Isla de la Juventud Liveaboard - Avalon

Jardines Avalon Fleet I (The JAF1)

Fly fishing only at this protected marine park

Isla de Juventud is Spanish for Island of Youth. This pristine marine park is located 93 miles from Havana, covering 1,367 square miles, with a population of approximately 90,000 inhabitants. This area is part of the 672 keys and islets that make up the archipelago.


Fly Fishing only at Isla de Juventud

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Aboard The JAF1, Avalon's 110-foot liveaboard yacht, you’ll explore the most remote areas of the Canarreos Archipelago, the world-famous chain of islands that runs 80 miles from the Isle of Youth to Cayo Largo. You’ll stop off at selected anchorages like Cayo Campo, the Antilles islands, and finally, Cayo Rosario, which is renowned for some of the most outstanding flats fishing in all of Cuba. Isla de la Juventud is an ideal trip for anglers with an obsession for monster tarpon. Between March and June, they’ve caught and released tarpon around 100-pounds, and the fishing usually exceeds their expectations.
Liveaboard Season:  The JAF1 liveaboard is in Isla de Juventud for the prime fishing months from March through July.
Peak Fishing Season: is from late March to June when bonefish, permit, and jacks are present in the area.
Migratory tarpon average between 15 and 30 pounds and up to 100 pounds are regularly spotted, and shots at permit are frequent. Peak season is also the best time to try for a Caribbean Grand Slam—tarpon, permit, and bonefish in one day. Each season produces numerous Grand Slams and a few Super Grand Slams—tarpon, which means a bonefish, permit, and snook in one day.

Juventud Fishing Facts:

Isla de Juventud Cuban fishing centers

Boats:  16-foot Dolphin Super skiffs with Yamaha 60 and 70 HP motors. The guides pole the skiffs on the shallowest bonefish flats. Two anglers per guide and boat.
Guides:  Local Spanish-speaking guides know enough fishing English to get by and are excellent fishermen. They know these waters like the backs of their hands and are skilled at finding all species.
Fishing Hours:  are at your discretion. A typical fishing day begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Your guides are ready to depart for fishing at 8:00 a.m. You’ll take a packed lunch and return to the liveaboard in the afternoons, depending on the tides and fishing. You’ll be guided for seven to nine hours each day.
Fishing Equipment is not provided. A detailed list of what to bring is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License is provided in the package. But, a $100.00 Marine Park Conservation Fee is not.

The JAF1 Liveaboard Yacht

The JAF1 liveaboard

Its overall capacity is 12 passengers and eight crew members. They suggest between 8 and 10 anglers for optimum comfort. Each room includes air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs (220 volts and 110-volts), storage, and panoramic windows to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Caribbean beaches. On the boat deck, there is a spacious and comfortable lounge/bar and dining room area, plus a hot tub. And, of course, you'll be treated to amazing Cuban meals throughout your stay, served with international wines, local liquors, and desserts. After savoring each gastronomic adventure, kick back and enjoy drinks of your choice prepared by their bartenders.
Meals:  Buffet-style breakfasts and packed lunches. In the afternoons, you’ll enjoy some of the finest frozen daiquiris, Cuban libres (rum and coke), and cocktails. Dinners include fresh salads and entrees such as lobster, fish of the day, pork, or chicken. Wine and dessert are served with dinner. Chefs work with special dietary needs.
Alcohol:  There is a mandatory $200.00 open bar fee. The open bar includes beer, wine, liquor, and sodas.
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.
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Getting to the Liveaboard:

You’ll fly to the Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) in Havana, Cuba. An Avalon representative will greet you at the airport and help arrange for a taxi to take you to the hotel of your choice. (The taxi and the hotel night in Havana are not included in the package.) The next morning, you’ll wait in the hotel lobby typically between 3:00 and 4:00 a.m. (The exact time will be confirmed the prior evening.) A private bus will transfer you to the domestic airport; this ground transfer is provided by the airport. You’ll take a 40-minute flight from Havana to Nueva Gerona, the capital of Isla de Juventud. (This round-trip domestic charter flight is included in the package.) In Nueva Gerona, you’ll be greeted by an Avalon representative and driven to the liveaboard, about a 25-minute drive.


2020 USD Rates:

7-nights on The JAF1
and 5½-days guided fishing:

Full Yacht:  a maximum of 12 anglers. Includes 6 skiffs and full yacht exclusivity.
Half-Yacht:  a maximum of 6 anglers. Includes 3 skiffs.
High Season runs from:
March 28 - July 4, 2020:
For Half-yacht:
May 23 - 30, 2020
July 11 - 18, 2020
Half-Yacht rates:
$36,000.00  per group
Full-Yacht rates:
$72,000.00  per group

Low Season runs from:
Feb. 29 - March 28 and
July 4 - August 1, 2020
Full-Yacht rates:
$52,500.00  per group
Half-Yacht rates:
$26,250.00  per group

Packages Include:

Reception at the Havana Airport, a bus transfer from the hotel in Havana to the airport for your domestic flight to Nueva Gerona, roundtrip domestic flight between Havana and Nueva Gerona, the ground transfer from the airport in Nueva Gerona to the Liveaboard, 7-nights on the Liveaboard, all meals on the Liveaboard, 6-days guided fishing, fishing license, and $220.00 fuel charge.

Packages Do Not Include:

Airfare to Havana, ground transfers in Havana to and from the airport to your hotel of choice; first and last night hotel in Havana. (4-and 5-star hotels run $350.00 to $450.00 per night) a mandatory open bar fee: $200.00 per person per week, the Marine Park Conservation Fee ($100.00 - will be included on your invoice prior to your trip), fishing tackle and equipment, gratuities to guide and staff, tips for laundry, personal expenses, Global Rescue, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Avalon's New No-Risk Policy

Sample Itinerary:

Anglers arriving in Nueva Gerona will stay aboard The JAF1 the first night, anchored at their private marina on the Jucaro River. Early the following morning, anglers will meet their guides, hop in the skiffs, fish, and make their way east to meet up with the liveaboard (newly moved) in one of the selected anchorages. On the final fishing day, anglers will fish their way back to Nueva Gerona, reboard the liveaboard at the marina with time to take a refreshing shower, and do their final packing before departing on the evening flight to Havana.

Isla de la Juventud


Monster tarpon fishing

Cuba tarpon fishing

Bonefish plentiful year-round

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Barracuda fishing, too.

Isla de la Juventud Barracuda

Sought-after Mutton Snapper

Isla de la Juventud

16-foot Super skiffs with 60 and 70 HP motors

Isla de la Juventud Skiffs

Skiffs returning to the mothership

The Avalon Fleet I Liveaboard

The JAF1 Liveaboard

The Avalon Fleet I

Bedroom aboard The JAF1 Liveaboard

Avalon Fleet I Bedroom

The Jacuzzi on Upper deck

The JAF1 Jacuzzi

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