Zapata Peninsula Liveaboard
In 2017, Cuba became a Fly-Fishing-only Sanctuary. In 2003, UNESCO declared the Zapata Peninsula a World Heritage Site. All the water inside this protected marine park will be your fly fishing zone for the week. Half-Charter and Full-Charter rates for up to eight anglers.
ZAPATA | Special Rates:
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
October 19 - 26, 2019: 3 spots - USD $3,000.00 p.p. (27% OFF)
January 18 - 25, 2020: 5 spots - USD $3,000.00 SOLD-OUT
January 25 - February 1, 2020: 8 spots | SOLD-OUT
Call us for details. 1-800-205-3474
Zapata Fly Fishing Seasons:
Years ago it was inconceivable that the people living in the Zapata Swamp, a UNESCO-recognised biosphere reserve in western Cuba, would one day stop using the forest here to make charcoal, extract precious wood,
or hunt crocodile and deer. San Lázaro Channel, was one of the channels they used to transport the charcoal from the island to the sea. During your fishing week, the liveaboard yacht travels on the same route.
This fly fishing liveaboard is operated by Fly Fishing The Run.
Fishing seasons: January, the beginning of the season, is very good, with plenty of bonefish (especially big ones) on the flats and mangrove areas. Tarpon and other species can also be excellent. January is a great time to plan a trip here, as the weather is much warmer in Cuba than in Northern America.
Peak fishing is from late March to mid-July when all species—tarpon, bones, permit, and jacks—are present in the area. Migratory tarpon up to 80 to 100 pounds (averaging 15 to 30 pounds) are regularly spotted; plus, frequent shots at permit. During peak season, numerous Grand Slams are achieved each season as well as a few Super Grand Slams - tarpon, bonefish, permit, and snook. In the late part of the season, from mid-July through the end of August, the weather gets hot, but the fishing is very productive, especially for tarpon and permit. Bonefishing is very good in the morning and evening.
The Liveaboard Season: runs from August 3, 2019, through July 25, 2020.
Fishing Days are set up with zones and skiff rotation to access the best fly fishing areas.
Boats: You'll fish the skinny water flats for three days in a flat-bottom single skiff. And for three days, using dolphin double skiffs, you'll travel further away from the liveaboard for deeper water and tarpon. Dolphin Super Skiffs, with Yamaha 70-HP engines. With a draft of only eight inches, it’s a skiff the guides can pole on the shallowest bonefish flats. Rates include 6 skiffs (2 double skiffs and 4 single skiffs) for up to 8 anglers.
Guides: Their guides are excellent fishermen were born and raised on these waters and know the ocean and the flats like the backs of their hands. They speak Fishing English, enough to get by.
Equipment: Fishing tackle is not included. A detailed list of what to bring is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing Licenses are included in the package.
The rotation program is based on a 6-day fishing week that accommodates up to 8 anglers, fishing in rotations of 3-days on single skiffs and 3-days on double skiffs. Half of the week you target the species that you want with a personal guide, and half the week you get to fish with friends--taking turns jumping tarpon and wading the flats for bones together.
Zapata Liveaboard and Meals:
The Georgiana, a 100-foot luxury air-conditioned yacht, has four single-occupancy cabins and two double-occupancy cabins all with a private bathroom. The liveaboard accommodates up to eight guests.
Meals: Cuisine is simple but gourmet. Fresh fish of the day is prepared at most meals, pork and chicken entrees, salads with fresh vegetables, and a variety of fruits are always available. Fresh sashimi and Italian-style pizzas are offered nightly for appetizers, plus frozen Daiquiris, Cuba Libre and Mojitos.
Alcohol: There is a mandatory upfront fee of $200.00 per person for the open bar. The open bar fee includes beer, wine, liquor, and sodas.
Getting to the Zapata Liveaboard:
You’ll fly to the Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), also referred to as Havana Airport. From here, two options are available.
1) You’ll arrive in Havana on a Saturday before 4:00 p.m. and an Avalon representative will drive you to Zapata, a three-hour drive.
2) You’ll have the option of arriving on Friday and staying the evening at a hotel of your choice. In the morning, an Avalon representative will drive you to Zapata, a three-hour drive. (The ground transfer from the airport to the hotel and the hotel night are not included in the package.)
2019 - 2020 USD Rates:
Full Charter: Book up to 8-anglers and have the exclusive use of the yacht.
Half charter: Book up to 4-anglers and Avalon will fill the rest of the boat, up to another four anglers.
7-nights and 6-days guided fishing
Aug. 3, 2019 - Feb. 22, 2020
$32,890.00 per group
$16,445.00 per group
Feb. 22 - March 28, 2020
and July 4-25, 2020
$40,480.00 per group
$20,240.00 per group
March 28 - July 4, 2020
$43,890.00 per group
$21,945.00 per group
Reception at Havana airport, the ground transfer from the hotel in Havana to Zapata, 7-nights aboard the Liveaboard, all meals on the Liveaboard, 6-days guided fishing, and fishing licenses.
Packages do not include:
Airfare, overnight in Havana, if needed; ground transfer from the airport to the hotel upon arrival, if needed; open bar fee: $200.00 per person per week, the Cuba Conservation Fee ($100.00 - may be paid online prior to your trip), fishing tackle and gear, Cuban visa, boarding tax of CUC 25 to be paid at airport before leaving, gratuities to guide and staff, personal expenses, Global Rescue, Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
A deposit of 30% of your package is required within two weeks of invoice to confirm the reservation of your trip. An additional 40% is due six months before your trip. The balance is due 90 days before your arrival.
Deposits are refundable (minus an $800.00 handling fee per person until 180 days prior to the start of your trip). Within 180 days of your trip, your deposit is nonrefundable
unless they are able to resell your spot. No refunds are available for unused portions of packages. Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended.
All programs and execution of them remain subject to weather and other unforeseen circumstances. Claims for refunds will not be accepted.
We highly recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance which is included in the Signature Travel Insurance policy. Click here for our Travel Insurance page.
Saturday: Flight arrival in Havana.
Greeted at airport. Overnight in Havana.
Sunday: 7:00 a.m. transfer from the port to Zapata Liveaboard
Sunday - Friday: Fishing during the day depending on tides and single/double skiff rotation, nights on liveaboard.
Saturday: Wake-up /breakfast. Transfer from liveaboard to the port. Ground transfer to Havana International Airport.