Jardines Avalon I Liveaboard

The 110-foot Liveaboard will fish the same areas of Cayo Largo as the hotel-based program; however, there may be more flexibility to stay out in Zone 5 and 6 a bit longer since the run from the marina to those areas is eliminated. Packages are only available for groups of 6 to 12. With a maximum of six skiffs booked in the entire area for the week, Cayo Largo is Cuba's most exclusive and innovative fishing destination.


Fishing Cayo Largo

world's best permit fishing

Cayo Largo is a premier saltwater flats fishery and Avalon's top destination for Grand Slams. A Caribbean Grand Slam is when an angler catches a bonefish, tarpon, and permit in one day. Since 2004, Avalon has landed over 500 grand slams!
Cayo Largo has a rotational system of six zones. During a full week of fishing, you'll fish each zone once. With the Liveaboard, they have the flexibility to stay further to the west in zones 5 and 6, where the tarpon fishing can be better. The run from the marina to zone 5 and 6 is quite far, so during the week, liveaboard anglers have the advantage of fishing these zones longer than resort-based anglers.

Fishing Facts:

permit bonefish Fishing

Boats:  Avalon uses Dolphin 16-foot Super skiffs teamed with Yamaha 60 or 70-HP motors at all of their flats fishing destinations. The guides can pole the skiffs on the shallowest bonefish flats. Two anglers per boat and guide.
Guides:  Local guides are excellent fishermen and are very skilled at finding all species. They were born and raised on these waters, and know the ocean and the flats very well. The guides speak Spanish, yet also enough Fishing-English to get by.
Equipment:  No equipment/tackle is provided. A detailed list of what to bring is in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License:  is included in the package.
Conservation Fee:  A Marine Park Conservation Fee of $100.00 is not included and must be paid online before your trip.

Jardines Avalon I

Jardines Liveaboard

Group Rates only - Full yacht and half-yacht.
Jardines Avalon I - a 110-foot liveaboard yacht hosts up to 12 anglers. There are 10 staterooms with two being convertible queen-size cabins featuring side-by-side beds and eight deluxe staterooms each with single side-by-side beds. Each stateroom has its own private bathroom, toilet, shower, individual climate controls, and a safe.
On the main deck, there is an air-conditioned lounge with a large screen TV and DVD system for unwinding and watching those fishing videos from your day out on the flats. The lounge also has a complete digital and photo editing computer if you would like to use it during your stay.
The shaded upper sun deck has cushioned chairs and a hot tub.
Meals:   Delicious Cuban cuisine, grilled fresh seafood, vegetables, and desserts are served with international wines and local liquors.
Alcohol:  There is a mandatory upfront fee of $200.00 per person for the open bar. The open bar includes Cuban beers, rum, international wines, and a variety of spirits.

Getting to the Liveaboard:

You need to arrive at the José Martí International Airport in Havana on Saturday before noon. After you claim your baggage, you'll be greeted by your host and driven to Zapesca, about a three-hour drive. In Zapesca, you'll board the liveaboard. The navigation to Cayo Blanco—the first anchoring point—will take about two hours. If your group arrives at the port after 3:00 p.m. on Saturday or if the weather is of concern, the captain may choose to remain anchored in Zapesca for the evening and depart for Cayo Blanco on Sunday morning.


2020 USD Rates:

7-nights on the Liveaboard
and 6-days guided fishing

Saturday to Saturday
Full-Yacht Rates:
Includes 10 suites for groups of 12 anglers 8 single and two double rooms with 6 skiffs and guides.
High Season:
March 21 - June 27, 2020
$75,900.00 per group
Low Season:
Feb. 1- March 20 and June 28 - August 28, 2020
$53,900.00 per group
Half-Yacht Rates:
Includes 5 suites for groups of 6 anglers 4 single and one double room with 3 skiffs and guides.
50% of full yacht rate

Packages include:

Reception at the José Martí International Airport, round-trip ground transfers between the airport and Zapesca, 7-nights and all meals on the liveaboard, guided fishing, and fishing license.

Packages do not include:

International airfare, ground transfers in Havana from the airport to the hotel of your choice, first and last night hotel stay in Havana, beverages and meals in Havana, open bar fee: $200.00 per person per week, the 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, personal expenses, and beverages other than those stated above, Global Rescue, IMG Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Deposit & Cancellation Policy

Sample Itinerary:

Friday:  Optional: You may choose to arrive in Havana a day early and stay overnight. This hotel stay is not included in the package.
Saturday:  You’ll need to arrive at the José Martí International Airport in Havana before 11:00 a.m. You’ll be driven to Zapesca, where you'll board the liveaboard. Settle in and enjoy a cold mojito and a lobster dinner. Overnight on the Jardines Avalon I liveaboard.
Sunday - Thursday:
7:00 a.m. - Wake-up call.
7:30 a.m. - Breakfast. You’ll pack a lunch to take on the skiff.
8:00 a.m. – Head out for a day of guided fishing.
5:00 p.m. – You’ll return to the liveaboard and enjoy appetizers.
7:30 p.m. - Dinner is served.
Friday:  You’ll have an early morning wake-up. You’ll fish until 4:00 p.m. The liveaboard will sail back to the anchoring spot in Cayo Blanco where you’ll stay the night on the liveaboard.
Saturday:  You'll disembark in Zapesca. A host and driver will drive you back to the airport in Havana for your flight home.

Call 1-800-205-3474 for more Information:

Request a
Cayo Largo Liveaboard
Information Packet  

Cayo Largo Liveaboard


Liveaboard Floorplan

Jardines Floorplan

Air-conditioned Lounge with TV and DVD player

Lounge Area

Dining area with ocean views

Dining Area

Ten Staterooms for up to 12 Anglers

Ten Staterooms

Hot Tub on the Sundeck

Hot Tub

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Fly Fishing Cayo Largo

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For more information:


Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709

Email:  guy@fishingwithlarry.com

Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558

Email:  brad@fishingwithlarry.com