Península de Zapata
As of 2017, Cuba became a Fly-Fishing-only Sanctuary. In 2003, UNESCO declared Zapata peninsula a World Heritage Site. All the water surrounding this protected area will be your fishing zone for the week.
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.
Zapata Fly Fishing Seasons:
Fly fishing year-round for permit, bonefish, and tarpon – new destination!
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. This 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. Fishing for bonefish is also very good in the morning and evening.
Skiffs and Guides:
They’ll focus on zones and skiff rotation. You can fish three days in a single skiff with a guide and three days in a double skiff with a guide. With
this structure, you’re ensured access to the best fly fishing areas.
Dolphin Super Skiffs, with Yamaha 70-h.p. engines. With a draft of only eight inches, it’s a skiff the guides can pole on the shallowest bonefish flats.
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.
Zapata Liveaboard and Meals:
This 100-foot luxury yacht has four single-occupancy cabins and two double cabins all with a private bathroom and air conditioning. The liveaboard accommodates up to eight guests.
Meals: Cuisine on the Georgiana is simple but gourmet. Fresh fish of the day is prepared at most meals, salads with fresh vegetables, and a variety of fruits are always available. Fresh sashimi and Italian-style pizzas are offered nightly for appetizers. At dinner, you’ll sample delicious pork and chicken entrees.
You’ll fly into Jose Marti International Airport in Havana. You'll need to stay overnight on Saturday. Your hotel night is not included in the package. You'll be picked up at your hotel early Sunday morning for the private ground transfer to Zapata, about a three-hour drive (included in package).
6-nights and 6-full days guided fishing
Maximum of 8 guests.
Six skiffs – (two double, four single)
Book the full yacht with 8 anglers and 6 guides and all will rotate between the single and double skiffs. Book the yacht with 6 anglers and everyone will fish solo with a guide.
Low Season: August 5, 2017 - February 24, 2018
$29,900.00 per group
Mid-Season: February 25 - March 31, 2018 and July 1 - July 28, 2018
$36,800.00 per group
High Season: April 1 – June 30, 2018
$39,900.00 per group
Reception at Havana airport, ground transfer from Havana to Zapata, 6-nights aboard the liveaboard, all meals on the liveaboard, 6-days guided fishing, fishing licenses, and beverages on board – up to a total of six beers or non-alcoholic drinks per day per person, plus a cocktail before appetizers and a glass of red and white wine with dinner.
Packages do not include:
Airfare, transfer from airport to hotel upon arrival, hotel night in Havana, the Marine Park Conservation Fee ($100.00 – may be paid online prior to your trip), fishing tackle, fly rod and reels, Cuban visa, boarding tax of CUC 25 (CUC Cuban convertible peso) to be paid at airport before leaving, gratuities to guide and staff, personal expenses, and extra beverages and food - other than those stated above. and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Saturday: Flight arrival in Havana.
Greeted at airport. Overnight in Havana.
Sunday: 4:30 a.m. transfer to Zapata Liveaboard Sunday - Friday: Fishing during the day depending on tides and single/double skiff rotation, nights on liveaboard.
Saturday: Wake-up /breakfast. Ground transfer to Havana International Airport.