Cuba’s Underwater “Garden of the Queen”

This past summer, photographer Ian Shive had the rare opportunity of spending a week diving on never-before-dived places along Cuba’s South Eastern coast. During the trip, Ian spent days in ancient and pristine elkhorn coral patches, many which were thousands of years old, as well as getting up-close-and-personal with large reef sharks in Cuba’s national park, Jardines de La Reina or the Garden of the Queen. Ian’s work is featured prominently on the Environmental Defense Fund website. The trip was sponsored in part by the EDF and The Nature Conservancy. Below is a gallery highlighting some of the work. For more information on licensing these images, visit

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