Cuba - The New Tortuga Yacht, The JA4

Jardines de la Reina

Jardines de la Reina, Spanish for Gardens of the Queen, is a vast, protected marine park that is larger than the Florida Keys. The JA4 is an amazing new 180-foot vessel that stays moored in Jardines de la Reina. The new yacht has replaced the former and beloved Tortuga that many anglers and divers returned to year after year. The new JA4 features 20 cabins with private bathroom, a spacious lounge, a modern dining room, and a sun deck to enjoy every aspect of the Gardens of the Queen. The Liveaboard hosts a maximum of 22 anglers per week, and up to 40 guests. The Liveaboard also accomodates divers. Jardines de la Reina (JDR) and is ideal for fly anglers who desire to fish from dawn till dusk, about 5:00 p.m.

Save $2,000 on select 2024 weeks:
The JA4 Liveboard:
• June 22-29, 2024
Reg. $8,590.00 now $6,590.00 per person

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Lounge area

The Lounge

The new JA4 is the perfect base of operations for your week of fly fishing, diving, eco-adventuring, and experiencing the pristine nature of Jardines de la Reina.
Communications:  Wi-Fi is not available on the liveaboard. You’ll need to check with your cell service provider before your trip to see if your U.S. cell phone will work in Cuba. Satellite phones are NOT allowed in Cuba and will be confiscated at the airport upon arrival.

Dining Room

The Dining Area

Meals:  Western and regional dishes. Vegetarian options. Snacks are available all day.
Open Bar:  An open bar is included in the package and includes beer, wine, rum, soft drinks, and water.

Air-Conditioned Bedrooms


Each room includes personalized air conditioning and heating controls, a small TV, and ample storage space.

Private Bathroom


Private bathroom with the necessities—shower, toilet, sink, and mirror.

Main Deck and Lower Deck Floorplan

Lower Deck

Sun Deck and Upper Deck Floorplan

Upper Deck
Sun Deck

Floorplan of The JA4

The helm deck includes four suites (an upgrade to the standard package) with balconies as well as a delightful jacuzzi and sun deck to enjoy the incredible views. The upper deck includes eight double rooms with private bathrooms as well as a lovely dining area and rear patio. The main deck includes another eight double rooms, a comfortable lounge area with large couches, and areas to relax. This is the main entrance area to the yacht and features a massive rear deck and platform to keep all of your gear organized and access easy. The lower deck is where the crew resides along with the engine room powering this incredible vessel.

Typical Fishing Day:
7:00 a.m Wake-Up call
7:30 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 a.m. Your guides are ready to depart for fishing.
Morning winds often calm down in the afternoon, and fishing in the late afternoon can be superb, especially for bonefish. You’ll take a packed lunch. You’ll be guided for seven to nine hours each day.
5:00 p.m. About dusk, you'll return to the liveboard.
5:30 p.m. Enjoy appetizers.
7:30 p.m. Dinner.
Note:  Schedule can be changed according to your preferences and your guide's suggestions.

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 takes 2-3 hours from the airport to Jucaro Port. Your entire group must arrange for the same flights to avoid private transfer costs. The ground transfer from Havana to Jucaro Port is $150.00 per person (one way), and is not included in the package. The group transfer from Camaguey/Cayo Coco/Santa Clara to Jucaro is $50.00 per person.
Arrival and Departure Days:  Upon arrival at Jucaro Port, you will board The JA4 and begin your fishing week in the Jardines de la Reina. On the final day of your trip, you’ll return to The JA4 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.

2024 USD Rates:

Prices are per angler, double room, sharing skiff.
Saturday to Saturday.
The JA4 has 20 cabins with private bathrooms.

7-nights and 5.75-days guided fishing
Low Season:
Dec. 30, 2023 - Feb, 17, 2024 and July 13 - Dec. 28, 2024
Two anglers per room and boat $5,150.00 per person
One-angler per skiff $7,050.00 per week
Upgrade to one angler per cabin Add $1,000.00 per week.

High Season:  Feb. 17 - July 13, 2024
Two anglers per skiff and cabin: $8,590.00 per person
One-angler per skiff $12,490.00 per week
Upgrade to one angler per cabin Add $1,000.00 per week.

Optional Upgrades:
Upgrade to a Suite Add $540.00 p.p. per week.
Upgrade to a Demi-Suite (a larger room with more space) Add $320.00 p.p. per week.

The Packages Include:

• Airport reception in Havana
• 7-nights on the JA4
• All meals on the JA4
• Open bar with beer, wine, rum, soft drinks, and water
• 5.75 days guided fishing
• Fishing license
• Inscription Fee.

The Packages Do Not Include:

• Airfare
• Taxi from the airport to the hotel
• Hotel nights and meals in Havana
• Ground transfer from Havana to the Port of Jucaro $150.00 p.p. each way
• Cuban tourist visa, approx. $85.00
• Optional fly rod and reel rental $350.00
• Optional diving equipment rental $250.00 p.p.
• Gratuities to guides and staff
• Personal expenses
• Global Rescue
• Travel Insurance
• Marine Park Conservation Fee of $300.00 per person
• Anything not mentioned under inclusions.

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Fishing Travel Experts

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1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

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Cell (503) 250-0558