Cuba - Jardines Avalon Fleet-I (The AF1)

Avalon's AF1 - About the Ship

Back in 2010, the Avalon Fleet-I became Avalon's first brand new yacht built from scratch. 130-feet in length, she is beautiful and comfortable with ten staterooms. The AF1 resides in Isla de Juventud marine park for peak season - mid-February through mid-July.

Lounge area

Avalon I Lounge

The liveaboard hosts up to 12 anglers and eight crew members. They suggest between 8 and 10 anglers for optimum comfort. The design and interior decor give the yacht a touch of intimacy, refinement, a sense of warmth, and simplicity. The boat has the perfect balance of substantial exploration capabilities and a unique and noble style.

Boats and Guides

Avalon Super Skiffs

Dolphin 16' Super Skiffs teamed with Yamaha 70-HP motors. Jardines de la Reina (JDR) offers more fishing hours than any Avalon destination and is ideal for fly anglers who desire to fish from dawn until dusk, about 5:00 p.m.

Ten Cabins, Nine Bathrooms OnBoard

Eight Cabins

On The AF1, there are now ten cabins/staterooms. Eight cabins have private bathrooms, and two cabins will be sharing a bathroom, for a total of nine bathrooms onboard. Three of the cabins have queen-size beds.

Seven Cabins have twin-size beds

Upper Deck

Each cabin has air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs, (220 volts and 110 volts), drawers for storage, and panoramic windows for views of the Caribbean.
Communications:  There is no Wi-Fi available on the liveaboard. You’ll need to check with your cell service provider before your trip to see if your U.S. cell phone will work in Cuba. Satellite phones are strictly prohibited in Cuba and will be confiscated at the airport on arrival.

Dining Area

Dining Area

Meals:  Cuisine is simple yet gourmet. Salads with fresh vegetables and a variety of fruits are available. Fresh sashimi is offered nightly. Dinners feature delicious fresh fish, pork, or chicken entrees.

Alcohol:  The Open bar is now included in the package and includes beer, wine, liquor, and sodas. Self-serve beer and wine are available around the clock. Liquor is available throughout the day until the staff retires to their rooms for the evening.

The AF1 Floorplan


Upper Boat Deck

Boat Deck

On the upper deck, there is a spacious and comfortable lounge, dining room, and bar area (combination).

2022 Rates:

High Season Only:  Feb. 19 - July 16, 2022
Rate for exclusive full boat with 5 skiffs and 5 guides.
Saturday to Saturday.
10 to 12 anglers for optimal comfort
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$91,080 per group

2023 Rates:

High Season Only:  Feb. 18 - July 15, 2023
Rate for exclusive full boat with 5 skiffs and 5 guides.
Saturday to Saturday.
10 to 12 anglers for optimal comfort
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$99,900 per group

Packages Include:

- Reception at Havana airport
- Roundtrip 3-hour private bus transfer from your hotel in Havana to Zapesca Port
- 7 nights on The Avalon Fleet-1
- All meals and open bar on liveaboard
- 6 full days guided fishing
- Marine Park Conservation fee per angler

Packages Do Not Include:

- International Airfare - Havana hotels and meals
- Gratuities for guides, staff, and laundry
- Ground transfers on arrival/departure airport to the hotel
- Optional Fishing equipment rental of $350.00 per week.
- Optional Diving equipment rental of $250.00 per week.
- Cuban Tourist Card, approx. $85.00
- Global Rescue insurance
- Personal expenses
- Anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Cuba - Cayo Cruz

Cayo Cruz Fly Fishing

The Cayo Cruz, also referred to as Cayo Romano fishery, is a small resort island in the Jardines del Rey chain off central Cuba.

Isla de la Juventud - Liveaboard

Angler and Guide with Bonefish

Isla de Juventud is Spanish for Island of Youth. Aboard the Jardines Avalon I (The AF1), a 110-foot liveaboard yacht, you’ll fly fish and explore the most remote areas of the Canarreos Archipelago, the world-famous chain of islands in this protected marine park.

Cuba Main Page

All Cuba Packages

All marine parks in Cuba are now protected Fly Fishing Sanctuaries. No commercial fishing is allowed other than for lobster.

Fishing Travel Experts

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558