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La Tortuga

5 stars

Overview

This large 110-feet double decker floating hotel provides superb floating accommodation with 8 en-suite guest cabins - 5 twin/triple cabins, 2 quadruple rooms and one double - that perfectly accommodate two or three divers each. This massive ship is permanently secured in a protected channel so that it never moves, even when tropical storms lash against it or windy days create waves. Because of the boat being extremely sturdy and level, there is never any seasickness to experience, and a stay aboard La Tortuga is always guaranteed to be a pleasant one.

  • Enjoy your own preferred drink aboard the water Available drinks onboard include bottled mineral and tonic water, an array of soft drinks, beer, rum and excellent wines. For those who prefer any liquor other than rum, they can bring it with them on the sea trip and La Tortuga's Bartender will create whatever mixes or cocktails you desire.
  • An array of things to get up to at La Tortuga A great spot to kick back, and relax, enjoy that perfect mojito, or smoke a great Cuban cigar while swapping tales of the day’s diving antics
  • Double Decker Floating Hotel! Perfect set up for the permanent delight of fly fishing that is special to Cuba

The fore deck is passengers' favourite hang-out place to enjoy tasty snacks like hot fresh pizza and your favourite beverage served to you as you return from your last dive of the day and before dinner. This is also a great spot to kick back, and relax, enjoy that perfect mojito, or smoke a great Cuban cigar while swapping tales of the day’s diving. Aboard La Tortuga passengers can enjoy various guided marine tours and day-time scuba diving. With a number of skiffs moored alongside La Tortuga, diving could not be any more civilised. Step into the skiffs, and within minutes you will be over the dive sites. The journey time obviously varies, but so do the dive sites – there are over 100 of them!

Daily Routine and Itinerary Information

  • Departures are on Saturdays and trips last for 7 nights (embark around 2:30pm, disembark around 9am the following Saturday)
  • Transfers to and from Havana are not included 
  • The journey includes 3 dives per day (more optional dives are available, subject to tides - payable locally)

Diving

Jardines de la Reina is one of the very best dive destination in the world for diving with sharks. Over 7 species are seen on a weekly basis, including grey reef sharks, lemon sharks, nurse sharks and silk sharks. It is possible to meet Great Hammerheads, often seen in the blue, and whale sharks frequent Jardines de la Reina from late October to early December. Goliath grouper are common sightings, weighing in at 400 lbs! Tarpon, bonefish, and a plethora of marine life inhabit the highly protected and pristine reefs in this stunning marine reserve. And dont forget Nino and Franco, two of the resident saltwater crocodiles. Franco rests on the mooring lines of La Tortuga at night, and at 4 metres in length, happily poses for photographs. Nino is the bay - only 2.5 metres, and you can get up close and personal with him in the mangroves - snorkelling with him is an option for the more adventurous!

Our Recommendations - Take in Havana for a 3 nights, transfer to Jucaro to take the boat to La Tortuga, and then take in Cayo Largo, Varadero or Cayo Levisa for 4 nights before returning back to the UK from Havana on the second Tuesday.

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Average THP customer rating

4.5 stars

4.5/5 from 5 reviews

TripAdvisor traveller rating

3.5 stars 80%

based on 10 reviews

  • singles
  • fishing
  • scuba diving

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