OADC welcomes Luisa Sacerdote from Avalon Cuban Diving Centers! Cuba is a Caribbean destination like no other. It is both pristine and exotic, hiding many unpredictable secrets. It also boasts magnificent white sand beaches with clean, sparkling turquoise waters. Cuba is home to exceptionally friendly people, exotic flora, tropical climate and a vibrant nightlife. If you like the Latin beat, then this is the place to visit, where hot salsa music can be heard everywhere.
Diving in Gardens of the Queen
With a chain of 250 virgin coral and mangrove islands. Sharks are one of the main attractions you can see everywhere. Jardines de la Reina Marine Park is one of the biggest treasures of the Caribbean, in a bigger scale can also be considered as one of the world’s best-preserved marine areas.
The Cuban Archipelago “Gardens of the Queen” comprises a whole set of islands, keys, islets and banks located south the Gulf of Ana Maria at the southeastern section of the Cuban shelf. This system is located between the 21 08.101′ N; 079 27.700′ W and 20 30.479’N; 078 19.955′ W, and has a longitude of 74 nautical miles approximately.
The Gulf of Ana Maria is one of the largest and most habitat-diverse shelf areas of Cuba and the insular Caribbean, covering the waters south from provinces Camaguey, Ciego de Avila and Sancti Spiritus. The Gulf is the deepest in Cuba (20-25m in some areas) surrounded by the main island in the north, and the “Jardines de la Reina” Archipelago in the south (hundreds of mangrove islets and keys) spreading from east to west.
The importance of the protection of this marine area goes beyond the Cuban waters jurisdiction, as the connectivity between marine ecosystems has international importance. The Cuban Government together with AVALON and AZULMAR (Branch of Marlin Marinas de Cuba) has been working to accomplish the protection tasks of the Park. Government’s institutions such as: ONIP, CITMA, CNAP, CNPFF, and the Center for Studies of Coastal Ecosystems of Ciego de Avila all have been key partners and have been directly involved in leading investigations and all the projects and surveys in the area.
Special guest: Luisa Sacerdote
Join us for a presentation on what Cuba and it’s diving has to offer and when you can join us on an exciting adventure to CUBA!!!
Ocean Adventures will provide the pizza and raffle prizes, please bring a refreshment of your choice.
Dive Club meetings are like a monthly Happy Hour full of divers! It’s a great way for you to meet new dive buddies and say hello to some old ones! *Due to some scheduling conflicts, our meetings are now on the third Thursday of the month. We hope to see you there!
Luisa Sacerdote, Diving Department Manager
Ocean Adventures Dive Club Meeting
Ocean Adventures Dive Co, 4144 Lincoln Blvd, Marina Del Rey
Thursday, May 18th
Socialize & shop
Cuban livaboard diving presentation
Pizza, Raffle & more socializing