Cuba - Jardines de la Reina
Jardines Avalon III (The JA3)
Avalon Cuban Fishing Centers
The JA3 is Avalon's grandest yacht, cruising to the outer edges of the Jardines de la Reina, also known as Gardens of the Queen marine park. The 160-foot luxury motor yacht has 15 staterooms, including four suites with a balcony. The overall capacity is 30 passengers and 12 crew members. Avalon recommends a maximum of 16 anglers per trip for optimum comfort. Three panoramic decks and a hot tub. Book now for 2023 and 2024.
The Lounge area
The JA3 hosts a maximum of 16 anglers, with up to 30 passengers, plus 12 crew members. The Liveaboard also accommodates divers. 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.
Dolphin 16' Super Skiffs at all Jardines' Locations
For The JA3, depending on group size, there will be up to eight guides and up to eight 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.). Fishing is Sunday morning through Friday.
Typical Fishing Day:
7:00 a.m. Wake-up call.
8:00 a.m. The guides are ready to depart for fishing. You'll take a packed lunch. Morning winds often calm down in the afternoon, and fishing in the late afternoon can be superb, especially for bonefish. With advanced notice, you can return to the liveaboard mid-day for lunch. You’ll be guided for seven to nine hours each day.
You'll return to the Liveaboard in the afternoon, followed by appetizers and then dinner.
Air-Conditioned Cabins with Private Bathroom
All 15 cabins have two twin or double beds, private bathrooms, and air-conditioning with individual thermostats. The boat accommodates up to 30 passengers and 12 crew members, but Avalon recommends a maximum of 16 anglers per trip for optimum comfort. Daily housekeeping and laundry service is provided. They would like you to tip one CUC per item for the laundry. (The value of the CUC is pinned to the U.S. dollar, so one CUC will always equal one U.S. dollar.)
Flat-screen TV in the Lounge
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 US cell phone will work in Cuba. Satellite phones are strictly prohibited in Cuba and will be confiscated at the airport on arrival.
Meals and Alcohol
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 included in the package and includes beer, wine, rum, soft drinks, and water.
Upper Boat Deck
On the upper deck, there is a spacious and comfortable lounge, dining room, and bar area (combination). The large open-air top deck has a bar, a hot tub, and a dive deck with camera tables.
Getting to the Liveaboard:
Many US cities have direct flights to Havana. You can also book direct flights to Cayo Coco (CCC) from Canada or Mexico. If you fly to Havana, plan on staying overnight at a hotel here before and after your fishing trip. The private bus transfer to Jardines de la Reina from Havana departs approximately. 7:00 a.m. and takes 6-8 hours to get to Jucaro Port. If you fly to Cayo Coco, the ground transfer is $50.00 per person and takes 2-3 hours from the airport to Jucaro Port. The ground transfer between Havana and the Port of Jucaro takes 6-hours and is $150.00 p.p., and not included in the package.
Arrival and Departure Days: Upon arrival at Jucaro Port, you will board The JA3 and begin your fishing week in the Jardines de la Reina. On the final day of your trip, you’ll return to The JA3 around 2:00 p.m. The yacht will return to Jucaro Port, where you will overnight. Early the next morning, you will return to Havana or Cayo Coco for your departing flights.
The JA3 Full Yacht and Half Yacht Options:
15 cabins, 3 skiffs and guides, 7 anglers per week.
6 cabins, 3 skiffs and guides, 7 anglers per week.
2023 USD Rates - The JA3:7-nights on The JA3 and 5.75-days guided fishing
Saturday to Saturday
Dec. 31, 2022 - Feb. 18, 2023, and July 15 - Dec. 30, 2023:
Full Yacht: $86,802.00 per group
Half-Yacht: $43,401.00 per group
High Season: Feb. 18 - July 15, 2023
Full Yacht: $153,862.00 per group
Half-Yacht: $76,931.00 per group
2024 USD Rates:7-nights on The JA3 and 5.75-days guided fishing
Dec. 30, 2023 - Feb. 17, 2024, and July 13 - Dec. 28, 2024:
Full Yacht: $96,600.00 per group
Half-Yacht: $48,300.00 per group
High Season: Feb. 17 - July 13, 2024
Full Yacht: $163,000.00 per group
Half-Yacht: $81,500.00 per group
Reception at the airport, 7-nights on yacht/liveaboard (full board basis, which means breakfast, lunch, and evening meals are included), open bar with beer, wine, rum, soft drinks, and water; guided fishing (two people per skiff), fishing licenses, and for 2023, the Marine Park Conservation Fee is included.
Packages Do Not Include:Airfare, taxi from the airport to the hotel, hotel and meals in Havana, ground transfer between Havana and Jucaro Port approx. $150.00 p.p. one way, (if traveling to Cayo Coco, Camaguey, or Santa Clara Airport, the 2 to 3-hour ground transfer to the Jucaro Port is $50.00 per person); Cuban tourist visa (approx. $85.00), optional rental of fly rod and reel $350.00, gratuities, personal expenses, Global Rescue, travel insurance, for 2024 packages - the Marine Park Conservation fee of $300.00, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Equipment Rentals: A rod and reel rental, including lines, is $350.00 p.p. per week. Diving equipment rentals are $250.00 for a full set of diving gear per week. Rentals require 60-days’ notice before your trip.