• Store
  • Printing & Digital Services
  • Weddings & Events
    • Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. We have been the photo experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Let us help you capture your special moments in your own personal way. more>>>


      Plan your wedding near beautiful Cayman beaches and we will capture the beauty more>>>

      Cayman Photographers offers photography throughout Grand Cayman. If you're looking for a great venue to have your wedding or portraits in Grand Cayman, we are happy to recommend several amazing locations such as the Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott Beach Resort, the Westin Casuarina Resort.... more>>>

  • Classes
    • Above water Photo Classes

      Our private, one on one affordable classes at Cathy Church's Photo Centre can help you take your photos to the next level.

      Whether you want to learn how to take the photo or how to use editing software or even advanced techniques like studio lighting, we can customize a lesson for you. Our instructors will work with you whether you are a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between.

      If you have a pocket compact camera or the latest in DSLR's, we can help you get the most from your camera. You will benefit from our personal hands-on methods that will have you learning skills in no time and utilizing new technology to make your photos look amazing. more>>>

      Under water Photo Classes

      Capture your underwater adventure with Cathy Church, the best teacher ever! FUN and EASY!!

      1. Do you teach Land Photography, Underwater photography and Image Editing?

      2. Can I learn with any camera?

      3. What is a class like?

      4. Should I bring samples of my past photos?

      5. Should I learn with Staff or Cathy?

      6. Can I get PADI specialty Certification?

      7. How much does it cost? How do I reserve space?

      8. What type of photos can I expect?

      more >>>

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Blog
    • Cathy's Awards
    • Photo Projects
      • Cathy and her team have produced the world's largest underwater photo installation at Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport Baggage Claim area. It covers nine feet high and 145 feet long and is comprised of over 50 photos expertly assembled by Cathy's photoshop guru Charles (CJ) Viggers. CJ spent several all nighters assembling the huge file in time for the printing deadline. Vision Marketing (a local company) printed and installed it.

        more>>>

         

    • Articles
    • Cathy's Biography
      • Cathy's Biography

        About Cathy Church

        As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

        more>>>

        Detailed biography of Cathy Church

    • Cathy's Biography

      About Cathy Church

      As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

      more>>>

      Detailed biography of Cathy Church

  • Environmental Issues
    • Most people do not have the time to lobby, study, fund, and fix our environmental problems. By yourself, your tiny little voice will get lost and misplaced. But when we form massive groups, we can flex enough muscle to fix virtually anything!

      Everyone Should Support Three Environmental Organizations:

      -- One World-Wide  -- One Nation-Wide  -- One Local

      We Cannot Join Them All, So You Must Pick And Choose Your Battles.

      I have personally chosen two battles: stop shark finning and save leatherback turtles. You may choose to protect elephants from poachers, or stop over fishing. But concentrate on one thing and do something -- anything, over and over.

      There is no single cause that is more important than another, as they all work together.

      For shark finning, I support http://www.sharktrust.org, an effective UK group. Many of you contributed to my request for money to install billboards in China where the famous Chinese basketball player Yao Ming is pictured asking everyone to just say no to shark fin soup. We collected enough $20 donations to pay for 100 billboards! This campaign was immensely successful. Collectively that money worked well.

      more>>>

  • About us
  • Contact us
    • How to Contact Us:

      Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery

      P.O. Box 479, Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS

      390 South Church Street, at the Sunset House Hotel

      EMAIL: click here

      Calling from within Cayman: (345)-949-7415

      Calling from the US: (607)-330-3504 connects directly with our Cayman office

      Fax from within the Cayman Islands: 345-949-9770

      Business Hours:

      Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun and Public Holidays: closed

       

  • Store
  • Printing & Digital Services
  • Weddings & Events
    • Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. We have been the photo experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Let us help you capture your special moments in your own personal way. more>>>


      Plan your wedding near beautiful Cayman beaches and we will capture the beauty more>>>

      Cayman Photographers offers photography throughout Grand Cayman. If you're looking for a great venue to have your wedding or portraits in Grand Cayman, we are happy to recommend several amazing locations such as the Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott Beach Resort, the Westin Casuarina Resort.... more>>>

  • Classes
    • Above water Photo Classes

      Our private, one on one affordable classes at Cathy Church's Photo Centre can help you take your photos to the next level.

      Whether you want to learn how to take the photo or how to use editing software or even advanced techniques like studio lighting, we can customize a lesson for you. Our instructors will work with you whether you are a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between.

      If you have a pocket compact camera or the latest in DSLR's, we can help you get the most from your camera. You will benefit from our personal hands-on methods that will have you learning skills in no time and utilizing new technology to make your photos look amazing. more>>>

      Under water Photo Classes

      Capture your underwater adventure with Cathy Church, the best teacher ever! FUN and EASY!!

      1. Do you teach Land Photography, Underwater photography and Image Editing?

      2. Can I learn with any camera?

      3. What is a class like?

      4. Should I bring samples of my past photos?

      5. Should I learn with Staff or Cathy?

      6. Can I get PADI specialty Certification?

      7. How much does it cost? How do I reserve space?

      8. What type of photos can I expect?

      more >>>

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Blog
    • Cathy's Awards
    • Photo Projects
      • Cathy and her team have produced the world's largest underwater photo installation at Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport Baggage Claim area. It covers nine feet high and 145 feet long and is comprised of over 50 photos expertly assembled by Cathy's photoshop guru Charles (CJ) Viggers. CJ spent several all nighters assembling the huge file in time for the printing deadline. Vision Marketing (a local company) printed and installed it.

        more>>>

         

    • Articles
    • Cathy's Biography
      • Cathy's Biography

        About Cathy Church

        As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

        more>>>

        Detailed biography of Cathy Church

    • Cathy's Biography

      About Cathy Church

      As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

      more>>>

      Detailed biography of Cathy Church

  • Environmental Issues
    • Most people do not have the time to lobby, study, fund, and fix our environmental problems. By yourself, your tiny little voice will get lost and misplaced. But when we form massive groups, we can flex enough muscle to fix virtually anything!

      Everyone Should Support Three Environmental Organizations:

      -- One World-Wide  -- One Nation-Wide  -- One Local

      We Cannot Join Them All, So You Must Pick And Choose Your Battles.

      I have personally chosen two battles: stop shark finning and save leatherback turtles. You may choose to protect elephants from poachers, or stop over fishing. But concentrate on one thing and do something -- anything, over and over.

      There is no single cause that is more important than another, as they all work together.

      For shark finning, I support http://www.sharktrust.org, an effective UK group. Many of you contributed to my request for money to install billboards in China where the famous Chinese basketball player Yao Ming is pictured asking everyone to just say no to shark fin soup. We collected enough $20 donations to pay for 100 billboards! This campaign was immensely successful. Collectively that money worked well.

      more>>>

  • About us
  • Contact us
    • How to Contact Us:

      Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery

      P.O. Box 479, Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS

      390 South Church Street, at the Sunset House Hotel

      EMAIL: click here

      Calling from within Cayman: (345)-949-7415

      Calling from the US: (607)-330-3504 connects directly with our Cayman office

      Fax from within the Cayman Islands: 345-949-9770

      Business Hours:

      Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun and Public Holidays: closed

       

  • Store
  • Printing & Digital Services
  • Weddings & Events
    • Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. We have been the photo experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Let us help you capture your special moments in your own personal way. more>>>


      Plan your wedding near beautiful Cayman beaches and we will capture the beauty more>>>

      Cayman Photographers offers photography throughout Grand Cayman. If you're looking for a great venue to have your wedding or portraits in Grand Cayman, we are happy to recommend several amazing locations such as the Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott Beach Resort, the Westin Casuarina Resort.... more>>>

  • Classes
    • Above water Photo Classes

      Our private, one on one affordable classes at Cathy Church's Photo Centre can help you take your photos to the next level.

      Whether you want to learn how to take the photo or how to use editing software or even advanced techniques like studio lighting, we can customize a lesson for you. Our instructors will work with you whether you are a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between.

      If you have a pocket compact camera or the latest in DSLR's, we can help you get the most from your camera. You will benefit from our personal hands-on methods that will have you learning skills in no time and utilizing new technology to make your photos look amazing. more>>>

      Under water Photo Classes

      Capture your underwater adventure with Cathy Church, the best teacher ever! FUN and EASY!!

      1. Do you teach Land Photography, Underwater photography and Image Editing?

      2. Can I learn with any camera?

      3. What is a class like?

      4. Should I bring samples of my past photos?

      5. Should I learn with Staff or Cathy?

      6. Can I get PADI specialty Certification?

      7. How much does it cost? How do I reserve space?

      8. What type of photos can I expect?

      more >>>

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Blog
    • Cathy's Awards
    • Photo Projects
      • Cathy and her team have produced the world's largest underwater photo installation at Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport Baggage Claim area. It covers nine feet high and 145 feet long and is comprised of over 50 photos expertly assembled by Cathy's photoshop guru Charles (CJ) Viggers. CJ spent several all nighters assembling the huge file in time for the printing deadline. Vision Marketing (a local company) printed and installed it.

        more>>>

         

    • Articles
    • Cathy's Biography
      • Cathy's Biography

        About Cathy Church

        As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

        more>>>

        Detailed biography of Cathy Church

    • Cathy's Biography

      About Cathy Church

      As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

      more>>>

      Detailed biography of Cathy Church

  • Environmental Issues
    • Most people do not have the time to lobby, study, fund, and fix our environmental problems. By yourself, your tiny little voice will get lost and misplaced. But when we form massive groups, we can flex enough muscle to fix virtually anything!

      Everyone Should Support Three Environmental Organizations:

      -- One World-Wide  -- One Nation-Wide  -- One Local

      We Cannot Join Them All, So You Must Pick And Choose Your Battles.

      I have personally chosen two battles: stop shark finning and save leatherback turtles. You may choose to protect elephants from poachers, or stop over fishing. But concentrate on one thing and do something -- anything, over and over.

      There is no single cause that is more important than another, as they all work together.

      For shark finning, I support http://www.sharktrust.org, an effective UK group. Many of you contributed to my request for money to install billboards in China where the famous Chinese basketball player Yao Ming is pictured asking everyone to just say no to shark fin soup. We collected enough $20 donations to pay for 100 billboards! This campaign was immensely successful. Collectively that money worked well.

      more>>>

  • About us
  • Contact us
    • How to Contact Us:

      Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery

      P.O. Box 479, Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS

      390 South Church Street, at the Sunset House Hotel

      EMAIL: click here

      Calling from within Cayman: (345)-949-7415

      Calling from the US: (607)-330-3504 connects directly with our Cayman office

      Fax from within the Cayman Islands: 345-949-9770

      Business Hours:

      Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun and Public Holidays: closed

       

  • Store
  • Printing & Digital Services
  • Weddings & Events
    • Cayman Photographers is part of Cathy Church’s Photo Centre. We have been the photo experts in the Cayman Islands since 1972. Let us help you capture your special moments in your own personal way. more>>>


      Plan your wedding near beautiful Cayman beaches and we will capture the beauty more>>>

      Cayman Photographers offers photography throughout Grand Cayman. If you're looking for a great venue to have your wedding or portraits in Grand Cayman, we are happy to recommend several amazing locations such as the Ritz-Carlton, the Marriott Beach Resort, the Westin Casuarina Resort.... more>>>

  • Classes
    • Above water Photo Classes

      Our private, one on one affordable classes at Cathy Church's Photo Centre can help you take your photos to the next level.

      Whether you want to learn how to take the photo or how to use editing software or even advanced techniques like studio lighting, we can customize a lesson for you. Our instructors will work with you whether you are a beginner or a pro or somewhere in between.

      If you have a pocket compact camera or the latest in DSLR's, we can help you get the most from your camera. You will benefit from our personal hands-on methods that will have you learning skills in no time and utilizing new technology to make your photos look amazing. more>>>

      Under water Photo Classes

      Capture your underwater adventure with Cathy Church, the best teacher ever! FUN and EASY!!

      1. Do you teach Land Photography, Underwater photography and Image Editing?

      2. Can I learn with any camera?

      3. What is a class like?

      4. Should I bring samples of my past photos?

      5. Should I learn with Staff or Cathy?

      6. Can I get PADI specialty Certification?

      7. How much does it cost? How do I reserve space?

      8. What type of photos can I expect?

      more >>>

  • About Cathy
    • Cathy's Blog
    • Cathy's Awards
    • Photo Projects
      • Cathy and her team have produced the world's largest underwater photo installation at Grand Cayman's Owen Roberts Airport Baggage Claim area. It covers nine feet high and 145 feet long and is comprised of over 50 photos expertly assembled by Cathy's photoshop guru Charles (CJ) Viggers. CJ spent several all nighters assembling the huge file in time for the printing deadline. Vision Marketing (a local company) printed and installed it.

        more>>>

         

    • Articles
    • Cathy's Biography
      • Cathy's Biography

        About Cathy Church

        As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

        more>>>

        Detailed biography of Cathy Church

    • Cathy's Biography

      About Cathy Church

      As a child, Cathy Church was an avid biologist and bird watcher. She earned a BS in biology from the University of Michigan where she learned to SCUBA dive. She was studying marine biology at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine biology station in Monterey, California when she met Jim Church, a scuba diver who was pioneering underwater photography and writing for Skin Diver Magazine in the early 60s. Cathy wanted to document her underwater work and spent many dives with Jim exploring ways to use the Calypso camera and flashbulb systems with homemade accessories.

      more>>>

      Detailed biography of Cathy Church

  • Environmental Issues
    • Most people do not have the time to lobby, study, fund, and fix our environmental problems. By yourself, your tiny little voice will get lost and misplaced. But when we form massive groups, we can flex enough muscle to fix virtually anything!

      Everyone Should Support Three Environmental Organizations:

      -- One World-Wide  -- One Nation-Wide  -- One Local

      We Cannot Join Them All, So You Must Pick And Choose Your Battles.

      I have personally chosen two battles: stop shark finning and save leatherback turtles. You may choose to protect elephants from poachers, or stop over fishing. But concentrate on one thing and do something -- anything, over and over.

      There is no single cause that is more important than another, as they all work together.

      For shark finning, I support http://www.sharktrust.org, an effective UK group. Many of you contributed to my request for money to install billboards in China where the famous Chinese basketball player Yao Ming is pictured asking everyone to just say no to shark fin soup. We collected enough $20 donations to pay for 100 billboards! This campaign was immensely successful. Collectively that money worked well.

      more>>>

  • About us
  • Contact us
    • How to Contact Us:

      Cathy Church's Photo Centre and Gallery

      P.O. Box 479, Grand Cayman, KY1-1106, CAYMAN ISLANDS

      390 South Church Street, at the Sunset House Hotel

      EMAIL: click here

      Calling from within Cayman: (345)-949-7415

      Calling from the US: (607)-330-3504 connects directly with our Cayman office

      Fax from within the Cayman Islands: 345-949-9770

      Business Hours:

      Mon-Sat: 9:00 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sun and Public Holidays: closed

       

Cathy offers the best of both worlds

Three nights at Sunset House Hotel followed by

a week in Little Cayman aboard the Cayman Aggressor V

With Cathy Church teaching and helping everyone get photos underwater.

 

June 24 - 27 at Sunset House, and June 27 to July 4, 2020 on Cayman Aggressor V


Cathy Church photo centre and her wonderful instructors.

Cathy has the world's most experienced underwater photo centre. Much like her very popular Photo Fest weeks, but a with a smaller group of only 18 guests.

Arrival Day June 24: Cathy et al greet you on arrival day. We will review camera settings with you and confirm a full function test of your camera system, following a handout e-mailed to you in advance. After we help you test, adjust, and add whatever you might need to make your system as functional as possible underwater, you may even have time for a shore dive with a buddy, weather permitting, (as it usually does). There will be orientation and a pizza party dinner that evening.

June 25: The dive boats leave around 8 am with nine guests plus one instructor on each boat to help you above and underwater. Of course you will love the usual Cathy Church style of three-hour dives on a shallow reef to relax, and get used to your camera system and take photos. When your tank runs low, just go back to the boat and the wonderful Sunset Divers crew will change it to a fresh tank while you enjoy a drink of water and you go right back down. Assorted activities in the afternoon: lecture??, Lightroom lessons??, shore diving??, critique, you name it and we will find a way to help you.

AND we ALL leave our politics behind. No Politics or religion will even be mentioned during this trip!! No hint, no comment, no jokes. 

 

 

 

 

  

The boat and the staterooms on the Jardines Aggressor II NOT the Cayman aggressor which we are using as soon as I figure out how to add a new photo!!!Spacious Salon

The new 110’ Jardines Aggressor II has 12 crew, 10 deluxe cabins and 2 balcony suites, each with individual air conditioning, en suite facilities and hairdryer. Everything is big on this boat

 

The Salon is grand, indeed and the dive deck is spacious and unfortunately out of the sun because Cathy got so cold on the ride back in the tenders that she needed a lot of heat to recuperate!! But she did and went back for the next dives every time but ONCE. 

 

 

 

Relax in the shade on the sun deck, or on cushioned lounges in the sun, or even in a Jacuzzi! 

The photo center has a digital video and still photo-editing computer.

 

 Diving in the Gardens

Like Cayman diving, the depths will range from less than twenty feet to up to 110’ at the lower permissible range of the deep wall drop off. This area between the small islands and the large island of Cuba is well protected and is less susceptible to surge, waves and current than the Cayman Islands are.

The water may be chilly, so bring a wetsuit, hooded vest, hood, whatever you will need to be warm in 73 to 78°F water. When the temperature drops, however, the visibility can be more than 100 feet! (The average in Feb. is a chilly 77º!)

Nitrox & Rental Gear are available (must be prepaid)

There are over 50 dive sites in the large Jardines. Here is a sample that I picked out from a fabulous list 

Black Coral I
Depth ranges between 72 and 96 ft. Coral bands that grow higher near the edge of the drop-off are more than 30 ft high over the sand patches in the bottom between them, abundant colonies of black coral, a resident population of more than 20 Caribbean reef sharks, huge black groupers come close to the divers all the time, schools of jacks rubbing their bodies against the sharks to clean parasites away, parrot fish schools, clouds of school masters and yellowtail snappers, also rainbow runners and oceanic triggerfish.

For descriptions eleven more exciting divers go to https://www.oceansforyouth.org/cuba-divemap.php.

  

Dining

Every day starts with a cooked to order breakfast then a buffet lunch. Dinner is served with elegant table-side service featuring salads, vegetables, seafood, beef or chicken with a fresh homemade dessert.

Fresh produce is readily available in Cuba, and their menu includes variety to suit all tastes and diets. ” Here is the link to a sample menu (https://www.oceansforyouth.org/cuba2-menu.php

Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) are complimentary while onboard. 

 

The Itinerary 

Dive sites typically have hundreds of hungry sharks gathering in schools to be joined by manta rays and bottle-nosed dolphins. We can expect to see plenty of Caribbean reef sharks and silky sharks cruising the reef, hunting on schools of snapper and fusiliers. And, hopefully hammerhead, black tip, tiger and silver tip sharks. 

Tiring of shark action, you will still see plenty of Large Groupers, Eagle Rays, turtles, Octopus, Squid,

Moray Eels, Balloon fish, Shrimp, Crabs, Nudibranchs and all of the other delightful invertebrates that you have also enjoyed in the Cayman Islands but now they are more plentiful and in a prettier setting.

Now here is something you don’t get anywhere else – a very special opportunity to snorkel with a crocodile. This is a regular event and he has been most co-operative. 


Docile crocodile

 

 

 

There is opportunity for snorkeling & Shore Excursions as well.

 

Getting There

You will be picked up from Santa Clara (Abel Santamaria Airport) or Camaguey (Ignacio Agramonte Airport) for transfer by bus 2 1/2 hours from Jucaro to board the Jardines Aggressor II in time for the Saturday evening dinner and program. 

Diving at the Gardens of the Queen starts Sunday morning to Friday. We disembark early Saturday morning to transfer to the Santa Clara Airport or Camaguey Airport. Includes a tour and lunch arriving at the airports between noon and 1 pm.

If you wish to fly into Cuba through Havana and do a tour there before you board the Aggressor, you will either need to fly from Havana to Santa Clara or take a 6 1/2 hour bus to get from Havana to the boat in Jacaro. There are more *flights that go directly to Santa Clara from the US and other cities than there are flights from Havana to nearby Santa Clara, so explore your options. There is a two day add-on available through our hosts the Oceans for Youth Foundation, but the price of $1600 for Americans is quite high. It costs closer to $400 for some travelers coming from European countries. Thus, I opted to skip the Havana portion. You are welcome to add it, but you will need to be careful that you can get to Santa Clara in time for a 6 pm pick-up and that may mean going in the day before. It would be better to take the 6-hour bus ride to Jacaro. Regardless of your entry, it must be done through the OYF to be legal.

(* For example, American airlines currently offers a 1h,10m non-stop flight leaving Miami at 3:45 PM and arriving in Santa Clara (SNU) at 4:55 PM, in perfect time for our 6 pm pick-up. Unfortunately, there is currently not a direct flight from Cayman to Santa Clara, so you can’t easily combo these two destinations unless you want to tour by bus from Havana to Jucaro which many people say they enjoyed.)

Aggressor Adventure Travel is an authorized travel provider for this OYF Cuba Travel Program, People to People Direct. So direct your travel needs to them for this trip. Email:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.

          Map of Cuba

    

Photography trips with Cathy Church

The best reason to join Cathy on a dive trip is because she brings along EXTRA back-up camera gear in case YOU have a breakdown! The best insurance policy ever! She will contact each guest in advance to find out exactly what you are bringing, and will ask you to send a photo of the assembled system (unless she has already known your system from earlier classes and trips). She can then plan her back-up systems accordingly.

Cathy will be available throughout this trip to answer questions, help with problems, critique as needed to troubleshoot or just to admire your photos. If you have topics in particular that you would like Cathy to do a presentation on, Cathy is quite happy to do that on the boat. However, since there will be several marine biology talks, you may prefer that Cathy not also give a lot of photography lectures, but instead do more critiques and coaching.

Mostly, Cathy is there to make sure that you are getting the care you need, the dives you want, and the services above and underwater that you are expecting. Cathy is also there in case another guest is making you feel uncomfortable or is disrupting your ability to enjoy the trip. Fortunately, Cathy has been called upon to do this only about three times in her more than 50 trips, but Cathy has nipped several issues in the bud before anyone even knew about it. 

 

Price:

Cost for this 2019 Oceans for Youth Foundation program was $4400.00. (There is no upcharge on this trip for Cathy's services.)

Included: Transfers are included to/from the Santa Clara Airport (Abel Santamaria Airport) or Camaguey (Ignacio Agramonte Airport); (Not from Havana.)

Accommodations aboard the yacht (per person, based on double occupancy)

Conservation program with experts on board

Diving, compressed air tanks, weights & weight belts

All meals and snacks, non alcoholic beverages, and local beer/wine

Exclusions:

Airfare,

visa requirements -- $100.00

Gratuities

Travel insurance is always important for an overseas dive trip,

Diver insurance is required

Conservation fee: currently $100.00. (100% of the funds is used for preserving the marine parks in Cuba.)

Port Fee: currently $190.00

Nitrox: $150.00.

 

Reservation information

To reserve send  check made out to "Oceans for Youth Foundation" to our office at 217 E. Olive Ave, Fresno, CA 93728. Checks must be made by each individual traveler or couple. When we receive your check we will notify the Cuba Travel Program and they will send you an email link to your Guest Information form that you need to fill in. This check will not be cleared right away, and we will notify you when we forward it to Cuba.

Payments

You will receive a confirmation number that must be attached to all future payments by check or wire. Final payment of $2640.00 is due on September 1, 2018. Checks must be made payable to “Oceans For Youth Foundation.” Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are acceptable forms of payment with a 3% fee charged by Cuba Travel Program. Along with your final payment you will then add the Conservation and port fees currently $290.00, and if you are using Nitrox add $150.00, which all need to be prepaid.

Cancellation Policy,

If a cancellation is made

  1. before we forward your check to Cuba and after they have your reservation, we will return your check in full, and in return you will be charged a $100 cancellation fee by the CTP.

  2. after the check has been received by the Cuba Travel Program, and it is before Oct. 10, 2018 (121 days or more prior to departure date), 20% of the Cuba Travel Program is forfeited plus a $400 cancellation fee.

  3. from October 11 - Nov. 7, 2018 (120 - 91 days prior to departure date), 40% of the Cuba Travel Program is forfeited plus the $400 cancellation fee.

  4. After November 8, 2018, (90 days or less prior to departure date), 100% of the Cuba Travel Program is forfeited and no refund is available.