We’re going to CUBA!!
Those words strike many different emotions for different people. For me, there is excitement, wonder, curiosity, and adventure! Cuba is like no place we have ever visited. She is historical. She is proud. She is pristine. She is welcoming.
The Lonely Planet travel experts describe Cuba as:
“Timeworn but magnificent, dilapidated but dignified, fun yet maddeningly frustrating – Cuba is a country of indefinable magic.”
Our adventure begins with a flight into Havana. We will be transported from the airport through the countryside to the port area on the South side of Cuba where we will overnight before our pick up to board our yacht to dive the Walls Of Zapata departing from port in the Bay of Pigs.
The Zapata peninsula contains the largest and most important wetlands in the Caribbean.
During the 7-night Oceans for Youth Foundation People-to-People group educational program, divers can spend a week learning about this magnificent biosphere reserve. As part of the People to People Group Travel Program, Cuban specialists will host discussions and presentations on the marine environment, conservation, and the importance of this magnificent ecosystem.
Covering 1.5 million acres, the immense Zapata Biosphere Reserve includes marshes, mangroves, coral reefs and forests that includes crocodiles, birds, shellfish, turtles, and countless plants that make conservation in this region a top priority. The protected wetlands attract thousands of migrating birds that use this area as a stopover when migrating between North and South America.
The area that surrounds this protective area will be your diving zone for the week. You will see walls covered with sponges, black coral, caverns, schooling fish macro life and more. Travelers will receive up to 4 dives per day including night dives.
I would love to have you join me on this adventure!
We have reserved a limited number of cabins for the June 2-9 sailing of the Jardines Aggressor I.
This liveaboard Jardines Aggressor I, is the perfect combination of education, relaxation and fantastic diving. When not enraptured with the underwater sights, guests will find plenty of onboard activities. The air-conditioned Lounge includes a large-screen TV, DVD system for watching movies and an ipod plug in for
listening to music. Adults can enjoy the shaded Wet Bar. All photography enthusiasts will love the complete photo center with a digital video and photo editing computer.
While enjoying the fabulous views of the scenic islands, guest can enjoy taking a nap on the shaded Sun Deck or tan on the cushioned lounge chairs. There is lots of room to wander on the decks of this roomy liveaboard. What better way to end a day of diving than soaking in the liveaboard’s jacuzzi! If that wasn’t enough, guests will be able to snorkel between dives, try their hand at fishing or venture out on an exotic island shore excursion.
CUBA Dive Trip
June 2-9, 2018
- Round trip airfare from Indianapolis to Havana
- Transfers to yacht and back to airport
- All meals and snacks*
- All diving including air tanks and weights—up to 4 dives per day; including night dives
- Conservation programs with marine experts on the biosphere reserve
- Marine Conservation Fees
- Port fees
- Non-US Medical insurance—mandatory
- Cuban Tourist VISA
- One PADI certification of your choice
$3,295 per person double occupancy-diver
Unlimited Nitrox for the week; $100 surcharge
Tips for crew are not included, and are at your discretion.
Deposit Info: Deposit of $1,040 is payable to Oceans for Youth Foundation by January 4, 2018.
Payment of $1,849 will be due to Oceans for Youth Foundation by March 4, 2018. This completes your payment for the charter.
Airfare payment of $400 is due to Three Chicks Diving by February 15, 2018.
Call or e-mail Robin at Three Chicks Diving for full booking information.
765-914-2071 / firstname.lastname@example.org
*Alcoholic beverages are not included
**Due to US regulations on travel to Cuba, payment for some items must be made to the Oceans For Youth Foundation, an authorized People to People Travel Program provider.
What does that mean in Cuba? Cuba is unlike any place we have ever been. We have warm and welcoming people. We have significant US government regulations. We have a beautiful and pristine country. We have an infrastructure unprepared for tourism. We have the excitement of going someplace few Americans have gone yet.
We have the promise of something life changing–for us certainly; hopefully for some locals along the way.
I chose the Jardines Aggressor I, after speaking with her owner at length, the Aggressor fleet Director of Sales, and folks from the Oceans for Youth Foundation. I wanted to create a trip that was spectacular for us, but I also wanted to have a meaningful positive impact on the Cubans we met. That is the essence of this trip. It mirrors the essence of the 30+ pages of government regulations written just on Cuban travel. We are completely legally compliant, and totally socially compliant.
Now, come be wanderer compliant with us!