Avalon's newest location
2017 Special Offer: 7-nights and 6-days guided fishing $3,500.00 p.p. based on double occupancy and shared skiff.
$4,500.00 p.p. in single-angler skiff. Trip dates: October 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018.
October 1, 2017 the new all-inclusive resort opens. Plus, 1 FREE TRIP per every 7 paying rods (in one group). Comfortable, five-star accommodations only a few minutes from the marina.
As of June, 2017, there is a $250.00 fee for a “people to people” license to travel to Cuba, it is available for purchase through the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.
Fishing Cayo Cruz
Located on the north shore of the eastern province of Camaguey, the Cayo Cruz fishery is an enormous system of flats, lagoons and pristine estuaries.
Located in Jardines del Rey, commercial fishing within this designated area is strictly forbidden and rigorously enforced. The sportfishing-only area is 366 square kilometers in size,
meaning that on the average day, each skiff has over 50 square kilometers to itself. The fishing area has only seen anglers for three seasons and is virtually untouched, representing
one of the cleanest and most biologically diverse ecosystems Avalon's ever fished.
Exceptional flats fishing. Keep in mind that this new fishery is still very much in its infancy. The flats are an inviting combination of hard packed white sand and a semi-firm mottled bottom that still provides good wading. For those who like to wade, there are places here where you can wade for four straight hours without heading back to the boat. It’s very similar to Los Roques in terms of the amount of area that’s wadeable. Cayo Cruz represents all the characteristics of a recently discovered, virgin fishing territory with large numbers of fish, good sizes, and their evident lack of exposure to flies and leaders. Combined with the cays natural beauty and the water, and you have a truly memorable place to fish.
General Fishing Program:
The average sized bonefish is a healthy 4-pounds and during the course of the week it is not unheard of for guests to land a fish or two in the 10 pound range.
Tailing bonefish are common and guests can expect to see bonefish in singles and doubles, all the way up to schools of several hundred fish.
What really sets this location apart from so many other fisheries is that guests can expect to encounter and get shots at good numbers of permit each day.
There are very few places on earth where guests can fish for big bonefish each day and also get shots at tailing permit. This combination may take place in other locations but not with the consistency
that is virtually guaranteed at Cayo Cruz. It is a rare day when you don’t encounter and get shots at permit. The permit will range in size between about 8 and 30 pounds.
The flats at Cayo Cruz are a little deeper than those found in other areas of Cuba, which means that the bonefish and permit are still found in excellent numbers throughout the year. There are two locations within the Cayo Cruz that offer very good tarpon fishing. Guides tend to save these areas for when an angler has already boated a permit and is looking for a Grand Slam. These fish will range from 30 to 90 pounds. Besides the fishing for permit, bonefish and tarpon, you will also cast for other challenging species as mutton snapper, snook, cubera snapper, jack crevalle, barracuda, etc.
The Guides and Fishing Program:
Guides: Cayo Cruz has only been in operation since 2014 and has not seen many clients, when compared to other locations in the Caribbean of comparable fishing. In the past, the Cayo Cruz guides were not under Avalon management. Avalon’s veteran guides are constantly helping
the new guides to improve. If you are prepared to be patient while the guides develop, you will find a virtually untouched flats oasis, absolutely teeming with fish and wildlife. What these guides lack in experience, they more than make up for in hard work and enthusiasm.
The average boat run to the fishing areas is about 20 minutes. While in some areas, you can be into fish within 5 minutes of leaving the boat docks. It just depends on where your guide wants to take you that day and what you are targeting. With 50 square kilometers per boat, the options are just about limitless and at times can prove to be sensory overload.
You’ll fly into Jose Marti International Airport (HAV) also referred to as Havana Airport. It is the busiest airport in Cuba and has four terminals. Guests can fly into Havana city (mostly for European citizens) or to Cayo Coco (to Canadian and South American anglers in some cases), in both arrival points, you will be met by an Avalon representative as soon as you clear customs.
Upon arrival, guests will board a waiting taxi for the 90 minute drive through the countryside to the town of Brasil, in Camaguey province (if arriving in Cayo
Coco) or a 20 minute taxi ride to their accommodation if flying into Havana. Note: The arrival night is not included in this package, this
gives guests the flexibility of choosing their arrival time and accommodation.
Currency: It’s best to bring Euros or Canadian Dollars to exchange into Cuban CUC upon arrival in Cuba. U.S. Dollars are subject to a 10% special tax/commission.
October 1, 2017 - March 31, 2018
These weeks are still open as of 4/28/2017:
October 7 - 14, 2017
December 16 - 23, 2017
January 13 - 20, 2018
January 20 - 27, 2018
Call for availability. Space is limited.
based on double occupancy
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
$3,500.00 p.p. shared skiff
$4,500.00 p.p. in single skiff
Plus, 1 FREE TRIP per every 7 paying rods (in one group). Program is Saturday to Saturday, and includes transfers to and from Cayo Coco to Cayo Cruz, all room and board (4 drinks per angler each day in boat).
Low Season: Sept. 6, 2017 - March 6, 2018 and July 14 - September 4, 2018
7-nights and 6-full days guided fishing
Non-angler companion $2,400.00 p.p.
Single angler per skiff add $1,500.00
to angling package above.
High Season: March 7 - July 13, 2018
7-nights and 6-full days guided fishing
$6,950.00 p.p. Non-angler companion $2,900.00 p.p. Single angler per skiff, add $3,000.00 to angling package above. Supplements: Single occupancy room: Add $900.00 to above packages. Fly rod and reel rental - $25.00 per day CUC.
New All-Inclusive Resort
Scheduled to open January of 2018 - Cayo Cruz's new all-inclusive resort opens for business and is only 5-10 minutes from the marina.
reception at airport, ground transfer upon arrival and departure – airport/hotel, 7-nights in Cayo Cruz hotel, meals in Cayo Cruz, 6-days guided fishing – fishing licenses and beverages on skiff, including four drinks (beer, water, soft drinks) each fishing day.
Packages do not include:
airfare, Marine Park Conservation Fee ($100.00 – may be paid online prior to your trip), fishing tackle, fly rod and reels, boarding tax of CUC 25 (CUC Cuban convertible peso) to be paid at airport before leaving, if not included in your airfare; gratuities to guide and staff, personal expenses, extra beverages, meals other than those stated above, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
January to March: brings with it the risk of cold fronts from the north-east. However, Cayo Cruz is well protected by the string of cays that shelter most of the fishing spots. The fishing at this time is good; particularly for good-sized bonefish, small and medium tarpon (20-30 lbs), and from mid-January the permit begin to appear. The period from April to June is perhaps the best time both for weather and for the appearance of large quantities of huge tarpon – in addition to the bonefish and permit. In July and August, the fishing is the same, but hotter sometimes. September to December is a good period for bonefish and for smaller quantities of large and medium tarpon.
Important for Domestic Flight
On domestic flights, Cuban rules for items on board are stricter for security reasons. Hooks, nylons (including tippets, leaders, etc.), spray, or fishing rods (regardless of size) are not allowed in hand luggage. They must be shipped or checked with bags. For your convenience and luggage safety, they suggest that you put TSA certified locks on the luggage to be carried.