiles, which can be seen in those endangered areas. Depending upon the diving conditions, if it’s suitable then you can also have a thrilling opportunity of diving with these crocodiles. Set your camera to capture the perfect toothy moment with these wild creatures.

Boat Interior

The well-designed vessel Avalon II has 10 opulent and comfortable cabins with AC and individual thermostats. All cabins feature an en-suite bathroom and 2 beds (one full, one twin). It can easily accommodate 20 passengers and 9 crew members with ease. The incredible design and epitome interior give the liveaboard an attractive touch of intimacy, elegance, a sense of warmth and austerity. Every inch to the square of the liveaboard is made to provide its travelers with maximum comfort and safety. The exceptional features and top-notch crew ensure all the guests a pleasant, exciting and memorable cruise to the Jardines de la Reina. All the cabins have panoramic windows to enjoy the astonishing views of the Caribbean landscapes.

Deck Area

The well-equipped dive deck of the MV Avalon II yacht offers a lot of space for dive preparation and for dive gear. There is a camera table with many charging sockets to charge the camera. The shower area is best for having a quick freshwater shower after dive. whereas, the rinsing tank with faucet allows to wash and maintain the equipment after dive. The dive platform makes diving easy for all types of divers. The tired divers can spend their time relaxing on the large sundeck, which offers a pleasant seating area with a modern jacuzzi. You will find this place an ideal spot to witness the beauty of the surroundings while enjoying a chilled cocktail from the outdoor bar.

Food and Entertainment

The buffet set up is arranged in the dining area, which is not less than a restaurant-like. Enjoy a mix of continental, Italian and Cuban delicacies with plenty of seafood options. For adding spice to your hunger, the freshly baked snacks and selective beverages can be availed all day long to ensure no one stays hungry onboard. the living area or the indoor lounge of the Avalon II has assortments of entertainment to kill the boredom during the traveling hours. You can watch a movie of your choice on the large flat-screen LED TV or watch a slideshow of the diving memories you created underwater.

When to go

Explore the underwater beauty of natural landscapes, caves, walls, and wrecks with a vast variety of fish species while diving at the Jardines de la Reina Marine Park. This famous Gardens of the Queen can be visited throughout the year but the high season offers plenty of shark other fishes due to strong currents.

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