Cuba's Jardines de la Reina or 'Gardens of the Queen' was named by Christopher Columbus to honor Queen Isabella of Spain. It is located 60 miles off the southeastern coast of Cuba and is the largest marine reserve in the Caribbean. In 1996, the area was declared a National Park and has been protected and managed for conservation ever since. The Gardens of the Queen National Park encompasses a chain of 250 pristine coral and mangrove islands extending along 75 miles of clear, turquoise water. It is also widely recognized to represent one of the healthiest marine ecosystem in the Caribbean.
Divers will see pristine coral reefs, steep walls dropping from the reef crest into the deep, large populations of fish including Goliath grouper weighing up to 400 lbs., large schools of multiple snapper species, large rainbow and midnight parrot fishes, eagle rays, sea turtles, and much more. Additionally, several species of shark are commonly seen including Silky, Caribbean reef, Blacktip, Lemon, Hammerhead, and Nurse sharks, plus the occasional Whale shark.
You will spend 7 nights onboard the Jardines Aggressor II liveaboard yacht exploring the spectacular Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) National Park.