Cuba Group Educational Dive Trip | Scuba Center | Legal Educational Travel to Cuba for U.S. Citizens & Residents
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Cuba
Feb 16-25, 2017

Compressed-Air Diplomacy in Action!
Legal Educational Travel to Cuba for U.S. Citizens & Residents

This trip is full. Please contact us if you have questions or to be put on a wait list.

 

Aggressor Fleet Cuba Liveaboard | Legal educational dive travel to Cuba

Scuba Center had run trips to Cuba decades ago. We have now completed 2 successful trips to Cuba since 2013 and have experienced firsthandJardines Aggressor liveaboard exploring the spectacular Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) National Park, Cuba the wonderful diving and fascinating culture that Cuba offers. The Aggressor Fleet is going to be allowed to offer liveaboard dive travel to the Gardens of the Queen - the premier Cuba dive area. We have booked prime February 2017 dates for this trip. You will notice that our trip includes a Old Havana visit as well as interaction with top Cuban marine scientists. On our recent trips these additions helped to make it an incredible experience. Oceans for Youth Foundation | Conceived in 1998 and incorporated in 1999, Oceans for Youth Foundation is a non-profit foundation designed to encourage underwater education for youth and adults. Using a variety of educational tools, the Foundation plans to implement specific programs that will help draw young people and adults into being more aware and interested in the underwater environment.

Aggressor & Dancer Fleet is the exclusive partner for the Cuba Travel Program through Oceans For Youth Foundation.

 

Activities
Learn about Cuba’s unique marine environment during an Oceans for Youth Foundation People-to-People educational program. The Cuba Travel Program will include 10 days/9 nights arriving in and departing from Havana, Cuba.

During our program, travelers will spend 2 hotel nights at the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel in Havana, and will visit with Cuban scientists and marine experts about ocean conservation and cultural exchanges. Interactive exchanges will discuss how Cuba has maintained one of the healthiest marine ecosystems in the Caribbean. Seven days of the program will be spent on the Jardines Aggressor liveaboard exploring the spectacular Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) National Park, located 60 miles off the southern coast. During the week, biologists and Cuban specialists  will host discussions and presentations on the marine environment, conservation, and the importance of this magnificient ecosystem
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About the Iberostar Parque Central Hotel

Travelers will enjoy staying at the elegant 5-star Iberostar Parque Central Hotel located in central Havana, Cuba. Known for its Spanish colonial-style architecture, which pulls in the rich culture of the streets, the IBEROSTAR Parque Central Hotel is an excellent starting point for the Cuba Travel Program which is nestled in the heart of Havana. Travelers will admire beautiful city views from the charming French windows and doors of the hotel.  The restaurant has some of the best international cuisine in Havana, but above all, the most impressive Cuban fare.

 

About the Gardens of the Queen

Cuban Educational Group Dive Trip | People-to-people educational trip to Cuba and the Gardens of the Queen

Gardens of the Queen was named by Christopher Columbus to honor the Queen of Spain and the area remains as spectacularly beautiful and wild as when Columbus experienced it centuries ago.  Today, it is among the healthiest marine ecosystems in the region.  The Gardens harbor abundant and healthy fish and shark population, stunning mangrove islands and shallow bays that teem with juvenile species, rare crocodiles, flamingos and other birds, iguanas and the jutia, a native rodent.
SPACE IS LIMITED: Cuban regulations strictly limit the number of visitors to this wilderness each year. Gardens of the Queen was featured on an award-winning segment of 60 MINUTES with Anderson Cooper. Watch the segment here:

 

Oceans for Youth Foundation
Conceived in 1998 and incorporated in 1999, Oceans for Youth Foundation is a non-profit foundation designed to encourage underwater education for youth and adults. Using a variety of educational tools, the Foundation plans to implement specific programs that will help draw young people and adults into being more aware and interested in the underwater environment.

In November 2014, Oceans for Youth Foundation applied to the Department of Treasury, Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”), Licensing Division for a specific license for a “people-to-people” educational exchange under 31 C.F.R. 515.565(b) of the Cuban Asset Control Regulations (the “Regulations”).  In response, Oceans for Youth Foundation received an approval in February 2015. The OFAC Regulations require that each U.S. citizen participating in our Cuba Travel Program “must have a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interactions between the travelers and individuals in Cuba."

 

Check out a Pinterest board of more amazing photos from Ocean Doctor's first people-to-people educational trip to Cuba and the Gardens of the Queen in October 2013 (All photos by Tom Pederson or other members of this trip).:     Cuba and the Gardens of the Queen photos | Ocean Doctor's Legal Educational Travel to Cuba for U.S. Citizens & Residents

Photos from our people-to-people educational trip to Cuba

The itinerary for this trip to Cuba:

16 Feb arrive in Havana and transfer to Iberostar Parque Central Hotel for 2 nights - Thurs and Fri nights. ( This is where we stayed during both of our recent trips and loved it - right in the middle of Old Havana)

All meals included beginning with dinner Thurs night through lunch on Sat

17 Feb full day in Havana including cultural exchange with scientists and marine experts and touring around Old Havana

18 Feb transfer via private bus to Jucaro for boarding of the Jardines Aggressor. This is a five hour or so drive thru the Cuban countryside

19 Feb - 24 Feb Gardens of the Queen scuba diving and meeting with Cuban biologists on board the Jardines Aggressor.

25 Feb morning transfer to Jose Marti International Airport in Havana  - arriving at the airport around 1 or 2 pm for flight home.

 
Please note the following:

Cuban Reef Sharks at Gardens of the Queen | Cuba educational diving 

  • Scuba certification card required

  • A passport is required for travel.

Dates: Feb 16-25, 2017
 

Trip Cost:

The boat is $4399.  Limited number of Master cabins at $4699. The land tour, transfers etc are currently $885 - the $885 may be slightly different for our trip because this price is quoted for 2016.
These prices do not include airfare, visa requirements, or insurance.
 

Reservations / Deposit / Payment Information and Schedule:

For more information, contact: Tom Pederson
(651) 681-8434 at Scuba Center  
(651) 283-7983 Cell

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