Isla de la Juventud Liveaboard - Avalon

Isla de Juventud is Spanish for Island of Youth. This pristine marine park is located 93 miles from Havana, covering 1,367 square miles, with a population of approximately 90,000 inhabitants. This area is part of the 672 keys and islets that make up the archipelago.

Fly Fishing only at Isla de Juventud

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Aboard the Avalon Fleet I, Avalon's 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 up to 16 anglers, an ideal trip for 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.
Juventud Seasons:  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 late March to June when bonefish, permit, and jacks are present in the area. Migratory tarpon average between 15 and 30 pounds and up to 100 pounds are regularly spotted, and shots at permit are frequent. Peak season is also the best time to try for a Caribbean Grand Slam—tarpon, permit, and bonefish in one day. Each season produces numerous Grand Slams and a few Super Grand Slams—tarpon, bonefish, permit, and snook in one day.

Juventud Fishing Facts:

Isla de Juventud Cuban fishing centers

Boats:  16-foot Dolphin Super skiffs with Yamaha 60 and 70 HP motors. The guides pole the skiffs on the shallowest bonefish flats.
Guides:  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.
Fishing Hours:  are at your discretion. A typical fishing day begins with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Your guides are ready to depart for fishing at 8:00 a.m. You’ll take a packed lunch and return to the liveaboard in the afternoons depending on the tides and fishing. You’ll be guided for seven to nine hours each day.
Fishing Equipment is not provided. A detailed list of what to bring is included in our confirmation packet.
Fishing License is provided in the package.

The Avalon Fleet I - Liveaboard Yacht

Juventud liveaboards

Group Rates only - up to 16 anglers.
The Avalon Fleet I has eight, deluxe king cabins, with seven private bathrooms. Its overall capacity is up to 20 guests and eight crew members, but Avalon recommends between eight and 12 anglers for optimum comfort. Each room includes air conditioning and heat controls, electricity plugs, storage, and panoramic windows to enjoy the breathtaking view of the Caribbean beaches. On the boat deck, there is a spacious and comfortable combination lounge, hot tub, dining room, and bar area. In the cabins and common areas, there are electrical sockets available for you to plug in your personal items (220 volts and 110-volts). And, of course, you will be treated to amazing Cuban meals throughout your stay, served with international wines, local liquors, and desserts. After savoring each gastronomic adventure, kick back and enjoy drinks of your choice prepared by their bartenders.
Meals:  Buffet-style breakfasts and 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 entrees such as lobster, fish of the day, pork or chicken. Wine and dessert are served with dinner. Chefs work with special dietary needs.
Alcohol:  There is an open bar onboard and each angler is required to pay $200.00 per person for the week. The open bar includes beer, wine, liquor, and sodas.

Getting Here:

You’ll fly to Jose Marti International Airport (HAV), also referred to as the Havana Airport. There are no longer any domestic flights to Isla de Juventud; however, there are helicopters that make the one-hour flight from Jose Marti International Airport to the Rafael Cabrera Mustelier National Airport in Nueva Gerona. Once in Nueva Gerona, you’ll be greeted by an Avalon representative and transferred to your liveaboard, about a 25-minute drive.

Currency:  It’s best to bring Euros or Canadian Dollars to exchange into Cuban CUC upon arrival in Cuba. U.S. Dollars are subject to a 13% special tax/commission.

2019 USD Rates:

7-nights and 6-days guided fishing:
Maximum of 16 anglers per trip.
Includes 6 skiffs and full yacht exclusivity.
Low Season:
Sept. 1, 2018 - March 2, 2019 and
June 29 - Sept. 1, 2019:
$52,500.00 per group
High Season:
March 2 - June 29, 2019:
$72,000.00  per group

Packages include:

Reception at the Havana Airport, a bus transfer from the hotel in Havana to the airport for your domestic flight to Nueva Gerona, the domestic flight between Havana and Nueva Gerona, the ground transfer from the airport in Nueva Gerona to the Liveaboard, 7-nights aboard the Liveaboard, all meals on the Liveaboard, 6-days guided fishing, fishing license, and $220.00 fuel charge.

Packages do not include:

Airfare to Havana, ground transfer from the airport to the hotel in Havana upon arrival or from the hotel to the airport in Havana upon departure, if needed; a helicopter charter to and from IDJ (price to be confirmed at time of booking - estimated at $3,000.00 per group), open bar fee: $200.00 per person per week, the Cuba 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 to be paid at airport before leaving, gratuities to guide and staff, personal expenses, Global Rescue, Signature Travel Insurance, and anything not mentioned under inclusions.

Deposit Required:

A group can be booked with a 5% deposit if more than 18 months before the arrival date. A deposit is required within 2 weeks of being invoiced to confirm a reservation. 18 months before the arrival date, a 10% deposit of the total amount is due. 12 months before the arrival date, a 20% deposit of the total amount is due. 6 months before the arrival date, 60% of the total amount must be paid. The balance of the payment is due 90-days prior to arrival.

Cancellation Policy:

Deposits are refundable (minus an $800.00 handling fee per person until six months before to the start of your trip). Within 180 days of your trip, your deposit is non-refundable unless they are able to resell your spot. No refunds are available for unused portions of packages. Claims for refunds will not be accepted.
We highly recommend Trip Cancellation Insurance which is included in the Signature Travel Package. Click here for our Travel Insurance page.

Sample Itinerary:

Anglers arriving in Gerona will stay aboard the Avalon Fleet I 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 liveaboard (newly moved) in one of the selected anchorages. On the final fishing day, anglers will fish their way back to Gerona, reboard the liveaboard at the marina with time to take a refreshing shower, and do their final packing before departing on the evening flight to Havana.

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

Request Isla de la Juventud Information Packet  

Isla de la Juventud photos

Monster tarpon fishing

Cuba tarpon fishing

Bonefish plentiful year-round

Bonefishing Cuba

Barracuda fishing, too

Isla de la Juventud Barracuda

Sought-after Mutton Snapper

Isla de la Juventud

16-foot Super skiffs with 60 and 70 HP motors

Isla de la Juventud Skiffs

The Avalon Fleet I liveaboard

The Avalon Fleet I Liveaboard

The Avalon Fleet I liveaboard

The Avalon Fleet I

Bedroom aboard the The Avalon Fleet I

Avalon Fleet I Bedroom

Avalon Fleet I - Jacuzzi

Avalon Fleet I Jacuzzi

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For more information:

Guy Schoenborn

1-800-205-3474 ext. 1

MT Office:  406-322-5709


Brad Staples

1-800-205-3474 ext. 3

Cell (503) 250-0558