2022 Cuba Scuba New Year

  • 31 Dec 2022
  • (CST)
  • 07 Jan 2023
  • (CST)
  • Gardens of the Queen, Cuba


  • Due within 10 days of registration to hold your reservation.

Registration is closed
Cuba Scuba New Year 2022

Rainbow Divers


Undersea Expeditions

Save $600 Today!

December 31, 2022
7 nights onboard Avalon III

Gardens of the Queen

Registration will begin soon

Travel legally to Cuba with us on a humanitarian environmental project expedition in the spectacular Gardens of the Queen marine park onboard Avalon III. Travel to Cuba under this program is legal for U.S. citizens and residents.

This licensed humanitarian environmental project visit examines the relationship of Cuban citizens with their natural environment, including socioeconomic and cultural issues brought about by Cuba’s growing ecotourism industry. The exchange also represents an opportunity to explore important environmental issues that impact the marine waters that both nations share through face-to-face interaction. The environment, and particularly the marine environment, is something that both biologically and culturally joins Cuba and the U.S. Visitors will meet with Cuban scientists and resource managers in workshops and perform citizen science.

You'll spend seven nights onboard the beautiful liveaboard dive vessel, Avalon III, in the heart of Cuba's Gardens of the Queen (Jardines de la Reina) National Park, located 60 miles off the southern coast of Cuba, an archipelago comprising a chain of 250 virgin coral and mangrove islands extending along 75 miles of turquoise waters. Gardens of the Queen was featured on an award-winning segment of the CBS news program, 60 MINUTES hosted by Anderson Cooper. Gardens of the Queen is Cuba's first marine park and the largest no-take marine reserve in the Caribbean, where much of the story lies underwater. U.S. visitors will accompany Cuban specialists and scuba dive in one of the healthiest marine ecosystems remaining in the Caribbean.

An optional land tour of Cuba will be offered the week prior to our dive adventure. A special Christmas like none you've ever experienced! More details to follow.

Price, DBL Occupancy:

  • Standard stateroom: $3599
  • Balcony suite: $4399
  • Optional land tour: $2995 (approximate with more details available soon)


  • $500 to register
  • $1000 due Mar 1 2022
  • $1000 due Jun 1 2022
  • Balance due Sep 1 2022
  • Up to 4 dives daily, including some night dives, conditions permitting
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Local non-alcoholic beverages
  • Participation in Humanitarian Environmental Project with Blue Sanctuary
  • Transportation in Cuba to the liveaboard from Havana (or from our land tour.)
  • Extra $$ discounts for NCRD early-bird signups

Airfare to Cuba, OFAC License fee of $100 (if on land tour), Port Fee of $340, Conservation Fee of $120, Nitrox ($100 for week if you wish to dive with EANx), alcoholic beverages, tips, laundry, souvenirs and other items of a personal nature. Visa or visitor fees, departure or arrival taxes, may be collected when purchasing your airfare, or may be paid separately.

Divers coming for just the liveaboard will need to arrive in Havana on December 30.
 Alternatively fly in on December 24 if you are participating in our land tour. Don't book flights until consulting the trip leader. 

Please contact us for the latest information on air travel to Cuba. Plan to depart on January 7 after 3:30 pm from Havana directly to the USA or elsewhere.

About Rainbow Divers

Rainbow Divers is a 501(c)7 non-profit mutual benefit organization, and can only organize activities and trips for its members. Membership is cheap and comes with a bunch of new lifelong friends at no extra charge. So if you’d like to participate in this trip, please join us.

Payments are due within 10 days of sign up, and are generally non-refundable. If you sign up and your plans change there may or may not be someone interested in taking your spot. If you cancel without having made all payments it is your responsibility to find someone to pay your obligation in full. It is a very good idea to carry trip insurance to cover such an eventuality.

Trip payments may be made by PayPal or by personal check. PayPal will accept credit card payments, regardless of whether you have a PayPal account. The price is the same regardless of payment method.  Please consider using PayPal, as electronic payment greatly simplifies the work of our volunteers.  Please send PayPal payments to paypal@rainbowdivers.org

Divers are required to carry valid, in-force dive accident insurance, such as may be obtained from Divers' Alert Network (DAN).

Divers must agree to NCRD's Event Terms and Conditions to participate in this trip.

Event Terms and Conditions.pdf

Rainbow Divers Liability Release

© Northern California Rainbow Divers
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software