Isla de la Juventud Liveaboard - Avalon
Isla de la Juventud, Spanish for Island of Youth, is an exclusive destination off the Western South region of Cuba, about 93-miles from Havana. Aboard one of their two liveaboard yachts, you’ll explore the most remote areas of the Canarreos Archipelago, the world-famous chain of islands that runs 80-miles from the Isle of Youth to Cayo Largo. Ideal fishing adventure for anglers with an obsession for monster tarpon.
Fly Fishing only at Isla de Juventud
Aboard the Perola, their 75-foot liveaboard yacht, you’ll explore the most remote areas of the Canarreos Archipelago, the world-famous chain of islands that runs 80 miles from the Isle of Youth to Cayo Largo.
You’ll stop off at selected anchorages like Cayo Campo, the Antilles islands, and finally Cayo Rosario, which is renowned for some of the most outstanding flats fishing in all of Cuba.
The yacht accommodates six anglers, making this an ideal trip for a small group of anglers with an obsession for monster tarpon.
Between March and June, they’ve caught and released tarpon around 100-pounds, and the fishing usually exceeds their expectations.
Avalon uses Dolphin 16-foot Super skiffs teamed with Yamaha 60 and 70 h.p. motors at all of their flats fishing destinations. The guides pole the skiffs on the shallowest bonefish flats. Local Spanish-speaking guides know enough fishing English to get by and are excellent fishermen. They know these waters like the backs of their hands and are skilled at finding all species.
Juventud Fishing Season
The beginning of the season from November to January is very good, with plenty of bonefish (especially big ones) on the flats and mangrove areas.
Fishing for 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 Season is from February to June when all species are present in the area. Tarpon, bones, permit, and jacks will all be encountered during these months. Migratory tarpon up to 80-to 100-pounds (average 15 to 30 pounds) are regularly spotted, and shots at permit are very frequent. Numerous Grand Slams are achieved during peak season as well as a few Super Grand Slams - tarpon, bonefish, permit, and snook.
The Perola - Liveaboard Yacht
Group Rates only - Six anglers.
The Perola is a classy 75-foot luxury liveaboard yacht with highly polished hardwood floors and teak paneling. Below deck, there are five comfortable air-conditioned cabins. The cabins have plenty of storage for anglers, most have their own private bath, with good showers and plenty of hot water. Circular stairways take you downstairs to the cabins or upstairs to the dining area on the top open-air deck.
Meals: Buffet-style breakfasts. Packed lunches. In the afternoons, you’ll enjoy some of the finest frozen daiquiris, Cuban libres (rum and coke) and cocktails. Dinners include fresh salads, and feature entrees such as lobster, fish of the day, pork or chicken. Wine and dessert is served with dinner. Chefs work with special dietary needs.
You'll arrive in Havana. You'll take a taxi to the 5-star hotel in Havana for your overnight stay; this transfer is not included in the package. You’ll enjoy a leisurely morning in Havana. Mid-day transfer to the domestic flight to Isla de Juventud, a 35-minute flight. You’ll be greeted at the Nueva Gerona Airport and transferred to your liveaboard.
2017 Rates: thru August, 2017
8-nts and 5 ½-days guided fly fishing:
(6-nights on the liveaboard,
plus 2-hotel nights in Havana.)
3 skiffs, 5-bedrooms available
Low Season: January 4 – March 7
and July 5 – August 29:
$32,000.00 group of six
High Season: March 8 – July 6:
$46,150.00 group of six
Peak Season: May 3 - May 30:
$48,800.00 group of six
Single angler per skiff
add $3,990.00 p.p. to package.
Fly rod and reel rental:
$25.00 per day CUC.
reception at Havana airport, all ground transfers inside Cuba (excluding airport/hotel); first and last night’s double occupancy accommodations in a Havana 5-star hotel (breakfast included); transfer to/from Jucaro Port to/from Jardines de la Reina, 6-nights on yacht/liveaboard in double occupancy room (full board basis), guided fishing (two people per skiff), fishing licenses, $220.00 boat fuel charge, and beverages on board – 10 beers and 30 drinks (water and soft drinks).
Packages do not include:
flight to Havana, ground transfer from airport to hotel in Havana, visa, 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, beverages other than those stated above, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.
Sample Itinerary for the Perola:
Anglers arriving in Gerona will stay aboard the Perola the first night, anchored at their private marina on the Jucaro River. Early the following morning, anglers will meet their guides, hop in the skiffs, fish, and make their way east to meet up with the Perola (newly moved) in one of the selected anchorages. On the final fishing day, anglers will fish their way back to Gerona, reboard the Perola at the marina with time to take a refreshing shower, and do their final packing before departing on the evening flight to Havana.