Marc Shargel's words and photographs will carry members of the /Northern California Underwater Photographic Society/ to the /Jardines de la Reina/ marine reserve in Cuba and remote dive sites along California's Big Sur Coast. There will also be stops to visit the sun and moon and a surprise or two along the way.
In February of 2018, Shargel visited Cuba for just over two weeks,
spending half of that time diving in a marine reserve near the size of
all of California's marine reserves put together. The Jardines de la
Reina marine reserve was established more than 20 years before the great
majority of California's reserves, too. Jardines de la Reina has been
described by some Caribbean experts as the closest any of us will ever
come to seeing that sea as it was 50 or 100 years ago. Shargel has also
been diving the coast of California for more than 40 years. Among the
highlights of that career have been ten multi-day expeditions down the
Big Sur coast. He made his first boat trip south of Point Sur in the
company of renowned marine explorer Robert Schmieder, back in the early
1990s. His presentation will include astonishing images from remote and
very deep Schmieder Bank. We're looking forward to seeing Marc's images
and we hope you can join!