O F   T H E

    Baracoa land snail - Polymita

Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen) is an archipelago in the southern part of Cuba, in the provinces of Camagüey and Ciego de Ávila. The underwater landscape includes canyons, pinnacles and numerous caves. Healthy mangroves, sponges and black corals cover the reef. The Jardines de la Reina also host numerous silky and Caribbean reef sharks. In the mangroves labyrinth it’s possible to find crocodiles and snorkel with them. It was named by Christopher Columbus to honor the Queen of Spain.           

D E  Z A P A T A

Baracoa by the Ocean

Ciénaga de Zapata is located on the Zapata Peninsula in the southern Matanzas province of Cuba. It is home to over 900 autochthonous plant species, 175 species of birds, 31 species of reptiles and over 1000 species of invertebrates. Some of the most notable are local endemics to Cuba, including the Zapata wren, Zapata rail, and the Zapata sparrow. It is also a particular habitat of the Bee hummingbird, the smallest bird species on the planet. Ciénaga de Zapata is visited by 65 species of birds during their migration pattern from North America through the Caribbean to South America.

Eco-Diving People-to-People Educational Exchange Trips
Jardines de la Reina (Gardens of the Queen)
and Ciénaga de Zapata

Cuba offers unparalleled diving in the most pristine destination in all the Caribbean. We are so pleased to be working with Avalon Diving Centers! Some of our groups have included major universities doing educational people-to-people studies of this precious ecosystem.

Whether it's Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) or Ciénaga de Zapata, diving groups from all around the world are making it a must-see visit. Aboard comfortable, first-class vessels visitors learn everything there is to know, in and out of the water.

Included within this educational people-to-people trip are presentations regarding the Jardines de la Reina Marine Park, to learn about the preservation efforts being carried out between the Cuban Sciences and Environment Ministry along with the efforts of local marine biologists.

I M A G E S • A V A L O N  D I V I N G  C E N T E R S

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