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JARDINES AGGRESSOR CUBA March 23 - April 1, 2017

Please note: Our November 3-12 trip to Cuba has already filled; however, if you are interested, we can put you on a waiting list for that trip in case someone cancels..

Learn about Cuba’s unique marine environment during an Oceans for Youth Foundation People-to-People educational program. You will spend two hotel nights at the 5-star Parque Central Hotel in Havana, and will visit with Cuban scientists and marine experts about ocean conservation and cultural exchanges.

One of these will include a presentation by world renowned expert, Dr. Julio A. Baisre. Interactive exchanges will discuss how Cuba has maintained one of the healthiest marine ecosystems in the Caribbean. Travelers will visit the town of Cojimar and Habana Vieja before spending a week on the Jardines Aggressor liveaboard.

Fish

Aboard the Jardines Aggressor liveaboard you will explore the spectacular Gardens of the Queen National Park. You can expect to see pristine coral reefs, steep walls dropping from the reef to the abyss, large populations of adult fish including sharks, jewfish up to 400 lbs, snapper, grouper and much more.

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There are many different species of sharks you will see including; nurse, black tip, lemon, silky and the great hammerhead. During the week, biologists and Cuban specialists will host discussions and presentations on the marine environment, conservation, and the importance of this magnificent ecosystem.

Shark

Due to Cuba Travel Program restrictions, this trip is different from our regular trips that we have been trying to wrap our arms around regarding the strict policies. Under the US economic embargo of Cuba, travel to Cuba by US citizens for tourism is strictly prohibited. However, the US Government permits licensed “people-to-people” educational trips. Under this program, “each traveler must have a full-time schedule of educational exchange activities that will result in meaningful interaction between the travelers and individuals in Cuba.” Oceans For Youth has designed a full-time educational schedule in which travelers are required to participate in all activities, in compliance with the US Government rules for travel to Cuba.

Hotel

 

When Does It Take Place?

Our travel schedule is as follows:

  • Arrive in Havana on Thursday, March 23, 2017.
  • Depart Havana on Saturday, April 1, 2017.

 

How Much Does it Cost?

Trip Pricing: Pricing for this trip is as follows (pricing subject to change):

DescriptionPrice
Deluxe Stateroom (double occupancy) $5,204
Master Stateroom (double occupancy) $5,504

Deposit and Balance Due: Requirements are as follows:

  • Contact store for deposit and balance due dates and amounts
  • Be aware there are no refunds after the balance due date unless we find someone else to take your spot, in which case a $250 name change fee applies

We will need a copy of your passport at sign up. Your passport must be valid for six months past the date of the trip and have at least two blank pages remaining. Divers must be able to present a certification card and proof of insurance.

What’s Included: The basic trip price includes the following (if applicable):

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  • Thursday airport arrival transfer from Havana José Martí International Airport to Parque Central Hotel.
  • Two night’s accommodation at Parque Central Hotel in Havana Thursday and Friday night.
  • All meals starting with dinner Thursday evening.
  • Full day in Havana on Friday with a cultural exchange with scientists and marine experts.
  • Saturday transfer from Havana to Jucaro for boarding on Jardines Aggressor.
  • Disembarkation transfer Saturday morning back to the to Havana José Martí International Airport (lunch included)
  • Seven nights’ accommodations aboard the yacht
  • Diving
  • Compressed air tanks, weights and weight belts
  • All meals and snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, local beer/wine
  • Conservation program

Not Included: Travelers are responsible for the following (if applicable):

  • Airfare
  • Port fee of $190 USD
  • Marine park fee of $100 USD
  • Departure tax of $25 USD
  • Personal dive gear
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities
  • Trip cancellation and dive insurance

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Tax Deductions: This trip has partial charitable contribution write off as follows:

  • Lodging/food: $500
  • Marine conservation: $2,500
  • Airline: $500
  • Total deductible expense: $3,500

Additional Requirements: Travelers must supply:

  • Valid passport with six months left past date of return
  • Diver and/or Nitrox certification cards
  • Dive insurance
  • Signed travel waiver and Statement of Understanding
  • Personal dive gear
  • Audible and visual surface signals

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Space on Just Add Water group trips is limited and offered on a strictly first-come/first-served basis. You can prevent someone else from getting your spot by signing up as soon as possible. To do so, simply stop by the store or call (440) 942-7575.

 

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