Halcón

The Halcón has recently been refurbished; it is perfect for groups of twelve divers.

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The Halcón has recently been refurbished; it is perfect for groups of twelve divers. This luxury yacht has a traditional 70’s style. Seventy-five feet in length, it is powered with two GM 450 hp diesel engines. The boat has six cabins with 3 bathrooms, hot water, comfortable beds and excellent A/C.

On the main deck, there is a large, fully air conditioned salon, with comfortable couches. It is a perfect place to relax with a cocktail before dinner. The salon is equipped with a TV, DVD player and a sound system to either watch movies or hook up video cameras and have fun watching the exciting underwater photos or videos. The bow of the boat is very wide, excellent to take the sun after each dive; on the upper deck, you can find the captain's bridge, with a nice balcony perfect to enjoy a panoramic view.

Meals are usually served on the fly deck where there’s a nice breeze.

Dining on board combines the style of the best Continental Italian cuisine with delicious seafood and traditional Cuban favorites like rice and beans, black bean soup and fried bananas. Beverages available on board are: Bottled mineral water (2 lt/day included in the package), sparkling and tonic water, various soft drinks, juices, beers, rums, whisky and excellent wines.

The chef is excellent. The day starts with a hearty breakfast. Lunch and dinners are primarily fresh fish. Lobster is our specialty and is served in a variety of ways. For those who like something different, chicken, pork and beef are also available. Salads and different fruits are served in every meal. Desserts feature our famous Cuban caramel custard, rum- flavored cakes, cookies, puddings, pies and many others. Vegetarian and kosher meals are served on request with many different choices available.

Divers booked on the HALCON will board at the port of Júcaro. The trip to Jardines de la Reina lasts 5 hours. Lunch is served on board on the way out, and there is time to kick back and relax with a cocktail, or even get a nap before arriving at JDR.

Daily routine

Diving schedule is usually at the discretion of the customers following the instructor’s suggestions with 2 or 3 daily dives. The day begins with a wakeup call at 7:00 am, coffee/tea ready, breakfast at 7:15 am. Our diving instructors are ready to go diving from 8:00 am. Fast diving boats are used to reach diving spots having the opportunity to explore different sites each day and enjoy the view of mangrove channels, virgin beaches, birds and other exuberant fauna during the trips. There is no chance for loneliness; dive guides and crew are available every single minute. Our group guarantees all the equipment required to ensure safety (First Aid kits with O2 on every boat, excellent communications with mother boats and mainland, life jackets, etc.). The first morning, check-in dive to get acquainted and make sure all equipment is in good shape. During the briefings, our experienced instructors will explain every detail of the dive, from what will be seen in a particular spot to the correct behavior while diving with sharks or highlights of the area and special characteristics of the marine life present. After the first dive, surface interval in one of the beautiful beaches. Second dive and, at midday, boats will return for lunch. Together with the instructor, arrange time for afternoon dives or for excursions through the lagoon and mangrove channels. Coming back to the live aboard, it is time to drink a frozen “mojito”, enjoy the afternoon pizza and talk about the dives. Around 8:00 pm, dinner is served and, like a family, everyone gets together around the table. The staff will be in contact every minute to assist and receive special requests or suggestions. Evening time next to the bar, to watch photos and videos while breathing the sea atmosphere, it’s time to plan with the instructors what will happen next day.

In Jardines de la Reina, our season is year round. A normal week includes 15 dives from Sunday to Thursday; return to the mainland is on Friday. It is possible to book extra dives on request.

Tipping

Tipping is widespread in Cuba. Many Cuban workers rely on tips to supplement their basic income and they all work really hard. Tips help them get a better lifestyle. So if you receive good service, it is very good etiquette to tip accordingly.

Our Recommendations

  • 200 euros x person would be appreciated at the end of your stay. Half to the boat staff (100) and half to the diving staff (100).
  • Shopping on board: We have diving T-shirts for sale.
  • We would like to remind you that we do not accept credit cards. You will need cash for any purchases and gratuities. You can easily exchange money at the airport or at any bank for CUC (Cuban Convertible Pesos). The best currency to bring on your trip to Cuba is euros. At present, there is a 10% penalty in addition to the exchange rate for US dollars.

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