Jardines de la Reina (English: Gardens of the Queen) is an archipelago in Cuba and one of the largest protected areas in the Caribbean Sea. This beautiful place is a complex ecosystem with pristine islands and mangrove forests. The archipelago is considered one of the best places for diving. Due to the untouched nature and underwater wildlife, this place attracts divers from all over the world. Jardines de la Reina is a habitat for many endangered marine species. The national park Jardines de la Reina boasts turtle nesting sites. You can see different species of sharks, including enormous whale sharks, during certain seasons.
If you want to reach Jardines De La Reina, you should get from Ciego De Avila International Airport to Júcaro, a port town. Then you would have to take a boat or ferry. The trip will take from 2 to 5 hours depending on weather conditions.
The tropical climate of Jardines De La Reina is good for year-round dives, except the rainy season (May to October). The most comfortable time for diving is from December to April when the air temperature is between + 27 and +30 °C, and the water warms up from +26 to 29 °C. There is a threat of hurricanes in October.
Coral reefs and caves are the main dive spots of Jardines De La Reina. There are several favourite places for diving with sharks: Pipin, Peruano I, II, Five Seas. You can see unspoilt fantastic reefs full of soft corals, sponges and sea fans at El Farallon and Vicente dive sites. Octopus Cave full of sea dwellers is especially impressive.